Pile driving to start
Residents on the north end of Leisure World—especially those in Mutuals 10, 11 and 16—will likely bear the brunt of elevated noise and vibration due to a pile driving job that is set to start as early as tomorrow, Feb. 25.
Pile driving is necessary to construct the foundation for the sound wall along southbound I-405 along North Gate Road. Work will be underway from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and will continue on weekdays and Saturdays if needed for approximately one month. Forty-five piles will be used to support the sound wall.
Pile driving is a commonly used method of constructing structure foundations. To support the structure, steel or concrete beams or “piles” are driven into the soil until reaching a hard layer of earth beneath the structure foundation.
The North Gate sound wall is being replaced as part of Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) I-405 Improvement Project. There is a lot of related construction work occurring near Leisure World now as crews continue to make progress on the I-405 widening.
Last week, the area near North Gate Road was prepared for the pile driving. Workers potholed or excavated small holes at the south end of North Gate Road.
Excavation and shoring continued all week in advance of the pile driving.
Some LW residents have reported hearing more noise of late.
It may have emanated from construction at the nearby Seal Beach on-ramp or a different activity, such as adjusting the k-rail, or concrete barrier that separates drivers from the construction zones.
OCTA understands that living near construction is never easy and thanks residents for their patience as it continues making improvements to the 405 Freeway and nearby streets and ramps. The project is scheduled to be complete next year.
For more information about the project, visit www.octa.net/405Improvement.
To sign up for construction alerts specific to the area near Leisure World, visit bit.ly/405LeisureWorld.
OC Sanitation Sewer Project Update
The Los Alamitos Trunk Sewer Construction Project began working on manholes on northbound Los Alamitos Boulevard between Farquhar Avenue and Rossmoor Center Way on Feb. 14.
Over the next month, there will be intermittent work during the day to perform the manhole rehabilitation process. This will require lane closures that may affect bus stops and crosswalks and cause increased noise levels.
Nighttime work will continue on Katella Avenue and other portions of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach boulevards (see map).
Manhole construction on the northbound lanes will be completed in the early spring, with transition to the southbound side in the summer. For now, pipeline cleaning on the southbound side will commence to expedite the summer work.
The purpose of this project is to remove calcium deposit from the pipe, reinforce leaking pipe joints, and replace or rehabilitate aging manholes. Once completed, this project will extend the life of the regional sewer to provide reliable service to the community.
For more information, call the construction hotline at (714) 378-2965 or ConstructionHotline@ocsan.gov.
Time to make tax help appointments
The AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are preparing and e-filing tax returns for full-year California residents. This tax service is sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation and provided Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings outside The Knowledge and Learning Center in Clubhouse 3. Appointments are required.
Call (562) 596-1987 and leave your name and telephone number. A volunteer will call you back to schedule your appointment. Answer your telephone even though the calling number will not be familiar.
Pick up your packet at the Leisure World Library. All forms must be completed prior to arriving at the appointment. You will be interviewed outside on the patio. Then your tax return will be prepared and reviewed while you wait in an adjacent area. Masks are required.
The following records should be brought to the appointment if they are applicable to you:
• Social Security card
• Government-issued ID or Leisure World photo ID
• Copy of 2019 and 2020 Federal and State returns
• Forms W-2
• Forms 1099 for interest, dividends, pensions, Social Security benefits, sales of stocks
• Healthcare subsidy forms 1095A/CA3895 if you had medical insurance through Covered California
• Letter 6475 from IRS showing the amount of your 2021 Economic Impact Payment
• Amount of California Golden State Stimulus I and II Payment(s) received
• Copy of a voided check for those who want their refunds to be deposited to or direct debited from a checking account
GAF tax preparers cannot handle returns that are out-of-scope for the program, including rental property, self-employed status with a net loss or expenses exceeding $35,000, and the sale of anything other than California residences, stocks, bonds and mutual funds.
Used car lot is Saturday
Leisure World shareholder/members can sell used vehicles in the Administration parking lot from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Car lots are set up on the fourth Saturday of the month.
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 does not need to be present. A single “for sale” sign no larger than 18-by-24 inches can be displayed on the vehicle.
Only LW residents are allowed to display vehicles for sale. The sale is open to residents and the guests they call in. For more information, contact Recreation at (562) 431-6586, ext. 350 or 398.
Fax service returns to LW Library
The LW Library is happy to announce that its fax service has been restored after a brief hiatus. Prices remain the same, $1 per page to send a fax domestically, $3 per page to send a fax internationally and 50 cents per page to receive a fax.
To receive a fax via the library service, residents should ask the sender to include their name and phone number on the fax and provide the sender with the library’s fax number, (562) 431-4143.
The library is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Faxes are not sent past 3:15 p.m. to allow time for closing procedures.
Faxes can be received by the machine 24 hours a day, seven days a week but only picked up during regular hours of operation.
For more information, call the library at (562) 598-2431.
LW Telephone Directory Listings
Residents who are not in the 2021 Community Guide and Telephone Directory and want to be listed in the next edition of the LW white pages should fill out a form and turn it in to the LW Weekly office. Forms are available on page 55 of the current directory or at the LW Weekly office, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
People who do not want their listing to appear in upcoming editions of the directory must also fill out that form and submit it to the LW Weekly office.
People who are currently listed in the white pages don’t need to do anything. Their listings will appear as is.
The LW Weekly office is closed to the public, but staff is working inside. People can put forms through the letter slot or knock on the door for a form, and changes will be made for the 2022 Community Guide, which is expected to be delivered in September.
The annual directory is intended for the personal use of LW residents and is not circulated outside the community.
CAP Food Distribution
Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be March 17. Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.
Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID and proof of income. People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. For more information, contact Roberta Arshat in GRF Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Place a Classified Ad
Classified ads may be ordered over the phone by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 383, or (562) 430-0534; emailed to email@example.com (staff will call back for payment information and ad confirmation) or in person at the LW Weekly office, 13521 St. Andrews Drive (two-story white building at the Amphitheater complex).
The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Resident rate: Classifieds are $8 for 12 words or fewer; each additional word is 25 cents.
• Non-resident rate: Ads start at $12 for 12 words or fewer. Discounts are available for ads that run at least four weeks in a row without changes. Payment must be made at the time the ad is placed.
The LW Weekly classified advertising deadline is Monday at 12:30 p.m. for that week’s Thursday edition.
Deadline changes due to the holidays will be printed in the LW Weekly.
For more information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 383.
LW Weekly classified ads are online at LWWeekly.com and lwsb.com.
A Minibus informational meeting is held on the first Thursday of every month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, to assist LW residents with using the many transportation services available to the Leisure World community. No reservations are required. The meeting starts at 10 a.m.
The GRF Transportation Department provides information on the LW Minibus service as well as the GRF appointment-based Access bus service for people with mobility challenges.
Information on other local area bus and transportation services to nearby grocery shopping and medical service destinations is also presented.
Meetings often include information and updates on the City of Seal Beach Senior Shopping Shuttle to Rossmoor and Old Ranch shopping centers and the Seal Beach Old Town Pier shuttle.
Monthly informational sessions are for new or current shareholders who would like to learn about the Minibus service routes and timetables.
The LW Minibus service is a community transportation service for everyone. Residents, Leisure World employees, visitors, family members of residents and caregivers can all ride the minibuses.
Anyone who has a valid pass to enter the community can ride on the LW buses. The only rule is each person must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by someone who is 18 years of age or older.
License Plate Readers in Use
The Los Alamitos Police Department and City Council are always looking for ways to increase public safety and ensure a continued quality of life for area residents.
To that end, the Los Alamitos City Council approved a one-year pilot program to lease 12 automated license plate readers from Flock Safety.
Since June, the city has been working with the company to identify locations throughout Los Alamitos where the license plate readers will be installed. Installation began Feb. 2 at various intersections in the city.
Automated license plate readers work by capturing vehicle license plate information and filtering it through law enforcement data sources to see if it is a stolen or wanted vehicle. In addition to identifying vehicles associated with criminal activity, vehicles associated with missing or at-risk persons are also identified.
Once a wanted vehicle is identified, Los Alamitos police officers will receive immediate notification from dispatch about the vehicle location, direction of travel and reason for the alert.Automated license plate readers have long helped law enforcement solve crimes, recover stolen vehicles and locate missing persons. Law enforcement agencies who use automated license plate readers have reported reductions in both property and violent crimes.
Automated license plate reader technology is limited to collecting vehicle specific information and does not capture images of the driver or interior of the vehicle. All vehicle information not utilized by law enforcement is automatically deleted after 30 days. During this pilot program, arrests and investigations involving the use of automated license plate readers will be tracked so that the police department can report back to Los Alamitos City Council on the efficiency of the program and make recommendations to continue or discontinue the program. For more information, visit www.cityoflosalamitos.org.
The Seal Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a male suspect who brandished a firearm during an argument at a shoe store Feb. 12.
At about 10:44 a.m., the Seal Beach Police Department received a call reporting a man who was brandishing a firearm outside of the Private Sneakers store, 12410-A Seal Beach Blvd. The business was having a sale featuring special edition shoes. Customers were lined up outside the business along the sidewalk waiting to enter.
Two people began to argue about one of them cutting in line. During the heated exchange, the male suspect allegedly removed a handgun from his waistband and held it at his side. It was pointed toward the ground as he advanced toward the person with whom he was arguing. Moments later, the suspect walked away and fled the area in a vehicle. The firearm was not discharged, and no injuries were reported.
The suspect is described as a male with a dark skin tone, approximately 23-26 years old, 6-foot, 4-inches tall, with a thin build, and pocked skin on his face.
He was wearing a black do-rag, gray sweatpants and a turquoise hooded sweatshirt over a white t-shirt.
The suspect entered a vehicle driven by an unknown female subject. The vehicle is described as a dark gray or black 2014 Buick LaCrosse bearing California license plates 8CHA209. The suspect left the area in the vehicle, and police were unable to locate the car or suspect.
This is an ongoing investigation, and the Seal Beach Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect in this incident.
Witnesses, victims or anyone with information are encouraged to contact Detective Bruno Balderrama at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1109, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Heart Month
Editor’s Note: Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 650,000 people each year. February is American Heart Month, a time when LW residents can focus on their cardiovascular health. Read on for steps everyone can take to mitigate heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, smoking, being overweight or obese and type 2 diabetes.
Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounted for 874,613 deaths in the United States in 2019. Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. will have a myocardial infarction. On average in 2019, someone died of stroke every 3 minutes, 30 seconds, in the United States, according to statistics from the American Heart Association.
Heart disease prevention is possible. Making healthier lifestyle choices—like quitting smoking—can reduce the chances of developing heart disease. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself.
Fact No. 1: Heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans every year.
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for Americans. Thankfully, heart disease is often preventable and can be treated by making healthier lifestyle choices.
Fact No. 2: Chest discomfort or a heart attack is the first sign of heart disease.
Heart attack symptoms often include discomfort in the center of the chest that may last for a few minutes or comes and goes. It can feel like squeezing, uncomfortable pressure, fullness or pain. Shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, lightheadedness and nausea are also heart attack symptoms.
Fact No. 3: Some people are born with heart disease.
A congenital heart defect starts at birth. Doctors are still puzzled as to why a baby might have a congenital heart defect, though it tends to be hereditary. Most of these heart disease issues include leaky valves or structural issues like holes in the heart.
Fact No. 4: Unhealthy habits contribute to heart disease.
Not getting enough exercise, unhealthy eating and smoking increase your chance of developing heart disease. Additionally, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol are other factors that can increase your risk. Speak with your doctor about prevention measures.
Fact No. 5: Time is of the essence when someone is having a heart attack.
Heart attack victims can have sudden loss of responsiveness or may be unable to breathe normally. Loss of oxygen to the brain and heart can cause permanent damage, so calling 9-1-1 immediately is critical. EMS staff can start treatment upon arrival, often up to an hour sooner than if you drove yourself to the hospital.
Fact No. 6: Women have the less typical heart attack signs.
According to Mayo Clinic, women are somewhat more likely than men to experience less common symptoms and signs, like neck or jaw pain prior to having a heart attack.
Fact No. 7: The most common heart disease is coronary artery disease.
This disease develops when the major blood vessels that supply the heart with blood, nutrients and oxygen become diseased or damaged. Plaque build-up in arteries causes inflammation, which can often lead to coronary artery disease. This build-up happens over a number of years, and most people don’t notice a problem until they have a heart attack or large blockage in the arteries that requires surgery.
Honoring LW Centenarians-Clifford Pedersen
This is one in an occasional series of stories profiling some of LW’s most august residents, those who have reached the enviable age of 100 years or more. The series is running in connection with the Golden Age Foundation’s centenarian event on April 20, which will celebrate these milestones. In most cases, a family member has written the stories.
by Jo Maldonado and
special to the LW Weekly
Clifford Pedersen will be 105 years old in July. The World War II veteran has lived in Mutual 2 for 35 years. He grew up in Massachusetts, and married and raised a family there.
After his first wife died at 56, he moved to California to be close to his two daughters. Cliff met his second wife, Georgia, in Leisure World, and they were married for 20 years. He is the father of four children and has five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
His advice to them is to get advanced education, and he is concerned about enough jobs for their futures.
Childhood memories include listening to a friend’s radio, which was an exciting new invention, the first electronic device that brought the world into people’s living rooms. Cliff and his friend listened to the Yankees playing in the World Series as Babe Ruth hit a home run. And they tuned in as Charles Lindbergh landed his plane near Paris after flying solo across the Atlantic in 1927.
Among his most vivid memories was when he was 6 years old and out playing ball. In the middle of the game, he doubled up with pain. The doctor was called. He came to the house, wrapped Cliff in a blanket, put him in the back seat of his car and took him to the hospital. The doctor then parked his car, went inside and performed an appendectomy. It turns out Cliff’s appendix had ruptured, and he spent a month in the hospital.
Playing hockey in high school was Cliff’s dream as a teenager. He saved his money and bought the most expensive skates he could afford. He excelled on the team but his hockey career was abruptly ended when someone stole the skates.
Cliff never backed away from hard work. As a 10-year-old, Cliff worked on a farm after school and summers. He worked nine hours a day, six days a week at $1.25 a day.
He made $7.50 a week, gave $5 to his mother and had $2.50 for himself.
After graduating from high school, Cliff continued to work on the farm full time.
When the farmer failed to pay Cliff for two weeks, Cliff told him that he would have to leave and find a new job.
The following Monday, Cliff took a train into Boston and went to an employment agency, where he was hired on the spot to work as an office boy at an insurance agency.
When WWII started, Cliff wanted to be a pilot, but he is color blind.
As a testament to his tenacity, he took the test five times but could not pass it. Nonetheless, he joined the Army and served in the Mediterranean.
He remembers crossing the Atlantic from New York to Ireland on the Queen Mary.
A little known fact was that the ship hit a mine sweeper on that voyage and cut the mine sweeper in half.
They didn’t want the Germans to know, and it was said to be the best kept secret of the war.
Several years ago, Cliff was part of the Honor Flight Society, which went to Washington, D.C., for a weekend to see the WWII Memorial and others.
A highlight of his trip was meeting Sen. Bob Dole. He was also very impressed with Fort McHenry.
After the war, Cliff attended Boston College but had to finish up his bachelor’s degree at night since he and his wife had their first child.
He started as a clerk at a food company, and they hired him later as a purchasing agent because of his college education.
Throughout his life, Cliff was athletic.
He especially loved to ski and jog. He often ran 12 10K races a year. He still rides an exercise bike to stay fit.
He values his mental clarity and does puzzles and word games daily.
He volunteered at Care Connections, an adult daycare center that was held at Redeemer Lutheran church in Leisure World after his second wife, Georgia, passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2007.
He continued his volunteer service up until COVID-19 hit and caused the daycare center to close.
Cliff received the Presidential Award for his years of volunteer service.
Although macular degeneration has taken most of his eyesight, Cliff describes himself as content and happy.
He has technology that helps with his vision as well as a machine that reads books to him. He fixes his own meals and is conscious of eating healthy.
Reflecting back on his life, Cliff wishes he had shown his mother more appreciation. “Women in those days were the real workers,” he said.
His mother washed clothes by hand, baked bread and worked long hours each day raising five children.
His father died at 72, but his mother lived to be 84. His five siblings all lived well into their 80s. He never met his grandparents who lived in Canada and Denmark.
Currently, Cliff is a participant at the Easter Seals Senior Center, located in Brea, thanks to his special friend, Edna Santos.
He met Edna several years ago when she was running the adult daycare center, and Cliff was a volunteer.
They have remained friends, and when Edna began working at Easter Seals, she suggested that Cliff come as a participant instead of a volunteer.
Cliff has met many wonderful caring people, both at Care Connections and more recently at Easter Seals.
Cliff says the best thing about volunteering is the friends that you make along the way.
That is certainly the case for him.
Happy 105th birthday to Clifford Pedersen.
Letters to the Editor
We are very fortunate in Leisure World to have two organizations that keep track of little “details” of life over the last 60 years. The first one is the Leisure World News (first published Jan. 1, 1962), now known as the Leisure World Weekly, and the second is the Leisure World Historical Society (founded in 1993).
I wanted to know when the Mini Farms started and how long they had been in existence, so where to turn? I started with the “little details” people at the Historical Society, who also have received the archived newspapers, plus many brochures, group notes and realia of the community since 1962.
I found that on April 3, 1975, the newspaper asked for a survey of potential gardeners in the community. So, 47 years ago, a group started a community garden located at Seal Beach Boulevard and Beverly Manor Road (now North Gate Road). It seems to have stayed there until 1988, when the GRF established the Mini Farms area with grading, water and beginning plots. In 1997, a club was formed with 107 plots. Then the trash bins, the walk offs, arrived in 1991, but that may be the recycling-green walk offs only.
I am sure others have details to add, and that is wonderful. But I now know that we have been digging in vegetable gardens for almost 50 years somewhere in Leisure World and growing food for ourselves and our neighbors.
A large “Celebrating Black History Month” banner caught my eye on the front page of LW Weekly. For some months on TV, Black History Month ads have been shown, and I thought this was same kind of ad on the top of front page.
As I was reading through, I was attracted to Barbara Manuel’s story of how she witnessed history by attending the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.
This story was touching and real. I saw that Managing Editor Ruth Osborn worked on this article. I thank both Barbara and Ruth.
At the end of this long story, it said: “But we do not have freedom as a gift. It’s not given to us as a God-given right. It’s something that you must take, and you must fight for, and you must preserve this liberty.”
Steve Edrich’s letter (Feb. 10) was brilliant and very accurate. The LW Weekly is an official GRF publication serving the shareholders of LWSB. As such, the editor’s response was tone- deaf and GRF-focused.
Mr. Edrich’s words “incompetence, disrespectful, condescending and cavalier” describe the GRF in how the situation was handled.
I am newer to LW, so the GRF Kool-Aid hasn’t kicked in, and, as Mr. Edrich states, “It has started down a path that is a concern to me.” I agree.
I wonder if the Republican Club news contributor (Feb. 17) recognized the irony therein? To preface a paen to Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights advances with a sentence of unqualified support of law enforcement is a direct contradiction. The story stated that the Republican Club believes the U.S. has made “great progress” toward equality and will continue to do so. How? By disenfranchising people of color? The story correctly states that attitudes will have to change, but it qualifies that statement by saying, “that takes time.” Evidently, that means more than the 58 years, approximately two generations, since 1964.
Then, to add to the irony, the story says the club speaker’s formula for election success is to emphasize what I see as the ongoing attack on public education as an “effective” (not a “real”) issue. I have relatives in a nearby public high school who have discussed this issue with classmates and very few, if any, have indicated that they are experiencing offense to their sensibilities while learning actual history, other than the usual discomfort of “too much reading” and “too hard exams,” of course.
If some parents actually believe their children feel guilt over actions of people they’ve never met or shared the same beliefs with, perhaps they could ask them, as we have of civil rights demonstrators for years, to just get over it!
The Leisure World Historical Society, a 501(c)3 educational foundation, is dedicated to preserving the history of Leisure World, which celebrates 60 years in 2022. Historical Society President Margaret Gillon has chronicled highlights in this weekly column. People are welcome to visit, volunteer for or donate memorabilia to the Historical Society, which is open every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, log on to LWHistory.org or SealBeachLeisureWorldHistory.org.
• Feb. 3, 1966—LW Garden Club launches landscape project
The newspaper article discussed an extensive landscaping project to encompass all areas of Leisure World. The club wanted to concentrate on three main areas of beautification—median areas such as triangles between buildings, service areas around laundries and land surrounding unsold apartments. The program is to be coordinated through each Mutual president.
• Feb. 4, 1987—Frost on greens delayed Guys and Gals shootout
The start of play was delayed for over one hour. RW1997.
• Feb. 5, 1986-—LW security officers use radar guns
Security used the guns to monitor the speed of vehicles to increase safety. “Residents, employees, service people and guests who exceed the post speed limits may be cited.”
• Feb. 8, 1990—LW Swim Club is at capacity
The LW Swim Club, which was installing officers for the new year, announced that it had become so large it could no longer accept members. This social club sponsored dances and trips, no swimming involved.
• Feb. 9, 1967—Leisure World sign erected on Del Monte
An 8-by-16-foot sign was erected to identify Seal Beach Leisure World to eastbound travelers on the Garden Grove Freeway. The sign was situated at the north end of Del Monte to provide directions for motorists on both the Garden Grove and San Gabriel freeways.
• Feb. 10, 1966—New Garden Grove Freeway routes announced
This began a long period of negotiation on the new freeway and its effect on Leisure World. All original routes proposed would “take a small slice from the northwest corner of Leisure World.”
• Feb. 10, 1977—Churches join for Brotherhood Service
The Religious Council planned a large annual observance of Brotherhood Week in Clubhouse 2. The Sweet and Lows, the Singing Strings trio and Leisure World Barbershoppers were to perform. There were also prayers and Bible lessons by local pastors and rabbis.
• Feb. 10, 1994—LWers help victims of Northridge quake
Members of the Leisure World Community were recognized for their efforts to help victims of the Northridge earthquake. Volunteers worked with various relief organizations and money was raised for food and shelter.
• Feb. 11, 1987—LW rejects day care center
After a long and difficult study, the results of a lengthy survey showed that LWers did not feel that the community needed a day care center.
The survey received responses from 2,268 residents; 1,082 of respondents were over 77 years old.
• Feb. 12, 1976—Jim’s Gate remodeled
Jim’s Gate at the end of Annandale Drive, designated for pedestrian traffic only, was remodeled to improve safety. Bike riders were surprised to learn Jim’s Gate was accessible only by turnstile.
• Feb. 12, 1986—LW marks 20 years of Minibus service
The Leisure World minibuses were 20 years old this month. The service was started in 1966. In 1986 there were four separate routes around Leisure World, carrying about 400,000 passengers a year. The buses travelled up about 100,000 miles a year according to Terry Sears, who was the head of transportation.
• Feb. 12,1969—Pool improvements were made
The Golden Rain Foundation Board decided to improve the community swimming pool. A new heating system was installed in a modified boiler room. Safety was given as the major reason for the improvements.
• Feb. 16, 1967—Cable was coming to LW
Community television came a step closer for residents with the announcement that preliminary engineering and cost studies had been completed for a proposed community antenna. Warner Brothers TV Services provided the antenna at a cost of no more than $3.25 monthly per resident.
• Feb. 17, 1966—LW Orchestra was inaugurated
Plans were made to organize a symphony orchestra to take part in the Easter sunrise service in Leisure World. A meeting LW residents musicians was held Feb 18, with the first symphony orchestra was under the baton of Herbert Borodkin.
• Feb. 17,1994—Residential hotel considered for LW
A proposal for a residential hotel in Leisure World was opened for community comment. The concept was never approved. Since then, several residential hotels have been built outside LW. There is a architectural design sketch of the proposed building at the Historical Society.
• Feb. 18, 1987—55 Alive driving classes offered for first time
The 55 Alive/Mature Driving course was offered for the first time in Leisure World. Former LW Security Chief Bob Harris and LWer Millicent Polley were the first instructors. The course was developed by the American Association of Retired People to improve the driving of senior citizens.
•Feb. 19,1970—LW WWI Veterans recognized
The national commander of the Veterans of World War I made an official visit to the Leisure World Barracks of the organization. The Leisure World Barrack was one of the largest groups of World War I veterans in the country with more than 500 members.
• Feb. 19, 1976—LWers send aid to Guatemalan quake victims
Leisure World residents, led by Le Roy Andrews, launched a concentrated effort to aid thousands of homeless Guatemalans who were victims of an earthquake. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck on Feb. 4. An entire truckload of supplies were collected and dispatched.
• Feb. 21, 1980—Garden Club celebrated 16 years
The headline on Page One of the newspaper was about the Leisure World Garden Club celebrating its 16th year.
• Feb. 23, 1967—Resales Office built
A new reception center was to be constructed at the Main Gate. Bids for construction of a sales center at the main entrance were opened to build a facility to house the on site-sales force in a continuing effort to maintain a low rate of vacancies in LW.
by Nick Massetti
Didn’t you see the STOP sign?—the officer pulling folks over past a Leisure World stop sign asks that question. The first driver says, “Yeah, but I didn’t see you.” The second driver says, “I don’t speak sign language.” The third driver says, “Yeah, but I don’t believe everything I read.” The fourth driver says, “I slowed down, what’s the difference?” At that point, the frustrated officer starts telling nonstop really bad dad jokes and interjects, “You want me to slow down or stop?”
The first stop sign was created in 1915, but despite being around for more than 100 years, too many drivers still fail to obey them.
In fact, drivers failing to come to a complete stop at stop signs is the most common cause of all traffic accidents. I get it. You’re late for something, you’re distracted and don’t see it, or you just want to get home faster. Or maybe you have acquired a bad habit because you’ve had to face few consequences for continuing the behavior.
Well, your neighbors are getting fed up, and they are calling for action to stop it. You might be comfortable paying for the first ticket because the fine and associated government and court fees are only $250 and one added DMV point to your driving record that will likely increase your insurance cost. But that habit will get expensive quick. Being inside the walls of LW won’t shield you from being ticketed. The City of Seal Beach recently passed a resolution accepting an invitation to provide traffic enforcement on LW’s private streets. So the same traffic laws apply as outside the walls.
Take the Stop on the Red Sign pledge. Safe roads in Leisure World begin with you.
Mutual and GRF election cycle begins
Since 1962, Leisure World, Seal Beach, has operated on a united community spirit. There is no one more interested in their home, Mutual and community than LWers and their fellow shareholders. Only they can truly understand the value of the LW life and lifestyle and have the motivation to see their Mutual, as well as the entire community, prosper.
Being part of a Mutual or GRF Board places shareholders in the middle of the decision-making process, with their voice and opinions heard as they represent their fellow shareholders for a collective benefit.
Pride in community, patience and motivation to help others are very important qualities for running for a seat on their Mutual or GRF Board. It is the strength of the vast and varied experience each director has, as well as the collective strength of the Board, that builds community and protects LW’s lifestyle and homes. The skills and knowledge a person has compiled through the years will be put to good use; everyone has the ability to do and be the change for the benefit of all.
The duly elected Mutual and GRF Boards set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation and Trust property and all of its amenities. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate—that is, their fellow shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. It’s not an easy job; it takes time, effort and a willingness to donate a portion of everyday life to the community.
As a community of more than 9,000 highly qualified shareholders, there is so much expertise to offer. New ideas and perspectives are always needed, which means volunteers are needed. Everyone should consider becoming a candidate for a position on their Mutual or GRF Board of Directors.
The schedule indicates the Mutuals’ and GRF elections schedule. Deadlines to apply for candidacy vary. Anyone interested in or who has questions relating to becoming a candidate for his or her Mutual or GRF Board of Directors should contact the Stock Transfer Office at (562) 431-6586, ext. 346.
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This week, Community Church will look at the Gospel of Luke. The message title is “God Has Chosen You” and is based in Luke 9:28-43a.
The “Gospel” means “good news.” In the past, Community Church has had people share privately and sometimes publicly that they have experienced the Gospel as bad news, as exclusionary and judgmental. Community Church strives to grow into a community where all are welcome and can experience the Gospel as good news.
Community Church will continue to hold online services throughout this month, but like a seed planted months ago, it looks forward to breaking forth into new life with a return to in-person worship with an outdoor Ash Wednesday Ceremony on March 2 at 10 a.m. There will be an option for drive-through ashes until noon for anyone who does not feel safe gathering in groups. Pastor Johan Dodge began to do a drive through ashes service over 10 years ago in other church settings and will continue to move the tradition forward this year.
Community Church expects to hold services indoors again on March 6 at 9:50 a.m. It will continue to offer virtual worship on Zoom and Facebook.
Pastor Johan will lead a five- week Lenten Study livestreamed and in person on Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7 at 1 p.m. The study is titled, “In the Presence of Jesus: A 40-Day Guide to the Intimacy with God You’ve Always Wanted” by Paul Bane and Matt Litton. The book is available on Amazon, but it is not necessary to purchase a copy to participate. Those interested in joining should contact the church office at (562) 431-2503 to register.
Community Church is on Facebook for livestreamed worship @communitychurchleisureworld. Those who don’t have Facebook and can join via Zoom may call the church office or email email@example.com.
Those who do not have Internet may receive a DVD or CD of the weekly worship service by calling the church office.
Those who are in need without another way to address it may call the church office and leave a message at (562) 431-2503.
As the mask mandates are being gently lifted, Beit HaLev looks forward to the day when it is safe to resume live, in-person services once again.
For now, Beit HaLev livestream services are on Facebook.com/galityomtov, YouTube.com (Beit HaLev LIVE! Channel) and Zoom. Beit HaLev is currently experimenting with a multi-streaming platform, and the link for Shabbat Ma’ariv is different from the old one. For the Shabbat evening service, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85149315811?pwd=T3hOUkx5NUorR1M3UldWNS84d3RKQT09. The meeting ID is 851 4931 5811, and the passcode is RavGalit.
For the Shabbat morning service, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87999429979?pwd=eml5L09HL0d0Y3c2MUNFRGZZM05KUT09. The meeting ID is 879 9942 9979, and the passcode is RavGalit.
Livestream services on Fridays are at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. The “Coffee Chavurah” social period has been suspended until further notice.
This week’s Shabbat Torah reading is a double Parashah: “Vayachel-Pekudei,” in Exodus 36:20-38:20, and the Maftir from Exodus 40:36-38. The Tabernacle is completed; the implements for traveling are described in detail, and the Aron Kodesh, which carried the tablets is then created by Bezalel and his assistant, Oholiav, the artisans chosen by HaShem. The artists also created the Menorah, the Altar and other ritual pieces. “Pekudei” is the final chapter of the Book of Exodus (Chazak!), and now that the Tabernacle and all of the accompanying ritual pieces are finished, the Israelites prepare to leave Mt. Sinai and continue the journey to the Promised Land.
All Beit HaLev services use the special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,”which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.” Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available for sale at the live, in-person services.
Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit HaLev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and doesn’t believe in labels. It considers all religions holy and valid.
To request a membership form for Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Christian Church
First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors. People are welcome join First Christian Church as it worships and explores God’s word.
The congregation of First Christian Church of Leisure World is excited to announce the addition of Gary Whitlatch as its new associate pastor. Pastor Gary will work along Pastor Bruce Humes as they minister to the congregation. Whitlatch is a graduate from Calvary Chapel Downey School of Ministry and has a heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Gary will be sharing from God’s word on Saturday, Feb. 26, and Sunday, Feb. 27.
Beginning March 1, the following will be the new weekly schedule for Bible Studies at First Christian Church. All LWers are invited to attend any of the studies.
• Pastor Gary will lead the Bible study held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
• Thursday’s Bible study, led by Elder Jack Frost, will be held from 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
•Friday’s prayer and Bible Study, led by Pastor Bruce, is held from 6-7 p.m.
The foundation for this week’s message will be from Psalm 51:6: “Behold, you desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part you will make me to know wisdom.”
This Psalm was written by King David after committing a grievous sin with severe consequences. LWers are invited to join First Christian in learning what God has for believers in this story.
Sunday services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. are traditional with hymnal music led by Pat Kogok at the piano. This Sunday, Janet Ray will sing a beautiful hymn called “I’m a Miracle Lord.”
Saturday services, from 9:30-10:45 a.m., are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading in worship with guitar accompaniment.
Scripture of the Week
“Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart” (Psalm 119:33-34; NASB).
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. This is followed by the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays of the month. The Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings are held on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour.
Masks are still required for all meetings. Members who are unable to attend Sacrament service in person may request a link from the bishop, Jonathan Brimley, at (562) 716-8309 to watch from home.
This week’s Scripture study is Genesis chapters 24-27.
The Newport Beach Temple is currently closed and scheduled to reopen March 7.
LW Baptist will look at what believers have in Christ during its praise and worship service on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.
Acts 2 in the New Testament recounts the church’s birthday on the day of Pentecost. In that passage, two loaves, each representing Jewish and gentile believers, were jointly presented to the Lord. Luke, the author of the book of Acts, describes how the spirit of grace calls people of all backgrounds to salvation through the Gospel, which is Christ’s triumph over death. It brings believers into a redeemed company and a faith family endued with grace.
The Christian Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3 at 10 a.m.
For more information about the church, call (562)430-8598.
Christian Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study
Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Group will meet on Feb. 28 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group is currently studying the book “Loving God with All Your Heart.” All are welcome to attend.
For more information, call Jean Davidson at (562) 431-0591 or Margie Robertson at (562) 594-6505.
“Following Christ to New Heights” is the theme for Redeemer Lutheran’s worship service on Sunday, Feb. 27. The 10:30 a.m. main service is filled with organ music, hymns and Communion and held inside the stained-glass sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across the street from the LW Administration building, with ample parking.
Dee Sessa and Teresa Smith are this week’s greeters, and Sharon Heck will play the organ accompanied by the musical trio of Beverly Anderson, Pastor Lynda Elmer and Kay Pushman.
Those who have questions about the service or Redeemer Lutheran’s faithful community can call (562) 598-8697.
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly knows that life can be challenging at times. But the congregation believes that there is a God in heaven who loves and cares for all people.
Faith Christian Assembly is friendly congregation that makes sure to make visitors feel welcome. It has two convenient Sunday service times at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and is located at the corner of Seal Beach Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive.
The Wednesday Bible study at 11 a.m. is also an opportunity for visitors to join.
LWers can join any of these services as the congregation sings hymns, listens to a Bible-based message and enjoys some fellowship time.
The Bible says when believers make church attendance a priority, they will not regret it. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16, ESV).
To receive a free newsletter and more information on the church call (562) 598-9010, email email@example.com, or by visi the church website at www.FCAchurch.net.
Assembly of God
Service/Gathering Times: Assembly of God meets Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Wednesday morning Bible study is at 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing is canceled until further notice.
Sermon for this week: A church with a heart for missions and supporting missionary work is in line with the heart of God. This week’s sermon title is “A Missionary Church, Part 2,” based on Mark 16:15.
Jesus reiterates the command to go into all the world and preach the “good news” to everyone. The Gospel message is not just for a certain socioeconomic class, ethnic group or race of people. The Gospel, when preached in its pure form, without being colored by bias or opinion, is good for all people everywhere from Indigenous tribes to millionaires. The good news is that Jesus was sent as a savior for the world, to reconcile all people to God.
Pastor Chuck Franco will wrap up his missions series this Sunday with a challenge for all to be involved in missions by going, praying and/or giving.
Bible Study: Assembly of God’s current Bible Study is titled “Living Victoriously in a Difficult World.” 1 Peter continues to give practical principles to live by in times when Christian teaching and Biblical truth is questioned or rejected outright. The parallels of the current time to the age when Peter was writing to Christians are many. Students have drawn strength, insight and courage from hearing the video teaching and sharing in the discussion led by Pastor Chuck. Join the Bible study class for Session 6 this Wednesday, March 2.
Contact us: More information about Leisure World Assembly of God can be found on the website at lwassemblyofgod.com. Those who want to receive prayer, a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Carolyn van Aalst is also available to receive prayer requests at (562) 343-8424.
Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on Facebook (Chuck Franco) and the Faithlife app under the group “Leisure World Assembly of God.”
Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom with Rabbi Mike Mymon on Friday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 a.m. To receive a Zoom invitation call or text Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.
Congregation Sholom has boxes of 20 K-N95 masks for sale for $18, which includes delivery. Call Murray Pollack at (562) 331-3949 to place an order.
Congregation Sholom will hold Purim services via Zoom on March 16 and 17.
Plans are underway to hold a Passover Seder and dinner on the first night of Passover, April 15. Those who are interested can call Pollack at (562) 331-3949 for more information.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of Congregation Sholom can call Howard Brass at (714) 396-0121 for a membership packet.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Feb. 27.
The season of Lent will begin soon, with Ash Wednesday falling on March 2. Holy Family will hold Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:30 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. The parish will hold the second part of the mini Lenten retreat with the theme of self-emptying on Friday, March 18.
To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe. For more information, visit the website at www.holyfamilysb.com.
The church is operating at its regular Mass schedule. Father Joseph Son Nguyen suggests that people wear masks while inside the church. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Weekday Masses are Monday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and confessions are on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m.
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Learn how to control cholesterol with Barbara Llamas
Barbara Llamas will give a presentation to the Sunshine Club on how people can control their cholesterol on Friday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m.
All residents are welcome to join the Zoom meeting by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87427954280?pwd=dExQR2dDblZSbUNkQlVoclhrajFhUT09. The meeting ID is 874 2795 4280, and the passcode is 080651.
Those who want to receive the Zoom link by email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. (text only; no phone calls).
High cholesterol is something that many older adults have. But just because a person has it doesn’t mean they can’t learn to control it. Llamas will teach club members how to manage high cholesterol.
By the end of Llamas’ presentation, club members will be able to define what cholesterol is, name at least one reason why too much cholesterol is bad and be able to describe strategies to control high cholesterol.
Llamas is a health educator for Independence at Home, a SCAN Community Service. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Cal State Long Beach and her bachelor’s in social welfare from Cal State Los Angeles, with a minor in gerontology.
Llamas has over 30 years’ experience working with older adults as a geriatric care manager, Alzheimer’s disease demonstration project coordinator and health educator. She has been a caregiver support group leader and has coordinated and taught caregiver training workshops.
Llamas is a certified instructor for two evidence-based training classes: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and Empowered Relief. She is also a certified laughter yoga instructor.
In her spare time, Llamas and her family are very involved in her church’s Boy Scout troop, and she is the proud mother of an Eagle Scout.
The Sunshine Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a luncheon on March 10 in Clubhouse 2 at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Derby at (562) 301-5339.
LWer Grace Kim recognized for outstanding contributions
The Korea Economic Institute (IKE) recognized LWer Grace Kim for outstanding contributions to the United States and the Korean American community. She was received the award from President and CEO Kathleen Stephens on Korean American Day, Jan. 13, in Washington, D.C.
American Latino Club
Next meeting will be March 10
The American Latino Club will have its next meeting on Thursday, March 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11:30 a.m.
There will be dancing and food at the meeting. Lunch will be two slices of pizza, a green salad, Jamaican hibiscus drinks, coffee or tea, plus a slice of pie. People may bring their own drinks. The lunch will cost $10 per person. People must RSVP and pay for the lunch by March 7.
For reservations and payment, call (562) 431-4257.
GAF Shredding Service will be held March 8
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) Shredding Service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon.
The GAF wants to remind residents of the following rules to have the event run smoothly:
• All residents are asked to drop off their documents and go. There will be no chairs to sit on, and no line will be allowed to form. GAF volunteers will guard bags until the truck arrives to shred.
• Documents stored in plastic or paper bags will be accepted, but not cardboard boxes.
•Residents must remove staples and paper clips from documents.
• Electronic devices will not be accepted for recycling.
• No contaminated bags or x-ray copies will be accepted.
All GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World residents. The GAF is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all donations go directly to meeting community needs. The generous support of residents, clubs, organizations and businesses is the main source of income. The GAF programs and projects are made possible by volunteer efforts.
Donations are welcome.
For more information about the GAF, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org, or call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
The Korean American Classical Music Association’s Feb. 24 program will feature choral music from Stephen Foster (1826-1864) and others. At the last meeting Dr. Samuel Kim presented on Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites No.1 and 2. Contact Grace Kim at (562) 431-3039 for more information.
Hands and Hearts United in Giving
Hands and Hearts United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels and new, unopened travel-size shampoo, soap, lotion and disposable razors.
The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women.
To donate, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 or Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up.
People may also leave donations on the patio in Mutual 6-62A or Mutual 2-48A.
Donations are delivered to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families.
The Concerned Shareholders’ next meeting will be held on Feb. 24 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1p.m.
The annual Concerned Shareholders Board of Directors’ elections will be held at this meeting. There will be nominations from the floor.
Golden Rain Foundation President Susan Hopewell will be the guest speaker.
The effects of new Davis-Stirling voting laws on the elections for directors of Golden Rain Foundation and the Mutuals will be discussed.
Learn from the Historical Society at the March 1 general meeting
The Woman’s Club of Leisure World’s next general meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 1 p.m. All Leisure World women are welcome to attend. The theme is St. Patrick’s Day, so everyone is invited to wear Shamrock green.
During the meeting, the Leisure World Historical Society will share a presentation. The Historical Society has been selected to receive the Woman’s Club’s charitable donation this month. The LW Historical Society was founded in 1993 and its collection represents the lives of Leisure World residents over the years. There are fun materials at the Historical Society and Museum in Clubhouse 1 for people to view including videos; artwork; photo collections; the LW News on microfilm from 1962-1999; books and magazines featuring Leisure World from the 1960s and 1970s; digital construction photos of Leisure World, Seal Beach, being built; and more.
The Woman’s Club will hold a fundraising event on March 8. When club members or friends take a special Woman’s Club flier to a Chick-fil-A on March 8 and purchase food for dine-in or takeout, Chick-fil-A will donate 15-20 percent of the purchase back to the Woman’s Club. With the canceled fundraising events the club has endured during the pandemic, participating in this fundraiser will help the club to be more generous with charitable donations.
Fliers for the event will be available at the March 1 meeting.
Centennials to be recognized
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is calling upon all LW residents who have reached the age of 100 or will achieve that fantastic milestone in 2022 to sign up for a special day to honor them.
The GAF, along with GRF, wants to recognize LW’s long-lived residents who have been witness to world events since 1922.
Help is needed in identifying and contacting LW centenarians in time for the April 20 celebration. On that day, friendly GAF volunteers will visit them with a warm smile and a special gift.
People can contact GAF President Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339 or Lita Fernando at (562) 296-5885 for more information and to sign up.
The Leisure World Korean American ROTC Association get together through the Kakao app and via Zoom. The group plays a round of golf on the second Thursday of every month and holds family gatherings twice a year. All Korean American ROTC alumni in Leisure World are welcome to join the group. It is a great way to make friends, share stories and memories of the military service in Korea. To join, contact Won Sup Song at email@example.com or call (213) 447-4391.
Purchase a MiraFiber Cloth from the Y Service Club and send a kid to camp
The Y Service Club is selling MiraFiber cloths to raise funds to send kids to camp. The cloth plus water will clean any surface without chemicals. The cost is $6 each or five for $25. This is an ongoing fundraiser for the Y Service Club.
To purchase a cloth, call Glenna Hoff at (562) 296-5040.
by Mary Larson
The re-configuration of districts as a result of the recently completed census continues to result in a number of changes for Leisure World voters. For example Tom Umberg, the current representative in the California Senate, will run for re-election in a district that no longer includes Seal Beach.
Huntington Beach City Councilwoman Kim Carr’s name will be on the June Primary ballot as the Democratic candidate for the newly drawn District 36. She has kicked off her campaign with 50 local endorsements, including that of Senators Umberg and Dave Min, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, County Board of Supervisor Katrina Foley and the mayors of 10 Orange County cities. In addition, she received over 96 percent of the vote in the Feb. 12th Democratic Party’s Pre-endorsing Conference.
Carr was the featured speaker at the Democratic Club’s Feb. 16 membership meeting. Members are looking forward to supporting her in the 2022 Primary and General elections.
To listen to a Feb. 7 podcast featuring Carr, Google “Kim Carr – 36th District State Senate Candidate 2-7-22 – KX FM.” Click on her picture to start the podcast.
Carr issued the following statement to the LW Democratic Club “As Mayor of Huntington Beach and city council member, I have worked tirelessly to address our city’s most pressing issues and develop workable solutions that make sense for our residents. I was proud to lead the way by being the first city in Southern California to launch Be Well OC in August 2021. This much-needed mobile mental health service has been a tremendous asset for everyone in our community. On average, we receive between 14,000 and 16,000 mental health related calls for service that Be Well OC can handle, freeing up our public safety personnel who would typically respond to these types of calls, to be available for emergencies. If I am elected to the CA State Senate, I will continue to work diligently to develop effective, efficient, and compassionate programs that make a real difference in the quality of life for all Californians.”
More information about Huntington Beach’s Be Well OC program can be found by Googling “Be Well in Huntington Beach.”
LW Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521. Make sure to include your full name, address and phone number, as well as party affiliation. People can also visit the club’s booth outside Clubhouse 6 on Tuesday, March 1, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
by Brian Harmon
At the February Republican Club meeting, President David Harlow issued a call to Republicans, not just to vote, but to volunteer and help Republicans running for office.
Volunteers are needed to walk, phone, and possibly stuff mailers, he said. The hope is to help Republican candidates gain seats in the Senate, House of Representatives, and state offices throughout the country.
Harlow also said that the club would focus on reaching voters in LW, rather than beyond the walls, with the club’s main focus being centered on family values
Harlow also said that the club is planning a rally for April with Congresswoman Michelle Steel as the headline speaker. All other Republican candidates from this area will be invited to speak.
Harlow complimented club member Susan Kelleghan for her work on the club’s website, which can be viewed at www.lwrepublicans.com.
The mini-Valentine’s Day party at the club booth was a huge success as Republicans feasted on cookies and all things chocolate. The booth was decorated with hearts of many colors.
The booth is open Mondays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside Clubhouse 6. Volunteers continue to collect signatures for the School Choice Initiative. This ballot proposition, if passed, will make it possible for parents of all income groups to send their children to the school of their choice, whether it be a secular private school, religious school, charter school, or home school. This will be done by providing up to $14,000 per child for parents who choose educational alternatives to public schools.
The club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
Club membership is free. To join the club or receive more information, residents can call (714) 928-1950.
Post 327 Members of American Legion Post 327 interviewed candidates from Marina High School for an opportunity to participate in Boy’s State in Sacramento this summer. Karsten Schubert (second from left) and Levi Kip (second from right) were selected to be delegates from Leisure World Post 327. The young men spend a week learning about state politics, many continue on pursuing careers in the political arena. Pictured are Lee Esslinger, Post 327 (l-r); Schubert; John Rogers, Post 327; Kip and Mike Levitt.
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George Grimm 74
Peter Moore 90
Linsford Felix 61
Eva Salcedo 66
Juan Burgueno 72
Sidney Sims Jr. 92
Carolyn Davis 66
Elaine Hull 77
Leona Dammann 78
Christa Lemke 91
Angelina Sherrill 91
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Arts & Leisure
Abilene performs Feb. 26
LW’s No. 1 country rock band, Abilene, performs on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.
Last year, the group opened the Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans and will play again this year by popular demand. Band leader Terry Otte shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer, while guitarist Rod Anderson, guitar synthesizer player Jim Long, bassist Mike Simpson and drummer Jim Greer round out the group that’s been going strong for nearly 20 years.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The GRF Weekend Dances continue March 5 with the Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra. Leisure World’s own professional big band plays swing and jazz standards, music for dreaming and dancing. The Velvetones regularly perform on the first and third Sunday evenings in Clubhouse 4 from 6-9 p.m.
Vinyl Rock will be back in Clubhouse 4 on March 12 at 7 p.m. The nine-piece Orange County-based band passionately performs classic rock, Motown and pop tunes primarily from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s that’ll have LWers smiling, swinging and swaying. The group keeps the audience engaged, inviting everyone to participate in sing-alongs and mingling with them on the dance floor. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Vinyl Rock, whose perfomance is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers.
At the GRF Weekend Dances, masks are not required for those who are vaccinated but are recommended for everyone. Table saving is not permitted, but people can bring their own snacks.
No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands, and clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given.
Everyone must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to allow adequate time for the custodian to tear down the setup and arrange everything for the following day.
The GRF asks that everyone, whether a resident or guest, sign in so it can judge the popularity of the bands.
Pinochle is played in Clubhouse 1 every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The warmup game starts at 11:30 a.m., with the regular game beginning at 12:30 p.m. The club provides cards, score cards, pens, tablets and other equipment. It costs $2 per person to play, and the top four scorers of each day win cash prizes.
The following are the winning scores from recent games.
Feb. 7: First place: Oscar Moya, 12,360; second: Nancy Wheeler, 11,370; third: Delores Cook, 11,310; fourth: Amy Kasuyama, 10,540.
Feb. 10: First place: Angeline Perkins, 12,240; second: Peggy Kasper, 11,390; third: Oscar Moya, 10,490; fourth: Phyllis Pearce, 10,160.
Feb. 12: First place: Diana Lambert, 12,580; second: Jim Kasper, 11,130; third: Peggy Kasper, 11,110; fourth: Bobbi Olsen, 9,780.
Lessons to learn to play or to brush up on the game are available on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 1. Call Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416 for more information.
Anyone interested in playing pinochle should call Marge Dodero at (310) 968-9509.
American Legion Post 327 will host Sunday Bingo on Feb. 27. The doors to Clubhouse 2 will open at 1 p.m., with Early Bird Bingo beginning at 1:30 p.m. All proceeds help veterans in LW.
Patti Smith, former Cribbage Club president, won her 11th star on Feb. 15 with a perfect score of 847.
Other winners for the day were Candy Meyers and Adair Paul, who tied for second with a score of 838; Gene Smith, who placed third with 837; and Liz Meripol, who came in fourth with 836.
Carrie Kistner and Candy Meyer served cake and ice cream to the 41 members present.
The Cribbage Club meets every Tuesday in Clubhouse 1. Refreshments are served at noon, and play begins at 12:30 p.m. Members are asked to be seated by 12:15 p.m. Dues for 2022 are $5. New members are welcome.
To receive extra assistance in learning or brushing up on the game, contact Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.
Linda Stone won final table at the Tournament Poker Club’s game on Feb. 12. She beat Doug Wolfe with a full house. A club member for eight years, the onetime president of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce has won final table five times.
Finishing in third and fourth places were Lem Hall and John Vento. With four kings, Hall won high hand, while Don Saunders took second place in that contest with four jacks and an ace. Bill Clawson won the promo hand of 10 and 3.
The Tournament Poker Club plays on the first three Saturdays of the month. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and players must be seated by noon; there are no late entries permitted. Contact Judy Jasmin at (562) 626-8179 with any questions.
‘Aida’ and ‘Evita’ screen in March
Everyone is invited to attend the Opera Club’s showing of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida,” presented by member Joyce Bachner, on March 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
One of Verdi’s most touching operas, the tragic story focuses on a love triangle composed of the Egyptian king’s daughter, an enslaved Ethiopian girl and a captain in the Egyptian army during a war between Egypt and Ethiopia.
Technical difficulties prevented the audience for enjoying the entire showing of “Evita” at a January meeting, so the club will rescreen the musical on March 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. (Anyone wanting to see only Part 2 should arrive a few minutes before 3 p.m.; the club requests those people find seats quietly while the performance is being shown.)
Member Frieda Davis will present this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the life of María Eva Duarte de Perón, who died at the age of just 33. Born in poverty, she had a scandalous past, but she used her ambition to become a formidable co-leader, with husband Juan Domingo Perón, of Argentina. The historical drama features phenomenal music by Webber, who won awards for book, score, acting, costumes and decorations.
Unvaccinated attendees are required to wear masks. No dues or fees are collected. For more information, contact Beverly Emus at (562) 296-5586.
Monday Night Bunco
Leisure World’s Monday Night Bunco will next meet on Feb. 28. The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. There is a halftime social.
The winners from the Feb. 14 meeting are as follows:
Most Buncos: Elizabeth Butterfield and Rita Fueyo
Most Wins: Patty Littrell
Most Babies: Gail Levitt
Most Losses: Diane Seeger
Door Prize: Joyce Ingram
Contact Gail Levitt at (562) 596-1346 with any questions.
Dancing Feet Club
Dancing Feet Club resumes its line dance sessions on Feb. 28, then every Monday from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Social ballroom dancing will continue on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m., also in Clubhouse 2, starting in March. Everyone is welcome and can bring their own snacks (but no liquor).
Admission is free, and space is limited. Wearing a mask is recommended. For more information, text Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223 or email him at email@example.com.
Drone Club members meet and prepare for a flight exercise. The club has reinvented itself and is designed for recreational and photographic purposes. Contact Joseph Valentinetti at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hui O Hula members recently celebrated their love and aloha, telling stories through dance in both Hawaiian and English. Hawaiian dance lessons are offered twice a week, with a beginners’ class on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6, and all dancers meeting on Thursdays at 1 p.m. at Veterans Plaza. All LW women and men are welcome. For additional information, call (562) 431-2242.
Golf League Results for Feb. 11 and 14
On Feb. 11, 13 men and one woman of the Leisure World Golf League challenged the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. With numerous water hazards, dramatic elevation changes and small, sloping greens, players find this par-70, 5,600-yard course to be demanding. The morning was cool, but the sun was out early; by round’s end, it was nearly 80 degrees and getting windy. Even with good conditions, just two scores were at or under par, and there were only three birdies.
All scores are net (gross minus handicap. The handicaps for A Flight are 0-19, while B Flight is over 19.
A Flight: First place: Gary Stivers, a well-played even par 70, plus fewest putts; second: tie between Tim Looney and Dave LaCascia, a hard-earned 1 over 71; third: tie between Sam Choi and Bill McKusky, 2 over 72; fourth: Chris Lankford, who also was closest to the pin on the seventh hole; fifth: tie between Fujio Norihiro and Larry Hillhouse. Choi also scored a birdie.
B Flight: First place: Clay Fischer, a very nice 1 under 69, plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the 16th hole; second: Tom Ross, 4 over 74; third: Liz Meripol; fourth: Pat Paternoster, plus a birdie and fewest putts; fifth: tie between Bob Munn and Bob Meripol.
On Feb. 14, 13 men and one woman played at David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. Executive courses typically have no par-5s and an equal number of par-3s and -4s. Baker also has a significant number of water hazards and deep sand traps, and its small, undulating greens further challenge golfers.
Although it was quite cold at the 7 a.m. tee time, temperature rose dramatically during the round. With excellent conditions on greens and fairways, plus with tees set at intermediate lengths, nine players were at or under par, though there were surprisingly only four birdies.
A Flight: First place: Choi, a well-played 9 under 53, plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the third hole; second: tie between McKusky and Stivers, a really good 4 under 58; third: tie between LaCascia and Lankford, a nice 3 under 59; fourth: tie between Norihiro and Hillhouse. McKusky had the fewest putts, and LaCascia scored two birdies and was closest to the pin on the 15th hole.
B Flight: First place: Meripol, a terrific 8 under 54, plus a birdie; second: tie between Lowell Goltra and Bill Zurn, a very nice 7 under 55; third: Fischer, a fine 3 under 59, plus a birdie; fourth: tie between Paternoster, Gene Vesely and Munn. Goltra also had fewest putts.
The Golf League plays Mondays and Fridays at four local courses, all within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. Advance reservations are available at each round.
There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net, fewest putts, birdies, and closest to the pin challenges on two par-3 holes. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.
The Social Club meets every fourth Friday to play cards. This month, the club will serve snacks, plus coffee and tea; the group plans to resume serving lunch in March.
For more information, contact Marj Earls at (562) 275-1778 or Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416.
This feature showcases original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members.
Poets attribute way too much to the lonely heart
Holding romance in abeyance
Registering hurt, love and pain.
Striking when least expected
Shifting the focus when they wish
Sometimes the heart develops an attitude
And cannibalizes itself
Leaving the host bereft and empty.
And the heart lonely.
Poets’ wants sometimes become their needs
Sometimes they listen and other times not at all.
There are times the heart remains mute and the heart remains lonely.
—Mitch Cohen, Mutual 15
Outside the Gates
Broadway talent on local stage
Caissie Levy, one of Broadway’s most sought-after performers, brings her talents to the Samueli Theatre for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Cabaret Series on Feb. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m.
This will be Levy’s debut in the arts center’s Cabaret Series, which brings to Southern California the voices and personalities of New York City’s top performers. Levy just completed her seventh Broadway production, as Rose Stopnick Gellman in the Roundabout Theatre’s revival of “Caroline, or Change” at Studio 54. Prior to that, she spent two years in the role of Elsa, which she originated in Disney’s Broadway production of “Frozen.” Among her other credits are “Wicked” (including during its long-running engagement at the Pantages Theatre), “Hairspray” and “Rent.” She has also done extensive recording, voice-over, solo concert and symphony work.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts requires its patrons to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19; anyone without proof of vaccination must provide results from a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to entering the theater. Masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces.
Tickets for Caissie Levy’s performance start at $89 and are available for purchase online at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 or at the box office at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.
Saturday Social Bunco
The Saturday Social Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The next meeting is on Feb. 26 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-ups start at 1 p.m., with play starting at 1:30.
The winners from the Feb. 12 meeting are:
Most Buncos: Sandy Weisenstein
Most Wins: Lois True
Most Babies: Susie Ralston
Most Losses: Betty Morgan and Wilma Rojo
Door Prize: Doris Dack
For more information, call club President Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.
The Spiritones will be singing “Ain’t-a That Good News” at the “Joy in the Camp” concert on March 19 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Janet Ray will direct the Good News Singers in this performance of gospel music. Masks are recommended.
Joyful Line Dance
LWer dances a ‘Strait’ line
When Carmel Atkinson walked into her first Joyful Line Dance class in 2020, she knew it was the club for her. She enjoyed the friendly people and dancing to old favorites. Plus, learning new steps would not only be good exercise, but it would also keep her mind active.
Atkinson moved to Leisure World in June 2010, after she and her late husband decided they needed a one-story home suitable for seniors. She says she loves being a part of the LW community, with its wide variety of activities that make life fun. In addition to the Joyful Line Dance Club, she enjoys being a part of the Zumba and Dancing Feet clubs, the GRF’s Weekend Dances, and taking a ballroom dance class in Lakewood.
For the Joyful Line, she leads the class in two of her favorite dances, “Jo ’n Jo Tango” and “Strait Cha Cha” (to the tune of “I Just Want to Dance With You”).
Everyone is LW is invited to learn new moves from or along with Atkinson when the Joyful Line Dance meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Classes are currently limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Exercise shoes are recommended, and face masks are mandatory.
For more information about the class, text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Seen any good movies lately? Read a great book? Attended a fantastic local theater production? LW residents are invited to submit reviews for publication in the LW Weekly. Include all pertinent information, such as author names, location information, movie ratings, etc.
Send reviews with your name, Mutual and telephone numbers to email@example.com. All reviews are subject to editing for content and clarity and will run as space allows.
Dancers & Mixers
The Dancers & Mixers Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day dance on March 1 from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Linda Herman will play a selection of Irish songs from her extensive collection.
Dancers are encouraged to wear green and bring their favorite snacks and beverages. For more information, call (562) 431-1257.
This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first; any answer by Black, and White’s third move is checkmate.
The solution to this week’s puzzle: The White queen moves from d3 to g6, then Black pawn to g6, followed by White rook to g78 and Black king to f8. The next move by White is checkmate.
The Chess Club meets every Friday from 1:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, while its regular space is renovated.
The LW Pool Club’s monthly tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, in Clubhouse 2 starting at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is $3 for club members and $5 for non-member residents.
Two-person teams will be drawn to play 369, with partners alternating shots. Organizers try to balance the teams so each one has a chance to win. Anyone interested in competing in the tournament should contact Eunis “WildFire!” Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 879-1954.
Annual dues for Pool Club membership is $10 and good through November.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Feb. 16 karaoke party included a selection of love songs performed by 28 singers.
Don Sunday’s pleasant voice sang “Because of You,” and Julie Nulad did a fine “Roses are Red My Love.” Gerry and Vilma Tagaloa showed their love with “Always on My Mind.” Anna Le sang a passionate “Our Day Will Come,” and David Noble showcased his deep voice on “My Funny Valentine.”
The popular Wayne Urban whooped it up with “Oh Lonesome Me,” while more mellow singers Richard Yokomi and Tino Tupas performed “You Make My Dreams” and “Don’t Take Your Love From Me,” respectively. And enthusiastic newcomer April Scott entertained the crowd with “Sentimental Journey.”
Victor Ash smoothly lead others in dancing along to the catchy tunes. And the crowd enjoyed sub sandwiches and ice cream bars.
Club members are quick to complement singers and share song suggestions, welcoming all LWers to join them every Wednesday night in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30. Performers can fine-tune their selections at practice sessions on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6.
Women’s Golf Club
On Feb. 15, 47 women participated in the LW Women’s Golf Club’s weekly tournament, competing for low gross and low net (gross minus handicap) scores, as well as fewest putts. The winners were:
A Flight: Low gross: Soo Choi, 27; low net: Linda Herman, 25; fewest putts: Theresa Lim, 11.
B Flight: Low gross: tie between Zoe Pickell and Chong Hee Kim, 30; low net: Alison Kim, 25; fewest putts: Alison Kim, 12.
C Flight: Low gross: Jee Choi, 32; low net: Elizabeth Butterfield, 24; fewest putts: tie between Jee Choi and Elizabeth Butterfield, 13.
D Flight: Low gross: Kum Delias, 35; low net: Connie Kang, 22; fewwest putts: Soo Kim, 11.
Carefree Highway, featuring Mike Simpson of Mutual 6 and Jim Nau, will perform a free concert on the large greenbelt in front of 1410 Oakmont Road, Bldg. 140, on Feb. 26 from 3-5 p.m. The band plays easy-listening hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. LW residents and their guests should bring chairs and their own refreshments.
Guys & Gals Tournament
The Guys & Gals Tournament was played on Feb. 16 at LW’s Turtle Lake Golf Course, where turtles have finally appeared from their hibernation. Three flights of one-man-and-one-woman teams participated for best net scores, four circle holes (within a 5-foot radius) and two closest-to-the-pin challenges on par-3 holes.
At the 7:30 a.m. tee time, the weather was a cool 47 degrees and the course damp from the previous night’s thunderstorms. The sun was out early, and although it never got warm, the players enjoyed basking in the sunlight, though the winds came up mid-morning. With the good course conditions, a remarkable 30 of the 36 teams posted a net score at or under par; there were also 37 birdies and nine circle holes.
All scores are net (gross minus handicap). A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-10, B Flight is handicaps of 11-13, and C Flight is 14-18.
A Flight: First place: Jae H. and Sun Lee, a well-played 9 under 45; second: Bob Barnum and Kyung Ju, a nice 8 under 46; third: Bob Turner and Janice Turner, a super 7 under 47; fourth: tie between Mike Mayfield and Sally Park and Kyoo Choi and Bong Choi, a good 6 under 48; fifth: tie between John Kolthoff and Anne Walsh, James Farr and Sandy Derouin, Paul Alloway and Ann Tran, Young Lee and Hae Lee, and Joon Sup Yoon and Young Yoon, a terrific 5 under 49; sixth: Dong Kim and Devora Kim, a fine 4 under 50.
B Flight: First place: Bill McKusky and Joyce Basch, a nice 8 under 46; second: tie between Alan Sewell and Pattie Smith and Tom Owens and Helen Yoon, a hard-earned 6 under 48; third: tie between Dave LaCascia and Liz Meripol and Hyon Shin and Sang An, a sweet 5 under 49; fourth: Ryan Hong and Kay Hong, a decent 4 under 50.
C Flight: First place: Dennis Jensen and Marilyn Hewitt, a tournament best 11 under 43; second: Ken Notorleva and Nina Derosa, an excellent 7 under 47; third: Broadbent and Joann Lim, a superb 6 under 48; fourth: tie between Brian Tivnan and Patty Littrell and Rolando Ramirez and Laura Garcia, a fine 2 under 52.
Closest to the pin on the seventh hole was Bill McKusky and Hae Lee, while on the 16th hole, it was Young Lee and Sun Lee.
The next Guys & Gals Tournament will be on March 16. Anyone scheduled to play (check clubhouse bulletin board) who cannot should contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as possible, preferably prior to the day of the tournament.
Saturday Morning Dance Class
Join Candi Davis’ Saturday Morning Dance Classes in Clubhouse 6.
The first class session is from 9-10 a.m. and will focus on West Coast Swing, while the second session will learn to rhumba from 10-11 a.m. Each class is $7.
For more information, call Debbie DeGrazia at (562) 296-3393.
Health & Fitness
Ballet Fitness instructor Mel Locket has a big heart. He invites everyone, regardless of skill level, to have fun dancing to ballet music while improving balance, posture and strength every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Ballet/soft shoes or socks are recommended.
Walking cuts risk of heart disease
Every year, people around the country—and maybe the world—make New Year’s resolutions, with “get more exercise” making an appearance on almost all the lists. A 2020 poll found that, of the nearly 30 percent of respondents who claimed to make resolutions, 50 percent said exercise topped their lists.
Now that January’s over and most of February, too, some people have abandoned those lists, while others are just getting started. And for those who’ve been putting off exercise, there’s a simple way to start: walking.
Studies show that walking has wide-ranging benefits, including better physical and mental health, increased mindfulness, and enhanced communication skills. And according to a special report from Harvard Medical School, this simple movement can combat disease and other health conditions; walking just 22 minutes per day could reduce your risk of heart disease by 30 percent.
Walking can also lower stress, especially if the activity is done outside. A 2019 study published in Scientific Reports found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces were much more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t.
In addition to being heart-healthy, walking helps to strengthen muscles, bones and joints. Leg and abdominal muscles get a workout, but people should also work their arms by pumping them or using trekking poles. And walking is a weight-bearing exercise, which is great for building bone strength. The simple motion helps to carry oxygen and nutrients into joint cartilage, which has no direct blood supply.
Those new to exercising and worried about making the much-touted 10,000 steps per day can relax. Research supported by the National Institutes of Health and published in 2019 found that older women who took 4,400 steps per day had a lower death rate than those taking just 2,700. The benefit of more daily steps levels off around 7,500.
Thirty-one members of the LW Bike Club rode their bicycles around Coronado, about 36 miles roundtrip. Meet the group for a less exhaustive ride on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (includes breakfast) at 9 a.m. at the North Gate. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more information.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, Feb. 24: Beef stroganoff with egg noodles, seasoned carrots and zucchini medley; fresh banana; turkey-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus homemade potato salad.
Friday, Feb. 25: Baked salmon with lemon-dill sauce, barley pilaf and mixed vegetables; cubed cantaloupe; Chinese chicken salad, with mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, onion and Asian dressing, plus crackers.
Monday, Feb. 28: Oven-baked chicken mole (leg and thigh), pinto beans and seasoned broccoli; fresh orange; chicken salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet-and-onion salad.
Tuesday, March 1: Menu unavailable at press time.
Wednesday, March 2: Menu unavailable at press time.
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License BRN000. 6/30
Looking to ADOPT a dog! Please contact me if you would like to find your dog a new home. I am good at dog care and have a dog safe home. Please call/text me 310-384-5097.
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your SHOWER/TUB to look brand new. Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat. Nu Kote 562-833-3911
License 699080 Serving LW since 1999. 4/28
LW DECOR INC.
40+ years in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 562-596-0559. 5/05
GARDENING & LANDSCAPING
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
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. 3/24
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License 393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. (562) 596-7757. 3/31
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. 7/07
562-596-0559 LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262
Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 40+ years in LW.
LW DECOR INC 562-596-0559. 5/05
Affordable – Professional, Licensed and Insured. Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License 1049257. 3/03
562-596-0559 LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
License 723262. 40+ years in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primer only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. LW Decor Inc. 562-596-0559. 5/05
Bel-Rich Painting. Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131. 4/28
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002. 5/12
SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B.
UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. 578194. 3/24
LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 562-596-0559. 5/05
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS? I Clean Inside & Outside (OR) Clean Outside Only and Save $$$. LW Resident (562) 600-0014, Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach Business License LIV0004. 3/17
Leisure World Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm. (562) 431-4796.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Free of charge. Diane Hart 714-955-2885.
“ROLLIN THUNDER” GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart. Also batteries and Safety Flags. 562-431-6859.
Flexible hours Monday-Friday assisting company with proposals, invoicing and customer relations. Word, Excel and great communication skills. Some outdoor work with Leisure World customers. Call 562-208-2540. SB Business License 1959.
Looking for individuals with beautiful cursive handwriting who can write special notes on important personal letters and envelopes. This is a high-volume, short-term project that requires a quick turnaround time. You may receive hundreds of letters and envelopes. Approximately 10-15 handwritten words per letter. Envelopes will require a handwritten recipient address. Project will start March 1st or soon after. Please send us: a handwriting sample; an estimate of time needed for each letter and the accompanying envelope; and your rate. Please reply to LB2077@gmail.com
HOME CARE PERSONAL ASSISTANT
I am an experienced housekeeper providing weekly-and-monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 6/16
MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 30-years LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License HYC0001. 6/02
Over 25+ years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 2/24
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. Gloria 949-371-7425. 3/17
Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006. 5/26
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard, #116. (714)-425-4198. 5/05
In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 3/03
Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24
WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. 4/21
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning. General housecleaning. Excellent referrals in LW. (562) 307-3861. 20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License GRA0006. 5/05
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria
Maria House Cleaning. We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly. Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic HER0008. 3/17
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 3/03
LeeGee Cleaning Services. Move-In, Move-Out. Deep Cleaning and/or Recurring. General Housecleaning,Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. 7-Days Call/Text Lisa/714-916-7796. Seal Beach Business License LEE0004. 3/17
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001
John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193
Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident SB License FUH0001. 3/17
ANY KIND OF CAR
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. 5/05
ELECTRIC CARTS/SCOOTERS/MOBILE CHAIRS FOR SALE
Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/29/2022
EZ GO Golf Cart $2,500. If interested call for more information! 951-365-4868. 3/03
“Street Legal” 2002 GEM 4-seater Golf Cart, new batteries, great condition, 2800 original miles plus enclosure kit. $7,400/OBO. Call 562-708-0319.
Pride Scooter in fair condition. Needs a little attention $250. 562-430-1978.
Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258 3/10
autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462. 3/24
LEXUS 200 SC430. Hard-Top Convertible, new Michelin’s, Beautiful Condition. Runs Great/$14,750 925-324-4500
MOVING, HAULING & STORAGE SERVICES
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787: Dan. 2/17 5/12
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618. 2/24
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
UpWalker for Sale Almost New – $400.00 Call Estee at 562-208-2540
Dining Table with/6-chairs, Dark Walnut, Round, Beige Fabric on Chairs, $700/OBO. 714-747-5580
Large TV, Size 46” diagonal, 10 Years Old. Looks Like-New, $225/OBO. 562-799-1396
Estate Sale – Thursday, February 24th and Friday, February 25th, 8:30am-2:00pm. 1680 Monterey Road, Mutual 2 – Apartment 10E. Loveseat, oak dining set, hutch, lawyers bookcase. Men’s cloting (size medium), costume jewelry. Kitchen table/2 chairs, TWA model airplanes, full size brass bed frame, dressers, desk, office chairs. Keurig tools/hardware items and more. Estate Sales by Docia Drake 714-514-8232, PO Box 427, Seal Beach Business License ESD0001.
Estate Sale. Thursday, February 24th, 9:00am-2:00pm. Mutual-10, Apartment-248i Seaview Lane. Vintage, collectibles, small side tables, men clothing.
Dylan Lisk, EA. License 00143144-EA. Tax Returns Starting at $99.00. Mobile Appointments Available. Call: 562-286-6800 Email: email@example.com 3/17
carports/carport lockers wanted
Carport-Locker ONLY. Prefer Mutual-3. Will consider other Mutuals also. 562-799-4181.