GRF Board Meeting Highlights
The GRF Board of Directors meeting on Feb. 22 started out with a bang when a microphone on the dais sparked and blew, prompting a call to the Orange County Fire Authority and a quick rewiring of the defective equipment.
After a 20-minute delay, the three-hour meeting proceeded without incident. The board plowed through a full agenda focused on mask requirements, cyber security, the Mini Farm, pool progress, and GRF employee salaries and benefits, among other topics.
Meeting highlights included:
• Mini Farm Update
A $14,630 contract was awarded to J and J Landscaping, which will haul away all Mini Farm detritus, cap hose beds and taper the soil to the sidewalk.
Meanwhile, the board voted to ask the Physical Property Department for a scope-of-work and estimate on the cost to rebuild the Mini Farm, although board members are not unified in their vision for the site.
The board agreed that the best place to start the decision-making process was with concrete information on how much it would cost to reinstall a community garden compliant with all current codes.
Once the costs are calculated, the board will reconsider its options.
• Mask Requirements
GRF President Susan Hopewell read several emailed comments that strongly objected to an order by the board to close the pool and game rooms for a week starting Feb. 5.
(The pool and game rooms are now open.)
The rooms were closed due to “repeated noncompliance with the state-issued mask mandate, which has resulted in conflict and physical confrontation,” according to a posted sign at the site.
In their emails, residents argued that the closure punished everyone—those who were wearing masks along with scofflaws who weren’t.
People also cited inconvenience because tournaments and other scheduled activities had to be abruptly canceled.
As of now, vaccinated residents are not required to wear masks inside GRF amenities, in keeping with a Feb. 15 state mandate.
In a related action, the board voted to continue requiring people to wear face masks inside all GRF business offices and at meetings where GRF staff members are present.
• Cyber Security Remediation
The board voted to spend a total of $429,686—$190,496 from operating funds and $239,190 from reserve funds—to replace the GRF’s aging and unstable network infrastructure to secure it from malware attacks. (Network infrastructure refers to all of the resources that make Internet connectivity, management, business operations and communication possible, including computer hardware and software.)
Malware attacks aimed at a growing number of municipalities, hospitals and businesses are on the rise. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access until a ransom is paid to unlock it.
GRF Treasurer Janet Isom called it “absolutely necessary” to grant the funding to secure the network to protect it and to meet insurance standards, which will reduce premiums.
The board voted unanimously to allocate the funds, which will cover professional services, hardware and software.
• Pool Renovation Progress
Facilities Director Mark Weaver reported that the pool facility, which has been closed since November 2019, should be open by the end of March.
Work is proceeding quickly. The deck was 95 percent complete as of Feb. 22, he told the board. Stucco was expected to be fully applied last week. Southern California Edison, which has caused several delays in the permitting process, was expected to fully energize the pool and golf course in the next two weeks.
The facility will have five swimming lanes, a 30-by-30-foot activity area with a volleyball net, a 9-by-25-foot spa, new locker rooms and and a reconfigured lounge area.
• Janitorial Contract Extension-Innovative Cleaning Service
In keeping with a recommendation by the Recreation Committee, the board voted to extend Innovative Cleaning Service’s contract until Dec. 31.
The janitorial agreement between Innovative Cleaning Services and GRF was due to expire on April 30.
By extending the contract rather than going out to bid at a time when potentially costly COVID restrictions could not be determined, the GRF was able to maintain service at a favorable rate.
The $1.5 million GRF portion of the contract (separate from Mutual cleaning services, also addressed in the contract) was expected to increase by $27,882.12 if it were renegotiated in April. The extension saves the GRF $5,119 monthly, according to a Recreation Committee staff report.
• GRF Employee Salary and Benefits
Salary Increase: The board voted to award all GRF employees except directors, who are the highest-ranking department heads, a 5 percent “economic adjustment” increase to help attract and retain staff. Employees have not received a cost-of-living raise since 2012.
As of January, the annual inflation rate accelerated to 7.5 percent, the highest since 1982, and above market forecasts of 7.3 percent.
The hike is attibuted to soaring energy costs, labor shortages and supply disruptions, among other factors.
As GRF wages have fallen behind industry standards, the board also approved a comprehensive salary comparison and a review of vacation and health benefits for all positions.
GRF Director Carol Levine pointed out that the GRF is losing employees, especially in the trade services, such as electricians and plumbers, because they can get more money elsewhere.
“A 5 percent increase is just the beginning of what we need to do,” said GRF Vice President Marsha Gerber.
“Everything costs so much more than it did six months ago,” agreed GRF Director Leah Perrotti. “They need this 5 percent increase.”
Employee Benefits Enhanced: The GRF Board also voted to renew staff’s current medical plans with Anthem Blue Cross.
In addition, it will add an HMO Select plan with exceptional coverage levels that include the GRF paying 100 percent of the employee-only premium, 75 percent of the employee-plus-one premium and 65 percent of the employee-plus-family premium.
The GRF also offers comprehensive dental and vision plans, among other benefits.
By adding the HMO Select plan, the GRF would be above average in benefit offerings, which will further assist in GRF’s recruitment efforts and improve employee satisfaction, according to a staff report.
GRF staff, led by Human Resources Director LeAnn Dillman, was able to negotiate a favorable rate with the help of Burnham Benefits, the GRF’s insurance broker.
The health insurance market has continued to see double-digit increases, and the initial renewal quote from Anthem Blue Cross, GRF’s medical insurance carrier, proved that out. Anthem quoted a 20 percent increase for the 2022-23 plan year, but GRF staff was able to cut the overall net increase to 14.5 percent.
The renewal cost came in below the approved 2022 operating budget estimate of an 18 percent increase.
Also of note:
• Copy and Supply Center Update:
The Copy and Supply Center has been closed for about two weeks due to staff shortages. It was set to reopen Feb. 23 with one employee and return to a full staff by the beginning of this month.
•Bulk Cable Ad Hoc Committee
The current agreement with Superwire expires in June and has a transition clause through December.
It offers a group discount to residents who subscribe to Spectrum’s cable TV through Superwire.
The ad hoc committee, chaired by GRF Director Nick Massetti, will research services and costs from providers and explore new possibilities, including a free or heavily discounted broadband-only service that will let each resident access email and the Internet. Then, residents could choose their own cable TV service or assemble a streaming package of entertainment and news sources.
Before any universal agreement can take effect, all 16 Mutual boards will have to agree with its terms.
The committee report is due back to the board by May.
The pool renovation is progressing day by day.
Current projects now underway include the installation of pool equipment, the tiling of the bathrooms, painting of the interior and exterior of the center, and working with Southern California Edison to energize the electrical distribution.
The schedule is fluid due to COVID-related supply disruptions and fluctuating schedules for utility hook-ups, but the work flow is currently on track.
The pool has been closed since November 2019, when potentially catastrophic defects were uncovered in the 1960s-era facility.
When it reopens, there will be five swimming lanes and a 9-by-25-foot spa.
Copy and Supply is open
The Copy & Supply Center on the ground floor of Building 5 has been closed due to a staffing shortage.
It is now partially staffed and will be open with specific service hours for residents Monday-Friday from 9:15-10:30 a.m., 12:30-1 p.m. and 3:30-4 p.m.
Orders and inquiries can also be made via email to Copies@lwsb.com, and staff will reply at the earliest opportunity.
At this time, it is anticipated that Copy & Supply will be fully staffed by the second week in March.
The GRF thanks residents for their patience and understanding in these extraordinary times.
North Gate Road pile driving delayed
Pile driving along North Gate Road has been postponed, likely for several weeks, according to the Orange County Transporation Authority (OCTA).
The project is part of a massive overhaul to a 16-mile stretch of freeway. Work is concurrently happening in many locations, so the schedule is fluid, according to Megan Abba, OCTA communications specialist.
Watch the LW Weekly for updates on work related to North Gate Road.
GRF mask mandate clarified
At its meeting Feb. 22, the GRF Board affirmed that vaccinated LW residents are not required to wear masks inside GRF amenities, in keeping with the Feb. 15 state mandate.
In a related action, the board voted to:
• continue requiring people to wear face masks inside all GRF business offices.
• continue requiring people to wear masks at meetings where GRF staff attend in person.
Also, GRF staff and employees of contractors will continue to wear masks indoors.
Food service in the clubhouses is no longer restricted to a designated area.
Orange County can impose its own restrictions should the metrics of the pandemic change.
The GRF continues to recommend masks for everyone.
Vandalism mars golf course
Seal Beach police are investigating an act of vandalism at Turtle Lake Golf Course that was discovered Feb. 22 at about 3:35 p.m. Someone used a chemical to kill the grass and write profanities on tee boxes 4 and 6.
J and J Landscape photographed the damage and alerted Security, which then reported the incident to SBPD.
The inital estimate to repair the damage is about $5,000.
The GRF Recreation Department and the landscaping company have been working to renovate and maintain healthy tee boxes for several months, and this is a setback.
The golf course contractor has assessed the damage and is formulating a course of action to repair it.
Golfers were dismayed to see the damage.
“It seems a rather misguided individual had defaced a number of tees and multiple fairways that resulted in several large, discolored spots, possibly caused by bleach or Round-up,” said golfer Dave LaCascia.
“It was distressing to see this level of lunacy. It is hoped that the perpetrator is found quickly and punished.”
Bathroom Accessibility Grant
The City of Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program has grant funding to spend on improving accessibility and safety for Leisure World residents in 2022, so residents who could benefit from this should apply without delay.
Any Leisure World resident who has trouble stepping into the shower for any reason is likely eligible for a free bathroom upgrade. The Leisure World Bathroom Accessibility Grant converts the tub/shower combination into a shower-only for safer access. The fiberglass is refinished to look like new, and a custom glass shower door enclosure is installed. Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models, and grab bars may be added if needed.
LWers with more than one bathroom are eligible. Furthermore, in special circumstances, a bench can be added to the fiberglass unit.
The program is made possible through a grant from HUD, Orange County and the City of Seal Beach. To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years old and have an annual income below $75,300 if they live alone, or the limit is $86,050 per year for a two-person household. Savings do not disqualify people.
For over 15 years, the City of Seal Beach has offered the Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program to help residents modify their bathrooms.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration of this program has changed slightly. There are no in-person workshops. Instead, individual appointments can be made via phone, FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts to ask questions and get personalized advice on how to complete an application. Simply email email@example.com for an appointment. People can also call (909) 364-9000, but email is preferred.
All information is kept confidential. “Many residents get confused about the application process,” said Monique Miner of CivicStone, which administers the program. “They don’t realize you can have substantial savings and still qualify for the free upgrade. We are just a phone call away and can help people apply for the completely free upgrade. Don’t delay completing your application because funds are limited.”
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 364-9000.
Fax service returns to library
The LW Library is happy to announce that its fax service has been restored after a brief hiatus. Prices remain the same, $1 per page to send a fax domestically, $3 per page to send a fax internationally and 50 cents per page to receive a fax.
To receive a fax via the library service, residents should ask the sender to include their name and phone number on the fax and provide the sender with the library’s fax number, (562) 431-4143.
The library is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Faxes are not sent past 3:15 p.m. to allow time for closing procedures.
Faxes can be received by the machine 24 hours a day, seven days a week but only picked up during regular hours of operation.
For more information, call the library at (562) 598-2431.
Minibus orientation is today
A Minibus informational meeting will be held today, March 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, at 10 a.m.
The orientation is held on the first Thursday of every month.
Its purpose is to familiarize Leisure World residents with the many transportation services available in the community.
No reservations are required.
The GRF Transportation Department will provide information on the LW Minibus service as well as the GRF appointment-based Access bus service for people with mobility challenges.
Other local area bus and transportation services to nearby grocery shopping and medical service destinations are also covered.
Meetings may include as needed information and updates on the City of Seal Beach Senior Shopping Shuttle to Rossmoor and Old Ranch shopping centers and the Seal Beach Old Town Pier shuttle.
Monthly informational sessions are for new or current shareholders who would like to learn about the Minibus service routes and timetables.
Residents, Leisure World employees, visitors, family members of residents and caregivers can all ride the minibuses.
Anyone who has a valid pass to enter the community can ride. The only rule is riders must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by someone who is 18 years of age or older.
GRF Decal Service
The GRF Security Decal Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.
The office will be closed Wednesdays and Sundays, and on weekdays from noon-12:30 p.m. for lunch.
The office is located in Building 5 near the Copy Center.
Appointments are not required. Decal issuance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
To receive a vehicle decal, residents must present the following documents: Proof of vehicle insurance, DMV vehicle registration (vehicle must be registered to the LWSB resident); DMV driver’s license; and a GRF ID card.
Decals are valid for up to two years after the date of issuance. If a resident’s driver’s license expires before the end of the two-year period, a decal will expire in the same month the resident’s drivers license expires.
Expired insurance, registration and/or driver’s licenses are not valid documents, and no decal will be issued.
A DMV identification card is not a valid driver’s license, and no decal will be issued.
From the GRF—cyber security questions answered
Last month, the Golden Rain Foundation uncovered a targeted effort to exploit and abuse access to its email environment. Swift action was taken, and Information Technology (IT) staff is currently working with a team of cyber incident response and forensic experts to secure and fully understand the extent of this incident.
Cyber crime is all too common worldwide and here at home, requiring the GRF to take more aggressive steps to secure its data.
On Feb. 22, the board voted to spend a total of $429,686 to improve and replace the GRF’s aging network infrastructure and engage a team of cyber security forensic experts to proactively monitor the network.
The following responses are to questions submitted by LW residents about the email breach.
Question: I have had some contact with the GRF LW Board. What, if any, affect would this have on my email account?
Answer: Your email account is not affected as it is not hosted on GRF servers.
Question: Do we know if GRF employee information has been compromised?
Answer: Thanks to the quick action taken, the cyber security incident response team did not find any evidence that employee or shareholder information was compromised.
Question: I’m an IT tech and a former supervisory program analyst for the Social Security Administration for 25 years. Can I help?
Answer: The offer is much appreciated; however, the GRF has already engaged a specialized cyber security incident response team to handle this incident.
Question: I would like to address the GRF board. When and how can this be achieved?
Answer: Residents can address the GRF Board during its monthly meetings at 10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 4. The next meeting will be held March 22. Foundation members are permitted to make comments before the business of the board begins.
Requests must be registered in advance of the meeting. Speakers are limited to four minutes each.
2022 Run Seal Beach back in action
The annual Run Seal Beach is back after a COVID-19 related hiatus. On Saturday, March 19, the 5K/10K walk and run around Old Town will be held.
The fundraiser benefits a variety local organizations, including Girl Scouts, tennis clubs and swim programs.
Sign up for a race at www.runsealbeach.com; donations are welcome.
Run Seal Beach has supported local community programs for over 45 years by donating 100 percent of the proceeds from each race back to the community. In 2021, the race was held virtually, but the group still donated donated over $30,000 in grants to many recreational programs.
In prior years, Run Seal Beach has given more than $100,000 in grants to over a 100 organizations each year.
Since 2003, Run Seal Beach has given over $1.8 million back to the community.
Calling All Photographers
The LW Weekly will produce a 2023 wall calendar featuring the work of Leisure World photographers in late 2022.
This year, photos will be accepted all year long, so people can take compelling shots of local landscapes and immediately submit them for possible inclusion in the calendar.
That will save the time of swiping through hundreds of pictures at year’s end to find that perfect shot.
Editors are looking for scenic vistas of Leisure World and Seal Beach.
Photos of people are not eligible.
Holiday or seasonal shots are welcome, especially images that capture the spirit of October, November and December.
Editors are also looking for original views of iconic LW spaces and fresh ways of seeing familiar spaces, such as the globe and Veterans Plaza for example.
A team of editors selects the photos featured in the calendars, so it’s possible that multiple shots by the same person are chosen (photographers’ names are not included in the decision-making process).
Potential contributors should submit large, high-resolution, 300 dpi images in landscape format.
Cell phone photos should be emailed in the “actual” or “original” size format. Email entries to email@example.com with name, address, phone number and a brief description of the photo. For information on technical requirements, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 392.
The free calendar will be delivered to every LW home in late December.
CalFresh can help qualifying Leisure World residents receive healthy fruits and vegetables, among other groceries. Recipients receive a card similar to a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for healthy foods. CalFresh is funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership.
Requirements to Apply:
• Applicants must have at least one citizen or legal permanent resident with a Social Security number living in their household (including children).
• Applicants may qualify for CalFresh even if they have a job.
• Gross monthly income must be less than the amounts listed: One-person household, $2,128; two-person household, $2,874.
• Seniors, those on SSI or those with a disability can apply and may be eligible for CalFresh.
• Documents needed to apply: photo ID, Social Security card, proof of income and resident card (if applicable, receipt of rent and receipt of one utility bill). Upon application, income and other factors are taken into account to determine eligibility.
Residents who need assistance applying for Cal-Fresh should contact Robann Arshat in Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.
How to Place a Classified Ad
Classified ads may be ordered over the phone by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 383, or (562) 430-0534; emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (staff will call back for payment information and ad confirmation) or in person at the LW Weekly office, 13521 St. Andrews Drive (two-story white building at the Amphitheater complex). The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Resident rate: Classifieds are $8 for 12 words or fewer; each additional word is 25 cents.
Non-resident rate: Ads start at $12 for 12 words or fewer. Discounts are available for ads that run at least four weeks in a row without changes.
Payment must be made at the time the ad is placed.
The LW Weekly classified advertising deadline is Monday at 12:30 p.m. for that week’s Thursday edition. Deadline changes due to the holidays will be printed in the LW Weekly.
For more information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 383.
LW Weekly classified ads available online at LWWeekly.com and lwsb.com.
Letters to the Editor
We, the members of your Cabaret Entertainers, want to thank you for your recent enthusiastic and generous support in appreciation of our hard work in bringing you quality shows.
We rehearse twice a week for three months in order to create a good show for you.
Our group supports each other and enjoys camaraderie in pursuit of perfection.
Contributing to our success are the wonderfully talented vocalists, musical director Charla Gae, emcee Phil Mandeville with his melodious tones, our support staff of Tim Fitzpatrick and Connie Farrand, and the sound technicians.
Also to be praised are stage managers Jon and Chris Russell, as well as spotlight operator Bill McKusky.
Prior to the show, we have a group of Cabaret Auxiliary people who assist in decorating the stage and tables.
We also require the talents of the Video Producers Club— Paul Bassett, Irene Cistaro, Michael Oh and Anna Derby—who provide the outstanding recording of our shows for future enjoyment.
In conclusion, as Phil has stated, “Without you, there is no show!”
So please continue your support. We appreciate all you do.
We look forward to our next show for you.
Charlie Guggino, Mutual 15, and the Cabaret Entertainers
Every Leisure World shareholder should be concerned about what happened in Ukraine last week (or month) and how it plays out in the weeks ahead.
President Biden has been widely praised by Republicans and Democrats for imposing sanctions on Russia for its totally unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
But what if Putin thinks we will do the same thing if he invades Poland?
If we are not willing to risk a single life to save Ukraine, a country of 41 million people, why would we do so for Poland?
If we are not willing to defend Poland, what about the dozen other countries Putin might want to invade?
We would miss buying German cars, but otherwise, why would we care?
If Putin is thinking this way, we may be in big, big trouble.
Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the managing editor.
Letters to the Editor: The maximum number of words is 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email (preferred), regular mail or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any GRF employee directly or indirectly.
Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority is given to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.
Contributor: Restaurant reviews, theater reviews or travel journal submissions are welcome, subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.
Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.
The Leisure World Historical Society, a 501(c)3 educational foundation, is dedicated to preserving the history of Leisure World, which is celebrating 60 years this year. Historical Society President Margaret Gillon has chronicled highlights in this weekly column. People are welcome to visit, volunteer for or donate memorabilia to the Historical Society, which is open every Thursday from 2-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, log on to LWHistory.org or SealBeachLeisureWorldHistory.org.
March 1, 1979—The lead story was a familiar one. A Leisure World driver lost control of his car and landed in the bottom of the drainage channel. This was at least one of five times it has happened.
March 1, 1990-—The Friends of the Library established a literacy program. It was to be a series of workshops for those with reading problems. When the program was announced, 24 residents volunteered to be instructors.
March 2, 1967—Final drawings were approved for a travel office and physical property department in the Amphitheater. The new offices were to be housed between the projection booth and the concession stand. Another renovation of the Amphitheater was the installation of direct heat tubing on the stage hanging between the drop curtains.
March 2,1978—The Friends of the Leisure World Library were delighted to announce that longtime Los Angeles Times columnist and author Jack Smith was to be the speaker at its annual dinner. “Since Smith seldom appears as a dinner speaker the Friends were pleased that he will appear at Leisure World.”
March 3, 1966—This is when it all began. “A Social Security representative will be available for Medicare enrollment on Mondays during this month beginning March 7. Anyone who became 65 prior to Jan. 1 of this year must enroll by March 31 in order for coverage to begin July 1.”
March 3, 1977-—Leisure World artist Clyde Winslow gained national recognition when an editorial cartoon published earlier in the Golden Rain News won the principal award in the national Freedoms Foundation Awards contest.
March 3, 1988—“Sweet and Lows celebrate 25 years of song” was the headline. The story explained that in 1963 a group of women gathered with a director to sing for fun.
The director’s instructions were to sing ‘sweet and low’ to enhance older voices. Thus, the name ‘Sweet and Low’ was born.
March 4, 1965—Community Church’s dome raised, “With all the excitement of a circus big top going up, the dome of the Community Church was raised into place Saturday morning, in one of the final stages of construction.
Recap of GRF Board Activity, Feb. 22
Approved Consent Agenda: MOVED and approved the consent agenda, including minutes of the Recreation Committee Meeting of Jan. 3, minutes of the Physical Property Committee Meeting of Jan. 5, minutes of the GRF Administration Committee Meeting of Jan. 6, minutes of the GRF Board Meeting of Jan. 25, acceptance of the Interim Financial Statement from January and approval of Reserve Funds Investment Purchase.
Emergency Item—Economic Adjustment Increase: MOVED to add the Emergency Item-Economic Adjustment Increase to the Board agenda. MOVED to ratify the GRF Board of Directors approval of a 5 percent hourly economic adjustment increase effective Feb. 28 for all positions except directors.
GRF Meeting Face Mask Requirements: MOVED to affirm the Board vote to amend the requirement for face masks to be worn in GRF indoor amenity venues to comply with current State mandate. MOVED to continue the requirement that a face mask be properly worn in all Trust Property business buildings. MOVED to continue the requirement that a face mask be properly worn in all meetings where GRF staff are in physical attendance.
Approval Re-establishing 1.8 Acres Known as Mini Farms: MOVED to request Physical Properties provide a Scope of Work and estimated cost to rebuild the Mini Farm at the 1.8 Acres and to send to the Board for final approval.
Operating Funds-—Approval Cyber Security Remediations: MOVED to approve the proposed professional hours and software licenses for a total of $190,496 using operating funds, and hardware procurement for a total cost of $239,190 from Reserve Funding.
Approval Annual Report Elimination: MOVED to approve the elimination of the annual report from the Communications Production schedule.
Amend 20-2806-1, Community Publications: MOVED to amend 20-2806-1, Community Publications, updating and clarifying document language, as presented.
Approval New HMO Health Plan “Select”: MOVED to approve the renewal of the following GRF employee benefit plans for the plan year beginning April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023:
• Anthem Blue Cross Medical HMO-Low, HMO-High
• Add Anthem HMO-Select as recommended
• Guardian Dental HMO and PPO Plans
• Guardian VSP Vision Plan
• Guardian Basic Life and AD&D Insurance Plan
• Guardian Long Term Disability Plan
• Guardian Accident and Critical Illness Plan
• Guardian Hospital Indemnity
• Guardian Employee Assistance Plan
• Guardian Voluntary Life Plan
• VPI/Nationwide Voluntary Pet Insurance Plan
• United Pet Care Pet Discount Program
• Reimbursement of up to $750 hospitalization cost annually per employee.
• Flexible Spending Account Plan
• Dependent Care FSA Plan
Capital Funding Request—Purchase of Trailer for Emergency Supplies: MOVED to approve the purchase of the trailer from Golden West Trailer Sales to store the emergency supplies for Golden Rain Foundation employees, currently stored in two outdoor sheds for a cost of $12,534.50 and adding a 10 percent contingency of $1,253.45 for any extras, for a total cost not to exceed $13,787.95 from Capital Funding.
Code of Ethics: MOVED to amend 30-5092-1, Code of Ethics, updating document language, as presented.
Plan Investment Administrative Committee: MOVED to amend 30-5155-3, Plan Investment Administrative Committee, updating document language, as presented
Amend 40-5061-2, Fees: After a brief discussion, the Board sent it back to the Committee for further review and to bring it back to the next scheduled Board meeting.
Amend 40-2115-2, Copy and Supply Center: MOVED to amend 40-2115-2, Copy and Supply Center-Fee, updating Golden Age Foundation will be billed monthly, as presented.
Approval 2022 Senior Resource Focus: MOVED to approve the Member Resources 2022 Senior Resource Focus be printed in LW Weekly as a once-a-month series informational guide.
Approval New Buyer Information Packet: MOVED to approve the New Buyer Information Packet, as amended.
Capital Funding Request —Clearing Out Mini Farms At 1.8 Acres: MOVED to award a contract to JJ Landscaping to clear out all farm material, taper soil to sidewalk and flatten the area at 1.8 Acres for a cost not to exceed $14,630, Capital Fundings and to authorize the President to sign the contract.
Amend Policy 30-5041-5, Real Trust Property Acreage: After a brief discussion, the Board will send this back to the Committee for further review and bring it back to the next scheduled Board meeting.
Janitorial Contract Extension—Innovative Cleaning Service: MOVED to approve the extension of the Innovative Cleaning Services Janitorial contract through Dec. 31, 2022, as presented and to authorize the President to sign the contract.
Reserve Funding Request—Clubhouse 1 Ice Machine: MOVED to approve the purchase of a new ice machine for Clubhouse 1 from Norm’s Refrigeration & Ice Equipment at a cost not to exceed $4,154.49, as presented
Amend Policy 70-1429.01-1, Golf Course Regulations: After a brief discussion, the Board will send it back to the Committee for further review and bring it back to the next scheduled Board meeting.
Security, Bus & Traffic
Amend Policy 80-1937-1, Parking-Rules: This item has been removed from the agenda and will be brought back to the next scheduled meeting.
Final Vote – Amend Policy 80-5580-1, Entry Passes-Rules: MOVED to amend 80-5580-1, Entry Passes-Rules, updating the instructions for display of the entry pass and adding Renter/Lessee’s do not receive annual entry passes, as presented.
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The editorial deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. People may email articles or drop them into the letter slot at the front of the News Building, located on the east side of the Amphitheater. See page 4 of any edition for a list of section editors and their email addresses.
Family Radio Service Users
The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. The call-in time is from 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0.
Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then press the side button before stating your first name, last name initial and Mutual number. Release when finished.
For more information or instruction on the use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at email@example.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
How to be a GRF Board Candidate
The campaign cycle for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors will begin soon. During 2022, an even-numbered year, the GRF Board seats representing the even-numbered Mutuals are up for election. The following rules & procedures apply to all residents seeking candidacy.
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, 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 in the Administration Building beginning Wednesday, March 9. Candidates who are self-nominated must complete a 50-1631-4 Application for Candidacy before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8.
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, April 8.
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 service as a director and a member for one year.
9. Candidates who complete a timely 50-1631-4 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 the even-numbered GRF on Thursday, May 5. The GRF Bylaws have no provisions for write-in candidates on the ballots or for nominations from the floor.
For further information on being a candidate for the GRF Board, please call (562) 431-6586, ext. 346, for Stock Transfer or ext. 303 for the Board of Directors Office.
Mutual & GRF Election Cycle Begins
Since 1962, Leisure World, Seal Beach, has operated on a united Since 1962, Leisure World, SealBeach, has operated on a united community spirit. There is no one more interested in their home, Mutual and community than LWers and their fellow shareholders. Only they can truly understand the value of the LW life and lifestyle and have the motivation to see their Mutual, as well as the entire community, prosper.
Being part of a Mutual or GRF Board places shareholders in the middle of the decision-making process, with their voice and opinions heard as they represent their fellow shareholders for a collective benefit.
Pride in community, patience and motivation to help others are very important qualities for running for a seat on their Mutual or GRF Board. It is the strength of the vast and varied experience each director has, as well as the collective strength of the Board, that builds community and protects LW’s lifestyle and homes. The skills and knowledge a person has compiled through the years will be put to good use; everyone has the ability to do and be the change for the benefit of all.
The duly elected Mutual and GRF Boards set into operation the day-to-day business of eacmutual corporation and Trust property and all of its amenities. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate—that is, their fellow shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. It’s not an easy job; it takes time, effort and a willingness to donate a portion of everyday life to the community.
As a community of more than 9,000 highly qualified shareholders, there is so much expertise to offer. New ideas and perspectives are always needed, which means volunteers are needed. Everyone should consider becoming a candidate for a position on their Mutual or GRF Board of Directors.
The schedule indicates the Mutuals’ and GRF elections schedule. Deadlines to apply for candidacy vary. Anyone interested in or who has questions relating to becoming a candidate for his or her Mutual or GRF Board of Directors should contact the Stock Transfer Office at (562) 431-6586, ext. 346.
Comments/Questions at Meetings
The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits per speaker are four minutes per speaker for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes per speaker for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes per speaker, more than 26 speakers
To address the GRF Board of Directors, submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Attention: Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention: Executive Coordinator, or email your question/comment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health & Fitness
Lucky days ahead at the HCC
The Health Care Center invites all residents to have fun and enjoy some treats at these events in March. To RSVP or for more information, contact Grecia Nunez, the HCC’s senior ambassador, at RSVPOptumHCC@optum.com.
Cooking Basics Demo. If your idea of cooking mostly consists of ordering food on DoorDash, this interactive class may be for you. On March 7, from 11 a.m.-noon, guests from Humana will explain the basics of preparing delicious and easy meals in Conference Room 1. RSVP recommended, as seating is limited. Facemasks are required.
Celebrate International Women’s Day. Reflect on all the incredible work women have achieved, as well as the ways they are breaking down barriers for new generations, outside Conference Room 1 on March 8 from 11 a.m.-noon. United Healthcare offers a small giveaway to attendees.
Let’s Taco ’Bout Medicare. Medicare is confusing, but tacos are amazing. Nunez will educate people about Medicare basics, and everyone gets a voucher for a free taco. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Facemasks are required in Conference Room 1 for this event on March 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Treats. Everyone, Irish or not, is invited to pick up a small gift from United Healthcare outside Conference Room 1. Get some fresh air while strolling down to the HCC on March 16 from 11 a.m.-noon.
For the Love of Movies. All LWers are welcome to swing by the Conference Room 1 doors for a movie-themed giveaway, courtesy of Humana, on March 17 from 11 a.m.-noon.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, March 3: Baked turkey ziti, whole-grain roll and green beans with pimentos; fruit cocktail; turkey, ham and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus three-bean salad.
Friday, March 4: Oven-baked breaded fish with tarter sauce, oven-browned potatoes, and peas and carrots; fresh banana; turkey and ham Cobb salad, with egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing, plus crackers.
Monday, March 7: Homemade meatloaf with mushroom gravy, garlic-and-chive mashed potatoes, and peas and carrots; oatmeal cookies; tuna salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus homemade potato salad.
Tuesday, March 8: Chicken enchilada casserole with red sauce, pinto beans and seasoned cauliflower; pears with cinnamon; taco salad, with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro and salsa dressing, plus crackers.
Wednesday, March 9: Beef stew with potatoes, celery and carrots and onions, plus biscuit; fresh orange; turkey, ham and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus macaroni salad.
Join the Leisure Bikers on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the North Gate. Sunday’s ride often includes breakfast and a 2-mile nature hike. Helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for details.
Come Laugh for the Health of It
Bev Bender returns to the Health Care Center Conference Room with a Laughing for No Reason class on March 9 at 1:30 p.m. All LWers are invited to leave their troubles behind and put some positivity in their lives by laughing and being playful for an hour. This class aims to help wash away people’s stress and leave them feeling more energetic, with a smile on their face and a song in their heart. Bender, a gerontologist and Certified Laugh Leader, promises it will be fun, free and non-fattening. Masks are required.
Arts & Leisure
Joyful Line Dance
LWer shares her love of dance
When Sunny Kim and her husband moved to Leisure World from Los Angeles, she quickly checked into a Joyful Line Dance class. Since that day in May, she hasn’t missed a single class. She says she loves being a part of the LW community, having made good friends and participating in a wide variety of activities. She also enjoys taking a daily walk with her husband.
With her love of line dancing, it was no surprise when Kim started to step in to help the class leaders any time there was a request from classmates. She is quick to pick up new dances. With club leader Anna Derby, Kim often leads the class in the “Bailando Boogaloo,” and she plans to expand her repertoire.
Joyful Line Dance meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. When the club formed eight years ago, it was with the purpose of not only providing residents with the opportunity to improve their physical condition and mental acuity, but also to encourage the community’s male residents to get off their couches and socialize with others in a fun setting.
Everyone is invited to join the classes, which are currently limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Exercise shoes are recommended, and face masks are mandatory.
For more information about the class, text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Hot Shots Defeat Shufflers
Shuffleboard League resumed play at the Clubhouse 1 courts on Feb. 18, with the Hot Shots defeating the Shufflers 13-5. After eight games, the Shufflers are in first place, with Hot Shots in second and Sliders in third.
The Hot Shots’ all-game winners were Dan Hable, Sung Yi and Chandra Patel, and the Shufflers’ all-game winner was Anita Giroud.
Practice times are Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Starting time for league play is 8:30 a.m. on Fridays; everyone is asked to arrive on time to get a starting position. To use the Shuffleboard Courts, LWers must be trained in court setup, maintenance and play and eventually become a participating club member.
The Shuffleboard Club’s St. Patrick’s Day potluck will be on March 12 at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. Sign-ups are available at the courts. The group will be playing left center right.
BYOB practice nights, tournaments and other social events are being planned for throughout the year.
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LW Shuffleboard Trivia
• At various times, there were three leagues playing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
• There were active outdoor courts at Clubhouses 1, 2 and 3.
• Several Pro-Ams (events involving both professionals and amateurs) were held in the 1990s.
• In years past, referees and scorekeepers were separate from the players.
• Tournament Sponsors over the years included Home Savings Bank, Fidelity Federal Bank and Primrose Restaurant.
For more information about the Shuffleboard Club, contact Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.
The LW Pool Club’s Spring Pool League began Feb. 21 in Clubhouse 2 and will continue on Mondays at 6:15 p.m. until May 30. Each of the eight teams will play every team twice.
Ticket to Ride edged out Side Pocket 7-6. Paul Shellenberger and Jerry Wrenn each won four of seven games for Ticket to Ride, while Steve Edrich took four for Side Pocket.
Jokers Wild beat Ball Breakers 11-2, as Ren Villenueva started strong by winning all seven of his games for Jokers Wild. Villenueva’s teammate Dave Ruiz won six games, losing only a doubles nine-ball match.
Team 5 won over the Favorites 7-6. Barry Briedeau and Bill Clawson each won four games for Team 5, while Gary Snow won four for the Favorites
The Pocket Rockets beat Beat the House 10-3. Rusty Aquino, who was a B player last year but is now an A player, won all seven of his games. His teammates also did well, with George Gordon and Connie Adkins each winning five.
At the conclusion of the Spring Pool League, the club will host monthly tournaments until the start of the Fall Pool League on Sept. 12.
Yahtzee Club will resume its meetings on Friday, March 4, from 12:30-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The club will then meet on the first and third Fridays of each month.
The cost to play is $2, which goes toward prizes.
All LWers are welcome if they know how to play and can keep their own score.
Dues for new and existing members are $3. For more information, call Kathy Rose at (714) 309-6873.
A nice group of regulars formed an appreciative audience for the 30 happy karaoke singers who livened up Clubhouse 1 on Feb. 23 with show tunes, ballads and pop hits.
Richard Yokomi set the tone for the evening with “Old Time Rock and Roll,” while Rick Riley lent his husky voice to country and western numbers, including Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.” The soft rock tune “If” was nicely done by Carmen Edwards, and Pat Kogok chose to share a favorite tune, “Johnny Angel.”
Some folks mixed things up by singing many duets with their friends. Ellen Brannigan and Vito Villamor had fun with “Vaya Con Dios,” and Essie Hicks and Bob Barnum did well with “Need You Now.” Tosca Lies and Vinny Correnti jived to “Jackson,” Susan Kelleghan and Kenny Nostraleva blended well with “You Make Me Feel So Young.”
Charlie and Carol Guggino encouraged the audience to join then on “Sweet Caroline.”
All LWers are welcome to join the fun on Wednesdays beginning at 5:30 p.m.
On March 16, in honor of St Patrick’s Day, everyone is encouraged to perform Irish songs and dress festively for the club’s “Wearin’ of the Green” party.
Anyone wanting to try new songs can do so at practice sessions held on Mondays from 1-3 p.m.
Joan Boryta to give demo
When the Art League meets on March 8 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, the demonstrating artist will be Joan Boryta. It’s suggested that members arrive early to secure a seat, as Boryta is a popular local artist.
Born and raised in New England, Boryta showed an interest in drawing and won awards in school for her artwork. Her parents wanted her to pursue other career options, so she didn’t enter the art world until she had raised her family and entered the corporate world.
As an adult, Boryta rediscovered her passion for art after enrolling in an oil painting class. She later took a class in watercolor, and, she says, she fell in love with the spontaneity and softness of the medium. She was hooked.
She was awarded five Cultural Council awards in Massachusetts and two fellowships to paint in Ireland, and she was juried into the New England Watercolor Society gallery. She also lived in Barbados, where she spent 10 years painting in the Caribbean island’s vibrant color palette.
From there, she moved to California, where she now paints a different landscape. Boryta is a member of the Cypress, Huntington Beach and Orange County art leagues, and her work has appeared in three watercolor books. She teaches watercolor classes to students of all levels.
Members are invited to bring artwork in the theme “portraits” for judging by Boryta in the Popular Vote competition. The contest’s check-in deadline is 6:30 p.m.
Weekend Night Dances
Velvetones to perform Sunday
The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra will be back in action on Sunday, March 6, from 6-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Leisure World’s own professional big band plays swing and jazz standards, music perfect for dreaming and dancing, on the first and third Sundays of the month. The group is expected to play again on March 20.
Returning to the Clubhouse 4 stage on March 12 at 7 p.m. is Vinyl Rock, sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers. The nine-piece Orange County-based band passionately perform classic rock, Motown and pop tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The band will have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying, as they sing along to songs they grew up listening to. Doors open at 6:30.
And on March 26, Abilene, LW’s No. 1 country rock band for nearly 20 years, appears in Clubhouse 2. Last year, the band opened the Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans; expect to see them again this year, thanks to popular demand. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer, while guitarist Rod Anderson, guitar synthesizer player Jim Long, bassist Mike Simpson and drummer Jim Greer round out the group. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for this 7 p.m. show.
Masks are required for those who are not vaccinated but are recommended for everyone. Table saving is not allowed. People may bring their own snacks.
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.
Attendees must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to allow adequate time for the custodian to tear down the setup and arrange everything for the following day.
GRF asks everyone to sign in, either as a resident or guest, to help determine the popularity of the bands.
Bocce playoffs start Saturday
The Bocce Ball playoffs begin Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the courts behind Clubhouse 2. All those interested in learning more about the game are encouraged to bring a folding chair, snacks, water and an interest in meeting fun-loving people.
Team standings will be posted at the Bocce Court.
Pickleball Players Club
The LW Pickleball Players Club will host a two-day round-robin tournament on the pickleball courts in Mission Park behind Clubhouse 2. Matches for players with skill levels of 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 will be held March 19 at 9 a.m. On March 20, two groups of players with skill levels of 4.0 and above will play starting at 9 a.m.
Spectators are welcome to watch the 48 pickleball players expected to participate.
The club will offer free beginner workshops to all interested LW residents on the second Tuesday of each month, starting March 8 at 11 a.m. Jim Thomason will provide instruction, while the club will loan paddles and balls to the players.
For more information, contact club President Linda Evenson at (561) 577-3283 or email@example.com.
On Feb. 21, setting North/South were Ron and Gene Yaffee, who placed first with 1.93 master points. Setting East/West and placing first were Bill Brooks and Sue Fardette, who earned 2.57 master points.
Duplicate Bridge is played Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. Check in with director Mike Ullman begins at 11:45 a.m., and the American Contact Bridge League-sanctioned game starts at 12:30 p.m. For reservations, call Linda Nye at (562) 453-6678.
For more information on the LW Duplicate Bridge Club contact Sharon Beran at (562) 308-7838.
Dancing Feet Club
Everyone is welcome to join the Dancing Feet Club every Monday from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The club also hosts social ballroom dancing on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m., also in Clubhouse 2.
Admission is free, and space is limited. People can bring snacks (but no liquor). Masks are recommended.
For more information, text Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join bingo players every Sunday afternoon in Clubhouse 2.
The buy-in line opens at 1 p.m. and costs $5, with additional cards at $1 each. Calling begins at 1:30 p.m. sharp.
Games on the first Sunday of the month are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary; those on the second and fourth Sundays are sponsored by American Legion, Post 327. The Filipino Association of Leisure World hosts on the third and fifth Sundays. After prizes are distributed, all proceeds support Leisure World charitable organizations, benefiting the community’s residents and veterans.
Questions should be directed to Rich Carson, Post 327 commander, at (714) 719-6872.
Women’s Golf Club
The weather for the Feb. 22 Women’s Golf Club tournament was cold and windy, but 45 golfers braved the elements to compete for low gross, low net (gross minus handicap) and chip-ins (chipping the golf ball from the fairway directly into the hole).
The flight winners were:
Flight A: Low gross: Soo Choi, 25; low net: Janice Turner, 23.
Flight B: Low gross: tie between Zoe Pickell and ChongHee Kim, 28; low net: Alison Kim, 28; chip-ins: Marilyn Hewitt (Hole 8) and Joanne Lim (Hole 9).
Flight C: Low gross: Neva Senske, 33; low net: tie between Elizabeth Butterfield and Angela Song, 28.
Flight D: Low gross: Joyce Basch, 33; low net: three way tie between Patti Smith, Lisa Kim and Sandra deDuBovay, 23.
The club’s annual Spring Golf Tournament is scheduled for March 8 and 15. Participating members are required to have six cards of competitive play within the past six months and must golf on both Tuesdays of the tournament. The total scores from both days will determine the low gross and low net winners in each flight. Any ties will be decided by a play-off the following Tuesday. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the club’s general meeting on April 5.
Photo Arts Club
Camera basics class continues
The Photo Arts Club will meet on March 10 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. The program planned by Ben Benjamins, a review of camera basics, will continue with a focus on aperture.
Everyone is invited to bring a photo they have taken showing action by adjusting the shutter speed; examples would be the pendulum on a grandfather clock, a flying bird, a moving car, etc. The photo should be cropped to emphasize the subject.
Hanging rods for the photos have been installed in Clubhouse 3. Extra hangers will be available at the meeting.
For more information, call Regine Schumacher at (562) 430-7978.
Combined Party Bridge
LW Combined Party Bridge will resume meeting on the first and second Fridays of each month starting March 4. Members can arrive any time between noon and 4 p.m.
Cards and score sheets are available. Masks are no longer required.
For the March 4 and 11 meetings, the club asks everyone to form their own table; there will not be any trades unless it is discussed with others nearby. Anyone who needs help finding people should call Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240. Sue Ellis at (562) 343-3263 will be available in Krehbiel’s absence March 5-9.
If there is not enough interest, the club may cancel future meetings.
Under the direction of Janet Ray, the Good News Singers will perform “Joy in the Camp,” with piano accompaniment by Pat Kogok, on March 19 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
Men’s Golf Club
Despite a vandalized Turtle Lake Golf Course on Feb. 23, the LW Men’s Golf Club tournament proceeded, with 57 golfers vying for best net score, plus four circle holes (shots within a 5-foot circle are rewarded) and two closest-to-the-pin challenges on par-3 holes. The morning’s weather at the 1,658-yard, par-54 course started out sunny and cool, but the strong, gusty winds may have affected play, with only 27 of the golfers scoring net at or under par. There were, however, four circle hole winners and a season high of 60 birdies. Closest to the pin on the seventh hole was John Haley, and on the 16th hole, it was Bill Lyons.
All scores below are net (gross score minus handicap). A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-7, B Flight handicaps are 8-11, and C Flight is 12-18.
A Flight: First place: Bob Turner, an outstanding 6 under 48; second: Bill Lyons, a very good 4 under 50; third: tie between Tom Owens and Ron Steele, a nice 3 under 51; fourth: Glenn Barry, a nicely played 2 under 52; fifth: Steve Ro, 1 under 53; sixth: tie between Bob Turner and Gene Archambault, even par 54; seventh: tie between Dave LaCascia and Mike Mayfield, 1 over 55.
B Flight: First place: Ken Notorleva, a super 8 under 46; second: tie between Don Newhall, Bruce Bowles and Pat Paternoster, an excellent 3 under 51; third: Trai Nguyen, a sweet 3 under 51; fourth: Bill Zurn, a fine 2 under 52; fifth: tie between Dale Williamson and Young Lee, even par 54; sixth: tie between Hyon Shin and Bill Long, 1 over 55.
C Flight: First place: Kap Song, a tournament best 10 under 44; second: Ben Benjamins, a terrific 8 under 46; third: Won Song, an excellent 5 under 49; fourth: Ryan Hong, a well-played 4 under 50; fifth: tie between Paul Shellenberger, Brian Tivnan and Jack Haskins, a hard-earned 3 under 51; sixth: tie between Rolando Ramirez and Sam Williamson, 2 under 52; seventh: Mike Carlson, even par 54; eighth: Bob Boyle, 1 over 55.
The next Men’s Golf Club Tournament will be on March 9. Golfers should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and be ready to play. Anyone who had planned to play and cannot should contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as possible.
Pinochle is played in Clubhouse 1 every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The warmup game starts at 11:30 a.m., with the regular game beginning at 12:30 p.m. The club provides cards, score cards, pens, tablets and other equipment. It costs $2 per person to play, and the top four scorers of each day win cash prizes.
The following are the winning scores from recent games.
Feb. 14: First place: Marilyn Allred, 12,190; second: Oscar Moya, 10,910; third: Lynn Sorum, 10,700; fourth: Nancy Wheeler, 10,660.
Feb. 17: First place: Peggy Kasper, 11,990; second: Oscar Moya, 11,300; third: Ron Olsen; fourth: Don Kramer, 10,750.
Feb. 19: First place: Joan Taylor, 10,820; second: Diana Lambert, 10,390; third: Gayle Calden, 9,890; fourth: Peggy Kasper, 9,720.
Feb. 21: First place: Margaret Smith, 11,230; second: Marge Dodero, 10,800; third: Howard Bleakley, 10,640; fourth: Tony Dodero: 10,010.
Lessons to learn to play or to brush up on the game are available on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 1. Call Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416 for more information.
Anyone interested in playing pinochle should call Marge Dodero at (310) 968-9509.
John Burns won the final table at the Poker Club Tournament on Feb. 19. Burns, an LW resident for nine months, works as a tax consultant; in addition to poker, his hobbies include Jiu Jitsu.
He beat Bill Clawson with a winning hand of JJJ28. Burns had hole cards of J2 compared to Clawson’s hole cards of A7. The other finalists at final table were John Vento and Jon Jones.
The promotional hand of 10-4 was won by Clawson. High hands were a tie, with Linda Tiner and Jon Jones both having full houses of AAA77.
The Poker Club meets the first three Saturdays of the month in Clubhouse 6. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; players must be seated by noon. No late entries are permitted. Anyone with questions should call Judy Jasmin at (562) 626-8179.
This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first; any answer by Black, and White’s third move is checkmate.
The solution to this week’s puzzle: The White queen moves from e4 to h7, then Black knight to h7, followed by White knight to g6 and Black king to g8. The next move by White is checkmate.
The Chess Club meets every Friday from 1:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, while its regular space is under renovation.
On Feb. 22, 43 cribbage players celebrated Margaret Smith’s birthday with cake and ice cream served by Smith and Sharon Rutigliano.
At the end of play, Irvene Bernstein came in first place with a score of 845. Alma Zamzow placed second with 832, Sam Ray placed third with 830, and Ruth Bonnema and Bob Ide tied for fourth with 828.
The Cribbage Club officers for 2022 are Terry Thrift, president; Gene Smith, vice president; Marilyn Chelsvig, secretary; and Julie Milburn, treasurer.
The club meets each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1. Refreshments are served at noon. Members are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m., as play begins at 12:30 p.m. Dues are $5.
New members are always welcome. To receive extra assistance in learning or brushing up on the game, contact Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.
Orchestra announces concert
The LW Orchestra’s Spring Concert is set for May 7 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The free concert includes refreshments following the performance.
Among the highlights will be “Bugler’s Holiday,” by Leroy Anderson; the second movement from Haydn’s symphony 84 (Surprise); the “Sound of Music,” by Richard Rogers; and original Korean music composed by orchestra conductor Dr. Samuel Kim.
The LW Korean Community Church Choir will join the group for selected tunes.
The orchestra has grown over the past two years, but it is still in search of musicians who can play the oboe, French horn or clarinet. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in the Amphitheater.
For more information about the orchestra, contact Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669 or email@example.com.
Golf League Results for Feb. 18
On Feb. 18, 12 men and one woman of the LW Golf League challenged Santa Ana’s par-70, 5,600-yard Riverview Golf Course. With the Santa Ana River running down the middle of the course, numerous dramatic elevation changes, large sand traps and narrow fairways, this course is very challenging.
Though it was cold at the 7 a.m. tee time, the sun was out early and the temperature rose to nearly 70 degrees by round’s end. With no wind and the course in excellent shape, seven scores were at or under par.
All scores are net (gross minus handicap). A Flight handicaps are 0-19, while B Flight are over 19.
A Flight: First place: Sam Choi, a well-played 4 under 66; second: Fujio Norihiro, a very good 3 under 67; third: tie between Dave LaCascia and Larry Hillhouse, a hard-earned 2 under 68; fourth: Jim Goltra, at even par 70; fifth: tie between Gary Stivers, Chris Lankford and Bill McKusky. LaCascia also had fewest putts. Hillhouse was closest to the pin on the 140-yard second hole, while Stivers was closest on the 100-yard ninth hole.
B Flight: First place: Lowell Goltra, a super 6 under 64; second: Liz Meripol, a nice round at even par 70, plus fewest putts; third: tie between Gene Vesely and Clay Fischer at 1 over 71; fourth: Bob Munn.
The Men’s Golf Club and the Golf League recently lost Paul Cose; the groups send their well wishes, condolences and sympathy to his wife and family.
The Golf League plays Mondays and Fridays at four local courses, all within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. Advance reservations are available via a sign-up sheet at each round.
There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net and lowest number of putts in each flight, as well as birdies and closest to the pin on two par-3 holes. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.
The LW Scrabble Club met during all four Wednesdays in February. The members recorded 45 scores above 300 (including seven above 400) and 31 bingos (i.e., the use of all seven tiles in one turn).
Larry Edgar had the most scores above 300. He did so 11 times, including a high of 432, and recorded seven bingos. Diane Seeger and Bob Ruderman each posted 10 scores higher than 300. Seeger had three bingos and a top score of 381, while Ruderman had four scores above 400, with a high of 456, and 15 bingos.
Suthy Edgar recorded five scores higher than 300 (two of which were above 400). She had seven bingos and a best score of 428. Sue Gass topped 300 four times, her best total being a 349.
Reth Depuy scored in the 300s twice, with a best of 343. Sylvia Makus, Wanda Bemben and club President Maria Giegerich each topped 300 one time. Their respective scores were 324, 303 and 340.
The Scrabble Club meets every Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. New members are always welcome.
CLUB MEETING SCHEDULE
The LW Weekly recommends verifying meeting information with each club before heading out, as information may have changed. More information may be available on the LW website at www.lwsb.com.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Art League, CH 4, Art Rm., Wed., 9 a.m.-noon; Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Guild, CH 4, Art Rm., Thurs., Mon., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Ceramics—Bisque-It, CH 4, Ceramics Rm., Wed., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ceramics—Clay Crafters, CH 4, Ceramics Rm., Mon., Fri., noon-4 p.m.
Chinese Brush Painting, CH 4, Art Rm., Mon., 1-4 p.m.
Korean Traditional Painting, CH 3, Rm. 5, Tues., 9 a.m.-noon
Lapidary/Beading, CH 4, Lapidary Rm., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Love Weaving Baskets, CH 3, Rm. 6, 4th Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (does not meet Nov., Dec.)
Photographic Arts Club, CH 3, Rm. 5, 2nd Thurs., 1-4 p.m. 562-430-7978
Quilting Bees, CH 3, Lobby, Wed., 9-11:30 a.m.
Bridge—Combined Party Bridge, CH 1, Mon., noon-4 p.m.; 1st & 2nd Fri., noon-4 p.m.
Bridge—LW Duplicate Bridge, CH 1, Mon., Fri., Sat., 12:30 p.m. (arrive by noon) 562-308-7838
Cribbage Club, CH 1, Tues., noon- 4 p.m.
Diamond Poker Club, CH 3, Rm. 3, 4-8 p.m.
Hold ’em -N- Squeeze ’em (poker), CH 3, Rm. 6, Sat., Wed., 6-9:30 p.m.
Leisure World Pinochle Club, CH 1, Mon., Thurs., noon-4 p.m.
Liars R Us (poker), CH 3, Rm. 4, 6-10 p.m.
Social Club of Leisure World, CH 1, Fri., noon-4 p.m.
Tournament Poker Club, CH 6 Hospitality Center, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WA Train, CH 3, Rm. 4, Thurs., 5:30-9 p.m.
Ballet Fitness, CH 6, Rm. C, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Dance Fitness, Vets Plaza, Mon., 4-5 p.m.; CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Dancers & Mixers, CH 4, 1st Tues., 5-10 p.m.
Dancing Feet, CH 2, Mon., 7-9 p.m., 4th Sun., 5:30-10 p.m.
Flowering Step Line Dance Club, CH 2, 1st, 4th Mon., 10 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Lobby, 3rd Mon., 10 a.m.-noon
Grapevine Line Dance, CH 6, Sec. C, Thurs., 3-5 p.m.
Hello Line Dance, CH 3, Rm. 6, Wed., 1-3 p.m.
Hui O Hula, CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., 1-5:30 p.m.
Joyful Line Dance of Leisure World, CH 6, Sec. C, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Korean Folk Dance Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Sat., 8-10 p.m.
Leisure Time Dance Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Mon., 2-4 p.m.
LW Cloggers, Amphitheater, Wed., 8:30-11:30 a.m. 562-598-9974
Saturday Morning Dance Class, CH 6, Sec. C, Sat., 9-11 a.m.
Suede Sole Dancers, CH 6, Sec. C, Fri., 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Zumba Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Wed., 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Vets Plaza, Thurs., 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Abilene Club, CH 2, Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; 4th Sat., 4-10 p.m.
Cabaret Entertainers, schedule to be determined
The Entertainers, schedule to be determined
Doo Wop Club (Let the Good Times Roll), CH 2, 3rd Sat. in odd months, 4-10 p.m.
Producers, schedule to be determined
Theater Club, CH 4, 3rd Thurs, 5:30-10 p.m.
Velvetones Jazz Club, CH 4, 1st, 3rd Sun., 2-10 p.m.
Bunco, LW, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd, 4th Mon., 6-10 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 7, 3rd Tues., 5-10 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 5, Wed., 6-10 p.m.; CH 3, Lobby, 2nd, 4th Sat., 1-4 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Chess Club, CH3, Rm. 7, Fri., 2-6 p.m.
LW Woman’s Club Table Games, CH 2, 3rd Fri., 1 p.m. 562-431-8240
Scrabble, CH 3, Rm. 5, Wed., 1-5 p.m.
Yahtzee Club, CH 3, Rm. 6, Fri., 12:30-4 p.m.
HEALTH AND EDUCATION
California Retired Teachers, CH 3, Rm. 5, 1st Fri., 10 a.m.-noon
English Conversation Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, Thurs., 5-10 p.m. (no meetings in Aug.)
Impaired Vision & Hearing, regular meeting, CH 3, Rm. 1, 4th Tues., 1-4 p.m. (except July, Aug., Nov.); board meeting, CH 3, Rm. 4, 2nd Wed., 9:30-10:30 a.m.; support group, CH 3, Rm. 6, 3rd Fri., 10-11:30 a.m. 562-431-4026
Korean English Class, CH 3, Rm. 4, Wed. (except 2nd Wed.), 9:30 a.m.-noon; 2nd Wed., CH 3, Rm. 9
Movement for Health Medical Qi Gong, CH 3, Lobby, Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. 562-596-0450
Qi Gong Club, CH 3, Rm. 1 or 2, Tues., 9-11 a.m.
Astronomy Club, CH 3, Rm. 3, 1st Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Carving Club, CH 1, Tues., 1-4 p.m.
Coin Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd Wed., 12:30-4 p.m.
Creative Writers, CH 3, Rm. 1, 4th Fri., 1-4 p.m.
Garden Club, CH 2, 3rd Mon., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Genealogy Workshop, CH 3, Rm. 1, 4th Wed., 9 a.m.-noon
Historical Society, LW, CH 1, Historical Society Rm., Thurs., 2-4 p.m.
Korean American Computer Forum, CH 3, Rm. 2, 1st, 3rd Tues., 9 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Tues., noon-4 p.m.
Korean Literature, CH 3, Rm 7, 2nd, 4th Mon., 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Leisure World Seal Beach Book Club, CH 3, Rm. 7, 3rd Thurs., 1-3 p.m.
LW Technology Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd Tues. in March, May, September, 1-3 p.m.
Mini Farmers, scheduled as needed
Paws, Claws & Beaks, CH 3, Rm. 9, 3rd Wed., 4-7:30 p.m. (no meetings from June-Sept.)
Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club, CH 2, 4th Tues., noon-4 p.m. (except June, July, Aug., Sept. when meetings are in CH 1 picnic area)
Shodo Kai Poetry Club, schedule to be determined
Silver Fox Classic Car Club, CH 3, Rm. 5, 2nd Tues., 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Stamp and Collectibles Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, 1st Wed., 1-4 p.m. (no meetings in July, Aug.)
Traveling Tigers, CH 3, Rm. 9, 3rd Wed., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (no meeting in Aug.)
Video Producers, CH 3, Rm. 9, 4th Thurs., 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Entertainment Ensemble & Video Club, LW, CH 3, Rm. 2, Mon., 9-11 a.m.
Community Karaoke, CH 1, Wed., 5:30-10 p.m.
Evergreen Chorale, CH 3, Rm. 8, Mon., 9 a.m.-noon
Good News Singers, CH 3, Rm. 1, Thurs., 9-11 a.m.
Korean American Chorale, CH 3, Lobby, Fri., 9 a.m.-noon
Korean American Classical Music, CH 2, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thurs., 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Korean American Guitar Club, CH 3, Rm. 6, Thurs., 9 a.m.-noon
Leisure World Orchestra, Amphitheater, Tues., noon-4 p.m.; Wed., noon-2:30 p.m.
Leisure World Women’s Sing Along, CH 2, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th Wed., 1-4 p.m.
LW Opera Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 1st Mon., Tues., 1-4 p.m.
Ukulele Guitar Club, CH 3, Lobby, Thurs., 1-4 p.m.
Vibratones, scheduled as needed
American Latino, CH3, Rm. 2, 2nd Thurs., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; CH3, Rm. 8, Wed., 3-5 p.m.
Britannia Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Thurs., 1-6 p.m.; 4th Thurs., noon-4 p.m.
Chinese Friendship Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, Thurs. (except 2nd Thurs.), 1-5 p.m.; 2nd Wed., 1-5 p.m.
Filipino Association of Leisure World, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Sun., 2:30-8 p.m.; CH 1, 3rd Sun., bingo
German American Club, CH 3, Rm. 7, Tues. (except 4th Tues.), 12:30-4 p.m.
Italian American Club, CH 3, Rm. 2 or 8, 3rd Wed., 2-4 p.m.
Korean American Association of LWSB, CH 2, 2nd Thurs., 4-10 p.m.
Nikkei Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 3rd Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vietnamese American Club, scheduled as needed
Yiddish Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 1st Thurs., 7-10 p.m. (no meetings July, Aug.)
Democratic Club, CH 2, 3rd Wed., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Leisure World Republican Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 3rd Wed., 6-9 p.m.
Seniors for Peace, CH 3, Rm. 9, 2nd Tues., 2-6 p.m.
RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY
A Course in Miracles, CH 3, Rm. 8, Fri., 4-5:30 p.m.
Assembly of God, CH 3, Rm. 2, Wed., 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; CH 3, Lobby, Sun., 4:30-8 p.m.
Baptist Church, CH 4, Sun., 8 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Rm. 9, 2nd Wed., 1-4 p.m.
Beit Halev—House of the Heart, CH 3, Rm. 4, 1st Fri., 4-8 p.m.
Buddha Circle, CH 3, Rm. 3, Sat., 10 a.m.-noon
Chinese Bible Study Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 5, 2nd Tues., 1-5 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 9, Tues. (except 2nd Tues.), noon-5 p.m.
Congregation Sholom, CH 3, Rm. 9, Fri., Sat., 6-10 p.m.
Dongbu Pyunkang Church, CH 3, Rm. 2, Sun. (except last Sun.), 3-9 p.m.
Interfaith Council, scheduled as needed
KCRC Bible Study, CH 3, Rm. 1, 3rd Fri., 4:30-8 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 6, Tues., 10 a.m.-noon
Korean Bible Study, CH 3, Rm. 5, Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 7, 2nd Sun., 5-9 p.m.
Korean Catholic Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 9, 3rd Sat., 4-10 p.m.; 1st, 2nd Wed., 5-9 p.m.
Latter-Day Saints, CH 3, Rm. 1, 3rd Mon., 4:30-9 p.m.; 3rd Sun., CH 3, Rm. 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
LW Han In Church, CH 3, Rm. 4, Sun., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 8, Wed., 9 a.m.-noon
LW Humanist Association, CH 3, Rm. 1, 1st Sun., 10 a.m.-noon
Seal Beach Cornerstone Fellowship, CH 2, Sun., 9 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Rm. 3, Fri., 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Seal Beach Sa-Rang Church, CH 3, Lobby and Rm. 9, Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 1, Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Women’s Christian Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 6, 2nd, 4th Mon., 10-11:30 a.m.
Young Nak Presbyterian Bible Study & Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 3, 3rd Sun., 5-7:30 p.m.
AA Friends, CH 3, Rm. 4, Wed., 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. 562-209-0816, 213-248-0539
Early Risers, CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., Thurs., 6-7 a.m.
Fitness Fusion, CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Vets Plaza, Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fun Exercise Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Mon., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Joy Walking & Jogging, Amphitheater, Sat., 7:30-11:30 a.m.
Leisure Leggers, CH 6, Mon., 8 a.m.
LW Yoga Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Wed., 9-10 a.m.; 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Wa-Rite Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, Fri., 8-10:30 a.m.
Amateur Radio Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, 1st Wed., 10-11:30 a.m.
American Legion Auxiliary, CH 3, Rm. 1, 3rd Mon., 1:30-3:30 p.m.
American Legion Post 327, CH 3, Rm. 3, 3rd Mon., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; CH 2, 2nd, 4th, 5th Mon., 1-4:30 p.m.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Study Group, Bldg. 5, Conference Rm. C, Fri., 6-8 p.m.
Concerned Shareholders, CH 3, Rm. 2, 4th Thurs., 1-3 p.m.
Drone Service Club, CH 3, Rm. 7, 4th Thurs., 1-4 p.m.
Friends of the LW Library, scheduled as needed
Golden Age Foundation, CH 6, Hospitality, Mon.-Fri., 9-11 a.m.
LW Woman’s Club, CH 2, 1st Tues., 1:30 p.m. (no meetings July, Aug.)
Y Service Club, CH 3, Rm. 3, 2nd Wed., 8-10 a.m.; CH 3, Rm. 2, 3rd Wed., 7-9 a.m.
Christian Fellowship and Fun Club, CH 4, 4th Tues., 5-9 p.m. (no meetings in July-Aug., Dec.)
Friendly Couples Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd Wed., 5-9 p.m.
LW Noon Spoons Lunch Club, scheduled as needed
Neighbor to Neighbor Club (Mutual 14), scheduled as needed
RV Club, CH 4, 3rd Tues., 6-9 p.m., (no meetings in May-Sept.)
Rainbow Sisters, CH 3, Rm. 6, 1st, 3rd Tues., 6-9 p.m.
Rat Pack, scheduled as needed
Red Hat Society, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Mon., noon-4 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 2, 4th Wed., 1-4 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 5, 1st Mon., 9:30 a.m.-noon
Schmooze Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, 2nd Tues., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (no meetings in Aug.)
Social Club of LW, CH 1, 4th Fri., noon-4 p.m. (no meetings in Nov.-Dec.)
Social Club Seventeen (Mutual 17), CH 1, picnic area, 2nd Sun. in Aug., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunshine Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Fri., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where We Live, CH 3, Rm. 6, 3rd Mon., 6:30-8 p.m.
Wine Lovers Club, CH 4, 1st Mon., 5-10 p.m.
Woman’s Club, LW, CH 2, 1st Tues., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 3rd Fri. (games), 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Golf—Men’s Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Tues., 9-11 a.m. (only Jan., March, June, Sept., Nov.)
Golf—Women’s Club, CH 3, Rm. 5, 1st, 3rd Tues., 2-5:30 p.m
Ladies “Q” Club, CH 1, Pool Room, 1st Mon., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pickleball Players Club, CH 2, 1st Sun., 6-8 p.m.
Pool Club, LW, CH 2, Pool Room, 3rd Mon., 6-9 p.m. (starting Sept. 13, Mon. 3rd Wed., 6-9 p.m.)
Shuffleboard Club, CH 1, 1st Wed., 8:30-11:30 a.m. (no meetings June-Aug.)
Table Tennis Club, scheduled as needed
TO MAKE CHANGES
Changes must be made in writing at the LW Weekly office or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
LW club information is provided by the clubs’ representatives and GRF Recreation. Club representatives can add new listings or change the information provided here. This list is subject to change. The LW Weekly recommends people confirm meeting information with the individual clubs before heading out.
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Candice Miller of In It Together will speak
Candice Miller is a retired business owner and the founder of CDs for Seniors, an offshoot of In It Together. She will be the Sunshine Club’s guest speaker on Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m.
All residents are welcome to join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87427954280?pwd=dExQR2dDblZSbUNkQlVoclhrajFhUT09. The meeting ID is 874 2795 4280, and the passcode is 080651.
Those who would like to receive the Zoom link via email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, March 3, at 5 p.m. (text only; no phone calls).
Troubled by the economic devastation wreaked in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Miller wanted to provide some immediate financial relief to those most affected. Taking her own interest in sewing as inspiration, she started buying homemade art and crafts from those who lost jobs or suffered from reduced income.
Over 125 artists participated in the project, which spanned six months. The next chapter of In It Together is CDs for Seniors, a program dedicated to collecting music CDs and redistributing them to seniors, along with a CD player. To date, over 170 seniors have received the joy of music, and the program continues to grow. In her free time, Miller likes to spend time with her family, play tennis, hike, sew, read and travel.
This month, the Sunshine Club will host four speakers including Miller on Friday. Physical therapist Megan Mar, DPT, will speak on March 11; Seal Beach Police Dectective Bruno Balderrama III on March 18; and Vice President of Meals On Wheels Orange County Darla Olson on March 25. The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation will be announced in the LW Weekly.
The Sunshine Club will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a luncheon in Clubhouse 2 on Saturday, March 12, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The club will follow all precautions and guidelines to stay safe and healthy; it’s first-come-first-serve with limited attendees.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Centennials to be recognized
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is calling upon all LW residents who have reached the age of 100 or will achieve that fantastic milestone in 2022 to sign up for a special day to honor them.
The GAF, along with GRF, wants to recognize LW’s long-lived residents who have been witness to world events since 1922.
Help is needed in identifying and contacting LW centenarians in time for the April 20 celebration. On that day, friendly GAF volunteers will visit them with a warm smile and a special gift.
People can contact GAF President Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339 or Lita Fernando at (562) 296-5885 for more information and to sign up.
Shredding Service is on Tuesday, March 8
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) Shredding Service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon.
The GAF wants to remind residents of the following rules to have the event run smoothly:
• All residents are asked to drop off their documents and leave. There will be no chairs to sit on, and no line will be allowed to form. GAF volunteers will monitor bags until the truck arrives to shred.
• Documents stored in plastic or paper bags will be accepted, but not cardboard boxes.
•Residents must remove staples and paper clips from documents.
• Electronic devices will not be accepted for recycling.
• No contaminated bags or X-rays will be accepted.
All GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World residents. The GAF is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all donations go directly to meeting community needs. The generous support of residents, clubs, organizations and businesses is the main source of income. The GAF programs and projects are made possible by volunteer efforts.
Donations are welcome.
For more information about the GAF, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org, or call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
senior Peace Club
Club’s outreach to homeless continues
The Senior Peace Club will meet on Tuesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 8. Arrangements for the speaker and topic are still in process, and the club will inform members via email once details are set in place. Those who are not on the club’s mailing list can call Pat Kruger at (562) 357-4040 for updated information.
The Senior Peace Club is grateful for all of the donations by members and non-members to aid homeless Californians. The contributions filled three SUVs, with items ranging from canned foods, blankets, jackets and many articles of warm clothing and shoes.
In return, Steve Miller and Heather Roberts, the speakers at the Feb. 9 meeting, brought gifts to the Peace Club in their moving and informative presentation of working with the homeless on Skid Row, highlighting the sense of community that exists in the encampments and the rewards of volunteering. Their personal accounts, based on two years of experience, provided a glimpse of life on the streets which people don’t normally see from the media. Though chaotic in appearance, the homeless communities are loosely organized with unofficial block leaders who care for those in their area and are grateful for small acts of kindness as well as the Thursday peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made by Miller, Roberts and other Seal Beach volunteers.
Attendees at the meeting were able to sign up for links to important services and some of the artwork in the encampments. People can view the photos from the past year of volunteering and artwork around Skid Row by going to https://photos.app.goo.gl/H6yoLoeaH4Q5sTqv9 and https://photos.app.goo.gl/kDpdfF9NeeH9Xtaa8.
The Peace Club is thankful to all who participated in the event. The need for low income housing persists, and the problems of the unhoused remain unsolved, but the humanity of all was profoundly recognized. Donations are still needed, so people are asked to keep the Peace Club in mind. For information on how to make a donation, call Kathy Nadeau at (562) 357-9231 or Jacquie Clarke at (562) 896-4453.
On Feb. 16, the newly elected Senior Peace Club Board met to select officers for the coming year. They are as follows: Kruger, president; Clarke, vice president and treasurer; and Nancy Goldstein, secretary and membership chair. Other board members are Janice Laine, newsletter editor; and Ordie Kim, Kathy Nadeau and Lynne Burt-Jenkins, members-at-large.
Clarke stepped down from the presidency after guiding the club through the very difficult pandemic years. Her devotion to
the causes of peace and social justice never wavered in spite of COVID-19, Zoom challenges
and all the political chaos. During her time as club president, the club held a memorial for George Floyd; organized a large demonstration against Asian hate; held Zoom meetings on racism and anti-racism, plus a postcard-writing event addressing infringements on civil rights and homelessness; launched its own in-house newsletter with editor Laine; and continued to have monthly peaceful protests under the globe on social justice issues.
The club is grateful to Clarke for her love, support and commitment to the Senior Peace Club.
Video Club Producer Owen Hughes overlooks the historic Mackinac Island off Lake Huron, in Northern Michigan. His video segment, titled “America’s Great Lakes and Beyond,” is available to watch this month on SBTV – Channel 3 (Spectrum), Channel 37 (Frontier) or online (in HD), at sbtv3.org. For dates and times, see the LW Weekly or sbtv3.org.
American Latino Club
Next meeting is on March 10
The American Latino Club will have its next meeting on Thursday, March 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11:30 a.m.
There will be dancing and food at the meeting. Lunch will be two slices of pizza, a green salad, Jamaican hibiscus drinks, coffee or tea, plus a slice of pie. People may bring their own drinks. The lunch will cost $10 per person. People must RSVP and pay for the lunch by Monday, March 7.
For reservations and payment, call (562) 431-4257.
Club celebrates Valentine’s Day and February Birthdays
The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) celebrated Valentine’s Day and February birthdays at its meeting on Feb. 13. There was an additional room where members could watch the Super Bowl while enjoying dinner.
FALW is a friendly multicultural group that meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. LWers are invited to join the club for dancing, singing, fellowship and food. Come as a guest and experience the warmth and camaraderie of the club.
The club hosts bingo on the third and fifth Sundays of every month in Clubhouse 2 at 1 p.m.
For more information, call Club President Eileen Merritt at (562) 486 1252.
It’s time to make your income tax appointment
The AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are preparing and e-filing tax returns for full-year California residents. This service is sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation and provided every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings outside The Knowledge and Learning Center in Clubhouse 3.
Appointments are required. Call (562) 596-1987 and leave your name and phone number. A volunteer will return your call to schedule your appointment. Make sure to answer your phone even though the calling number will not be familiar to you.
Residents can pick up their packets at the Leisure World Library. All forms must be completed prior to arriving at the appointment. You will be interviewed outside on the patio, then the tax return will be prepared and quality reviewed while residents wait in an adjacent area.
Masks must be worn at the appointment.
American Legion Post 327 begins its membership drive
American Legion Post 327 is looking for veterans who are interested in helping other veterans in the Leisure World community. Post 327 needs men and women veterans who have served at least one day in the military service. Overseas service is no longer a requirement for membership. Those who are interested in receiving more information about Post 327 activities or attending a meeting, should call Cmdr. Rich Carson at (714) 719-6872.
Robert Richert will speak at the club’s March 6 meeting
Most people believe that strong religious faith and morality are conjoined; you cannot have one without the other. Many argue that without an absolute standard for morality anything goes, and this results in a state of moral degeneration. Are these statements true?
Leisure World Humanist Association President Dave Silva and longtime Humanist activist, public speaker and writer Robert Richert will lead a group discussion on the subject of ethics at the Humanist Association’s next meeting on Sunday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Before the meeting, members will receive an email with Richert’s attached article, “A Humanist Examination of Ethics.” Non-members can contact Silva for copies. Richert’s article reviews secular-based ethics, and addresses the question, “Does atheism and Humanism lead to moral decline?”
During the meeting Silva will present additional information, and he and Robert will briefly highlight the issues. Members and guests are encouraged to share their own insights on the issue.
Purchase a MiraFiber Cloth from the Y Service Club and send a kid to camp
The Y Service Club is selling MiraFiber cloths to raise funds to send kids to camp. The cloth plus water will clean any surface without chemicals. The cost is $6 each or five for $25. This is an ongoing fundraiser for the Y Service Club.
To purchase a cloth, call Glenna Hoff at (562) 296-5040.
Hands and Hearts United in Giving
Hands and Hearts United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels and new, unopened travel-size shampoo, soap, lotion and disposable razors. The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women.
To donate, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 or Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. People may also leave donations on the patio in Mutual 6-62A or Mutual 2-48A. Donations are delivered to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families.
The Republican Club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Club membership is free. To join the club or receive more information, residents can call (714) 928-1950. The Republican Club regularly discusses social and cultural issues at its monthly meetings.
An informal poll taken at a recent LW Republican Club meeting showed that a majority of club members consider social and cultural issues to be at the top of their political agenda.
For many decades the national Republican Party has consisted of three major factions:
• Social conservatives, who are most concerned about abortion, family values, and education.
• Economic conservatives, who care most about taxes, government spending, deficits, and excessive regulation of business; and
• Foreign policy conservatives who favor a strong national defense and support for American interests worldwide.
Many, if not most, Republicans, share all three conservative principles. Republican backing for conservative economic policies was seen in the Trump years in the form of support for the tax cuts and regulatory reform that improved economic growth and reduced unemployment.
The Republican Club booth is open Mondays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside Clubhouse 6. Volunteers continue to collect signatures for the School Choice Initiative. This ballot proposition, if passed, will make it possible for parents of all income groups to send their children to the school of their choice, whether it be a secular private school, religious school, charter school, or home school. This will be done by providing up to $14,000 per child for parents who choose educational alternatives to public schools.
by Mary Larson
Congresswoman Katie Porter, candidate for reelection to Congress from the newly configured District 47, will be the featured speaker at the LW Democratic Club’s membership meeting on March 16. Roughly two-thirds of voters in this new district have not previously been represented by Porter.
Before coming to Congress, Porter spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics.
Porter has not shied away from expressing her belief that winning respect from voters doesn’t happen by pandering to the centrist voter. If re-elected, she says she will continue to fight for affordable childcare, lower cost prescription drugs, climate action, and a strong, stable, globally competitive economy that works for everyone.
The current Leisure World representative in Congress, Republican Michelle Steel, will no longer be on the June Primary ballot. She has moved to District 45, where she will run against eight other Republicans and Democrat Joe Chen.
Leisure World voters are still in the 72nd California Assembly District. However, the district boundaries have been reconfigured. There will be no incumbents in this race. Democratic candidate for this district is Laguna Beach resident Judie Mancuso. She will be the featured speaker at the Democratic Club’s April 20 membership meeting.
The Democratic Club’s booth, located outside Clubhouse 6, will be open on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Democrats and supporters are invited to stop by. To participate in this outreach to the Leisure World community at any time during 2022, email email@example.com.
Club membership renewals for 2022 are now due. Members are reminded that dues can be waived upon request. Membership forms are available on the club’s web site at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com. Both new and renewing members can call (562) 431-7275 for more information.
LW Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free newsletter for more in-depth political information by calling editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. People are asked to include their full name, address, phone number and party affiliation in the email.
Obituaries, page 13
Norma Glover 83
William Buckner 89
Bertha Pineda 78
Anthony Meda 60
Peter Enliko 64
Jose Picarrera 61
Thomas O’Keefe 74
Joe Lara 82
Ernest Henson 75
Phil Ladner 89
Eudelio Fajardo Villa 64
Loretta Merritt 76
Robert Fowler 88
Bunlop Foosapniran 83
William Buchner 89
Antonio Jarquin 58
Sandra Ortiz 56
John Recendez 76
Salvador Castellanos 85
Fred Bisbey 78
Yoshio Nakamoto 79
Stephen Alkus 78
Cynthia Groves 70
Naomi Agbasi 82
Families assisted by
Religion, pages 18-19
Assembly of God
Service/Gathering Times: Assembly of God meets Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Wednesday morning Bible study is at 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing returns March 20, at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.
Sermon for this week: Missionary Bill Matthews will be the guest speaker on March 6. He ministers to an underserved, often overlooked segment in the church: those with special needs. Families who have special needs children are often prohibited from attending church services and taking part in regular church life due to a variety of challenges and issues. Having a special needs family member gives the Matthews family a unique perspective and credibility to identify and minister to the needs of these families. The missions focus of LWAG includes all groups who need to be reached with the Gospel, including those within the United States.
Bible Study: Pastor Chuck Franco will begin a new series, “Easter,” a five-week study that leads students to find themselves in the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It will be an intriguing and thought-provoking look at the event that is the nexus of Christianity. The rich discussion and questions from students are the highlight of these studies.
Contact: More information about LW Assembly of God can be found at lwassemblyofgod.com.
Those who want prayer, personal contact from a pastor, or a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco at (562) 357-4360 or email@example.com. Carolyn van Aalst is also available to receive prayer requests at (562) 343-8424.
Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on Facebook (Chuck Franco) and the Faithlife app under the group “Leisure World Assembly of God,” where people can also give online.
As sunny Southern California days lengthen into warmer spring days, Redeemer Lutheran Church will begin a season of Lent. The word is taken from the Old English word LENCTEN meaning “lengthening days of spring.” There is more light in the day, by which people can draw closer to God for the next six weeks as the holiest of days, Easter, approaches in mid-April.
“Drawing closer to God by…!” is the theme for Redeemer Lutheran’s Sunday worship service on March 6. LWers are invited to join the community and share the word and Communion at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across the street from the LW Administration building, with ample parking.
Dee Sessa and Teresa Smith are this week’s greeters. Sharon Heck will play the organ and accompany the trio of Beverly Anderson, Pastor Lynda Elmer and Kay Pushman.
Redeemer Lutheran successfully gathered multiple cans of soup for its “SOUPerBowl Sunday” drive last month, and it’s collecting green cans of food such as vegetables, to celebrate the bright green blades of spring. Cans of non-perishable food will be taken to Lutheran Social Services and distributed to those most in need. For more information about Redeemer Lutheran’s services or the work of the church, call (562) 598-8697.
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly, in addition to its Sunday services, has a Wednesday morning Bible study at 11 a.m. This service is a time to take an even deeper dive into God’s word. The Wednesday morning gathering can be a great addition to your Sunday worship attendance.
Currently, Pastor Sheri Leming is teaching a series on Christian doctrines. Doctrines are merely what scripture has to say about certain biblical truths. Unpacking these truths can be exciting, even producing life-changing results, as believers dig into the what the Bible has to say about things such as the holiness of God, Scripture itself and more. In this study, the relevance of the Bible becomes greatly apparent as does its ability to influence and change lives for the better. Join the Bible study on Wednesday, March 9, for an impactful time of teaching, with worship hymns, followed by fellowship.
Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The pre-service prayer is Sunday at 5 p.m. The men’s ministry and Touch of Love women’s ministry groups will meet on Thursday, March 17, at 1 p.m. The men will meet in the sanctuary and women in the Garden Room. Call the church office at (562) 598-9010 for more information.
People can receive a free newsletter and more information on the church by calling (562)598-9010, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visititing www.FCAchurch.net.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the First Sunday of Lent on March 6. The first reading is Deuteronomy 26:4-10, and the second reading is Romans 10:8-13. The Gospel reading is Like 4:1-13.
• During Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be held at 11 a.m. outdoors on Fridays–weather permitting–followed by a fish fry lunch. Signups for the lunch is available after mass for a donation of $10 per person. In addition, a mini Lenten retreat will be on Friday, March 18, after the 8:30 a.m. Mass.
• Holy Family will hold a diaper drive for the Life Centers of Santa Ana. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 2, until Good Friday, April 15, diapers and various baby care products will be accepted for donation at the parish office or on the Our Lady of Guadalupe donation table.
• Holy Family will hold its monthly parish day of Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Sunday, March 6, after the noon Mass, and ending with the Holy Hour and Benediction at 4 p.m. All are invited to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to pray for world peace and for vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese
To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe. Visit the website for more information at www.holyfamilysb.com.
The church is operating on its regular Mass schedule. Father Joseph Son Nguyen suggests that people wear masks while inside the church. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Weekday Masses are Monday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and confessions are on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m.
Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. To receive a Zoom invitation call or text Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.
Congregation Sholom has boxes of 20 K-N95 masks for sale for $18, which includes delivery. Call Murray Pollack at (562) 331-3949 to place an order.
Congregation Sholom will hold Purim services via Zoom on March 16 and 17. Plans are underway to hold a Passover Seder and dinner on the first night of Passover, April 15. Call Pollack at (562) 331-3949 for more information.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of Congregation Sholom can call Howard Brass at (714) 396-0121 for a membership packet.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach.
The Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays, with Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour.
Masks are still required for all meetings.
Members who are unable to attend Sacrament service in person can request to receive a link from Bishop Jonathan Brimley at (562) 716-8309 to watch the services.
Sunday, March 6, will be Fast Sunday.
The course of study in Sunday school this year is the Old Testament. March 7-13 will focus on Genesis chapters 37-41. The book of Genesis reveals how important families are to the Father in Heaven. In these chapters, people can read about the challenges faced by husbands and wives, parents and children, plus Patriarchs with their nephews and nieces. Their family problems are no different than the ones people face now. Believers are admonished to focus on the family; as President David O. McKay said, “No success in life can compensate for failure in the family.”
Community Church will return to in-person worship on Sunday, March 6, at 9:50 a.m. for the First Sunday of Lent. Refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the service.
Pastor Johan Dodge will lead a five-week Lenten Study titled, “In the Presence of Jesus: A 40-Day Guide to the Intimacy with God You’ve Always Wanted,” by Paul Bane and Matt Litton on Thursdays, March 10-April 7, at 1 p.m. The book is available on Amazon, but it is not necessary to participate. Contact the church office at (562) 431-2503 to register.
Online worship will still be available for those who cannot attend in person. Watch livestreamed services on Facebook @communitychurchleisureworld. To join via Zoom, call the church office or email email@example.com. DVDs and CDs of the worship service are also available. Those who are in need can call the church office 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. People are welcome to join First Christian Church as it worships and explores God’s word.
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, the apostle Paul writes, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you have sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who sleep in Jesus.”
The believers in Thessalonica were concerned about their brethren that had died before the promised return of Christ would miss out. Paul reassures them that those who had died in Christ would return with him, which gave them a peace of mind. The reassurance to the Thessalonians holds true to people today. Many believers, even today, have questions about what happens when they step into eternity.
Paul continues in verses 15-18 to lay out the biblical doctrine of the rapture of the church. Rapture is the Latin translation of the Greek word Harpazo, and in English, it’s translated as “caught up.” It conveys being removed, snatched up in an instant.
Sunday services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. are traditional, with hymnal music led by Pat Kogok at the piano. This Sunday, Kogak will sing a special solo.
Saturday services, from 9:30-10:45 a.m., are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading in worship with guitar accompaniment.
Friday evening prayer and study meetings are from 6-7 p.m.
Scripture of the Week
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable” (Isaiah 41:28; NASB).
The new weekly schedule for Bible Studies at First Christian Church is as follows.
• Pastor Gary will lead the Bible study held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
• Thursday’s Bible study, led by Elder Jack Frost, will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
•Friday’s prayer and Bible Study, led by Pastor Bruce, is held from 6-7 p.m.
Beit HaLev continues to conduct online services for the time being.
Livestream services are available on Facebook.com/galityomtov, YouTube.com (Beit HaLev LIVE! Channel) and Zoom. Beit Halev is currently using a multi-streaming platform, and the link for Shabbat Ma’ariv is different from the old one. For the Shabbat evening service, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85149315811?pwd=T3hOUkx5NUorR1M3UldWNS84d3RKQT09. The meeting ID is 851 4931 5811, and the passcode is RavGalit.
For the Shabbat morning service, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87999429979?pwd=eml5L09HL0d0Y3c2MUNFRGZZM05KUT09. The meeting ID is 879 9942 9979, and the passcode is RavGalit.
Livestream services on Fridays are at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The “Coffee Chavurah” social period has been suspended until further notice.
This Shabbat begins the Book of Leviticus, “Vayikra” (and HaShem called to Moses); the Third Triennial Cycle reading is Leviticus 4:27-5:26. Many of the laws are specifically for the Kohanim, the High Priests; however, this reading includes all of the Israelites and what their offerings should be when they incur guilt. When a person commits a sin against another, they not only must bring an offering to the Tabernacle, but they must make expiation and reparations to the injured person as well.
All Beit HaLev services use special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.” Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available for sale at in-person services.
Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit HaLev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and doesn’t believe in labels. It considers all religions holy and valid.
To request a membership form for Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License BRN000. 6/30
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your SHOWER/TUB to look brand new. Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat. Nu Kote 562-833-3911
License 699080 Serving LW since 1999. 4/28
LW DECOR INC.
40+ years in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 562-596-0559. 5/12
GARDENING & LANDSCAPING
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, Clean-Ups, Fertilization, New Lawns, etc. Offering my services to every Mutual/Honest and Reliable. State Contractor’s License 779462. Call 562-863-7739,
562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172. 3/24
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License 393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. (562) 596-7757. 3/31
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. 7/07
562-596-0559 LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262
Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 40+ years in LW.
LW DECOR INC 562-596-0559. 5/12
Affordable – Professional, Licensed and Insured. Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License 1049257. 3/03
562-596-0559 LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
License 723262. 40+ years in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primer only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. LW Decor Inc. 562-596-0559. 5/12
Bel-Rich Painting. Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131. 4/28
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002. 5/12
SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B. 12/29/2022
UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. 578194. 3/24
LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 562-596-0559. 5/12
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS? I Clean Inside & Outside (OR) Clean Outside Only and Save $$$. LW Resident (562) 600-0014, Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach Business License LIV0004. 3/17
Leisure World Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm. (714) 955-2885, (562) 596-1741.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Free of charge. Diane Hart 714-955-2885.
“ROLLIN THUNDER” GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart. Also batteries and Safety Flags. 562-431-6859.
HOME CARE PERSONAL ASSISTANT
I am an experienced housekeeper providing weekly-and-monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 6/16
MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 30-years LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License HYC0001. 6/02
Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 5/19
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. Gloria 949-371-7425. 3/17
Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006. 5/26
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard, #116. (714)-425-4198. 5/05
In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 3/03
Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24
WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. 4/21
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning. General housecleaning. Excellent referrals in LW. (562) 307-3861. 20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License GRA0006. 5/05
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria
Maria House Cleaning. We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly. Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic HER0008. 3/17
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 3/03
LeeGee Cleaning Services. Move-In, Move-Out. Deep Cleaning and/or Recurring. General Housecleaning,Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. 7-Days Call/Text Lisa/714-916-7796. Seal Beach Business License LEE0004. 3/17
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001
John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193
Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident SB License FUH0001. 3/17
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release -of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote. 5/05
ELECTRIC CARTS/SCOOTERS/MOBILE CHAIRS FOR SALE
Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/29/2022
EZ GO Golf Cart $2,500. If interested call for more information! 951-365-4868. 3/03
“Street Legal” 2002 GEM 4-seater Golf Cart, new batteries, great condition, 2800 original miles plus enclosure kit. $6,400/OBO. Call 562-708-0319.
Golf Cart Tires
Golf Cart Tires in Leisure-World with “Specialty Tires”. All Standard Sizes and MORE! Seal Beach License SPE0007.
Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258 3/10
Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License ABL0001. 562-881-2093. 4/21
autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462. 3/24
MOVING, HAULING & STORAGE SERVICES
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787: Dan. 2/17 5/12
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618. 5/19
LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE. Looking to buy all kinds of Vintage-Items. Furniture/Lamps/ Art/Jewelry/Vintage-Clothing/ETC. 562-243-7229. 3/30
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Two-Radiator Heaters, $45/each, like-new. Two-Bookshelf Speaker Shelves, black, mounts onto wall/$40. Box-Fax/$10. Two-Mitsubishi AC/Heat Remote Controls for Split System, $20/each. Round solid wood Kitchen-Table with/folding sides, Birch/$45. Two-Bookshelf Speaker Stands/$40. 714-469-7519
Estate Sale. Saturday/March-5th (9:00am-2:00pm). 1400 Weeburn Road/Apartment-82A. Leather Couch, Wicker Dresser, Day Bed, Lots of Collectibles and Glassware, Full China-Set and Tupperware too. Clothing/Shoes/Purses. Lots to look at and too much to list, don’t miss this one…!!!
NEW Dual-Recliner Sofa. Gray color, paid $1700, asking $975. 714-814-4325
Electric-Bike/Like-New/$200. Swagcycle ENVY by Swagtron. Sells for $450. 562-597-6182.
Cirrus by Golden Lift-Chair. 4-smaller scale wooden-chairs. Twin-bed frame, mirror(s), bathroom-size dresser. 2-buffets/3ft-long-&-4ft-long. Swag-lamp(s), floor-lamp, 2-shelf wall curio, wooden dining-room table with/4-upholstered chairs & recliner. LW-Resident/360-852-6131.
Dylan Lisk, EA. License 00143144-EA. Tax Returns Starting at $99.00. Mobile Appointments Available. Call: 562-286-6800 Email: email@example.com 3/17
carports/carport lockers wanted
Need Carport Space ONLY in Mutual-1, Carport(s) 7,8,5. Please call 562-446-0229.
Wanted Carport-Space ONLY. Storage not needed. David/562-472-9812.
Medium firm Queen-Size mattress, boxspring and bed-frame. For details call 562-331-1327.