Pages 1-4 March 2 2023
SB Council honors outgoing member Sandra Massa-Lavitt
by Ruth Osborn
The Seal Beach City Council honored Sandra Massa-Lavitt of Mutual 5 on Feb. 27 for years of dedicated public service representing District 5, which encompasses Mutuals 2-9 and half of Mutual 1.
LWer Nathan Steele was sworn in to replace her.
The festive evening featured a finger food reception, lots of certificates of recognition and a boatload of praise for exemplary public service. The spillover crowd included California Sen. Janet Nguyen who represents the 36th district, and a host of representatives from Orange County, Boeing, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Los Alamitos School Board, the Naval Weapons Station and more.
They were there to bid a fond farewell to Massa-Lavitt and Mike Varipapa, an eight-year Seal Beach councilman representing District 3 who was also termed out.
District 1 Councilman and outgoing mayor Joe Kalmick praised Massa-Lavitt’s comprehensive approach to city administration. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Sandra these past four years,” he said. “While she has been a strong advocate for her district in Leisure World, she was always engaged in the issues that were important for the city as a whole. Sandra’s wise advice helped me to be a better council member.”
City Manager Jill Ingram expressed her “sincerest gratitude and appreciation for her dedicated service. I thank her for her consistent and steady leadership, guidance and support of the city and our entire staff team. Sandra has worked incredibly hard and truly cares very deeply about Seal Beach, our residents, the city, and our entire steady leadership, guidance and support of the city and our entire staff team. Sandra has worked incredibly hard and truly cares very deeply about Seal Beach, our residents, the city, and our entire city staff team,” she said.
Massa-Lavitt is a can-do woman capping off 15 years of civic service that started when she retired in 2008 from her career as a consulting city planner. She served on her Mutual board and then was appointed to the Seal Beach Planning Commission, which she chaired for four years of her seven-year tenure. In 2014, Leisure World voters sent her to the Seal Beach City Council.
A natural born leader, she has served two terms as Seal Beach mayor and in every other capacity as a council member. Over the years, she and her fellow council members have wrestled with city budgets, district boundaries, the 405 Freeway project, vector control, drought, water, waste water and storm water mangement; organic waste disposal, and the list goes on. Lately, it’s been pandemic recovery and associated economic impacts, loss of revenue, budget cuts, staffing shortfalls, and housing and zoning issues.
It’s a lot, and it demanded a fully scheduled life. Shef, her husband of 63 years, has always supported his wife’s challenging schedule, although it’s not his idea of retirement.
But for Massa-Lavitt, leadership is a core value and that demands time and a lot of it. She loves people and fostering good administration for her community. She likes learning new things and works to find ways to enhance life for the betterment of all.
Married at 17, she and Shef raised three children and, in a different kind of leadership, the couple added foster children to their family, beginning a 20-year campaign to provide a stable family life to the vulnerable among us. From 1964-1984, the Masa-Lavitts serially fostered a total of 11 kids aged 7 to the teen years.
Meanwhile, she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration from California State University, Long Beach.
During completion of her college adventure, Massa-Lavitt started working for the City of Lakewood Planning Department. She ultimately branched out into consulting as project manager in other cities or as interim director to help run a city until a permanent person was hired.
The couple moved to LW in 1991, and Sandra retired in 2008, when she began a new career as a public servant on the Seal Beach Planning Commission.
As a council member, she was appointed to to the boards of directors for agencies within Orange County jurisdiction.
“It was like being on the learning curve of so many of the agencies responsible for keeping us safe,” she said. “These appointments are held by the people you elected to represent you.”
During her tenure on the Seal Beach Council, Massa-Lavitt has earned the respect of her colleages and city staff.
Newly installed Mayor Thomas Moore, who represents the part of Leisure World in District 2, praised Massa-Lavitt for “showing up to almost every council meeting over the past six years and not only that, she would go to almost every GRF meeting to provide updates.
Of special note was the positive collaboration between Moore and Massa-Lavitt: “Sandra and I spent our discretionary funds to redo the ‘Welcome to Seal Beach’ sign outside of Leisure World. Before that, it was an old decrepit wood sign,” Moore said.
The pair also worked on getting the Seal Beach police to start a traffic enforcement program in Leisure World and allocated a dedicated detective, who now helps with fraud prevention and investigations. They also pushed re-establish free shuttle service to the Seal Beach Pier area, Moore said.
District 4 Councilwoman Schelly Sustarsic thanked Massa-Lavitt for “all your years of service and your expertise as a planner. Thank you for your service on the OC Sanitation District and the West Orange County Water Board. I always looked forward to your very helpful updates at our meetings on how to protect ourselves from mosquitos!”
In turn, Massa-Lavitt thanked City Manager Jill Ingram and her staff: “The city manager is the very best. She has good sense and insight.”
And the feeling is reciprocated. “On behalf of the City of Seal Beach and our executive management team, it has been an incredible honor and privilege to work for and alongside Council Member Sandra Massa-Lavitt for the past eight years,” Ingram said. “Sandra’s expertise, experience and perspective as a well-respected professional urban planning director and consultant for over 30 years, as well as a longtime Seal Beach planning commissioner, has been invaluable in her success and effectiveness.”
Ingram praised Massa-Lavitt’s “in-depth knowledge, respect, and appreciation for how local governments are managed. She has a keen sense of anticipating issues and concerns, and as a result, she continually ensures that city staff has the resources we need so that we can successfully and effectively support the council in their ongoing efforts to provide the best possible service and programs to our community.
“The significant policy work that Sandra has done on the city council and on the regional boards and committees will continue to have a positive impact for many years to come on the quality of life for those that she so passionately served—Leisure World residents and the residents of our entire community.
“Sandra will be incredibly missed, and we wish her so much happiness in this new well-deserved chapter of her life,” Ingram said.
Massa-Lavitt once said her favorite quote was: “This too shall pass,” and indeed, this chapter in her life is passing.But as Ingram said, her legacy remains—keeping the channel between Seal Beach and Leisure World solid and secure to help residents thrive in their retirement years.
Recreation lines up festive events
by Kathy Thayer
February kicked off the 2023 special events calendar with the Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance that drew over 200 happy residents and their friends. Next up is the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner that is selling out quickly (see page 19 for more information).
There are a lot more special events and excursions planned for 2023, with the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival up next. It will be held in Clubhouse 2 on April 14 and 15. This event was added to the calendar due to the popularity of fall festival. Resident artisans will have an opportunity to sell their handmade crafts and can sign up for the festival at 1 p.m., March 22, in Clubhouse 2..
The first excursion of the season will be Sunday, April 30 to see “Under the Skin” at the Long Beach International City Theater. The theme revolves around the protagonist, Lou, needing a kidney. Yesterday. His estranged daughter Raina has one to spare, but does he deserve it? Time leaps backward, forward, and sideways, secrets get aired, and truths revealed in this lively, unpredictable comedy that asks what we owe our parents and our children. Tickets will go on sale in mid-March.
Cinco De Mayo, one of our most popular free events, is back at Clubhouse 6 with live Mariachi entertainment, and of course, the Taco Tuesday truck and virgin margarita bar for those who want to purchase refreshments. Watch the News and LW Live for more details.
Mother’s Day is May 14th and GRF will host sumptuous brunch on Saturday, May 13 in Clubhouse 4. Entertainment by harpist Peggy Skomal rounds out the event. It’s a great way for the whole family to honor mom the day before. Tickets will go on sale in April.
The LA Opera is back in business and this year we were lucky to secure enough tickets for 2 evening performances of Othello. Hailed as the pinnacle of the Italian operatic repertoire, Verdi’s transformation of the original Shakespeare play is a powerful drama of uncontrolled human emotion at its most extreme. Verdi’s musical portrait of Otello’s descent into a tortured heart of darkness is explicit in every chilling detail as he destroys all in life that he holds dear.
The operatic performances are on May 17 and June 1. Due to the special low pricing and limited seating, residents may submit their names for a drawing and will be randomly chosen for either date. More information will be available next month.
Stars on Ice is on the agenda for May 20 at the Honda Center. The 2023 Stars on Ice tour will boast an international cast of Olympic, World and National Champion skaters sure to entertain all ages.
June 9 the Angels will take on the Mariners and one bus load will be there to see the action. Tickets will be available at the Recreation Office later this Spring.
Keep an eye on LW Live as well as the News for details on these and other upcoming events. If you haven’t signed up for LW Live, you are missing all of the real-time news. Sign up today at www.lwsb.com today.
We welcome the thoughtful, respectful opinions of our residents and you are invited to attend the next Recreation Committee meeting, either in person or live streaming, at 1:00 p.m. in Conference Room B on the first Monday of the month to share your thoughts or just to keep in the ‘know’ of what’s up with Recreation.
For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
RV Lot is open 7 days a week
For the convenience of LW residents, the RV Lot office is now open seven days a week.
People can access the lot Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Residents can also call at 562-431-6586, ext. 373, to leave a message at any time.
For further information, contact email@example.com.
LW Post Office Branch offers most services
A U.S. Post Office is located in Leisure World at 13580 St. Andrews Drive adjacent to the Amphitheater compex.
It is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. The branch is also closed on federal holidays.
Most services are available. Passport services are limited; however, all other services—mail forwarding, mail holds, money orders and more—are offered at the Leisure World branch. Shipping supplies are also available.
For more information, visit usps.com or call the main office (off site) at 562-598-6915.
Current DMV handbooks available at library
Residents whose driver’s license renewal tests are coming up are invited to stop by the Leisure World Library and pick up a 2023 Driver’s Handbook. The study guide can help people prepare for the test and does not need to be returned to the library. It’s theirs to keep or pass on to a neighbor whose getting ready for his or her test.
The library is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Ask a staff member for a copy. The library is located between Clubhouses 3 and 4 near the North Gate entrance to Leisure World.
Distinguished Speakers hosts Beatles Tribute
Bob Eubanks, best known as an Emmy-winning television host, and little known as the man who brought The Beatles to Southern California in 1964, will present Backstage with the Beatles in Long Beach.
Eubanks and the Beatles tribute band, Ticket to Ride, will appear live at the Terrace Theatre on Monday, March13, at 8 p.m. as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Series tickets can be purchased at www.speakersla.com.
Bob Eubanks has been a familiar face on TV since the 1960s. He’s best known as host of the daytime and nighttime versions of “The Newlywed Game” on ABC and coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade for 36 years. Before that, he was a rock ‘n’ roll deejay in Los Angeles and a music promoter. Many are surprised to learn that Eubanks is the only living person to have produced and financed a Beatles concert all three years they toured America. Eubanks produced their historic 1964 and ‘65 Hollywood Bowl and 1966 Dodger Stadium concerts when the Beatles was still a young unknown British band in the U.S. After the 1966 Los Angeles concerts, there would only be one more, in San Francisco. The Beatles would never tour again.
Eubanks will share how he convinced the Beatles to come to LA and delight the audience with his fascinating and hilarious never-heard-before stories about his experiences with the Beatles, their manager Brian Epstein, and the screaming throngs of fans who attended the concerts.
He has put together an entertaining one-of-a-kind show, Backstage with the Beatles, that combines seldom heard stories about Beatlemania, never before seen photos of Eubanks and the Fab Four, and classic Beatles songs sung live onstage by the talented Beatles tribute band, Ticket to Ride.
Eubanks combines the history of the Southern California music scene in the ‘60s, plus videos and photos of backstage antics with the Beatles and a chance to sing along with all the Beatles songs everyone knows and loves, says Kathy Winterhalder, co-founder of the Distinguished Speaker Series.
The Distinguished Speaker Series of Long Beach is held at the Terrace Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Eubanks’ program begins at 8 p.m.
He is the fifth of six presentations offered as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series this year. He will be followed in Long Beach by Ken Burns (May 1).
The Distinguished Speaker Series is open to the public in subscription packages only.
The Long Beach series has been selling well for its second season and the remaining series package of Eubanks and Burns range from $140 to $200.
Letters to Editor
There were two obituaries of note in the Feb. 23 edition of the LW Weekly. The first, about Nathan Nemnich, contained a loving poem that he had written to his family in 2007 that described beautifully what he would do and say if he had one more day to live. It is great reminder to us all not to put off those final goobyes. We offer our sympathies to his family for their loss, and note that they say “his heart will go on.” True enough!
The other obituary was for 100-year-old Lew Parker. Nancy Goldstein and I had the honor of visiting him on his birthday and presented him with a birthday cake and flowers on behalf of the Peace Club. Lew and his late wife, Alma, were some on the founding members of the Peace Club, and I would also often talk with him at Democratic Club meetings. He was always in good humor, and aware and interested in the world and social justice causes.
In September, he was no longer attending meetings but kept busy with Zoom classes and lectures, which seemed quite impressive as we hear our younger cohorts agonize over modern technology. He was looking forward to his big birthday party that was to be held in Clubhouse 3.
His life values were an inspiration to many, and we extend our sympathies to his family for their loss of a life well-lived.
Lifetime Learning Center Spring Tours
The Lifetime Learning Center at Long Beach City College is offering two Spring Day Tours with Curtis Tucker.
The first is called “Her Story” and includes a tour of Los Angeles to discover more about the women who made history in Southern California. The tour is Tuesday, March 14, from 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. with an on-your-own lunch at the historic San Antonio Winery’s Maddalena’s Restaurant. The cost is $99.
Take an Under the Sea tour of the Marine Mammal Care Center at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium with lunch included at the 22nd Landing Seafood Grill on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $129. For more information about either trip, contact Theresa Brunella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-938-3047. People can register online at www.lbcc.edu/lifetime-learning-center.
CERT Training Update
On Feb. 24, Catherine O’Brien, president of CERT, presented information about preparing for, surviving during and recovery from an earthquake. When an earthquake happens, electricity goes out, furniture tumbles and glass breaks. People can prepare by securing furniture and hanging objects. Keep a supply of water, food, flashlights and a battery-operated radio. Put a list of contacts on the fridge.
During an earthquake, people should drop where they are, cover their heads, close their eyes and mouths, and hang on to a sturdy object or get close to a wall or built in cabinet. Do not stand in a doorway.
People who are in bed should turn over and cover their head with a pillow. Keep extra shoes and a flashlight under the bed as there may be broken glass on the floor.
After an earthquake, check for injuries, use a whistle to call for help, and move carefully to a safe place.
For more information, check out Facebook.com, and search “Great Shake Out.”
The next CERT informational meeting will be Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The topic will be “Communication During a Disaster.”
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State Long Beach will hold spring registration on March 13; classes begin April 3. Classes are held on campus at Cal State, Long Beach, at several community satellite locations and online with Zoom. Members will have access to over 70 classes this spring.
For more information, visit www.csulb.edu/olli or call the OLLI office 562-985-8237. For the class schedule and registration instructions, as well as interesting articles about classes, people, and activities, check out The Sun publication at OLLI’s website.
Government Section Page 5
On-going call for GRF Board candidates
The election cycle for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors representing odd numbered Mutuals is underway. The need for candidates for the odd numbered Mutuals is ongoing. If you are considering or know someone who is considering running for the GRF Board, make sure to pick up and fill out an application now. The deadline to submit application is 4:30 p.m., March 31.
Before filling out the application make sure to read the following information and the GRF board candidate requirements in the article below.
Review the following points to ensure eligibility.
1. A Mutual Board of Directors (BOD) may appoint a nominating committee for the purpose of recommending a candidate for election. Any candidates who are recommended by their Mutual BOD or nominating committee will be given candidate instructions by the Stock Transfer Office.
2. A candidate may be a member who is an officer or director of a Mutual Corporation; of any City Council; of the Orange County Board of Supervisors; of the City of Seal Beach or the County of Orange Planning Commission. However, a member of any entity or partnership or an officer or director of any corporation engaged in supplying material or labor to GRF is strongly discouraged from running for the Board. This may cause a potential conflict of interest, causing an unnecessary liability including, but not limited to, breaching fiduciary duties.
3. Candidates must be members of GRF for at least one year. Therefore, renters/lessees of a unit within a Mutual are not eligible to run for the GRF Board of Directors.
Application for Candidacy forms and GRF Directors Handbooks are available in the Stock Transfer Office in the Administration Building. Deadline to submit application is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.
On behalf of the current GRF Board, thank you to all candidates for the willingness to assist in the continued success of the Leisure World community.
For any questions on the election process please call 562-431- 6586, ext. 346, for Stock Transfer, or ext. 303, for the Board of Directors Office.
The GRF board looks forward to shareholders participation in the election process as shareholders will also be asked to vote on proposed changes to GRF bylaws. Proposed bylaw changes were printed in the Feb. 16 Weekly.
GRF Board Candidate Requirements The campaign cycle for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors has begun. During 2023, the GRF Board seats representing the odd-numbered Mutuals are up for election.
1. The candidate cannot be convicted of a crime that would either prevent GRF from purchasing fidelity bond coverage or terminate GRF’s existing coverage, be current in the payment of carrying charges which does not include non-payment of collection charges, late charges, fines, fines rename assessments, costs levied by a third party, or if the member has (1) paid under protest per Civil Code Section 5658, (2) has entered into and is currently on a payment plan, or (3) if the member has not been provided the opportunity to engage in Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR). The candidate is a member of GRF for at least one year.
2. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by their GRF Nominating Committee or Board of Directors.
3. 50-1631-4 Application for Candidacy forms are available in the Stock Transfer Office on the bottom floor of the Administration Building. Candidates who are self-nominated must complete a 50-1631-4 Application for Candidacy before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.
4. Candidates who are nominated by their GRF Nominating Committee or Board of Directors will have their names submitted to Stock Transfer by the GRF Secretary. Upon receipt of any submitted names, the GRF Board Office will contact each candidate and arrange for them to confirm their candidacy by receiving and completing an “Application for Candidacy” and candidate instructions.
5. In accordance with 30-5025-3 GRF Election Procedures, each candidate shall submit a statement, or resume, of no more than 300 words, single sided, to the Stock Transfer Office. Statements shall be written in compliance with the election rules, e.g., contain the background, qualifications, and platform of the candidate, and shall not contain any disparaging or defamatory content. All statements are due before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.
6. Per Foundation by-laws, 30-5025-3 GRF Election Procedures, section 3.1.2. Candidates shall complete a 50-1632-4 Candidate Eligibility Disclaimer to set forth that they are qualified to serve on the GRF Board of Directors.
7. When turning in the 50-1631-4 Application for Candidacy, 50-1632-4 Candidate Eligibility Disclaimer, and statement, members must show GRF ID. Candidates will receive a receipt when turning in their application materials.
8. To avoid any potential conflict of interest, no member of the GRF Board of Directors or their spouse may be employed by the Foundation. GRF Board Candidates must sign a 50-1632- 4 Candidate Eligibility Disclaimer stating that they are eligible to serve as a Director and a member for one year.
9. Candidates who complete a timely 50-1632-4 Application for Candidacy (or are nominated by a GRF nominating committee or Board) will be listed on the Secret Mail-in Ballot. Ballot packets containing the Secret Mail-in Ballot, postage-paid envelopes, balloting instructions, and deadlines will be mailed to each household in odd-numbered Mutuals on Friday, May 5. The GRF By-Laws have no provisions for write-in candidates on the ballots or for nominations from the floor.
For more information on being a candidate for the GRF Board, call 562-431-6586, ext. 346 for Stock Transfer, or ext. 303, for the Board of Directors Office.
Candidates needed for Mutual Board of Directors elections
One of the best ways to create and sustain a community like Leisure World is to volunteer for the governance of this incredible lifestyle Leisure World shareholders enjoy.
This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards’ elected directors set into operation the day-to-day business of each Mutual corporation. Directors address important issues to shareholders and Mutuals. This is not an easy job. It takes time, effort, and a willingness to dedicate time to the community where they live.
Leisure World Seal Beach is full of highly qualified shareholders who can offer expertise and knowledge to their Mutual. New ideas and perspectives are needed. Consider becoming a candidate.
Those who are interested in running or have any questions call the election specialist at 562-431-6586, ext. 329, as election cycles have started. Check the 2023 election schedule for specific Mutual election dates.
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule.
GRF Board Exec. Session Thur., March 2, 1 p.m.
Conf. Rm A
Mon., March 6, 1 p.m.
Conf. Rm B/virtual
Information Technology Committee
Tue., March 7, 10 a.m.
Conf. Rm A/virtual
Security Bus & Traffic Committee
Wed., March 8, 1 p.m.
Conf. Rm A/virtual
Fri., March 10, 1 p.m.
Conf. Rm A/virtual
Mon., March 13, 1 p.m.
Conf. Rm A/virtual
A quorum or more of the directors may be present, only to listen and observe, and no formal board action will be taken at committee meetings. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to address the committee.
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards. The following is a tentative schedule.
Thur., March 2, 9 a.m.
Tue., March 7, 1:30 p.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Wed., March 8, 8:45 a.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Thur., March 9, 9 a.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Fri., March 10, 9 a.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Mon., March 13, 9 a.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Tue., March 14, 1 p.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Wed., March 15, 9 a.m.
Conf. Rm B/Zoom
Wed., March 15, 1 p.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Thur., March 16, 9 a.m.
Conf. Rm A/Zoom
Thur., March 16, 1:30 p.m.
Conf. Rm B/Zoom
Election questions call, 562-431-6586, ext. 346.
religion, pages 8-9
Congregation Sholom presents its annual Purim Spiel, which commemorates the saving of the Jewish community in ancient Persia.
Titled, “Marty Potter and the Philosopher’s Bagel” the spiel will bring humor to a serious story. It will be presented in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m.; admission is free.
The Megillah reading will follow as well as homemade Hamantaschen pastries (which have a fruit filling).
Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Dangott will also lead the hybrid service on Saturday, March 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m.
To receive a Zoom link, contact Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122.
Saturday’s Torah portion will be Tetzaveh from the book of Exodus. Tetzaveh (You Shall Command) opens as God instructs Moses to appoint Aaron and his sons as priests. God details how to make the priestly clothing, how to sanctify the priests and offer sacrifices during the seven days of inauguration in the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and how to build the golden altar.
Those who would like to bake Hamantaschen for Purim, should go to Carol Levine’s house at 1520 Northwood Road, 244-L, on Sunday, March 5, at 1 p.m.
Rabbi Shmuel Marcus will hold a Purim Megillah reading and brunch at his home on Tuesday, March 7, at 10 a.m. Carpools will leave at 9:30 from the Clubhouse 3 parking lot. RSVP to Murray Pollack at email@example.com.
The Passover Seder will be on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 Room 2. The cost is $36 for members and $54 for non-members.
LW Korean Community Church celebrates its 13th anniversary
Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC), led by Rev. Dr. Jang Young Yong, will celebrate its 13th anniversary by holding a revival meeting from March 3-5. All are welcome to participate.
The church’s mission is to become a church that plants the “will of heaven on earth.” Pastor Yong says he is thankful to God for making the church a great revival over the past 13 years.
The revival theme is “My cup is Overflowing.” Pastor Lee Yong-nam, the senior pastor of Jangseok Church in Seoul, will speak. The revival will be filled with grace and inspiration for those who are:
• Worshipers who aim to please God.
• A family in a community that appreciates God’s great love.
• A disciple of Christ who resembles the character of Jesus.
• A church member who practices God’s love through volunteer work.
The revival kicks off on Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m. with the LWKCC choir and Women’s Quartet singing “The Lord is My Shepherd.” On Saturday, March 4, at 6 a.m., the praise team leader will guide attendees in the “Guidance on the Path of Righteousness.” Then at the 6 p.m. service, the, Southern California Presbyterian Choir in Seal Beach will sing “Be with Me.” On the final day of the revival, Sunday, March 5, at 11:45 a.m. the LWKCC choir and men’s choir will sing “Live Forever.” After the sermon, there will be a special time of praise.
LWKCC, located next to the St. Andrew’s Gate, holds weekly worship services at the sanctuary at 11:50 a.m. on Sundays and 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
For more information, call 714-323-0897
Community Church will present the Long Beach City College Orchestra, featuring its own pianist, Hannah Yi, on March 5 at 3 p.m. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.
This week is the second Sunday of the Christian season of Lent. This year, the Lenten series is titled “From Ashes to Glory.” This Sunday, Community Church will look at the second part of the sermon series. The church is also offering a six week Lenten Study on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. through April 5 using Max Lucado’s new book, “In the Footsteps of the Savior,” which will take people on a video tour through the Holy Land. A “Bowl and a Roll” lunch will be served. All are invited to join Community Church on this Lenten journey.
Community Church’s worship services are held every Sunday at 9:50 a.m. All are welcome to attend.
As always, the word Gospel means “good news” and those who are in need of some good news are welcome to join the service on Sundays at 9:50 a.m. in person or online on Zoom and on Facebook at @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld. People can contact the church office to receive the Zoom link.
Those who are in need without another way to address it can call the church office and leave a message at 562-431-2503.
First Christian Church
First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors to join in worship and explore God’s word together. “That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine,” Romans 1:12.
Pastor Gary Whitlatch invites LWers to join him this weekend to look at the letter from Paul the apostle to believers in Colossae known as Colossians:“If Ephesians can be labeled the epistle portraying the ‘Church of Christ’, then Colossians can surely be the ‘Christ of the church.’” Paul describes Christ in Colossians 1:17: “Christ is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Paul writes this epistle from prison. He had never visited the church at Colossae, but he had heard of their love in the spirit and their stability of faith in Christ. He urges them to keep seeking the things from above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. He reminds them that they “no longer walk as sons of disobedience, having put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the one who created him.”
Pastor Gary is excited to go through this beautiful little epistle and impart the encouragement that Paul has for the Colossians and for the entirety of the church today.
Sunday services are held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. The service is traditional with hymnal music led by Janet Ray and Pat Kogok at the piano. This week, Sherry Parmenter will bring special music.
Saturday services are more contemporary with Gregory Black leading worship with guitar accompaniment. The service is held from 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Melli Herrera leads the women’s Bible study on Mondays from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Pastor Gary Whitlach leads the Bible study held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday’s Bible study, led by Elder Jack Frost, is held from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pastor Bruce Humes leads Friday’s prayer and Bible study from 6-7 p.m.
All are welcome to join.
Scripture of the Week
“God, after he spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many ways, in these last days had spoken to us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the ages. And he is the radiance of his glory and the exact representation of his nature,” Hebrews 1:1-2.
First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125.
For more information, call 562-431-8810. The call will be returned at the earliest opportunity.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church will hold Stations of the Cross at 11 a.m. on Fridays followed by fish fry lunch. Sign-ups for each fish fry lunch will be available after the Sunday mass or on Fridays after 8:30 a.m. Mass in the parish office. The suggested donation is $10 per person. Call 562-430-8170 for reservations.
The church will hold a Lenten Retreat on Friday, March 3, starting at 8:30 a.m. with Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, meditation and ending with lunch. Suggested donation is $10 per person. The day will continue with Adoration, Holy Hour and Benediction at 4 p.m. People can sign up in the vestibule of the church or parish office.
The church will hold a diaper drive for the life centers of Orange County. Donations of baby wipes, baby shampoo, and baby bottles are needed. People are asked to bring their donation to the parish office or leave it on the Our Lady of Guadalupe donation table in the vestibule of the church. More information can be found on the church bulletin board.
Assembly of God
Service/Gathering Times: Sunday morning at 10:30 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Wednesday morning Bible study is at 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing is held on fourth Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.
Sermon for this Week: The next installment in the series “What is Truth?” will come from Revelation 20:11-15 and 21:8, concerning final judgment and punishment.
There is no threat or fear in this judgment for the child of God, only those who choose to reject Jesus as their savior. Pastor Chuck Franco will preach a sermon titled “Here Comes the Judge” in the Sunday morning service on March 5.
Bible Study: A person’s final words are often weighty with emotion, meaning and significance.“Jesus’s Farewell Message,” by Francis Chan walks the reader through the night before Jesus was crucified, the time he spent with his disciples, and the things he said and did to prepare them for the events ahead. Prepare to experience the intimate moments of the Last Supper with the circle of 12 disciples. Come away with a new understanding of Jesus’s mission and commission.
Contact: More information about the church can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com.
Those who would like prayer, personal contact from a pastor or a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco by calling 562-357-4360 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolyn van Aalst is also available to add to the prayer chain at 562-343-8424.
Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on the Faithlife app under “Leisure World Assembly of God,” where people can also give online.
God is good to all, even to those who are not good and ungrateful. In his grace, God postpones final reckoning. God’s merciful forbearance should stir his intelligent creatures to love their creator, to repent of sin and ask his forgiveness.
LW Baptist Church will spend the service on Sunday, March 5, at 10 a.m. recognizing the undeserved blessings God bestows on all his creatures.
William R. Newell expressed his personal experience of God’s goodness in verse: “Years I spent in vanity and pride/caring not my Lord was crucified/knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary. Mercy there was great and grace was free/Pardon there was multiplied to me/ There my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.”
The Men’s Bible Fellowship group will meet on Monday, March 6, at 10 a.m. to study the truth that there is no God like Jehovah. The Energizers group meets on Wednesday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, for a report from missionaries, prayer time and devotional thoughts from the Psalms.
Call 562-430-8598 for more information.
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly sets aside time to partake in holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month during its 10:30 a.m. service.
Christians take Communion to follow Jesus’ directive when he said “keep doing this in memory of me” (1 Corinthians 11:25). People can read more about the first Communion, which took place at the last supper, in Matthew 26:26-28. The bread is a symbol of Jesus’ broken body, which he endured for the world’s healing and wholeness. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was crushed for our wickedness [sin, injustice and wrongdoing]; the punishment [required] for our well-being fell on him, and by his stripes [wounds] we are healed,” Isaiah 53:5.
The wine is a symbolic of Jesus’ shed blood, done for the forgiveness of sins. “In fact under the Law almost everything is cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [neither release from sin and its guilt, nor cancellation of the merited punishment],” Hebrews 9:25.
Taking Communion is a reminder of this sacrifice that represents the New Covenant believers have in Jesus, established out of God’s immeasurable love. People don’t have to be a member of the church to join with in Communion, as long as they have accepted Christ as their savior.
People are also welcome to attend the pre-service prayer at 5 p.m. on Sunday, followed by the Sunday evening Celebration Service at 5:30. Spending time at service is a great way to end the weekend, and set a positive tone for a new week ahead.
Those who are looking for a friendly, Bible-based church are welcome to join one of the services this Sunday.
Grief Share meets each week on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. The men’s and women’s ministries meet on the third Thursday of month at 1:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary and the Garden Room, respectively.
To receive a free newsletter and more information on the church, call 562-598-9010 and leave a message or visit www.FCAchurch.net.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton Street in Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays, Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour. Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at 562-212-8641.
Members are reminded that the first Sunday of every month is fast Sunday.
The reading source for this year is the New Testament. The reading assignment for the week of March 6-12 is Matthew 9-10, Mark 5 and Luke 9. The devotional “Come, Follow Me” says that these passages show that “Word of Jesus’s healing miracles was spreading quickly. Multitudes followed him, hoping for relief from their sicknesses. But when the Savior looked upon the multitudes, he saw more than their physical ailments. He saw ‘sheep having no shepherd’.”
“Museums, Hospitals and Churches” is the title of Council President Jerry Brady’s sermon for Redeemer Lutheran Church’s worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 5, in the church sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the Administration building where ample parking is provided.
The choir quartet will lift spirits with song. The church’s Lenten study program “Finding Jesus in the Psalms” continues each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with fellowship following.
Those who have any questions about the service or the work of the church should call 562-598-8697.
Buddha Circle will meet on Saturday, March 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9:30-11 a.m. with Ven. Kusala
The group is interactive and people are encouraged to ask questions. Donations are welcome.
For more information, go to www.urbandharma.org or call 714-468-6887.
Rabbi-Cantor Galit-Shirah conducts online services for Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. The Friday, March 3, service will begin at 5 p.m. and the Saturday, March 4, service will begin at 10 a.m. Note that the Friday evening service begins earlier than last year, at 5 p.m.
Beit HaLev LIVE! Interactive livestream services are on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit. People can also view on Facebook at www.facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube at www.youtube.com/beithalev8816.
All Beit HaLev services use the special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.” Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit Halev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the Divine and doesn’t believe in labels. It considers all religions holy and valid. To join Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at 562-715-0888 or email email@example.com. Contributions to Beit HaLev are welcome and may be sent to: Beit HaLev, P.O. Box 2279, Seal Beach, CA 90740.
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Woman’s Club of Leisure World
The Woman’s Club of Leisure World will meet on Tuesday, March 7, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 1 p.m., and the program begins at 1:30.
The February meeting was all about moms and babies. Members and guests donated tables full of necessities, gift cards, checks and toiletries for the mothers and babies residing in the Precious Life Shelter. The shelter provides residential and supportive services for homeless pregnant women. The club thanks everyone who helped support this amazing charity.
This month, the club will present a check to Interval House. Interval House provides comprehensive domestic violence services and housing programs in over 70 different languages to individuals and families in Los Angeles County and Orange County, specializing in the most underserved and marginalized communities.
Live entertainment will be provided by John Cosgriff. With a career spanning 32 years, Cosgriff is seasoned musician with a wide-ranging music repertoire including pop, classic rock, oldies, standards, swing, R&B, blues, jazz and Broadway show tunes.
Coffee and tea will be served along with some snacks at the meeting.
Those who want more information about the club or to join can contact Membership Chair Kathy Russell at 949-293-7517.
Issac Gordon will perform on Tuesday, March 14
Everyone is invited to a free concert with the Schmooze Club on Tuesday, March 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Refreshments and schmoozing (socializing) begin at 10 a.m. and the program, featuring musician Isaac Gordon, is from 10:30 -11:30. There is no cost to attend., but donations are gratefully accepted.
The club is happy to have been able to re-schedule Gordon from a previous program and give residents and guests a second chance to hear him. Gordon is a singer songwriter who blends his Jewish roots with a modern pop sound. Gordon’s unique ability to compose complex yet catchy tunes has made him a sought-after composer for modern record companies. Locally, fans have seen him perform recently at the Menorah Lighting at the Seal Beach Pier and at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Gordon will perform classic Jewish tunes along with a few original songs.
LWers are welcome to enjoy a wonderful morning of music and the friendly comaraderie of the Schmooze Club. New residents are especially encouraged to join in and make new friends.
Call Darlene Rose at 562-347-8088 with names of any outside guests for Main Gate entry.
Senior Peace Club
DVD about death penalty to be shown
The originally scheduled program for today’s Senior Peace Club meeting, titled “Aging in Place,” has been postponed and will hopefully be presented at the April meeting. In its place, a DVD titled “Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2” will be screened at 2 p.m. today, March 2, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
The DVD is a 2017 documentary about a former juror dealing with feelings of guilt after she and her fellow jurors agree that a man should receive the death penalty. Determined to understand the overwhelming regret that she has been grappling with for 20 years, Lou takes off on a road trip across Mississippi to track down and learn more about her fellow jurors tasked with deciding the fate of a man’s life all those years earlier.
All are invited to attend this free event. For more information, call Pat Kruger at 562-357-4040.
Learn about the environmental movement
The Leisure World Humanist Association will meet on Sunday, March 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 10:30 a.m. -noon.
The title of the program is, “A Brief History of the Environmental Movement.” Club President Dave Silva will present how the environmental movement evolved, and Bob Richert will discuss environmental issues included in his soon to be published book on Humanism.
The environmental concerns most people are familiar with are very recent in human history. As the knowledge of science has expanded, so have the potential dangers humanity may face in the near future. Only a few hundred years ago the world seemed so vast that little thought was given to the impact of human activities on the environment.
On May 28, 1892, John Muir founded the Sierra Club. In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote “Silent Spring,” exposing the dangers of pesticides on the environment. Just 53 years ago “Earth Day” was first celebrated on April 22 and is now a holiday around the world.
Humanists tend to be for measures that will protect the environment because they are concerned about what kind of planet they will leave for future generations.
Sign up for free tax filing aid
IRS-certified volunteers are preparing and e-filing tax returns for full-year California residents. This AARP tax service is sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation and is provided every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Knowledge and Learning Center in Clubhouse 3.
LWers can pick up the intake/interview sheet at the Leisure World Library. This should be completed prior to the appointment. Note that individuals with rental property or a net loss from self-employment are out of scope for this program.
LWers can make the tax appointment now by calling 562-596-1987 and leaving their name and telephone number.
by Mary Larson
Despite the inclement weather, LW Democrats and supporters gathered on Feb. 22 in Clubhouse 3 and over Zoom to begin planning for next year’s elections. Theme of the meeting was “Step One in the Process of Winning Elections.” Libby Frolichman, a vice chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC), was the featured speaker.
Frolichman dealt with a series of questions posed by club members such as:
• What will be on the LW ballots in 2024 and who are the already declared candidates?
• Who are the decision makers in the California Democratic Party and what is the club’s role?
• How does the candidate endorsement process work?
• What role do individual club members—as well as for the club itself— have in preparing for 2024?
Supporting documents distributed during the meeting are available online by going to www.sblwdems.wordpress.com and clicking on “resources.” Those without internet access can call 562-296-8521 for more information.
LWers are reminded that the LW Democratic Club is chartered by the Democratic Party of Orange County. This means that the club must follow the party’s rules and regulations in making candidate endorsements. However, club members— speaking as individuals—are free to endorse any candidate at any time.
For more in-depth reporting on issues and candidates, Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the LW Democratic Club’s free electronic newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. People are asked to include their full contact information, as well as party affiliation in the email.
Air & Water day will be on March 4
Golf cart drivers are encouraged to have their batteries and tires inspected and maintained at the next Rollin’ Thunder Air & Water Day on Saturday, March 4, from 8:30-10 a.m. Cart maintenance will take place at Clubhouse 4 parking lot.
Volunteer members of the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club will perform these free but valuable inspections. This helps keep sufficient levels of water in the golf cart batteries and adequate air pressure in the tires. LW Security will be on hand to maintain traffic safety.
A club officer will be available to accept membership applications. The club’s meetings are held on the fourth Tuesdays at noon in Clubhouse 2.
Air & Water Day is just one of several ways the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club pursues its motto: “Random Acts of Kindness.” It encourages all golf cart owners to stop by and meet fellow Cart Club members.
In the event of heavy rains on March 4, this cart-care maintenance event will be postponed to Saturday, March 18.
Call club president Tom Davis at 562-431-6859 with any questions.
American Latino Club
The American Latino Club invites LWers to its next meeting on Thursday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
Lunch will consist of a variety of croissant sandwiches (roasted chicken, ham or roast beef—members will not get a choice), green salad, chips, drinks (lemonade, hibiscus drink, water, coffee or tea) and a slice of pie. The cost for members is $11 per person and guests are $13 per person. Those who are paying by check should make it out to the American Latino
Club. Payment must reach club Treasurer Carmen Edwards by Monday, March 6, either by U.S. mail or it can be dropped off at 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-K.
For more information, call Edwards at 562-431-4257.
There will also be a 50/50 raffle at the meeting.
— Miryam Fernandez
Recycle batteries on March 21 in Clubhouse 2
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will hold a battery recycling service on Tuesday, March 21, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon. The GRF ID is required.
Approved batteries for recycling include:
• Carbon Zinc
• Nickel Cadmium
• Nickel Metal-Hydride
• Lithium Ion
• Lithium Metal
• Silver Oxide
• Button cell batteries and all other dry cell batteries
Basically this includes all household batteries, cell phone and laptop batteries, and small, button, type batteries. People should place each lithium battery in a separate bags as part of the recycling requirements.
It is very important to recycle batteries instead of throwing them in the dumpster to keep waste fees low and keep the planet clean.
This service is for Leisure World shareholders’ personal household batteries only; no business batteries.
For more information, call Carl Kennedy at 661-810-9410.
Marilyn Kay Austin, a 14-year resident of Mutual 15, graduated from the University of Illinois in 1962 with a bachelor’s in Industrial Design. Her first position was with Architectural Pottery/ Architectural Fiberglass in Los Angeles where she designed mid-century ceramic and fiberglass planters. Imagine her surprise and delight to see seven of these beautiful fiberglass planters still in use at the former bank building at 2999 Westminster Blvd., just west of Seal Beach Blvd., next to the post office.
Woman’s Club of Seal Beach Trip
There is still space available to go on the Woman’s Club of Seal Beach annual bus trip to Laughlin, Nevada, on April 24-26. This fundraising event is one of many the club sponsors during the year to support local organizations, student and civic activities. The fun-filled adventure includes the charter bus to and from Laughlin, two nights at the Edgewater Hotel and two free meals at the hotel. Rooms are $140 single and $230 for a double. The bus leaves from the Seal Beach Community Center at 151 Marina Drive at 8 a.m., April 24, and returns about 5 p.m., April 26. Parking passes are available for those who want to leave their cars at the center.
Registration information is available by calling Marilyn Van Dyke at 562-434-7113.
LWers can bring documents to shred to CH 2 on March 14
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will hold a paper shredding service for LWers on Tuesday, March 14, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon.
For a more efficient service:
• Do not arrive earlier than 10 a.m.; no one will be there to guard the bags.
• All residents are asked to drop and go once truck arrives.
• Cardboard boxes will not be accepted. Put documents in plastic or paper bags. Do not tie the handles together.
• No line will be allowed to form. This service is drop-and-go only.
• No magazines or newspapers.
• Remove staples and paper clips from documents.
• No electronic devices or batteries will be accepted.
• Contaminated bags will not be accepted.
• No X-Ray film will be accepted.
All GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World residents. The GAF is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. Donations are welcome.
More information, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org or text Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.
How to stay healthy while aging is topic
Lisa Jenkins, President of The Council on Aging —Southern California (COASC) will speak on Friday, March 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.
The Council on Aging—Southern California is a locally based, nonprofit organization serving older adults and family caregivers. Jenkins will talk about the importance of developing a plan for aging and discussing it with care team members, who could be family, friends or neighbors. People plan for so many things during their lives, but often delay planning for aging. Formulating a plan provides confidence and peace of mind to the seniors and their care team members. Jenkins’ engaging presentation will cover the following six topics, followed by an open period for questions:
• Let’s Talk about Aging
• Planning for Retirement
• Wellness and Resources
• Accessing Healthcare
• Developing a Plan
• Next Steps
The Sunshine Club will host five speakers this month including Jenkins on March 3. Bill Cruikshank, Executive Director of the Meals On Wheels Long Beach, will speak on March 10; professional chef David Hernandez on March 17; Seal Beach Pavilion concierge/event planner Amy Gagne will speak on March 24; and Jon Ainley from the Seal Beach Police Department will speak on March 31.
The Chef for Seniors event will be in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with a maximum of 56 attendants. RSVP by March 10 is required.
All residents are welcome. The Sunshine Club requires no membership fees, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
For more information about the club, contact Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members and more than 12,000 posts in communities throughout America; 74 of those members belong to Unit 327 in Leisure World. The American Legion Auxiliary, along with the Leisure World Post, opened the February meeting at Veterans Plaza last Monday to honor all the veterans that are no longer with us. The Auxiliary group reconvened to Clubhouse 3 and discussed and voted on several needs for veteran programs supported ongoing and future new programs. Meetings are every third Monday in Clubhouse, Room 1, at 1 p.m.
Ralphs community rewards number has changed
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making Leisure World a better place to live. The GAF must raise funds throughout the year to continue providing services to the community. LWers can donate to the GAF without any additional cost.
Ralphs Community Reward program is a way to donate to the GAF. Sign up on www.ralphs.com/community rewards. People will need their Ralphs Reward Card number to register or the phone number associated with the account.
Phone registration for Ralphs Community Reward program is back. Call 800-576-4377, wait through the menu to choose the number 8, and choose 3 to get through the Community Reward customer service representatives.
Ralphs has announced that it is committed to giving $2 million during the next year through the community rewards program. Those who shop at Ralphs using the Community Reward Program help the GAF receive funding.
For more information, go to www.goldenagefdn.org or text 562-301-5339.
Sign up with the Sunshine Club for the Huntington Library trip
The Sunshine Club will hold a day trip to the Huntington Library on April 6. People are encouraged to sign up early before it sells out.
Tickets are $60 per person and are limited. Checks are to be made to the Sunshine Club. People can bring the check to one of the Sunshine Club’s meeting on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, either before 9:30 a.m. or after 11:30 a.m. to avoid interrupting the speaker’s presentation.
The trip includes transportation, lunch, snacks, water and driver’s gratuity.
The bus will depart from Amphitheater at 9 a.m. sharp. People are asked to be at the Amphitheater by 8:30 so everyone has time to be checked in. People are asked to carpool or walk to share parking spaces for other club events.
Everyone who signs up for a trip must fill out a waiver of liability and turn it in. Any cancellation after 5 p.m. on March 2 is non-refundable and will go to the Sunshine Club’s fund for weekly refreshments.
The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and Arabella Huntington (1851–1924) in San Marino, California. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art.
Huntington’s botanical gardens cover 120 acres and showcase plants from around the world.
For more information about the trip, text 562-301-5339.
Return unused mobility aids to CH 6
The Mobility Aids Program, sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF), has been loaning rollators, wheelchairs, transport chairs and walkers to Leisure World residents for many years at no charge.
In December, the GAF provided mobility aids to over 100 Leisure World residents.
Now, the GAF is in short supply of transport chairs. Those who have chairs on loan and are no longer using or need are asked to return them to the Mobility Aids Office in Clubhouse 6. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m.
Those who have a mobility aid they are not using are asked to consider donating it to the GAF.
Call 562-431-9589 for more information or to pick up a mobility aid.
Los Alamitos Community Center will hold a bingo fundraiser today
The Los Alamitos Senior Club will hold a bingo fundraiser at the Los Alamitos Communiy Center at 10911 Oak Street, Los Alamitos 90720, today, March 2, at 11 a.m.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and buy ins are from 9:30-11. Bingo officially starts at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is available for $6 and includes a hot dog, chips and soda.
Buy ins are $20, and $5 for each additional six buy ins. Prizes include $50 for 9 games, and $100 for black outs.
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Arthur R. Barlow
Arthur R. Barlow, a 10-year resident of Leisure World, passed away on December 23, 2022, at the age of 94. He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Marianne, five daughters, Kimberlee Wineman (Bruce), Laura Henderson (Scott), Melissa Barlow (Brenda), Stephanie Kimura (Mark) and Karen Selke (Doug); and six grandchildren, Caitlin, Ryan (Sara), Blair, Meg, Abigail and Charles.
Art served 27 years in the United States Air Force. Early in his career, he was sent to the Army Language School in Monterey, California, to learn Russian. He was then deployed to the Northeast Cape on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska for a one-year assignment. Art was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He also served at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, Lajes Field in the Azores, Travis AFB in California, Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan and Andrews AFB in Maryland.
Art is survived by his sister, Mary Lou Haddad (Bill) of Connecticut and his brother Robert (Belle) of South Carolina. He was preceded in death by siblings Marilyn, Jean, Wayne, Patricia and David).
Elva Grace Turner
It is with great sadness that the family of Elva Grace Turner must report her passing on Feb. 9. However, it is with great joy they share a life well-lived.
She was born and raised on a farm in Pleasant Mount, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 9, 1926. She is survived by her son, Dana Ingram and her brothers, Clarence, Thomas, and Benjamin Turner. She is preceded in death by her sister Velma, and brothers Stuart and Mike. And she will be remembered with love by her 12 nieces and nephews.
She became an active resident of Leisure World in 2012, where she continued to pursue her love of writing in several writing groups. She published a book of her memoirs, many of which had been previously published in various periodicals, in 2021. Her book, “Brown Eyed Susan and Queen Anne’s Lace,” is available on Amazon.
To join us in a celebration of her life, we will be meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, on March 10, at 4 p.m.
Mary Thomas 76
Sally Dickson 80
Diane Goodwin 71
Ethel Allen 92
Jorge Bonilla Martinez 81
Joseph Grand 70
Anthony Okeke 77
Walter Funderburk 61
Avelino Tajuna 72
Esequiel Sisneros 64
Michael Morrissey 77
Barbara O’Donnell 56
George Rasmussen 86
Alden Waitt 70
Sonia Gonzalez-Lopez 68
Faramarz Heravi 85
Jose Aguilar 65
Robert Oatey 77
Dolores Rivera 83
Evangeline Hurst 86
Johnny Rouse 71
Joseph Cecconi Jr. 89
Marion Smith 78
Carol Yagle 81
Russel Martineau 59
Michelle Jennings 59
Chin Taing 71
Jeffery Ballard 64
Alger Mock 69
Filomena Galdames 77
James Johnson 83
Robert Aito 93
Martha Alvillar 88
Dennis Quinn 81
Virginia Johnson 75
Angela Verand 64
Kathy Madison 71
Manuel Renteria 101
Carol Noland 84
Evangline Hurst 84
Families assisted by
The obituaries deadline is Friday at 4 p.m., prior to the desired Thursday publication date. Obituaries that are received later than Friday will go in the following week’s issue.
Email obituary notices to email@example.com with photos attached as jpg files. The first 250 words, plus one picture, are free to publish in the newspaper; each additional word is 25 cents.
For more information, call 562-430-0534, ext. 801.
Health & Fitness
LW Bicycle Club
Jim and Brenda Thomason often ride their tandem bike with the LW Bicycle Club. The Thomasons are directors of the outside biking trips to Ventura, Coronado Bay and other locations. The club meets on Sundays (with breakfast), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Everyone must be wearing a bicycle helmet and safe shoes. For more information, call Mary Romero at 562-810-4266 or Lucy Czra at 818-209-5075.
The Fitness Fusion Club added a Saturday morning class at 10:30 in Veterans Plaza. The club also meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 6 upstairs, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Veterans Plaza.
Each class provides a full body workout incorporating 18 types of exercises to improve balance, flexibility, and strength to motivating music.
People can bring their own weights to the Veterans Plaza for additional endurance.
Everyone is welcome.
Fight Alzheimer’s and depression with Joyful Line Dance
Joyful Line Dance meets on Thursdays in Clubhouse 6 upstairs from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and has multiple leaders teaching the class. They are Albert and Gladys Comia, Jojo Weingart, Kelly Johnson, David Powell, Carmel Atkinson, Anna Derby, Chung Cha Lewis, George Pinada, Gina Baik, Jinna Yoon and Sunny Kim.
For safety, classes are limited to 35 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Exercise shoes and face masks are strongly recommended. No membership fees are required, but donations are welcome.
For more information, text 562-301-5339.
The Leisure Leggers, a running and walking club in Leisure World for more than 20 years, meets every Monday at Clubhouse 6 at 8 a.m. for a brisk trot around the neighborhood, followed by coffee and camaraderie. Dues are 99 cents per year. For more information, call club president Tom Pontac at 562-304-0880.
Laughing for the health of it
Everyone is invited to an hour-long session of laughing for no reason on Wednesday, March 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the HealthCare Center Conference Room.
Participants will leave de-stressed and happy. Best of all, it’s fun, free and non-fattening. Masks are required.
Bev Bender is a certified laugh leader who helps people improve their lives through laughter.
Golden Age Foundation donates to MOWLB
On Feb. 1, Meals on Wheels of Long Beach (MOWLB) received a generous $35,000 donation from the Golden Age Foundation, which will be used to provide low income and homebound LW residents with fresh, home delivered meals.
Over the past ten years MOWLB has been making weekly deliveries of hot dinner, lunch, dessert, and a beverage to over 100 residents by caring and trained volunteers. They also provide a valuable social connection to those who are alone. MOWLB’s goal is to help its clients remain safe, socially connected, and nourished in their own homes. The program is always looking for new volunteers to help deliver meals, and available to all LW residents who have difficulty cooking meals or shopping for food. GAF’s MOWLB donations cover the meals’ daily fee for qualified, low-income LW residents. MOWLB appreciates the GAF’s partnership and its monetary support to continue provide services to this community. Altogether the GAF has contributed over $125,000 to support Meals on Wheels Long Beach and Meals on Wheels of Orange County.
For more information about the Meals on Wheels program, go to www.mowlb.org or call Client Manager Caron Adler at 562-439-5000, ext. 1.
The Golden Age Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization has been serving LW for over 49 years. The Foundation’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for more than 9,500 residents. It is staffed entirely by fellow residents who volunteer their time and talents.
GAF relies on donations from individuals, groups and organizations in order to support the community. Those who wish to help, can send the checks to: Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, 90740. To learn more about the GAF (Tax ID: 23-7273105), go to www.GoldenAgefdn.org or call 562-431-9589.
The Wa-Rite’s biggest loser of the week was Henrietta Peavy with a loss of 3.5 pounds. She also gave a presentation on the seven days of oatmeal diet. The new board members were sworn in with Judy Chambers as president, Rosie Calhoun, as vice president, Melinda Lee, as second vice president, Marsha Larson, as secretary, Shirley LaBrecque, as treasurer, and Darlene Gardner as the weight recorder. Many other members volunteered to help.
The club meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 9-9:45 a.m. The meeting begins at 10. Everyone must present GRF ID. The annual fee is $10.
Lunch Cafe – Meals on Wheels OC
Meals on Wheels Orange County partnered with the city of Seal Beach to host a senior lunch program – The Lunch Cafe, at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Drive, Seal Beach, Monday-Friday, starting at 11 a.m. It is open to anyone 60 or older. Suggested contribution is $3, but everyone is welcome, even if a contribution is not possible. Guests under 60 can enjoy lunch for $5. Every contribution goes directly to help keep this vital program going.
Sugar free desserts and water packed fruits are used throughout the menu to accommodate diabetics. 1% milk served daily. ** indicates sodium content over 1,000 mg. * indicates a special event or holiday and the menu may exceed 1,000 mg. Low Cholesterol, 0% trans-fat buttery spread served with bread and rolls. Weekly average lunch meal provides over 550 calories. Condiments are not analyzed and may increase sodium.
Thursday, March 1
Split pea soup, sugar free crackers, Greek salad with edamame and shredded chicken, marinated vegetable salad, sugar free apple crisp.
Friday, March 2
Pork tenderloin with honey garlic sauce, brown rice, collard greens, whole wheat dinner roll with buttery spread (Promise), sugar free custard.
Monday, March 6
Barbacoa beef, black bean and corn salad, Mexican rice, tortilla, sugar free fruited gelatin.
Tuesday, March 7
Crumbled beef with bolognese sauce, penne pasta, Italian vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with buttery spread (Promise), sugar free custard, and orange juice.
Wednesday, March 8**
Baked salmon with mango salsa, rice pilaf, oriental vegetable blend, yogurt parfait (low fat yogurt with mixed fruit and honey graham crackers).
Meals on Wheels LB
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $9.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 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 or cancel a meal for the following day, before 9 a.m. the prior business day.
Thursday, March 2
Baked turkey ziti, whole grain roll, zucchini medley, fruit cocktail, turkey, ham, and cheese sandwich withn lettuce, tomato and pickle, and a three bean salad.
Friday, March 3
Oven-baked breaded fish with tartar sauce, oven-browned potatoes, peas and carrots, fresh banana, turkey and ham cobb salad with egg, tomato, bacon, blue cheese dressing and crackers.
Monday, March 6
Homemade meatloaf with mushroom gravy, garlic and chives mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, oatmeal cookies, tuna salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, and a homemade potato salad.
Tuesday, March 7
Barbeque chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned broccoli, pears with cinnamon, taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing and crackers.
Wednesday, March 8
Beef stew with potatoes, celery, carrots and onions, biscuit, fresh orange, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and macaroni salad.
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Longtime golf starters for men’s and women’s golf clubs will retire; GRF seeks replacements
by Dave LaCascia
Carl Richard Wiggins, a longtime LW resident and golf course starter, has hung up his spikes and retired.
Carl was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He joined the Navy and served for four years on a destroyer after WWII, part of the time off the coast of Korea during that war. After leaving the service in 1951, he toured California with a shipmate and subsequently met and married his wife, Joy Clark. He worked for over 35 years locally as a telephone wireman for General Telephone, which became GTE in the mid-80s.
Carl moved into LW with his wife upon his retirement from GTE in 1987. His wife was active in LW for years and ran a Walk-A-Thon here for five years.
He was married to her for over 70 years. He has had three sons—two of whom are deceased—and six grandchildren. His remaining son lives in South Carolina.
In 2004, he was hired by GRF as a pool attendant. Four years later he was asked to be golf starter, and he agreed. This is a position he held until his retirement in February. He has been a member of the LW Men’s Golf Club and played in tournaments for over 30 years. He served as vice president and president of the club for two years each. Although he no longer plays golf, he is still passionate about the game.
Every Tuesday, for even he doesn’t remember how long, he has announced the golfers of the LW Women’s Golf Club onto the tee for their tournaments. On occasion, he would also perform the same service for the Men’s and the Guys and Gals tournaments.
He always managed to get the difficult to pronounce names correct. Over the years he got to know most golfers by name and was always a friendly and welcome face in the starters shack. In his retirement, he plans to enjoy life, listen to country and western music, and watch the “young’uns” play golf on TV. We’ll miss you Carl.
Anne Walshe is a 13-year LW resident, a nine-year GRF employee and a seven-year fixture in the Golf Starters shack. She has decided to retire and move away from LW to remain close to her only sibling, a sister who recently moved to an assisted living facility in Washington.
Anne was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and lived in New York City for 35 years. During that time she received an MBA in health care administration. Afterwards, she worked in major NYC medical centers and clinics.
She met her partner Fran Silverstein in 1990 and moved to Arizona in 2002. Together they lived in Arizona until Fran passed peacefully at their home in 2006.
Anne moved into Leisure World in 2010 to be closer to her sister. Her first week in LW, she played golf and met someone who encouraged her to join the Women’s Golf Club.
She qualified easily and has been playing with the club every week since then. Soon after, she was assisting in totaling and checking the weekly tournament scoring for accuracy. With this role she became a Women’s Club board member. She has continued in that role until January.
She began working as a golf starter in 2014, was then asked to be the attendant in the gym in 2015, and then reverted back to the starter’s role in 2017. She’s been in that role ever since, welcoming and signing in golfers to the Turtle Lake Golf Course.
In addition to her weekly Women’s Club tournaments, Anne has played regularly in the monthly Guys and Gals tournaments, where her first partner was Carl Wiggins. Anne and Carl played together for many years and once made a headline in the LW News: “Wiggins and Walshe win first place with a net 41.”
Anne wanted to express to all LW golfers that as a golf starter, she and the others are all about assisting golfers. The starters endured several golf course renovations and worked outside under a tent to keep the golf course open while the golf shack and the tee boxes were being renovated.
After the pandemic ended, the starters helped golfers make tee times online to play the game we all love. Once it was determined that online tee times were no longer necessary she gladly returned to the current first-come, first-served system.
Thanks for a job well done, Anne. Best wishes and safe travels. We appreciate your efforts over the years.
Pool Club: In the Money extends lead; Favorites create a runout
On Feb. 20, In the Money won 10-3 over the Renegades. This extended their league lead to 31 wins and only 21 losses. Ken Harpham and Kurt Bourhenne both won its two singles matches.
The Cue Crew beat PJJ 8-5. Gary Monahan of the Cue Crew won six of his seven games and both of his singles matches.
The Rail Runners had a good night beating Right on Cue 10-3. Guta Basner was perfect for the Rail Runners, winning all seven of her games.
On Feb. 22, the Ruffians continued their winning way by beating Triple Threat 8-5. Ruffy Ramos won five games and so did his teammate George Gordon, who made a long cut shot on the eight ball to win the final game.
The Favorites edged out Milly’s Boys 7-6. Milly’s Boys won five of the doubles games but won only one singles match.Bank It came on strong the last three games to overtake U3 by a 7-6 score. Paul Shellenberger won five games for Bank It.
After four weeks of play, Ruffy Ramos has eight singles wins and no losses. Among the “B” players, Jerry Wrenn and Sal LaScala each have five singles wins. There is a three-way tie for single match wins for “C” players. Connie Terry, Connie Adkins and Glenn Everson all have five wins.
Shuffleboard: Beginner training is available
From March 7-28, the Shuffleboard Club will open the Courts Building (located behind Clubhouse 1 on Burning Tree Lane) on Tuesday afternoons from 2-3:30 for training in the art of shuffleboard and providing members an opportunity to practice specific strategies to improve their game. All club members and LW residents are welcome to visit and find out what the low-impact sport is all about. The only requirement is closed toe shoes.
The club will have its annual St. Patrick’s Potluck on Thursday, March 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The lucrative game of Left-Right-Center will follow the delicious meal.
All club members are always welcome. The sign-up sheet for the potluck is in the Courts Building.
Spring Leagues will begin Friday morning on March 17 and Tuesday evening on March 21.Those who haven’t signed up for the spring league but want to play should call Kay Mount at 775-527-0426 as soon as possible.
Open-play/pick-up games will continue Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11, free for all club members and any interested LW residents. For those wanting to practice in the evenings, the courts are open Tuesday evenings from 6-8.
The Tuesday Evening League played on Feb. 21 with the Night Sliders—captained by Sally Fowler—and the Night Shufflers—captained by Karen Mendon—splitting the games six wins for each team. Chandra Patel and John Mount were all-game winners for the Night Sliders while Rosemary Maellaro, Norb Walsh and Kay Mount all won their single games for the Night Shufflers.
The Friday Morning League played on Feb. 24, with the Smashers, captained by Millie Larsen, slipping past the Bumpers, captained by Sally Fowler, seven games to five. The all-game winners for the Smashers included Ellie Wests and Milly Larsen. For the Bumpers, Nancy Reid was the all-game winner.
In the second competition, the Flying Discs, captained by Chandra Patel, edged past the Hot Rods, captained by Rod Osgood, seven games out of 12.
Men’s Golf Tournament
The Leisure World Men’s Golf Club tournament was played on Feb. 22. It was a sunny but very cool and gusty for the entire round.
Two groups of three flights of variously skilled golfers played for best net scores (gross score minus handicap), plus two circle holes (shots within a 5-foot radius are rewarded) and two closest to the pin challenges. The Turtle Lake Golf Course is a 1,658-yard, 18 hole, par 54 course, that challenges all who play.
Note on golf etiquette: Do not walk or step in a player’s “putting” or “sight line.” Walk around a ball or marker to reach your own. Park golf carts and clubs toward the next tee, not in front of the green being played. Do not ever place a golf bag or cart on a tee box or green.
A total of 55 golfers braved the blustery weather and teed off for 18 holes. A special “low gross” challenge was offered again this week, and 18 golfers accepted. Kyoo Choi took first place with an excellent gross score of 1 over 55; second place was a three-way tie between Bob Johnston, Mike Mayfield and Bill Lyons with terrific gross scores of 2 over 56.
Considering the weather conditions, there were still 36 birdies and 10 circle hole winners.
Additionally, 16 of 55 golfers were net at or under par. Closest to the pin on the seventh hole was Jon Russell, and on the 16th hole was Pat Paternoster.
Winners: (All scores below are net, which is gross score minus handicap)
“A” flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-6:
First place: Bob Johnston, a well-played 3 under 51; second: tie between Kyoo Choi and Seung Lee, a terrific 1 under 53; third: tie between Young Lee and Trai Nguyen, a hard-earned even par 54; fourth: between Bill Long and Mike Mayfield, at a nice 1 over 55.
“B” flight has handicaps of 7-10:
First place: Mark Rice, a great 6 under 48; second: Rolando Ramirez, a super 3 under 51; third: tie between Ryan Hong and Andrew Kim, a well-played 1 under 53; fourth: tie between Jae H. Lee, Won Song and, John Haley, at 2 over 56.
“C” flight has handicaps of 11-18:
First place: Paul Shellenberger, a very good 6 under 48; second: Manny Miranda, at 5 under 49; third: tie between Byron Schweitzer and Jun Um, a sweet 4 under 50; fourth: tie between James Choi and Brian Tivnan, at 2 under 52; fifth: Bill Zurn, at even par 54; sixth: Richard Yakomi, at 2 over 56.
The next men’s tournament will be on March 15 and then every second and fourth Wednesday of the following months.
People who planned to play in any tournament and cannot should contact Alan Sewell at 541-324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975 as soon as possible. Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to scheduled tee times and be ready to play.
Women’s Golf Club will honor retiring golf starters; have guest speaker
Forty-seven women participated in the Women’s Golf Club weekly tournament on Feb. 21. The women played for low gross, low net and fewest putts.
The winners were:
Flight A—Low Gross: Devora Kim, 28; Low Net: Karen Mendon, 24; Jessca Choi and Lisa Kim each had 13 putts.
Flight B—Low Gross: Hae Lee, 30 with 12 putts; Low Net: Theresa Lim, 24.
Flight C—Low Gross: Sun Lee, 31 with 11 putts; Low Net: Kay Hong, 22.
Flight D—Low Gross: Mary Devlin, 35; Low Net: Emiko Uchiyama, 23 with 11 putts.
The LW Women’s Golf Club has weekly tournaments on Tuesday mornings with tee times starting at 7:30. The sign-up sheet is posted in the Golf Clubhouse. The club plays in groups of four.
The Women’s Golf Club will meet March 7 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 3:30 p.m.
Elizabeth Butterfield is the club’s social chair and she always provides a festive array of snacks and entertainment.
Members and prospective members are encouraged to attend and participate in the festivities.
This will be a special meeting with guest speaker Marv Jones who will review the rules of the course.
There will also be a celebration honoring retiring golf starters Anne Walshe and Carl Wiggins for their years of working on the course.
Anyone interested in joining the Women’s Golf Club can obtain an application from the golf course starter or contact Club Treasurer Margie Thompson at 562-493-0484 for more information.
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The Drone Club is excited about upcoming events, which are held at the beach and local parks. Members are happy to answer questions and welcome new members anytime. This recreational photo was taken for the enjoyment of those who use the Aquatic Center and Turtle Lake Golf Course.The club meets every fourth Thursday in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, at 11:30 am. For more information, contact Joseph Valentenetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art League Raffle Winner
Bonnie Kaplan (l) won the raffle at the LW Art League meeting on Feb. 14. The demonstration artist at the meeting was Janet Roberts who donated one of her colored pencil drawings as the raffle prize. The next LW Art League meeting is on March 14.
Centenarian Mark Glickman surprised the audience with his song “Louise” at Wednesday night’s karaoke party. Tony Tupas set the pace with an upbeat song “Love Her Madly.” Ray Greir did a spirited number spelling out “L.O.V.E.” The audience enjoyed Bev Adams old-time spiritual “Spirit in the Sky.” Don Sunday chose a show-tune “Surrey with a Fringe on Top.” Sally Glauser also sang an energetic “I Can’t Say No.” A captivating ballad “Beautiful” was done by Essie Hicks.
Thirty vocalists ignored the cold wind to entertain the audience with a variety of songs. The singers love to see their fellow residents bring friends to socialize and enjoy the busy night of singing.
Each Monday, a small group practices tunes in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.. Karaoke parties are each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
The Coin Club will meet on March 8 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. Members can participate in door prizes, a coin auction, coin raffles and group discussions about currency. LW residents can also have coins evaluated at no cost.
Dancers & Mixers Club will host St. Paddy’s dance
The Dancers & Mixers Club will host a St. Patrick’s dance from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, in Clubhouse 4. Dancers are encouraged to wear their finest greenery and celebrate the St. Patrick’s holiday early. Linda Herman will be playing from her extensive collection of Irish music.
People are welcome to bring snacks and beverages. All are invited to come out for a fun evening of dancing to lively music. For more information, call 562-431-1257.
Theater Club will perform ‘Return to Torrenzio’ in March
The Theater Club will hold its first show of the new year on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The premise of the show is as follows: the Count of Torrenzio died peacefully one year ago, or so it was thought. An anonymous tip is received and the world famous Detective Columbo and his sidekick Miss Smart have been brought in to investigate the death.
Every person who was at the original reading of the Count’s will has been summoned to “Return to Torrenzio.”
The play welcomes back the former staff of the manor and some relatives. Most of the guests at the manor received some sort of inheritance. The evening will share how much of the inheritance was used by each person. Detective Columbo will also use this time to ask some questions and discover who the murderer was.
Firefighters admire bookstore wares
by Patricia Kruger
Friends of the Library
An unfortunate incident, a fall, triggered a 911 call on Feb. 17. While the paramedics were doing their assessments, a few firemen walked into the bookstore-boutique and, as often happens, found something they didn’t know they needed, coffee mugs, and happily bought several for the fire station.
The fallen volunteer did not have to go to the hospital and happily went home under the watchful eye of her husband.
Meanwhile, in the boutique, the volunteers have been busy creating attractive displays of items for the St. Patrick’s day and Easter holidays.
Profits from the store go to the LW Library for the benefit of LW Library patrons. The Friends donate funds to college scholarships to train future librarians and technicians. The bookstore has no paid employees and is totally operated with volunteer workers and managed with a volunteer board.
The Friends of the Library is a perfect place to find gifts, gift bags and cards. Donations of books, puzzles and knickknacks enrich the LW community in many ways.
The Cribbage Club meets on Tuesdays from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Dues are $5 per year and weekly each member contributes $1 toward the cost of refreshments.
Conversation is lively. Players move up and down among tables, splitting partners between each game, thus ensuring the opportunity to meet and play with a variety of folks.
Skilled players are patient and assist in the point counting, scoring and dealing. About 70 folks are active participants in the club.
Newcomers are welcome.
Doo Wop show is March 18 in CH2
The club’s next show and dance will be at Clubhouse 2 on Saturday, March 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show start at 7. LW residents and their guests are invited to enjoy the entertainment. People should bring their own snacks and drinks. Donations to the club will be graciously accepted at the door.
The club has successfully recruited one new vocalist and three new dancers. Male vocalists are still needed. If a person would like to become a member of the club and don’t sing or dance, they can volunteer for other services such as club photographer, videographer, music researcher, stage hand, or house and stage decorating. People can come to any Tuesday night rehearsal at 7 p.m. to sign up, or join the club Facebook Group Fan page, leave a comment and one of the club officers will respond.
U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club returns to Long Beach
About 10 years ago, many Leisure World residents traveled to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach to hear a concert by the incomparable U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club. The tremendously responsive crowd that evening gave them multiple standing ovations. Those who missed that opportunity to hear them in the wonderful acoustics of Covenant Church now have another opportunity.
On Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m., the Naval Academy Glee Club from Annapolis, Maryland, will present a free concert in the Sanctuary at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. (at the corner of Atlantic Avenue), Long Beach.
The 75 singers represent Midshipmen from all three vocal performing organizations at the Academy. These very disciplined singers participate in the Academy Glee Club as an extra-curricular activity, over and above their very heavy academic load. Audiences are thrilled with their musical performances, under the direction of Dr. Aaron Smith, chairman of the United States Naval Academy Musical Activities.
Parking in the church lots is very limited. Car-pooling and early arrival are recommended. For additional information, contact Peter Bates in Covenant’s music department at 562-437-0958, ext. 130.
St. Paddy’s Dinner Dance on March 17
The GRF’s third annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance will fill Clubhouse 4 on Friday, March 17, with the aroma of corned beef and cabbage, baby carrots and roasted red potatoes, a Sonoma salad dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette, and brownies catered by Country Gardens. People will hear strains of Irish music, provided by an authentic Celtic band.
This year, the GRF is bringing residents Sportive Tricks, a Celtic band with a kick.
From time-honored sing-alongs to sea shanties to covers with a twist to original songs, the seven members of Tricks each bring their own voices, instrumental talents, experience and energy for a toe-tapping good time.
Tickets are available now at the Recreation Office, located in Building 5. Dinner and dancing, all included for $35 or $250 for a table of eight.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The band performs from 6-8 p.m. People can also buy tickets online using their debit or credit card at www.lwsb.com.
It’s sure to be a blast, so practice the jig, dig some green duds out of the closet, and call all your fellow leprechauns.
For more information, contact Mayoka Bassell at 562-431-6586, ext. 476, or email email@example.com.
Velvetones, Vinyl Rock and Abilene return to LW in March
The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing Big Band Swing and jazz standards—music for dreaming and dancing. They are back in action on Sunday, March 5, from 6-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4 and again on March 19. The Velvetones play regularly at LW Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sunday evenings.
Vinyl Rock will play on Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The Orange County based band consists of nine members who passionately perform classic rock, Motown, and pop tunes primarily from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The band keeps the audience engaged, inviting them to participate in sing-alongs and by mingling with them on the dance floor. They’ll have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize. Vinyl Rock is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers. The doors open at 6:30.
On Saturday, March 25, Abilene returns to Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m. Abilene is Seal Beach Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for 20 years. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer. Guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Doug Decker and drummer Jim Greer round out the group. Doors open at 6:30 and the music goes until 9.
People attending these concerts must adhere to the following rules and guidelines:
• No table saving. People may bring their own snacks.
• Attendees must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to tear down the setup and arrange the setup for the following day (except New Year’s Eve).
• No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands.
• Clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given.
Be sure to sign in, either as a resident or guest, in the proper spot. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of LWers’ favorite bands.
Judy Jones and Alan Olschwang were the overall winners in the five-table club championship game on Feb. 16; second were Howard Small and Linda Nye; third were Sibyl Smith and Al Appel; fourth were Russ Gray and Fred Reker.
Overall winners in the nine-table club championship game on Feb. 17 were Sibyl Smith and Diane Schmitz; second were Bill Brooks and April Berg; third were John Hagman and Alan Olschwang; fourth were Judy Jones and Al Appel; fifth were Harriet Weiss and Carol Murakoski.
Sibyl Smith and Diane Schmitz were the North/South winners in the eight-table game on Feb. 20; second were Beth Matheny and Glenn Barry. Bill Brooks and Sue Fardette were East/West winners; second were Barbara Wallace and Janice Fisher.
Games are played on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30. Players are asked to arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets or by contacting Linda Nye at 562-453-6678or at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10 a.m. on game day.
Tournament Poker Club
The Feb. 11 poker tournament was won by Richard “Dick” Johns, his second tournament win. He’s lived in LW for four months and has been a poker club member for three months.
Second place went to Tony Canfora; third: Mike Gass; fourth: Lee “Jack” Pheifer; and Guta Basner came in in fifth place. Harry Sera dealt the final table.
High hand was a king high straight flush in hearts held by Ron Pine. Second high hand was four kings held by Donna Hernandez. Promo was 7-2 held by Tom Pappas.
The club is looking for new players. For more information, call 562-405-4965.
Tournaments are the first three Saturdays of the month starting at noon. Arrive at least 30 minutes early.
Dancers practice ‘Green Rose Hula’ as anniversary approaches
Hui O Hula, the LW Hawaiian dance club, meets for hula dance lessons twice a week. All are welcome. On Tuesday, dancers meet in Clubhouse 6 with a lesson on basic hula from 12:30 p.m., then regular class begins from 1 p.m. On Thursdays, the club holds class outdoors in Veterans Plaza at 1 p.m., or inside Clubhouse 3 during bad weather. Call 562-431-2242 for class information or to book a Hawaiian style performance.
In class, the current hula subject is “Green Rose Hula.” The club will celebrate its 19th anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with an annual tradition, dancing the “Green Rose Hula.” The song was composed by popular Hawaiian musician John Almeida. His lyrics describes his love interest to the beauty and fragrance of the green rose—which are rare but do exist. Dancers are learning the motions to “the rose’s fragrance reaches me here” by waving their hands by the both sides of the nose. All are welcome to audit the classes or take lessons.
The pinochle winners on Feb. 11 were: Curt Rogers, first, 11,130; Jean Boryta, second, 11,070; Diana Lambert, third, 11,030; and Marge Dodero, foruth, 10,570.
On Feb. 13, the winners were: Irene Perkins, first, 11,370; Suzanne Tester, second, 11,180; and Margaret Smith, third, 10,630.
On Feb. 16, the winners were: Irene Perkins, first, 13,070; Lynn Sorum, second, 12,650; Ruth Bonnema, third, 12,590; and Marge Dodero, fourth, 11,870.
On Feb. 18 the winners were: Irene Perkins, first, 12,420; Gayle Golden, second, 12,310; Antonia Zupancich, third, 11,300; and Diana Lambert, fourth, 10,900.
On Feb. 13, the Monday Night Bunco Club results were: Signe Kaleel, most buncos; a tie between Nicole Kluever and Gail Levitt for most wins; Joanne Lester, most babies; and a tie between Kathy Wilcox and Chuck Negent for most losses. The door prize winner was Rosie Pikus.
The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of every month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Play begins at 6 p.m. sharp. All LW residents and their guests are welcome. A halftime social is held for all attening. For more information, call Gail Levitt at 562-596-1346.
Saturday Morning Dance Class
In March, Candi Davis will teach Rumba at 9 a.m. and then Waltz at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 6.
Each class is $7. For more information, call Debbie DeGrazia at 562-296-3393.
Photo Arts Club
The next meeting of the Photo Arts Club will be on Thursday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
The assignment is to take artistic photos of the Seal Beach Pier. Be creative. Members will send three photos to Ben at email@example.com to be shown at the meeting.
A Facebook page has been created for all LW residents interested in photography. On Facebook, look for “Photographic Arts Club of Leisure World.” This is a private page to avoid outside ads or comments posted on this page. To join, hit the “Join” button, and LW residents will be approved. People are welcome to to post their favorite photos.
In the “comments” section people can ask questions about cameras, iPhones or photography in general. A quick response will be provided.
For the meeting, also bring photos of your choice to be displayed and to be commented on at the meeting.
Hooks and labels are available for members who want to hang framed photos in the hall of Clubhouse 3.
Individuals with technical or other questions will be paired with someone who can help them for individual discussion after the meeting. Everyone is welcome. For information about the club, call Regine Schumacher at 562-430-7978.
The Garden Club presented a $500 check and a $50 gift card to We Care on Feb. 20. Pictured are treasurer Lorna Lass (l-r); Barbara Glass, the club’s liaison with We Care; Elizabeth Rubio, We Care’s case manager; and Dee Steinbrecher, club president.
Symphony to perform Carmina Burana
The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra will play “Carmina Burana,” written in 1937 by German composer Carl Orff and requiring two choruses, the amazing Silver-Garburg piano duo and three vocal soloists.
Although composed in 1937, the complete title is “Carmina Burana-Latin and German Poems of a 13th Century Manuscript” found in a monastery. With excerpts used in many films and TV productions, the audience may find some of this exciting, thrilling music to be familiar.
Conductor Eckart Preu will hold a pre-concert lecture to discuss this music at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at the LBSO Box office at 562-436-3203, ext. 1, or LongBeachSymphony.org or possibly at a discounted price by contacting Frieda at GEOH.Davis@gmail.com for concert and bus tickets.
For round trip bus tickets from LWSB to the concert and back, contact Beverly Emus at 562-296-5586 or Beverly90740@gmail.com.
Those attending should bring a picture ID, a cell phone and their tickets.
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
Nu Kote 562-833-3911. SB Business License 699080. Exp 4/26
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. Exp 3/15
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. Exp 7/12
LW DECOR INC.
Kitchen/Bathroom-Remodeling. Install Microwave/Dishwasher/Recessed-Lights/Closets Redesigned/Cabinets-Refaced/New-Windows/Patio-Storage and Enclosures. Exp 5/03
40+/Years in LW
A. SHADDOW’S HANDYMAN SERVICE
Clean Windows, Screens, Skylights and Heat Pump Filters. Small Paint Jobs Reasonably Priced. Call 714-365-6179. Exp 3/22 SB Business License TON0001.
Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336. Exp 5/24
Cory Gee Painting. Affordable – Professional, Licensed-and-Insured. Interior/Exterior Drywall Repairs/Texturing/Pressure-Washing/Cabinets. Senior discounts 714-308-9931. License 1049257. Exp 5/03
562-596-0559, LW DECOR INC.
Premium-Paints. Interiors/Cabinets/Ceilings/Exterior-Windows/Frames. Our Own Painting-Crew. 40+/Years in LW. Business License 723262. Exp 5/03
Bel-Rich Painting. Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131.
Painting service for exterior or interior repairs, texture/drywall/cabinets/skylights/gates/frames. Joshua 714-267-6756. State Contractor License 1081798. Exp 11/22/2023
CLEAN AND REPAIR. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002. Exp 4/19
SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B. Exp 11/29/2023
UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194. Exp 5/24
BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE. PHIL (562)-881-2093. Seal Beach Business License AB0001.
Leisure World Helping Leisure World
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please provide your name and phone number. Free of charge. Diane Hart 714-955-2885.
“ROLLIN THUNDER” GOLF CART CLUB
Offering FREE advice on buying/selling of your golf cart. Also batteries and Safety Flags. 562-431-6859
HOME CARE PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Experienced Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7. 949-899-7770.SB Business License HEL0006. Exp 4/12
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers. Honest/Assertive/Fluent-English. Hourly/Full-Time, doctor-appointments, errands. Bernadine/562-310-0280. Bonded/Insured. Seal Beach Business License BCS0002. Exp 6/21
MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with/optimum service, 30-years LW experience. Licensed Reliable, Honest Caregivers. 24-hours/Part-Time/Doctor-Appointments. References, Fluent English. Ann/714-624-1911 and 562-277-3650/Heide. SB Business License HYC0001. Exp 5/10
Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003. Exp 4/26
Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425. Seal Beach Business License RAZ0002. Exp 5/17
Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. SB Business License License CAM0006. Exp 5/03
Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student 714-605-6869. SB Business License 14206319. Exp 3/29
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard, #116. Tammy Nguyen (714)-425-4198. Exp 4/12
In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36Years+. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538. Exp 4/05
Experienced Housekeeper providing Weekly-and-Monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. SB Business License HEL0006
MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT, WINDOWS, FLOORS. CALL PHIL at 562-881-2093. Over 30 Years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. Exp 5/24
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. Exp 4/19
General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425. Seal Beach License RAZ002. Exp 5/17
Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008. Exp 5/17
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/call anytime! Complete-cleaning. 562-505-1613
SB Business License M0001A. Exp 4/05
Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning. Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659 , (323)-413-0830. Seal Beach License14206409. Exp 4/05
Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001 Exp 5/03
John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193
Virus-Removal/Internet Security Repair, Training, Wireless and Smart-TV Setup. LW Resident. SB License FUH0001.
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. CA Business License 046854. Exp 4/12
ELECTRIC CARTS/SCOOTERS/MOBILE CHAIRS FOR SALE
Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. Exp 1/03/2024
Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258 Exp 3/15
autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462. Exp 3/15
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. Exp 4/19
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call/310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. Exp 4/26
LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE Buying Mid-Century Modern Furniture/Antiques/Stain-Glass Windows and Lamps/Miscellaneous-Collectibles/Vintage-Clothing/Jewelry/ETC. 562-243-7229 Exp 5/10
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Attention-Contractors! I bought a New GE-Washer/Dryer combo by mistake (it does not fit, too big). Will sell GE-W/D for $500. Call-for-details/562-296-8819.
Estate Sale – 1950 McKinney Way, Mutual 15 – 11D. Thursday, March 2 and Friday March 3 from 8:30-2:00. Electric lift chair, side chairs, wall unit, hutch, queen bed, dressers, lamps. Ladies clothing, costume jewelry, vintage Cutco knives, 4 piece wicker patio set, baker’s rack, plant stands and lots more. Estate Sales by Docia Drake, 714-514-8232, POB 427, Seal Beach. Business License ESD0001
Roll top small desk $150.00, preview at Mutual-15, Apartment 19-D or phone 562-598-7777.
MOVING SALE. Thursday/March-2nd, Friday/March-3rd, Saturday/March-4th. Many Electrical, Mechanical Household -Tools. Kitchen-Toasters/Presto-Cooker/Appliances. Table-Lamps/Wall-Clocks/Dollies/Portable-Ham-Radios/Small-Statutes/Table-Decorations/Chotskies/Holiday-Items/Gift-Items/Vacuum-Cleaners/Jewelry-Collectibles/Much-More! 13680 El Dorado Drive/Unit-33E across from CH-2. EVERYTHING-MUST-GO! 714-356-7056.
2-regular size sleeping-pillows/never-used/$5-each. Sofa-and-chair covers/beachy-style/never-used/$10-each. Queen-size fluffy bed-comforter, pink/white/$5. Small Tiffany-style table-lamp/$20. 2-small animal transport-cages/$10-each. Soft, padded 4-step dog stair-ladder/like-new/$20. Sue/714-469-7519
White Leather-Couch (82″ Length, 36″ Width) in good condition. 562-370-6379/Mutual-10
Living-Room Chair. High-back, blue upholstery. You-Pick-Up. 562-253-1564/Mutual-2.