LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 03-14-24


Vary hazing techniques to ward off coyotes

In February, GRF Security reported 51 coyote sightings in Leisure World. Sightings have remained steady throughout mating season, a period from January to March when coyotes have increased appetites and are more likely to be seen than other months.

Residents should anticipate ongoing coyote sightings through early summer. Intrepid coyote pups have begun to emerge from their dens, and increased sightings could continue through May. 

In the past, GRF utilized snare traps and successfully trapped several coyotes. However, those traps are now banned in the state of California. 

For the past three months, GRF has set out cage traps and has caught several possums and a raccoon, but no coyotes.GRF has discontinued its use of the cages   because they were ineffective. 

Mutuals can decide to set up their own traps at a cost of $400 per month per cage. Rebaiting after the first week is $75, and if a coyote is captured, the Mutual must pay $250 to have the coyote removed and euthanized.

It is illegal in the state of California to relocate coyotes. Trapped coyotes must be euthanized. 

Senior Director of Facilities Mark Weaver suspects that one way coyotes are getting into LW is by crawling underneath fences and jumping over them, despite spikes. 

The fencing along the channel in Mutual 2 and 3 is being replaced and may help curb their entry, Weaver said. The channel can’t be completely sealed or screened because the backup of debris could cause flooding. 

Weaver encourages residents to practice hazing, a method meant to encourage animals to move out of an area and discourage undesirable behaviors. 

How to Haze a Coyote

There are many ways to haze a coyote. All of them serve the same purpose, to instill a fear of humans.

People should vary their hazing methods to ensure that coyotes don’t become accustomed to one technique. 

• Make yourself as large as possible. Stand up straight and wave your arms over your head.

• Make loud noises. Scream, yell, whistle, or use a noise-making device like a shaker can full of marbles or pennies.

• Be forceful and direct your voice at the coyote.

• Be animated.

• Throw rocks, sticks, or anything you can pick up.

• Take steps toward the coyote. Be aggressive.

• Always look directly at the coyote. Never turn your back to it or run away.

 • When walking, carry an item like a stick, golf club, water gun or air horn.

If a coyote has not been hazed before, they may not immediately run away when a person yells at them. If this happens, people may need to walk towards the coyote and increase the intensity of the hazing.

The coyote may run away, but then stop after a distance and look at the person. It is important to continue to go after the coyote until they completely leave the area. 

People should keep pets inside, stay alert when walking dogs and make sure they are on leashes no longer than 6 feet. People can reduce coyote populations by picking up food and draining water that might attract wild animals. Residents can report coyote sightings to GRF Security by calling 562-594-4754.


Gate Access

Data shows LW is almost as busy as Anaheim Stadium

The RFID gate access program launched Jan. 17 has provided an elevated level of security and the first real data on how many vehicles come in and out of Leisure World daily. 

According to statistics from Security, an average of about 6,500 vehicles a day enter the community through the three gates. That’s slightly less than the traffic volume at Anaheim Stadium during an Angel’s game. 

Overall, the system is working, although not without the challenges that would be expected from transitioning 9,500 residents, plus a couple thousand daily guests, vendors, caregivers and family, to the new wireless gate access system.

Among its benefits, the system is controlling access and prohibiting unauthorized individuals from entering Leisure World. With controlled access, people cannot enter and leave the community unnoticed, which helps residents feel safe and secure in their homes.

There have been complaints of unactivated RFID cards, confusing traffic patterns at the Main Gate, intermittent longer wait times at gates, car stacking onto Seal Beach Boulevard and visitor passes that don’t work.

Since the program’s inception, Security has issued 75,000 guest passes and recorded 284,900 total vehicle entries through March 1. There is a full-time person troubleshooting inactive guest and service passes. Residents are encouraged to send guests e-passes through Proptia to relieve pressure on Security personnel. More than 2,000 residents are currently signed up for the online guest management system. Sending e-passes is easy and streamlines the process as all that’s needed is a quick scan instead of data entry at the gate. Guests who need passes can use residents’ unit numbers, rather than names, which are easier to input.

Security has also undertaken a more rigorous training program to help maximize efficiency at the gates and reduce wait times. Gate guards will also be given information flyers to speedily dispatch  drivers into Leisure World. Frequently, traffic backs up  because drivers linger at gates to get questions answered.

Numbers show there is already a significant increase in non-resident traffic entering through the North and St. Andrews gates. Also, sandwich boards are being ordered for the Main Gate to alert drivers that they can enter at other gates to further alleviate congestion at LW’s entrance gate. Residents are asked to encourage visitors to enter at alternative gates.

The GRF has ordered a traffic study on how to reconfigure lanes at the Main Gate to ease car stacking on Seal Beach Boulevard. Cross traffic has always been a challenge at the Main Gate. 

Proposals include opening both lanes to residents, which entails installing a second guard with a scanner to accommodate guests. In this scenario, drivers who need to turn on Del Monte would need to be in the right lane upon entry, for example.

Since Jan. 17, drivers have broken off more than 25 barrier arms, which Service Maintenance reattaches. Signage has been ordered to place on the arms to make them more visible to drivers.

RFID readers were adjusted at the St. Andrews Gate on Monday to make the readers more responsive. 

Overall, the program is operating as expected. GRF appreciates residents’ patience as kinks are worked out.


LW Pharmacy

The LW Pharmacy will open Friday, March 15.



Clubhouse 1 reopens with a fresh coat of paint

Clubhouse 1 has reopened to the community with a fresh coat of interior and exterior paint. The neighboring Courts Building  was also repainted and reopened Feb. 29.

In addition to painting, the Courts Building received one last upgrade before shuffleboard league play began. Solar powered attic fans were installed to remove the stifling hot air that in previous years has resulted in no shuffleboard play during the summer months. 

This is a case where the relatively moderate cost of the fans will allow the facility to be used during many of the days and months when in the past it was too hot to do so. 

“Spectators will also be more comfortable as a result,” Mutual 17 Director Nick Massetti said. “So get out and enjoy the pucks glide and players cheer!”

Clubs that were temporarily relocated during the painting will return to their regular locations. For more information on club meeting times, visit www.lwsb.com/activeliving.


The Great Leisure World Discovery Tour

by Kathy Thayer

Recreation Manager

The Great LW Discovery Tour will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sixty-three clubs have committed to the event that will give residents, especially those who don’t typically take advantage of our amenities, an opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities. The clubs are busy planning activities for the day.

Clubhouse 2 will have an interesting mix of more than 20 small business vendors and nonprofit organizations. People will mingle with businesses whose services are targeted to this community and take a chance at their raffles. 

Raffle prizes from $25-$500 will create excitement among “tourists” while Abilene, LW’s premier country rock and pop band led by Terry Otte, entertains from the stage.

This venue hosts three of LW’s most popular sports. Take a peek at the game room, where residents and their grand-kids can hang out together. It’s right across from the Corner Pocket Poolroom, hosted by the LW Pool Club.

The Leisure World Pool Club provides seasonal weekly league play and monthly tournaments for its members. A variety of billiard games are played, including 8-Ball, 9-Ball, Straight Pool and Snooker. Games are played in Clubhouse 1 and Clubhouse 2 pool rooms. 

Club President Steve Edrich said members will be on hand to demonstrate, answer questions, and pass out handouts to take home. The club will also hold a drawing for a gift card.

Clubhouse ambassadors will guide residents outdoors to Mission Park for action on the multi-use courts. Come watch members of the Pickleball Players’ Club and see why pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the world. One of LW’s most active clubs, it also hosts a free monthly dance featuring the Legends of Rock Dance Band. 

People who join the club enjoy regular get-togethers around the BBQ on the adjacent patio on Friday nights.

Right next to pickleball is the bocce court. “Be sure to check out the newly refurbished bocce ball court at Clubhouse 2,” Bocce Club President Rhonda Cox said, adding that the club will have continuous demonstration games going on, an information booth with candy prizes and a raffle drawing for a local restaurant. 

Bocce Club members will be on hand to inform visitors on the simple rules of play and strategies.  A sign-up sheet will be available for anyone interested in playing in one of the daily leagues. 

The Bocce Club has over 100 members and is always ready to welcome new members. “The game is easy to play and simple to learn,” Cox said. “The bocce court is a great place to have fun and meet new people. Please stop by and say hello.”

Off to the side of the courts is a basketball hoop and around the corner is Serenity Garden, the perfect place to take a breather. Once you’ve checked out all there is to see, the minibus will be waiting to take you on to the next venue.

Keep reading the LW Weekly for more information or contact to kathyt@lwsb.com. Next week will feature a profile of the events at Clubhouse 3.


Emergency info council

FEMA worker will speak at meeting

Roxann Crawford will be the featured speaker at the next Leisure World Emergency Information Council (EIC) meeting on Monday, March 18 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. 

According to the latest US Census, about 40% of Leisure World residents have one or more disabilities. People with disabilities are 2-4 times more likely to be injured or killed in a natural disaster. The keys to effective disaster preparedness—be informed, make a plan and take action—apply to everyone, but people with access and functional needs or disabilities should approach preparedness planning with additional considerations.

Crawford serves as a disability integration specialist for the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9. She has been in the role since 2016. Previously, Crawford was a disability integration advisor on the National Incident Management Assistance Team – West, one of three elite national first response teams. As the regional subject matter expert, Crawford Roxann works with internal federal partners and external partners to bolster equality in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Crawford partners with all federal program areas to educate and foster a whole community response that is fully inclusive of the needs of people with disabilities—providing direct programmatic and process review to create more inclusive and fully accessible options during disaster response and recovery, as well as identifying barriers and finding solutions. In her talk, she often uses stories to help people understand the challenges faced by those with disabilities that might not be apparent. 

Crawford joined FEMA 20 years ago when she volunteered to leave her job as a Chicago firefighter and EMT to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. She joined FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration. 

Crawford will provide insight into how vulnerable residents with disabilities can prepare for an emergency.

—Nick Massetti


Community gardens

Crews install plot markers at gardens

Construction on the community gardens at the 1.8-acre site is moving along. Last week, crews placed redwood plot delineators, which followed the installation of the faucet risers.

There will be 248 plots allocated to residents now on waiting lists. Of those plots, 25 will be handicap accessible. The exact method of distribution is still under discussion. 

The GRF policy that will govern the plots once they have been assigned is being finalized. The construction schedule is on target for a late spring-early summer completion.



Letters to Editor


People living outside Leisure World already know about the need for protection from RFID thievery. The LW Weekly reports regarding obtaining RFID tags stressed only that   residents would have easy access to streets leading to their apartments.

Failing to note the possibility of thievery, the Weekly also failed to note what will happen to residents whose current resident ID cards will expire after Jan. 2, 2024. 

Will those residents who choose to use their LW ID cards rather than RFID tags to enter LW be refused entry?

I am sure if you truthfully address these two problems, many people will thank you. I know I will.

D. Schlipp

Mutual 12

Editor’s note: RFID thievery is primarily associated with criminals scanning unprotected credit cards. 

Leisure World’s RFID tags are used to verify residents’ membership in LW. Residents will always be able to enter the community with a valid LW identification card. Members are expected to keep ID cards current. People who need help renewing expiring ID cards may contact Stock Transfer at 562-431-6586, ext. 2313, for more information.


LW will soon become the coyote sanctuary of Seal Beach. I have followed, with interest, reports of coyote sightings in the LW Weekly, on the LW website and on a Facebook page for LW residents. There seems to be one united opinion shared by everyone; “We don’t feel safe going out, day or night, to take our dogs for a walk.”

Some have reported their beloved pet being snatched off leash by a coyote. I have seen the fur and entrails of an animal left behind by a coyote. Several others have reported a coyote “stalking” them while out and about. I have personally seen a pair running together on several occasions, which is very unsettling. I can’t help but think about those of us who have small grandchildren visit. If these wild animals start hunting in pairs, who’s to say that they wouldn’t snatch up a small child?

Something has got to be done to rid LW of the coyote population. Some residents may argue that coyotes were here first and we encroached into their territory. I say LW residents should have their safety and feelings of safety as the top priority of the GRF. I know one of the areas the coyotes enter LW is through the main drainage channel down Golden Rain Road. 

A solution to that might be to place a mesh/metal covering over the opening. 

On another note, no resident should be feeding the squirrels or bunnies. They may be cute, but they are still wild animals. The people that leave food and water out for them are only fattening them up to entice the coyotes to come in and hunt and feed. A possible deterrent to stop residents who do this  might be to issue them a warning, violation and/or a citation. Please, keep us all safe.

 Sally Steenbergen

Mutual 1


Regarding your article on parking and ensuing fines for violations, I believe some changes need to be made to the imposed parking restrictions. The restrictions do not allow for a household with two vehicles when both members may take a vacation that will definitely exceed the parking restriction time limits. 

My partner and I will be taking a weeklong vacation in November. 

So one car goes in the carport while the other car gets ticketed, and I pay a fine. That’s a wonderful introduction to a fairly new resident. 

I spoke to the Security watch commander who said that the Clubhouse 4 parking lot was used at one time for extended parking but that is no longer the case. 

Are there any other draconian restrictions that I should be aware of while I’m wondering if I made a mistake to buy in Leisure World?

It would seem to me that a less severe rule would be to issue a parking pass to be displayed in the windshield for longer parking in the same spot or in a parking lot.

Paul Iorio

Mutual 9


We want to publicly thank the Golden Age Foundation and all its volunteers for providing free help completing our income tax form. The experience was a pleasant one and best of all, our form was completed by a retired IRS employee. After it was completed, another retired employee reviewed it and discovered a minor mistake, which did not affect the result and was immediately corrected. 

This is a great service to our residents, which saved us hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees. 

We hope all our neighbors take advantage of it.  To make an appointment, call 562-596-1987 and leave a name and phone number. A volunteer will call you back to make an appointment. More information is in the Feb. 22 newspaper on page 15.

Barry and Deidra Lukoff

Mutual 14


Scottish Philosopher Alexander Tytler popularized a theory as follows: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury.”

Joe Biden recently “forgave” $1.2 billion in student loans. Of course, there is no such thing as forgiving student loans. No, he unilaterally (against a SCOTUS ruling that he didn’t have the authority) waived student borrowers’ obligations to repay these loans and instead added these liabilities on to the backs of the American taxpayer. 

Increasingly, bereft of ideas, and losing constituencies that have been loyal to the party despite generational declines, Democrats have resorted to the blatant, naked “buying of votes.” 

Seniors, students, single inner-city parents, the ever-expanding homeless population, rent-subsidies, energy subsidies, food subsidies, prescription drug subsidies, reparations, tax-funded “guaranteed income” programs, public employee unions, and now their new future “voting bloc”—illegal aliens.

To paraphrase an old legal axiom, when you have good ideas, pound the ideas. When you don’t have good ideas, make your constituencies increasingly dependent on the benevolence of government largess.

Want more voters? 

Easy-peasy, just push more and more of the citizenry into government dependency. 

By the way, point of note—we add $1 trillion to the federal deficit every 100 days. 

Mr. Tytler ends his treatise with this: “democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by dictatorship.” It’s been a good run. 

Earick Ward

Mutual 7


Member Column

Solar power has become a reality for Mutual 12 resident

by Linda Fenton

LW contributor

As soon as we learned that roof solar panels would be allowed in Leisure World, my husband and I began exploring the possibility of having solar panels at our Mutual 12 apartment.

Our first step was to call the California program, which was advertising no-money-down installation. We met with a representative, and learned we qualified for the program but discovered it involved a long-term loan. We opted instead for outright payment.

As there was no solar company approved to work in Leisure World, we did an online search to find a well-established, nearby firm that could qualify to work here. 

They took us through the process of examining the property and providing an estimate of costs, as well as agreed to engage in the process of qualifying to work at Leisure World. 

We had a time limit related to Edison’s phasing out net metering by the end of December.

We ran into difficulty when it was discovered our electric system could not handle the recommended number of solar panels. 

Our chosen company, SunSolar, responded with a new and generous contract involving a smaller number of panels. (We can add more panels later when the LW electric system is upgraded.)

After approvals from both the Golden Rain Foundation and Mutual 12, we were ready for installation. The work involved upgrading our electric panel and installing a total of nine solar panels. 

This  whole process will be much simpler for future buyers as long as they use a company that has been vetted to work in Leisure World (the GRF Physical Property department handles the vetting of contractors). After inspections by SunSolar, Leisure World, the City of Seal Beach and Southern California Edison, the system began operating on Jan. 24. We plan to calculate actual savings and the cost effectiveness of installing solar panels. Our initial estimate is that it will take five years to pay for itself.



Mutual election cycle begins; directors are needed to serve

The community unity of Leisure World Seal Beach is a direct result of volunteer work by Mutual and GRF Board members duly elected to serve their Mutuals and residents. 

This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards and the elected Board of Directors work alongside on day-to-day operations of each Mutual Corporation. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate—the shareholders, whereas the Board of Directors finds solutions to existing problems. 

Leisure World Seal Beach has many residents with experience in various fields who could make a difference by becoming a candidate for a director’s position on their Mutual’s Board of Directors. The schedule above indicates each Mutual’s annual meeting and election date, and the deadlines to apply for candidacy. 

Those who are interested or have any questions about becoming a candidate for election to their Mutual’s Board of Directors can call 562-431-6586, ext. 2329. 

For questions about GRF elections, call 562-431-6586, ext. 2393. 


Presidents’ Council Meeting Recap


Clubhouse 4 and Zoom

Tele-Video Conference

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Leisure World Seal Beach was convened at 1:30 p.m. by President Jeri Dolch on March 6 in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom tele-video conference.

The following is a recap:

Presidents Jeri Dolch nominated Cathy Gassman as Secretary for Presidents’ Council for the remaining 2023-2024 term of office and Beth Mayer seconded the nomination. There being no further nominations, Cathy Gassman was appointed to the office of Secretary.

Presidents’ Council meeting minutes of Feb. 7, 2024 were approved as written.  

Senior Director of Facilities Mark Weaver provided updates on general projects in the community and coyote traps.  

Mutual Administration senior Director Jodi Hopkins provided updates in the Mutual Administration Department and the Stock Transfer Department.  

Executive Director Jessica Sedgwick provided an update on general projects in the community.

Executive Manager Dave Potter provided an update on the Seal Beach water rates increase, and town halls for shareholders on insurance matters.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. It will be streamed via Zoom tele-video conference and YouTube Live.


Call for candidates for the GRF Board of Directors, even-numbered Mutuals only

The election cycle for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors representing Mutual 2 (two seats) and Mutuals 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 (one seat) began in February. 

A Mutual Board of Directors may appoint a nominating committee for the purpose of recommending a candidate for election, who will be given candidate instructions by the Stock Transfer Office. Candidates may also self-nominate. 

A candidate may be a member who is an officer or director of a Mutual Corporation; any City Council; Orange County Board of Supervisors; City of Seal Beach or the County of Orange Planning Commission. 

A member of any entity or partnership or an officer or director of any corporation engaged in supplying material or labor to GRF is discouraged from running for the Board. This may cause a potential conflict of interest, causing an unnecessary liability including, but not limited to, breaching fiduciary duties. 

Candidates cannot be convicted of a crime that would either prevent GRF from securing fidelity bond coverage or terminate GRF’s existing coverage. 

The candidate must be current in the payment of carrying charges excluding non-payment of collection charges, late charges, fines, remove assessments, costs levied by a third party, or if the member has paid regular or special assessments under protest per Civil Code Section 5658, has entered into and is currently on a payment plan, or if the member has not been provided with the opportunity to engage in Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR). 

Candidates must be members of GRF for at least one year. Renters/lessees of a unit within a Mutual are not eligible.

Each candidate is required to submit a 300-word or (more/less), single-sided statement to the Stock Transfer Office, written in compliance with the election rules and contain the background, qualifications, and platform of the candidate, and shall not contain any disparaging or defamatory content. The statement will be mailed out with ballots.

Candidates should refer to GRF By-laws, Article Six, Section One, and complete an Eligibility Disclaimer. Application for Candidacy forms and GRF Directors Handbooks are available in the Stock Transfer Office in the Administration Building, and should be submitted by Friday, Mar. 29, 4:30 p.m.


Public Comments at GRF Meetings

California law requires the Board to establish reasonable time limits for members to speak at meetings. (Civ. Code Sec. 4925(b).), and how the Board responds to questions or concerns; most often the Board is unable to respond (Civ. Code Sec. 4930.). 

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

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


GRF Meetings Schedule

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

Tues., Mar. 19 Special Facilities Committee Meeting

Conference Room A/Zoom……..1 p.m.

Tues., Mar. 26 GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom……………….10 a.m.

Thurs., Mar. 28 GRF Board Executive Session

Conference Room A……………….1 p.m.


Mutual Meetings Schedule

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

Thurs., Mar. 14 Mutual 12

Conference Room B/Zoom………….9 a.m.

Mon., Mar. 18 Mutual 15

Conference Room B/Zoom………….1 p.m.

Tues., Mar. 19 Mutual 14

Conference Room B/Zoom………….1 p.m.

Wed., Mar. 20 Mutual 5

Conference Room B/Zoom………….9 a.m.

Wed., Mar. 20 Mutual 7

Conference Room B/Zoom………….1 p.m.

Thurs., Mar. 21 Mutual 2

Conference Room B/Zoom………….9 a.m.

Thurs., Mar. 21 Mutual 11

Conference Room B/Zoom………1:30 p.m.

Fri., Mar. 22 Mutual 6

Conference Room B/Zoom……..9:40 a.m.

Mon., Mar. 25 Mutual 8 (open forum 9:15 a.m.)

Conference Room B/Zoom………….9 a.m.

Wed., Mar. 27 Mutual 10

Conference Room B/Zoom………….9 a.m.

Thurs., Mar. 28 Mutual 1

Conference Room B/Zoom………….9 a.m.



Community Church

Community Church will host the South Side Jazz Concert on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary. LWers are invited to come listen and sing along to the familiar oldies and classic tunes. There will be  light refreshments and gathering following the performance in the Fellowship Hall.

This Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day and while he is remembered for bringing Christianity to Ireland, there are many other stories that became attached to his name. Patrick was responsible for driving out all of the snakes in Ireland. 

In the Gospel of John, God’s people doubt the encounter of the divine speaking to them on Jesus’ behalf.  Doubt continues to a part of people’s lives today.  Community Church is serious about moving forward in faith and using the gift of reasoning to challenge the traditions of the church and to thoughtfully question the Scriptures. 

Community Church meets on Sundays at 9:50 a.m.  at 14000 Church Place. Worship is followed by a time fellowship and light refreshment. Come early for a cup of coffee in the Narthex. 

Services are also available on Facebook or Zoom; contact the church office for the Zoom link. 

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


Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services with Rabbi Eric Dangott via Zoom on Friday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m.  Rabbi Mike Mymon will lead the hybrid services on Saturday, March 16, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and  on Zoom at 10 a.m. Saturday’s Torah reading will be Pekudei.  Pekudei (Accountings Of) is the final Torah reading in the Book of Exodus. It describes the making of priestly garments worn in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the completion of its construction. At God’s command, Moses erects the Mishkan and puts its vessels in place, and God’s presence fills the Mishkan. To receive a Zoom invitation contact Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122.

Those who want  to become members should call Howard Brass at 714-396-0121.


Assembly of God

In his book “The Purpose Driven Life,” Pastor Rick Warren opens  with a punch to the reader,“It’s not about you.” In a culture that emphasizes individual rights and accomplishment, the thought of putting others first and self-sacrifice is antithetical. In Mark 10:35-45, Jesus corrects selfish attitudes among his disciples and explain what true discipleship means. Pastor Chuck Franco will share a message titled “It’s All About Me” Sunday, March 17.

Session seven of the Wednesday Bible study, “The Book of Mark,” by Francis Chan, focuses on chapters 8:31-10:52. Jesus teaches about suffering and self-denial as the cost of discipleship. Peter, James and John witness the transfiguration. Jesus instructs his disciples about healing and seeking to be elevated.  

LW Assembly of God meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  The Wednesday Bible study is at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The  Hymn Sing is held on the fourth Sunday night of each month at 6  in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

More information about the church can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com, and on Facebook at the LW Assembly of God Church page, where people can catch up on past sermons. Contact the church office at 562-357-4360, or pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com.


Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore

On Sunday, March 17, the congregations of Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church will celebrate the fifth Sunday of Lent. Bishop Murray Finck will preside and Pastor David Anderson will preach at  the 10:30 a.m. worship service at 13564 St. Andrews Drive. Fellowship with coffee, tea and snacks will be provided after service. All are welcome.  

The congregations continue to collect canned and boxed food donations for the hungry.  

In preparation for the reception of new members, the sacrament of Baptism, and as an opportunity for people to have a brief refresher course in what the congregations believe, there will be a one hour class prior to the 4 p.m. midweek Lenten gathering on  Wednesday, March 20, at 3. 

Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore’s Episcopal Churches will also hold the final Wednesday Lenten reflections and soup suppers at 4 p.m. on March 20 to look at the crucifixion of Jesus in the four Gospels.

Palm Sunday Service is at 10:30 a.m. on March 24, where new members will be welcomed into the community. The Maundy Thursday Communion service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 28. The congregations will join the Interfaith Good Friday Service from noon-3 p.m. on Friday, March 29.  The Easter celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. 


Buddha Circle

Buddha Circle will meet with Ven. Kusala on  Saturday, April 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9:30-11 a.m. Kusala is well known in the Buddhist community. He presents Buddhism in simple ways. His teachings focus on how to help people suffer less and become happier. For more information, call 714-468-6887.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m., followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays, and Relief Society and Elders Quorum on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour. Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at 562-212-8641.  

The General Conference will be held April 6-7. The sessions will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be no meetings at the ward building on that Sunday.

The reading source for this year is The Book of Mormon. Personal reading should be those chapters in 2 Nephi not covered in the study. This week of March 18-24 covers 2 Nephi 31-33.

The “Come Follow Me” lesson manual says, “Among Nephi’s last recorded words, we find this declaration: ‘The Lord commanded me, and I must obey’ (2 Nephi 33:15). He tried to understand the will of God and courageously obeyed it—whether that meant risking his life to get the brass plates from Laban, building a boat and crossing the sea, or faithfully teaching the doctrine of Christ with plainness and power. Nephi could speak persuasively of the need to ‘press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,’ of following the ‘strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life’ (2 Nephi 31:20, 18), because that is the path he followed.”


LW Baptist

All that mars life, the Bible says, is sin or its effects. God has provided a cleansing remedy through Jesus Christ’s atonement on the cross and resurrection from the dead. The LW Baptist Choir leads worship on Sunday, March 17, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4 with “When I survey the wondrous cross.”

The Bible pictures Christ’s purifying work in the sacrificial system and the priesthood of the tabernacle and temple. Jesus’ coming in history fulfilled those pictures.

 For more information, call 562-430-8598.


LW Korean Community Church

“Let us come to the throne of grace.” LW Korean Community Church (LWKCC) invites LWers to the feast of grace. Thanks to God’s guidance, LWKCC celebrates its 14th anniversary. 

LWKCC will hold  four revival meeting with Pastor Yong-Nam Lee, senior pastor of Seoul Jang Seok Church this weekend. On Friday, March 15, at 6 p.m. will be the “Opportunity for Grace.” “The Gate of Grace” will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 6 a.m. The congregation will study the “Key to Open the Door of Grace” on March 16 at 6 p.m., and will end the celebration on Sunday, March 17, with “The Full Grace” at 11:50 a.m.

LWKCC is a nesting church of the Community Church, located at 14000 Church Place.

Sunday service is held weekly at 11:50 a.m. The prayer service is held at the sanctuary from Tuesday-Saturday at 6 a.m. Breakfast is served in the fellowship room after the Saturday prayer meeting. 

For more information, email yongjang10@gmail.com or call 714-323-0897.


Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church’s Lenten Fish Fry is held on Fridays after the 11 a.m. stations of the cross devotion. With a minimum donation of $10 per person, people can get the following fish plates:

• March 15: Fish, fries, coleslaw plus fruit or a cookie.

• March 22: Clam chowder with crackers and fruit.

To join, sign up in the front of the church or parish office or call 562-430-8170. 


First Christian Church

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

Pastor’s Message

This week, Pastor Bruce Humes will read from Genesis 27.  The events reveal a deceitful plan by Rebekka, Isaac’s wife. She favored her second-born son Jacob more than her first-born Esau. After Rebekka overhears Isaac tell Esau he would give him the inheritance, she plots to have Jacob impersonate his brother so that he received the blessing instead.

This deception was not necessary. In Genesis 25:23 the Lord had spoken to Rebekah, “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.” 

For some, trust in God can be a fleeting thing, especially when time passes without the promised fulfillment. The lesson that needs to be learned by God’s people is patience and confidence in God’s promises.

 Weekend Services

Sunday services, held from 9:30-10:45 a.m., are traditional with hymnal music led by Janet Ray with Sherry Parmenter at the piano. Beverly Sunday will bring special music this week.  

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

Midweek Studies

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

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

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

Pastor Humes also leads prayer and Bible study every Friday  from 4-5  p.m.  

Scripture of the Week

“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16.


For more information about the church, call 562-431-8810 and leave a message.


Faith Christian Assembly

Many have allowed the once familiar habit of gathering at church to grow dormant.   These things come at the expense of their souls.  Scripture says that when people gather together, they should gather in his name (Matthew 18:20).

The New Testament references one of the purposes of gathering is to “encourage one another” (Romans 1:12; Hebrews 3:13).  

Corrie ten Boom once said, “When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles.”  

Join Faith Christian Assembly as it gathers for Sunday service each week at 10:30 a.m. at 13820 Seal Beach Blvd. Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 11  a.m. It’s not too late to join the GriefShare meetings on Thursdays at 3 p.m. in the Garden Room. 

To receive a copy of the free monthly newsletter or for more information on the church, call 562-598-9010 or email contact@fcachurch.net. People can also visit www.FCAchurch.net to read past newsletters and more.


Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study

The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study group will meet on March 25 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group will study the book of John, chapters 10-11.  For more information, contact Margie Singleton at 562-594-8100 or Jean Davidson at 562-431-0597.



Take your footwork to the next level on Thursdays in CH 2

The Joyful Line Dance Club recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with 75 members in attendance. The club has grown over the years. All who love to dance, including men, are welcome.

Joyful Line Dance meets on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

The first half hour is for beginners and intermediate dancers. After a brief break, the students practice more advanced dances. The classes are led by instructors who take turns teaching.

All attendees are asked to sign in with their name, Mutual, and unit numbers, and check in at the front desk before the class. Everyone is welcome with a minimal membership fee. Exercise shoes are recommended. 

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


Plant-based nutrition seminar is March 15 in HCC

On Friday, March 15, the Right at Home registered dietitian Jacqueline Atwood will talk about ways of incorporating plant-based protein into a diet and how to stay hydrated. The event is at 2 p.m. in Optum Conference Room.

Atwood will also share simple exercises to build strength and improve balance.   

For more information contact GRF Member Resources Liaison, Robann Arshat at 562-431-6586, ext. 2317.


Lose weight and keep it off with Wa-Rite

The Wa-Rite Club meets every Friday from 9-10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 8:15-8:45, and optional for guests. Female LW residents are welcome to visit any of the club’s meetings, and should arrive by 8:45.

The club’s first meeting of the month focuses on celebrating the members’ success.  Pat Miller won the “Guess How Many Are in the Jar” contest. The second-place prize went to Karen Green.  

The club lost a total of 42.5 pounds last month.  Kathleen Hessley shared the queen of February title with Melinda Lee. Hessley lost a total of 6.5 pounds in one month; Lee lost 6 pounds. Hessley attributed her success to meal planning, satisfying her sweet tooth with fruits and pickled beets, and her own spaghetti squash and ground beef recipe.  

Degreed members who continued to maintain their weight loss goals through February were Shirleen Bradrick, Ellen Larsen and Denise Stabile. Top loser of the week was Judy Chambers with a 2-pound loss. She credited an active camping weekend away with friends for her success.

—Denise Stabile


Clutter and hoarding seminar is March 20

Everyone invited to a free educational event on hoarding and decluttering on Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Clubhouse 4. Guest speakers Regina F. Lark, Ph.D. and California certified peer support specialist Kimberly Adams will talk about hoarding and decluttering, share organizing tips and techniques, and how to ask family and friends for help. The event exhibitors will be available to answer questions and provide resources. They include clean out and organization companies, bio-hazard clean up organizations, support groups, OC Health Care Agency—Older Adult Services, OC Task Force on Hoarding, Adult Protective Services, Council on Aging, Golden Age Foundation and others.

For more information, contact GRF Member Resources Robann Arshat at 562-431-6586, ext. 2317.


Meals on Wheels Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., delivers freshly cooked meals for $10.50 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1% milk. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at 562-439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete the application or cancel a meal for the following day, before 9 a.m. the prior business day.

Thursday, March 14

Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, orange, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and macaroni salad.

Friday, March 15

Chili relleno casserole, Spanish rice, pinto beans, banana, spinach salad with chicken, mandarin oranges, cranberries, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and crackers.

Monday, March 18

Beef stew with potatoes and vegetables, biscuit, orange, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, and homemade potato salad. 

Tuesday, March 19

Chicken marsala with mushrooms, brown rice, green bean almondine, carrots, kiwi, Caesar chicken salad and crackers.

Wednesday, March 20 

Pork loin with apple berry sauce, rice pilaf, peas and onions, tangerine, ham and cheese sandwich and Asian coleslaw.


The LW Bicycle Group stopped for a rest break and a photo in the Port of Long Beach. The group meets at the St. Andrews Gate on Sundays with breakfast, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. Helmets and safe shoes are required. For more information, call Mary Romero at 562-509-8475 or Lucy Cyza at 818-209-5075.


Alzheimer’s OC Brain Boot Camp

The LW memory support team and Alzheimer’s OC will hold a two-session brain boot camp on March 18 and March 25, from 10-11:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 4.

At this UCLA Longevity Center evidence-based intensive course, people will learn about lifestyles to support healthy brains and enhance memory ability. No pre-registration required.

For more information, email learn@alzoc.org or call 1-844-373-4400, or contact GRF Member Resources Liaison Robann Arshat at 562-431-6586, ext. 2317.


Managing Parkinson’s disease one step at a time

Thirty-five years ago, LW resident Tom Pontac ran 100 miles from the city of Wrightwood to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Thirty-five years later, he never expected to be walking at the Rose Bowl again with others living with Parkinson’s disease. 

On March 3, Pontac was walking among 14 others living with Parkinson’s, cheered by family and friends. He was the oldest and fittest participant. His motto is that he may have Parkinson’s disease, but it doesn’t have him.  

The race directors consider Pontac a celebrity, and everyone is impressed with his effort to overcome daily challenges that Parkinson’s presents. Pontac also shares his journey on YouTube, under Tom Pontac. 

—Jeanne Pontac


Parkinson’s Support Group

A representative from Abbot will discuss the latest treatment options for moderate to advanced Parkinson’s disease in Optum Conference Room, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19.

Deep brain stimulation will be part of the discussion as an option to help manage symptoms including tremor, dyskinesia, rigidity and bradykinesia. Educational resources will be offered including videos, pamphlets, and in-person discussions with patients who tried that procedure.  

No reservations needed. Walk-ins are welcome.  

For more information contact GRF Member Resources, Robann Arshat at 562-431-6586, ext. 2317.


Meals on Wheels Orange County

Meals on Wheels Orange County in partnership with the city of Seal Beach is hosting The Lunch Cafe at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr., Seal Beach, Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m.-noon.

It is open to anyone 60 or older. Suggested contribution is $3. Guests under 60 can enjoy lunch for $5. Arrive 10 minutes before the start time as meals are served on a first-come, first-served basis. All meals come with 1% milk. 

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

Thursday, March 14

Corned beef and cabbage, whole baby potatoes, carrots, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance, pistachio pudding, and fresh fruit.

Friday, March 15

Moroccan lentil vegetable soup with sugar-free crackers, veggie egg salad, barley mushroom salad, whole wheat mini blueberry muffin with Smart Balance, and diet pear crisp.

Monday, March 18

Cream of spinach soup with sugar-free crackers, tarragon chicken salad with yogurt dressing, lemony orzo salad, and mandarin orange.

Tuesday, March 19

Mexican beef cocido (cubed beef and broth), vegetable mix, tortilla, salsa Victoria, and sugar-free fruited gelatin.

Wednesday, March 20 

Ground turkey bolognese, bow-tie pasta, Italian vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance, parmesan cheese, and tropical fruit mix.




‘Nixon in China’ will be screened

Everyone is invited to attend the showing of John Adams’ 1987 opera “Nixon in China,” on  Tuesday, March 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Learning Center. 

Composer Danielle O’Hallisey will introduce the opera, keeping the discussion brief and focusing mostly on historical context and a brief discussion of minimalism.

This opera by composer John Adams and the librettist Alice Goodman is a probing musical look at East-West tensions from a political/diplomatic event that occurred 15 years prior in 1972.  

Act 1, set in 1972, depicts the arrival of Air Force 1 in Beijing where Richard and Pat Nixon greet Chou En-lai with respective diplomatic niceties.  Next is a scene in Mao Tse-tung’s study where Pat Nixon expresses her feelings about humanitarian activities.

Act 2 reveals Pat Nixon’s tour of a commune and their arrival at the Summer Palace where they discuss politics with Mao Tse-tung and his wife Chiang Ch’ing, along with the appearance of Henry Kissinger followed by a Chinese ballet.

The final scene, set in 1987, depicts Richard and Pat Nixon, along with Mao Tse-tung and his wife Chiang Ch’ing, and Chou En-Lai singing about their differing memories and perspectives.

Adams conducts this 2011 performance at the Metropolitan Opera. The production is in English with English subtitles. People are welcome to wear masks indoors. No dues or fees are collected.  

For more information, contact Margaret Gillon at MargaretGi@yahoo.com or 562-370-3844.


Garden Club

The Garden Club will meet Monday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.  Donna Gambol will present a program on monarch butterflies. 

Gambol has been raising monarchs since she moved to Leisure World in 2015 and will share her knowledge and experience in her presentation. 

She is passionate about monarchs and has encouraged other residents to plant and maintain gardens that nourish the monarch caterpillars.

The We Care table will be set up in the lobby for donations of non-perishable food items, gift cards and cash. 

All are welcome to attend. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served after the meeting.


The Traveling Tigers

The Traveling Tigers will meet Wednesday, March 20, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The meeting will begin with a potluck. People should bring a dish to share. There will be a short business meeting at 1 p.m. followed by a presentation at 1:15.  

Nick Giffin and Diana Scott will give a presentation on their trip to Peru, Ecuador and the Amazon. Their trip included a stop in Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca citadel located approximately 8,000 feet up in the mountains of southern Peru.



Photographers will review night photos

The Photo Arts Club will meet today, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The assignment was to take night photos with a camera or iPhone.

People can also bring photos of their choice to be displayed and commented on at the meeting.

People who have hangers at home and are not using them should to return them to the club as soon as possible.

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

For more information, call Regine Schumacher at 562-430-7978.

—Regine Schumacher


Leisure Time Dancers

The Leisure Time Dancers hold classes on Monday afternoons in the dance studio, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Salsa is at 2, followed by a continuation of The Hustle at 3. Beginners are welcome. 

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


Saturday Morning Dance Class 

There are two dance classes every Saturday morning in Clubhouse 6 (second floor).  For March the classes are: West Coast swing at 9, followed by Rumba at 10. Each class is $7 per person.  The class participants vote on new dance topics every month.   

Prior dance experience is not necessary and partners are not required. For more information, contact Howard Small at 516-659-3314.


Last chance to buy tickets to St. Paddy’s dance

GRF’s fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance will be held Sunday, March 17. 

Clubhouse 4 will fill with the aroma of corned beef and cabbage, baby carrots and roasted red potatoes, a Sonoma salad dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette and brownies, all catered by Country Gardens. Strains of Irish music will be provided by an authentic Celtic band.

This year, GRF is bringing back Sportive Tricks, a Celtic band with a kick. From time-honored sing-alongs and sea chanteys, to covers with a twist and original songs, the seven members of Sportive Tricks each bring their own voices, instrumental talents, experience and energy for a toe-tapping good time. The band received rave reviews after their 2023 performance.

Anyone needing a ride during these special service hours (4:30-9:15 p.m.) must call and request a bus pickup when they are ready to go to the event. 

This is not a reservation service, but instead a call for service as soon as possible. Rides to the event and/or home will be available by calling 562-431-6586, ext. 2379, and asking for an “On-Call” pickup. Passengers requesting a ride will need to go immediately to the location they told to the dispatch person. The “On-Call” bus will usually arrive within 5-15 minutes following the request for a ride. 

Return rides home can be requested by the same process, but the bus will also wait at the south entrance of Clubhouse 4 to take party goers home. 

A few tickets are still available at the Recreation Office, located in Building 5, up until Friday, March 15. 

Dinner and dancing are included for $45 or $325 for a table of eight. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The band performs from 6-8. People are encouraged to practice the jig and dig some green duds out of their closet. 

For more information, contact Kathy Thayer at kathyt@lwsb.com or call 562-431-6586, ext. 2326 or 2398.


Friends of the Library

Thanks to the efforts of many workers and volunteers, the Friends of the Library Bookstore successfully reopened in mid-February. New carpeting and paint increases the store’s ambience, and volunteers have been welcoming back customers, new and old, in spite of rain and cold. 

The bookstore will participate in The Great LW Discovery Tour on April 6 (see page 3).  Regular Saturday hours will be extended to 3:30 p.m. at the store’s location across from the main Library.  

Everyone who stops by can choose a free book or purchase any of the low cost items in the store. Volunteer Coordinator Rose Kroll will be available with applications for residents who are interested in volunteering in the store or boutique.  

Volunteers working that day will also share some of the advantages of volunteering, such as short shifts of three hours and great camaraderie between volunteers and customers, all while enhancing the LW community. 

—Patricia Kruger


The Ultimate Michael Bublé Experience

For people who caught his performance last summer at the Amphitheater or recently at the Valentine’s Day dinner dance, Anthony Bernasconi needs no introduction. He will perform at the La Mirada Theater on April 5 at 8 p.m., and GRF will provide bus transportation for the first 54 residents to grab tickets.

The La Mirada Theater said this about the show: “Feelin’ Good: The Ultimate Michael Bublé Experience is by far the finest Michael Bublé tribute in the United States! Backed by a 17-piece orchestra, Anthony Bernasconi perfectly emulates the velvet-voiced crooner in a high-energy, interactive show that is sure to delight Bublé fans of all ages. Enjoy favorites from the Great American Songbook in classic Bublé style, as well as a selection of Bublé’s greatest original hits like ‘I Just Haven’t Met You Yet.’”

Tickets are available now at the Recreation Office, located in Building 5, for $62. The box office is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Thayer at kathyt@lwsb.com or call 562-431-6586, ext. 2326 or 2398.


Let the Good Times Roll Club

There are a few tickets left for the Let the Good Times Roll Club’s St. Paddy’s Eve Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 16, in Clubhouse 2.  This is a by-reservation-only event and people must purchase tickets to attend. Call Martha Destra at 562-225-0037 to get tickets at $22.50 each or $160 for a table of eight.  

Irish music will set the scene and rock and roll dance music will be provided by the Legends of Rock Dance Band.  

The menu includes a stacked corned beef sandwich, coleslaw, chips and green ice cream. Bottled water, green non-alcoholic punch and coffee will be available. Guests may bring their own bottled drinks. Ice and cups will be available.


Hui O Hula

The Hui O Hula Club wishes happy birthdays to dancers Sue Brown, Susan Shigemi “ShigShig” Yokomi, Lori “Lolo” Chamberlin and GeeGee Kwok. The group have been dancing together for quite some time. President Jojo Weingart thanked them for their “infectious aloha spirit galore.”

A new hula is about to start. The last class subject, “He Aloha No O Honolulu,” has been taught in its entirety. All are welcome to join the new class. For more information, call 562-431-2242.


Community Karaoke

Karaoke singers sang their hearts out on March 6 during another rainy karaoke evening.  

Chuck Oehl chose a rousing “Hey Good Looking” for his first number.  Michael Berthold sang the cutesy tune “Honey Money.” Vinny Correnti put some power into “He’s So Vain.” Essie Hicks entertained the audience with the beautiful “Still Loving You.” “Piano Man” was Tony Tupas’ hit of the night.  Donald Horning pleased onlookers with the Beatles “Yesterday.” Walt Bier and Elizabeth Butterfield harmonized singing “Sweetest Thing I”ve Ever Known.” Bruce Lee was at ease with “You Know I’m No Good.” Listening to the wide variety of songs lets people escape from everything  and the evening goes by quickly.

The karaoke parties will return to Clubhouse 1 this week, where the club meets each Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. The club will celebrate St Patrick’s Day a little early.  The karaoke songbooks have several pages of Irish tunes for people to to check out. Karaoke practice sessions are held each Monday in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

—Margie Thompson


Free Museum Day: March 23

On Saturday, March 23, over 30 museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, film, natural history, and science—will open their doors and offer free general admission.

Participating museums span from Long Beach to Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each museum. 

Some museums will require advance reservations. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions and other visitor information.

Participating museums include the Academy of Motion Pictures, The Broad, The Getty Center and Villa, GRAMMY Museum, Hammer Museum, La Brea Tar Bits and Museum, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LACMA) and many more.

For more information and to see a full list of participating museums, visit SoCalMuseums.org/annual-free-for-all-2024/.


Grab ‘n’ Go Food Truck Schedule: March 14-20 

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

Monday:  Berlin Truck at Clubhouse 6—Enjoy gourmet sausages, grilled cheese and more from 4-6 p.m. See the menu online at www.theberlintruck.com/menu/. Only cards are accepted.

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

Wednesday: Onpointttt Jerk Chicken Food Truck at Clubhouse 6—Try Caribbean favorites from 3-7 p.m. Full menu available at www.onpointttt.com/menu-flyer.

On-call bus service is available from 4:30 p.m. on. Regular bus service is available before 4:30; and weekends on-call any time. 

Call a ride at 562-431-6586, ext. 2379. Vendors are subject to change. 

For updates, sign up for LW Live email notifications by visiting www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.


CD Music for Seniors Club

The CD Music for Seniors kicked off the year with its first meeting in February.  There were 27 members in attendance and CDs for everyone, plus cassette tapes to anyone who wanted them. The club will meet on Thursday, April 18, at  1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3.  Snacks, fun and free CDs will be on the agenda.


Video Producers Club

The Video Producers Club is adding another expert to its roster of free technical support classes. 

Kathy Salazar will offer a class that teaches people how to use  iPhones and iPads to video events and transfer them onto a computer for editing. 

She is available on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon at the Video Producers Club loft room, located by the highest seats of the Amphitheater. The room has a sign on it “Video Producers Club.”

Those interested should reserve and confirm a session with Kathy Salazar by emailing her at Ogrammas@gmail.com or by texting 714-654-8643.



Festival sign-up day is March 20

The second annual GRF Spring Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, in Clubhouse 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

The Arts & Crafts Festival is held for the purpose of encouraging the creative talents of LW members. In 2023, Recreation added a festival in the spring to augment its traditional Fall Arts & Crafts Festival as demand has increased.  

While invited to exhibit their products, participants must adhere to guidelines established in Golden Rain Policy 1481; items for sale at the festival must have been made by the shareholder/member. No manufactured articles may be sold.  Each seller must live in Leisure World and must be a GRF member to qualify as an exhibitor of sale items at the festival. People are invited to come and support their fellow residents.

Artisans who want to participate can sign up at Clubhouse 2 on Wednesday, March 20, from 7-9 a.m. A full table is $10 but may be shared with another participant for $5.


South Coast Orchid Society

The South Coast Orchid Society will meet on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at the Whaley Park Community Center, 5620 E. Atherton St., Long Beach.  The program will be “A Time Capsule from the Greatest Generation of SoCal Orchid Growers.” The post-war decades saw a boom in growing orchids as a business and a hobby in Southern California. 

One of those early adopters from the Greatest Generation was Kay Francis, a member of the club for many years.  Later known as “the orchid lady of Pasadena,” she became an expert grower and soon a well-known orchid breeder as well, a key figure in the development of splash-petal Cattleyas. 

The free event is open to the public and will feature never before seen pictures. For more information, contact southcoastorchidsociety@gmail.com.



Show off your pet’s tricks at the Paws, Claws and Beaks booth

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club will participate in the Great LW Discovery Tour on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The club welcomes all LW pet owners to come visit its booth in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area, where pets are welcome to join. Dogs will need to be on a non-retractable leash. People can come to participate in any of the club’s events below; times are subject to change.

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Residents will share important information about basic pet needs to consider from first aid for pets, dog walking, pet sitting and emergency preparedness.    

• 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: Enter to win a drawing for a pet first aid kit. Drawing will be held at 1:45.

• 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: Residents can show off their dog’s tricks and skills so he or she can take home a prize from the club’s K-9 Contests. 

• Noon-2 p.m.: Helen Sanders CatPAWS will provide cat information and answer concerns about club member’s feline friends. A fun, personal keepsake will be available to take home.

• 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Get engaged with a beautiful therapy parrot that is one of 14 nationally registered “Pet Partners.”  

LW buses will be available for transportation to and from the clubhouses. Pets must be in a carrier to be able to use this service. 


Soldier to give talk on war in Gaza

Residents will have the opportunity to hear a presentation about the war in Gaza by Noy Leyb, a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces  (IDF) with first-hand experience and knowledge about the war. The presentation will take place in Clubhouse 4 on Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by Congregation Sholom.

 Noy was born and raised in Canada but decided to move to Israel at age 18 and join the IDF. After completing his service, Noy continued with annual reserve training. He also went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Israel and a master’s from the University of Michigan. Noy’s Israeli advocacy has taken him to over 15 universities in North America and overseas. 

On Oct. 7, 2023, Noy, who was living and working in New York City as the co-founder of a start-up tech company, made an instantaneous decision to drop everything and fly to Israel to join his elite commando unit.  

Noy’s mission is to talk with audiences around the country about his direct experiences, unique insight, and steadfast spirit to help empower others and lead a movement against antisemitism. 

 Noy will also share tools that he uses to combat online antisemitism and answer questions in an open forum. This event which will be offered at no charge; however donations of any size to offset the cost of Noy’s presentation are welcome. People can send a check to Congregation Sholom, P.O. Box 2901, Seal Beach, CA 90740.  

—Jan Friedland 



Join the free cyber security lecture

There will be a free lecture on cyber security by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Long Beach on March 19 at 2 p.m. The program will be held at the Alpert Jewish Community Center located at 3801 E. Willow Street in Long Beach.

The lecture will be presented by Dave Babcock and Chris Hodek, of the LA County District Attorney Cyber Investigation Response Team, the US Secret Service Cyber Task Force and the LA Sheriff’s Identity Theft Task Force.  Those interested in attending should RSVP by Friday, March 15, to barbaraonthehill@verizon.net.



Learn how to communicate in an emergency on March 22

The LW Community Emergency Response Team (LW CERT) will meet on Friday, March 22, at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, for a class on how to communicate in an emergency. All residents are welcome to join. 


The difference between the GAF and GRF

By Anna Derby

GAF President

Although the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) are often confused, they are two completely separate organizations.    

The GRF is the nonprofit corporation that manages the shared property of Leisure World. This corporation has employees, an executive director, and a board of directors that sit on committees. 

Every resident of Leisure World is a member of the Golden Rain Foundation, also called shareholders. The GRF  is funded by a portion of your monthly carrying charge.

The Golden Age Foundation on the other hand is  completely different. Legally speaking, it is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a small board of directors. Every person in the organization is a volunteer, with  no paid staff. 

The GAF’s mission is to make the community a better place to live. Its funding is dependent on contributions like shareholders or organizations from the community. When the GAF receives a large bequest, it usually is designated for a specific project. 

The next time you are at the gym, take a look at the plaque on the wall next to the elevator. The gym equipment was mostly provided in 2013 by a bequest from Jack Schiffiler through the GAF. Because we don’t have employees, we work hand in hand with the Golden Rain Foundation, who pays the staff at the gym. 

 Programs like the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6, the tax preparation program, paper shredding program, battery recycling program and the mobility aids program are all examples of our efforts. All of these programs are provided to residents free of charge, with the Golden Age Foundation picking up the tab. 

The GAF is  always looking for donations, both big and small. If you’re making out your will or trust and want to help make Leisure World a better place, please remember us.  The GAF appreciates every single donation.

The GAF invites residents to consider becoming a member and helping make life in Leisure World better. Nothing happens in the GAF organization without the dedication and efforts of volunteers. They are the heart and soul of the Golden Age Foundation.

The Golden Age Foundation’s Tax ID is 23-7273105, and can be reached at P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA 90740.  

For more information, go to www.goldenagefdn.org or leave message at  562-431-9589.



Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

The LW Democratic Club will  meet on Wednesday, March 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m.

At the time this article was submitted for publication, there were still 273,494 Orange County Primary Election ballots to be processed. Nevertheless, projections are in order.

In addition to President Biden, a number of other Democratic candidates will be on LW ballots in the November General Election. Congressman Adam Schiff will run to represent California in the U.S. Senate.  California Sen. Dave Min will be the candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. Dom Jones is the Democratic candidate seeking to represent LW’s district in the California Assembly. There will also be a number of other local races on the ballot.

The LW Democratic Club will be proactive in the contest to replace termed-out Andrew Do as the representative on the OC Board of Supervisors. The club’s candidate for this position is Frances Marquez.  

 As a Cypress City Councilwoman, Marquez has used her voice to call for transparency and the rooting out of corruption.  As an OC supervisor, she will join Supervisor Katrina Foley in bringing the same accountability to county government. She has also pledged to work for the delivery of resources to the communities that need them the most.

In the coming months, club members will be talking with neighbors about the importance of their vote in the November election. They understand that Democrats reportedly outnumber Republicans in Orange County by roughly 74,000 voters. However, they also realize that the 416,000 No Party Preference registered voters in Orange County continue to have an important impact, especially in local elections such as the one for county supervisor.

Marquez has been invited to attend to update members about her campaign to win a spot on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

In order to have time to socialize with one another before the meeting begins, members are invited to bring their own bag lunch and arrive as early as 12:45 p.m. for the 1:30 meeting.  Coffee, water and individually wrapped snacks will be available.  Leisure World Democrats and supporters who are not yet club members can attend the March 27 meeting as visitors.

LW Democrats and supporters are also invited to attend the club’s ongoing Voter Education Series. The March 20 gathering will be in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, at 1 p.m. This session will address the issue of immigration.  Space is limited so advance registrations are encouraged but not required; email Beverleybender@gmail.com.

Democrats and supporters are invited to subscribe to the club’s newsletter by emailing mlarson.telfords@gmail.com or calling editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521.


LW America First Republican Club

By Brian Harmon

LW Contributor

The LW American First Republican Club’s book of the month is “10 Books Every Conservative Must Read” by Benjamin Wiker.

The book gives a 10 to 20 page summary of each of the 10 books mentioned, and four books that are less political and more cultural.

The first chapter is called, “Why These Books, and Not…” The author argues that just about every conservative will have a favorite book that is not on the list, so he explains the criteria he used to pick the ones he chose. 

The 10 featured books are listed as follows:

• “Politics,” by Aristotle

• Orthodoxy,” by GK Chesterton

• “The New Science of Politics,” by Eric Voegelin

• “The Abolition of Man,” by C.S. Lewis;

• “Reflections on the Revolution in France,” by Edmund Burke

• “Democracy in America” by Alexis De Tocqueville

• “The Federalist Papers,” by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay

• The Anti-Federalist Papers

• “The Servile State,” by Hilaire Belloc

• “The Road to Serfdom,” by Friedrich Von Hayek

The author adds five books that are not so much political, but rather culturally conservative:

• “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare

• “Sense and Sensibility,” by Jane Austen

• “The Lord of the Rings,” by J.R.R. Tolkien

• “The Jerusalem Bible”

“The Politics,” by Aristotle, was written roughly 2,000 years before the others. It is surprisingly applicable to many of today’s political issues. 

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

The America First Republican Club’s onthly meetings are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, on the third Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. for socializing and 5:30 for the speaker.  


GAF and Ralphs Community Rewards

Connie Adkins received help signing up for the Ralphs Community Rewards program from Golden Age Foundation (GAF) volunteers Cheryl Falconer and Shery Wells. The next opportunity to sign up in person for the rewards program is Wednesday, March 20, from 9-11 a.m. in the Hospitality Room in Clubhouse 6., The GAF would like to thank those who stopped by the booth on Feb. 21 to sign up.


Mutual 12 Luncheon

Mutual 12 will hold its annual luncheon on Friday, April 26, at noon in Clubhouse 2. Door prizes and opportunity drawings will be featured at the event.

The luncheon will have barbecue chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad, tangy coleslaw, cornbread muffins, fresh seasonal fruit platter, and dessert.

Tickets for the event will be available on April 1. Residents can see any building captain or director to purchase tickets for $10 per resident or $20 per guest or caregiver. 

To volunteer for the luncheon, call 562-596-3133 and leave a voicemail.


Sunshine Club

Author and Seal Beach Historian Larry Strawther  will speak at the Sunshine Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.  on Friday, March 15.

Strawther will talk about Ross Cortese, the early development of Leisure World and other early large-scale senior communities.  

Strawther has been writing professionally for over 40 years for newspapers, movies and television. His writing and producing credits include the television classics “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley” “Night Court,” the cult comedy hit “MXC” (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge), the “Merv Griffin Show” and even being the head writer on “Jeopardy!” in the late 1970s.  He has also written for movies “Without a Clue,” “Mighty Ducks” and was a sportswriter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In recent years, he has indulged his lifelong interest in local history by writing three books on the histories of Los Alamitos and Rossmoor, Seal Beach, and the Old Ranch Country Club. He was recently elected as the president of the Seal Beach Historic Resources Foundation.  

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

Recycle batteries with the GAF on March 19 in CH 2

The Golden Age Foundation’s  (GAF) battery recycling service returns on Tuesday, March 19, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon.  GRF ID is required.

GAF will collect approved batteries including alkaline, carbon zinc, nickel cadmium, nickel metal-hydride, lithium ion, lithium metal, silver oxide, button cell batteries and all other dry cell batteries. 

People are asked to place each lithium battery in a separate bag in accordance to recycling requirements.

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

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


American Latino Club

The American Latino Club will meet today, March 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Loft Hawaiian Grill in Cypress. GRF Safety Manager Eloy Gomez from the LW Community Response Team (LW CERT) will speak .

Members had the option of ordering a grilled chicken teriyaki plate, grilled beef teriyaki plate and a Kahlua pork plate. Each plate comes with rice, ramen cabbage and macaroni salad. The cost is $15 per member and  $17 per guest. Dessert, beverages, coffee and tea will be included. Members and guests who bring their own lunch will be asked to pay $5 but must inform Treasurer Myriam Klotz in advance by calling 714-746-9626. Beverages and dessert are included in the $5 charge.  

There will also be a 50/50 raffle at the event, and  video featuring a Latin American country at each meeting. This month, the club will learn about the territory of Puerto Rico. 



Centenarians to be celebrated

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will host its fourth Leisure World Centenarian Celebration on Tuesday, April 23. 

Those who know or are a person turning 99.5 years or older this year should contact one of the Golden Age Foundation volunteers:  Carl Kennedy at 661-810-9410;  Beth Greeley at 714-329-3621;  Cheryl Falconer at 714-904-1984;  or Anna Derby at 562-301-5339. 


Filipino Association Bingo

The Filipino Association of Leisure World’s bingo game will be held Sunday, March 17, in Clubhouse 2. The club will start earlier than usual, with doors at 12:30 p.m. and game play at 1.


RSVP for 11th annual CatPAWS fundraiser on March 23

Dust off those bowling shoes on Saturday, March 23, for the 11th annual CatPAWS Bowling Fundraiser at Westminister Lanes at 6471 Westminster Blvd. from 2-5:30 p.m. 

The friendly competition is open to all ages and expertise. Prizes will be awarded for highest and lowest scores for both men and women.

A $45 donation includes two hours of bowling plus shoes, hearty appetizers or personal pizza, a soft drink and ticket for the opportunity drawing.

There will be an exciting opportunity drawing for two round-trip tickets to anywhere in the world JetBlue flies.

Don’t want to bowl? A $20 donation includes appetizers or pizza, soft drink and an opportunity drawing ticket.

Helen Sanders CatPAWS is a Seal Beach-based 501 (c)(3) feline rescue organization. Proceeds from the bowling event will directly benefit CatPAWS’ life-saving work in the local community. Those who are unable to attend, consider a donation of $45 to sponsor a ticket for a hard-working foster or volunteer.

It takes a dedicated behind-the-scenes team to ensure rescued cats and kittens are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered, socialized and more before their journey to CatPAWS’ Adoption Center at PetSmart in Rossmoor Center, where they will find their loving forever home.

The deadline to sign-up is March 19. For more information or alternative ways to register or get involved, call 562-619-8820.To purchase a ticket, visit HelenSandersCatPAWS.com.

— Debbie Fawcett,

CatPAWS outreach



File your taxes for free with GAF and AARP

IRS-certified volunteers are preparing and e-filing tax returns for full-year California residents. This free AARP program, sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation, is available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning in The Knowledge and Learning Center in Clubhouse 3.  

Appointments are required. Call 562-596-1987 and leave a name and telephone number. The intake/interview sheet required for every appointment can be picked up at the Leisure World Library and completed prior to the appointment. People should bring the following documents, if applicable:

• Social Security Card or 1099-SSA form for everyone on the return.

• Government issued or Leisure World ID.

• 1099 forms for interest, dividends, social security benefits, pensions and IRA distributions.

• 1099-B form and the cost of stocks and bonds that were sold in 2023.

• W-2 forms.

•1095-A form if medical coverage was purchased through Covered California.

• For itemized deductions, prepare and total a list of medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, mortgage interest, and other deductions. The total should exceed $5,363 for single filing or $10,726 married joint filing.

• Copy of a check for those who want their tax refund to be directly deposited into their bank account.

• Copy of 2022 federal and state returns

People must be a full-year California resident and qualify to file as single or married filing jointly. The program cannot prepare returns that are out-of-scope. It cannot prepare returns with rental properties, a net loss from self-employment, or a sale of anything other than a California home, stocks, bonds, or mutual funds.



Shuffleboard Club dons Irish green for potluck

The March all-member meeting of the Shuffleboard Club is today, March 14, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

The club will don green garb on Sunday, March 17, and head to Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 5 p.m. for a St. Paddy’s potluck. The highlight of the dinner will be plenty of corned beef, cooked and generously provided by the host of the event and longtime member Jack O’Brien. Friends who may want to join the club are welcome.

On March 1, a sizable crew of helpers arrived to put the finishing touches on the refurbished courts. Furniture was moved, card tables and fresh tablecloths were set up, bulletin boards and signs were rehung, cupboards were cleaned and reorganized, and playing equipment was moved back in among many other chores. All this hard work guaranteed the building would be completely ready for league play the following week. 

March 5 winners: Team Rod advanced over Team Jack winning seven games out of 12. Team Rod all-game winners were Sandy Derouin and Rod Osgood. Team Jack all-game winners were Minda Burkschab and Ellie West. Team Sally held on over Team Chandra winning eight games out of 12. All-game winners for Team Sally included Sally Fowler, Susan McKaig, John Mount and Linda Peters. Team Chandra had one all-game winner, Roger Bennett. 

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

—Barbara Gardner



Bocce ball is almost ready to roll 

The bocce court renovation is heading toward completion, and all club members are invited to a celebration on Sunday, March 24, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Clubhouse 2 courts. This fun event will include lunch, bocce games and a drawing for prizes. Hot dogs will be provided. Contact Vicki Mingus at 714-875-3150 or vicki1291@yahoo.com to bring a side dish to share. Don’t forget a chair and high spirits. During this event, the club will take sign ups for the new season, which begins April 9.

—Estee Edwards


LW Pool League

In the Monday night pool league, the Renegades are solidly in first place with a record of 48 wins and 30 losses after edging the Rustlers 7-6. George Gordon subbed for the Renegades and won all five of his doubles matches, including the final game that broke a 6-6 tie.

The Cue Crew beat the Snipers 8-5. Wildfire! Christensen led the Cue Crew with six wins in her seven games.

The Rail Runners moved up in the standings by beating the Side Shooters 9-5. All three players for the Rail Runners won five games. They were A player Ron Kennedy, B player Gary Monahan and C player Guta Basner.

In the Wednesday night league, the Sharks moved into first place with a 10-3 win over the Anglers. The Sharks have 45 wins and 33 losses. They lead the Anglers and SCAM by five games. Shery Wells of the Sharks had a perfect night by winning all seven of her games. Wells also has the best singles record in either league with 11 wins and only one loss.

No Miscueses beat the Rack Runners 8-5. Dave Mackinder and Zelma Berkenkamp won both of their singles matches.

SCAM came from behind to beat the Favorites 7-6. Steve Edrich won four games and both of his singles matches. SCAM won the final eight ball game to break a tie. Edrich and Dave Silva are tied for singles wins on Wednesday with records of nine and three.

—Dave Silva


Table tennis clinic is Friday in CH 6

The LW Table Tennis Club will sponsor a table tennis clinic on Friday, March 15, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. Lessons about service rules, types and strategies will be given by coaches Alex Haske and Jin Kim. 

After an explanation and demonstration session, club members will have opportunities to partner with coaches to play exhibition games. Those who have been wondering about what it is like playing with professionals, here is a chance to find out. Player Dr. Man C. Cho says of Coach Jin Kim, “It feels like receiving private lessons directly from John McEnroe and Andre Agassi.”

After the clinic, members will have a get-together in the hospitality area of the clubhouse. Food and beverages will be provided.

Playing table tennis is a great way to exercise and build camaraderie. Now is a good time to join or renew club memberships.


Tournament Poker Club

Those who would like to play a fun and friendly game of Texas Hold ‘Em for a $5 buy-in can play with the Tournament Poker Club Saturday, March 16. Registration begins at 10 a.m., along with treats and coffee. Cards are in the air at 10:30. There is no late seating. Regular tournaments are the first three Saturdays of every month in the lobby of Clubhouse 6. 

On a rainy March 2, the club welcomed back 40 members for the first tournament of the month. As the winners of their original tables, the final table players were: Doug Wolfe, first place; Jeff Rolnick, second; Shelley Yu, third; Ken Goettsch, fourth; and Marvin Rolnick, fifth. At the final table Wolfe and Rolnick were head’s up. The flop came 9-J-2 and holding 9-K, Wolfe went all in and was called by Rolnick holding A-K. The turn was a nine, which gave Wolfe triple nines, the river card was a 5, giving Wolfe the winning hand with three nines and a J-2. 

Wolfe has lived in Leisure World for nine years and been a member of the poker club for seven years. This was his fourth final table win at a regular tournament. In addition to tournament poker, Wolfe enjoys pickleball here in Leisure World and also plays baseball. 

—Deborah Barner


Yahtzee Club

The Yahtzee Club will meet March 15 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 1 p.m. There will be a halftime social to interact with friends and neighbors. The club meets the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month. 

Yahtzee Club winners for March 1 include Joyce Ingram, Kathe Rapasi, most Yahtzees; Kari Urzt, high score; Pat Herman, low score; door prize, Diane Seeger.

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

—Joyce Ingram


Men’s Golf League

The Leisure World Men’s Golf League competed at the David L. Baker Golf Club in Fountain Valley on March 1 on a wet and very green course. It was a sunny, windless morning with temps in the mid-50s at the 7 a.m. tee time. Baker is an executive golf course, meaning more par 3s than par 4s and no par 5s. This makes for a faster round and generally lower scores as driving distance is not an issue due to the considerably shorter holes. At 4,000 yards and par-62, seven of the 11 players shot net par or better.

Closest to the pins on the 110-yard par-3 third hole was Clay Fischer and Chris Lankford was closest on the uphill 130-yard par-3 12th hole. Dave LaCascia and Fischer tied for fewest putts for the A flight and Bill McKusky had fewest in the B. Four birdies were carded—one each by LaCascia, Fischer, Gary Stivers, and Lankford.

A flight winners (handicaps of 0-19): Fujio Norihiro, 6 under 56, first place; tie between Fischer and Sam Choi, 5 under 57, second; tie between LaCascia and Stivers, 4 under 58, third; tie between Jim Goltra and Lankford, fourth.

B flight winners (handicaps over 19): Lowell Goltra, 3 under 59, first place; Bob Munn, even par 62, second; Steve Miller, third; McKusky, fourth.

The league played the Santa Ana Willowick Golf Course on March 4. Twelve golfers confronted a wet course on a cool, but sunny morning. At tee time, the skies were blue with some clouds and a freshening wind. Temps eventually got into the low 60s but the breeze made it seem much cooler.

Willowick is a 6,000-yard par-71 course and is the oldest golf club in Orange County. The course is under new management and is being better maintained than in previous years. Greens have been in good condition for quite a while, but the tee boxes now need some renovation. 

Closest to the pin on the 140-yard par-3 fourth hole was Fujio Norihiro. Jim Goltra had fewest putts in the A flight. Bill McKusky and Tom Ross tied for fewest in the B. Chris Lankford carded the lone birdie for the round. The wind and the course length led to only two of the 12 rounds being under net par.

A flight winners (handicaps of 0-19): Stivers, 1 under 70, first place; tie between Jim Goltra and LaCascia, second; Lankford, third; tie between Norihiro and Choi, fourth.

B flight winners (handicaps over 19): Ross, 6 under 65, first place; McKusky, second; Daniel Mahoney, third; tie between Fischer and Lowell Goltra, fourth; Bob Munn, fifth.

The Monday and Friday golf leagues play at four local courses, all within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. These courses are always quite full, so advance league reservations are required with a sign-up sheet available at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net in each flight, birdies, closest to the pin on two par threes, and for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. Those interested in playing can contact Gary Stivers at 714-313-3697
or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia


LW Women’s Golf Club

Twenty-nine women played at the weekly Women’s Golf
Club tournament on March 5 at the Turtle Lake course. Play for the day was circle hole on No. 6. No one landed their ball in the circle. 

A flight winners: Low gross: Sue Choi, 30; low net: Jessica Choi, 26.

B flight winners: Low gross: Sang An, 28; low net: Grace Choi, 25.

C flight winners: Low gross: Sue Yokomi, 34; low net: Patty Littrell, 28.

D flight winners: Low gross: Neva Senske, 36; low net: Sue Elliot, 26.

—Linda Herman


Cribbage Club meets Tuesdays

The Cribbage Club meets every Tuesday in Clubhouse 1 at noon. Refreshments are served each week from noon-12:15 to all attending. Anyone arriving by 12:15 is assured a place to play. A total of seven games are played beginning at 12:30.

Margaret Smith provided homemade cake and ice cream in celebration of her birthday. Smith, along with Carrie Kistner, served everyone and Richard McCarty provided chocolates. The club thanks them all.

Last week’s winners include: Terry Thrift, 843, first place; Barbara Wilke, 841, second; Marie McGuire and Susan Dodson, 830, third; Donna Morgan, 827, fourth. Mary Holder finished with six 121s.

For more information contact Marilyn Chelsvig at 562-279-5665. Newcomers are always welcome.

—Mary Holder


Duplicate Bridge Club

The Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club will meet on Mondays and Fridays in Clubhouse 4 at 12:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets. Players can call Linda Nye at 562-453-6678 or email her at yuelingnye@yahoo.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day. Arrive by 12:15 to confirm reservations.

Feb. 26 winners (eight tables): Melanie Smith and Lavonne McQuilkin, and Sue Fardette and Bill Brooks, north/south; Tim Cole and Joyce Roberts, and Beth Matheny and Sue Boswell, east/west.

 March 1 winners (eight tables): Shmuel Fisher and Joan Tschirki, and Beth Matheny and Lavonne McQuilkin, north/south; Fred Reker and Sue Fardette, and Marilyn McClintock and Thad Mikols, east/west.

For complete results, including a list of all players and scores, go to the Long Beach Bridge Center results page at www.acblunit557.org and click on Leisure World Results. For club information contact Howard Smith at 562-598-6121 or howardnrobin@gmail.com. 

—Fred Reker




Looking to start up 2-separate clubs, MINDFULNESS and STOCK-MARKET. Steven/(303)-601-2511.


Looking for Girlfriend. New to Leisure-World, 73 Year Old Male (a SUPER NICE GUY) into Yoga/Meditation/Working-Out & Pickleball. Looking for someone to accompany me to Plays/Concerts/Movies to hang out and have fun! Steven (303)-601-2511.


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

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



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

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.   Exp 5/08


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


Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336.   Exp 4/24


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


Call/562-596-0559,  LW DECOR INC.

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


Bel-Rich PAINTING.  Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Accent-Walls & MORE! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131. Exp 4/17


Painting service for exterior or interior repairs, texture/drywall/cabinets/skylights/gates/frames. Joshua 714-267-6756. State Contractor License 1081798.  Exp 2/26/2025


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


SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B. Exp 8/14/2024



I clean Inside/Outside OR Clean Outside only and SAVE $$$. LW-Resident/Rich Livitski. (562)-600-0014. SB Business License LIV0004.  Exp 4/24/24


BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.  PHIL (562)-881-2093. SB Business License  AB0001.  Exp 4/03

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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



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


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


EXPERIENCED Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7. 949-899-7770.SB Business License HEL0006. Exp 6/05



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers. Honest/Assertive/Fluent-English. Hourly/Full-Time, doctor-appointments, errands. Bernadine/562-310-0280. Bonded/Insured.  SB Business License BCS0002. Exp 8/07/2024


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



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


Elderly care. Live-In/Live-Out. 30+/years experience. Cooking/Cleaning/Medications/Doctors/Companions. Experience with Dementia. Gloria/949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ0002.   Exp 4/17


MARIA’S Experienced Caregivers. Run Errands/Doctor-Appointments/Cleaning/Part-Time/Full-Time/Live-In. 9xShifts. (562)-230-4648. SB Business License CAM0006.   Exp 4/17


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer/one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. Tammy Nguyen (714)-425-4198.   Exp 6/05


Tax Professional. Peter Meuter. LW Mutual-9 Resident. (714)-381-0413. LW Residents SAVE 20%. SB Business License 14202210 Exp 4/17


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

Exp 6/05


MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT. Walls, Floors, WINDOWS. PHIL 562-881-2093. Over 30 Years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. Exp 4/03


GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS. (Windows 10% off FIRST cleaning). General-housecleaning. Excellent referrals in Leisure-World. (562)-307-3861. 25/years-experience. SB Business License GRA0006.   Exp 5/29


GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING, 30+/years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria/949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ002.  Exp 4/17


Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years-experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008.   Exp 4/17


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

SB Business License M0001A.  Exp 5/29


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659,  (323)-413-0830.  SB Business  License14206409. Exp 5/29


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

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



All things computer related. LW-Resident.  SB Business License FUH0001 Exp 4/17



All things TV related. LW-Resident.  SB Business License FUH0001 Exp 4/17



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, Running-or-Not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.   CA Business License 046854. Exp 6/05


Looking for inexpensive Small Car or SUV.  (562)-596-0736.


GOLF CARTS for Sale & Repairs.  Call 714-292-9124. SB Business License 14206207.  Exp 1/29/2025


Scooter for Sale. Make Offer. Call 562-594-5519.

Golf cart tires

Golf Cart Tires in Leisure-World with “SPECIALTY TIRES”.  All-Standard-Sizes and MORE!  1-800-847-9593. SB Business License SPE0007.  Exp 4/17


INEXPENSIVE SHUTTLE. AIRPORTS/SHOPPING/DOCTORS, etc. 562-881-2093. SB License  ABL0001. Exp 4/03

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank/562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 5/08



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



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


Buying Antique and Vintage Furniture/MCM-Retro-Furnishings/Dressers/Desk/Antique-Jewelry/Navajo-Zuni-Jewelry/Vintage-Clothing/Men’s-Watches-and-Lighters/Toys/Novelities/Whimsical-Figures/Miscellaneous-Collectibles, ETC. 562-243-7229. Exp 4/17


Neighborhood Patio Sale. March-15th/Friday-ONLY/9:00am-3:00pm. 1440 Northwood Road_Mutual-10/242J, 1470 Northwood Road_Mutual-10/243D/243E/243F/243i, 1520 Northwood Road_Mutual-10/244G, 13110 Seaview Lane_Mutual-10/245G. Furniture/Kitchen-Items/Plants/Pots/Shoes/Clothing/Miscellaneous-Items.  Exp 3/20


Miscellaneous 150-items. Digital-Cameras/Pocket-Knives/assorted-Musical-Instruments/assorted-Watches/etc. Free18  World-Coins with purchase of all 150-items. Call-for-Appointment/562-594-3975. Exp 3/20


Estate Sale. Thursday/March-14th-AND-Friday/March-15th/9:00am-3:00pm. 1202 Golden Rain Road/Mutual-2/Apartment-72i. Please stop by, EVERYTHING-MUST-GO. 909-317-7103.


Springtime Plant Sale. MANY varieties. Mutual-5/Unit-96A. Thursday/March-14 ONLY.


Beautiful Old Violin. Maker Andreas Glaesse 1906. 60-years in storage. In-Good-Shape. Text-me/626-484-5575.

leisure world apartment FOR SALE

For Sale by Owner. Mutual-14/Corner-Unit/2-Bedroom/1.5-Baths/Real-Wood-Floors/Washer-and-Dryer, Air/Conditioning. 562-760-5875

leisure world carport and locker wanted

Would like to rent carport-and-locker space near Mutual-5 OR Mutual-6. Call (310)-413-9208. Exp 3/20

leisure world carport wanted

Would like to rent a Carport-Space in OR near Mutual-2. Call (949)-300-2065.