LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 07-07-22

07 07 22


Overnight delivery of assessments is no longer possible

Shareholders who have been paying monthly assessments by check or through their bank’s bill pay service have enjoyed the option of dropping off their payments at the GRF Accounting Office and having them overnighted to the payment processing center. That overnight delivery service is no longer being provided.

This doesn’t impact residents who:

• signed up for direct debit through the GRF Accounting office or make cash payments for their monthly assessments.

This impacts residents who:

 • pay their monthly assessments by writing a check or using their bank’s bill-pay service.

Frequently Asked Questions

• What are assessments?

Assessments are payments due the first of every month, which include Mutual and GRF assessments, and, if applicable, Spectrum basic cable charge. For people who live in Mutuals 1-16, assessments also include monthly property tax and Orange County user fees.

• I pay my assessments in cash. Does this impact me?

No. You can still bring cash payments to the GRF Accounting office. Assessment payments are due on the first of the month and considered late after the 10th of the month.

• Can I still drop off my Edison, Spectrum, Frontier and Verizon bills at the GRF Accounting Office?

Yes. Spectrum, Frontier and Verizon payments will still be mailed, courtesy of GRF. Edison payments will continue to be processed by the GRF Accounting Office.

• Does this change when assessments payments need to be received?

No. Assessments continue to be due on the first of the month, with a 10-day grace period. This means payments must be received at the payment center by the 10th of the month.

• What about payments for service work orders and other bills received from my Mutual or GRF?

Only the monthly assessment payments are impacted. Other bills from Mutuals or the GRF can be brought to the GRF Accounting Office for processing.

• Who decided to discontinue the overnight delivery?

The overnight delivery service was provided by the Mutuals’ bank. The bank is no longer providing the service.

• Why am I being asked to mail my assessment payment?

Without the overnight service, there is no way for GRF to monitor or guarantee a payment sent from the Accounting Office will arrive at the payment servicing center. To maintain transparency regarding this, GRF is advising shareholders to mail their assessment payments directly to the payment servicing center or set up direct debit by visiting the Accounting Office.

• Where should my check be sent?

It is best to use your monthly coupon and the envelope provided with the coupons to mail checks. Make sure the address (PO Box 60017, City of Industry, CA 91716-0041) is showing in the envelope’s address window.

• What if I pay through my bank’s bill-pay service?

The bank cannot send payments electronically to Mutuals. Therefore, the bank will move the payment amount from your account to the bank’s checking account, and cut a check from their account on your behalf. They will mail the check to the address you provided, so make sure they have the correct PO box. Make your payment payable to your Mutual, and reference either (1) your full account number as on your coupons, or (2) your Mutual and unit number. Accounting recommends signing up for direct debit to ensure timely posting of payments.

• How do I sign up for direct debit?

Sign up for direct debit by visiting the GRF Accounting Office. You will need a pre-printed copy of a check from the bank account you will be using for the direct debit. If you do not have a pre-printed check, you will need a letter from your bank on the bank’s letterhead providing the correct routing number and account number.

• Can I pick the date the direct debit will come out of my bank account?

No. Direct debits are processed at one time for all shareholders. Your bank account will be debited on the fifth of the month, or the next business day if the fifth falls on a weekend or holiday.

• I mail my payment to the processing center. Why does it take so long for my check to clear the bank?

GRF has no control over the services provided by the U.S. Postal Service. GRF is not responsible for any mail delivery delays. 

It strongly advises residents to set up direct deposit through the GRF Accounting Office to ensure safe and timely assessment payment processing.

LW’s favorite country band will take stage tonight


7:30 p.m. | July 7

Amphitheater Stage

Admission: Free

LW favorite Terry Otte & Abilene will perform a concert of classic country and rockabilly tonight. 

This is the band’s second Amphitheater appearance. 

Last year, it kicked off the first season since the community’s emergence from a pandemic that canceled the 2020 show season. 

Last week’s open-air concert at the 2,500-seat Leisure World Amphitheater drew a full house, and residents brought food and drink for pre-show picnicking and socializing. Many also ate grilled fare from Koffel’s, which will have a truck there tonight for pre-event dining. 

Terry Otte & Abilene is Leisure World’s No. 1 country rockabilly band, going strong for almost 20 years. Terry Otte leads Abilene and is featured on  vocals and guitar. 

Otte shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer and members include guitarist Rod Anderson, guitar synthesizer and pianist Jim Long; bassist Doug Decker and drummer Jim Greer. 

Abilene concerts feature great rockabilly and classic country songs such as “Silver Wings,” “These Boots are Made for Walking” and “Tulsa Time.”  

Masks are not required at this outdoor venue but are recommended. 

Non-resident guests are welcome and must be accompanied by residents.

Minibus service is available before and after shows. 


Introducing Jessica Sedgwick, LW’s new executive director

by Ruth Osborn

managing editor

Jessica Sedgwick is a trail blazer of the best kind. She knew at 6 that she wanted to be a CEO. She’s worked hard to harvest an impressive crop of credentials and experience to give her—and Leisure World, now that she is the GRF executive director—a firm managerial foundation.

She acknowledges that overseeing nonprofit HOAs is not everyone’s dream, but it’s a career that exactly fits her strengths and talents. 

She is forward thinking, people-oriented, positive and the epitome of “can-do.” A restaurant in LW? It’s possible. Technology innovations? Absolutely. More on-site resources? Yes, yes and yes. To Sedgwick, everything is attainable, and that sets her apart.

This determination to achieve results permeates how she runs her domain. She is a robust communicator, already reaching out to all factions of LW, including residents, GRF and Mutual Board members, and her staff of 170. 

In her first week, she introduced herself at the Sunshine Club’s 60th Anniversary of LW dinner-dance. On June 30, she took to the Amphitheater stage to say hello to more than 2,000 LWers attending opening night concert, and she’s been to a plethora of GRF and Mutual meetings, including the annual orientation meeting June 29. 

She has already begun to oversee ongoing projects and those to come, such as the fate of the Mini Farm space, and is

reviewing the nuts and bolts of financials, insurance and policies and procedures.

Sedgwick is well-prepared to handle the many tasks on her desk. 

She is a certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), the only international program designed exclusively for managers of homeowner associations. She also holds a credential as Association Management Specialist (AMA). The GRF recruited her from San Bernadino County’s Ontario Ranch, where she was the general manager. Ontario Ranch is California’s top-selling master-planned development. 

Sedgwick, a second-generation UCLA graduate and Bruins’ fan, has qualified to take an examination to earn a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) credential. The PCAM designation is the highest professional recognition available nationwide to leaders who specialize in community association management. 

In her new position, she will supervise a team of dedicated GRF employees who maintain miles of streets and infrastructure, operate the LW Library, a newspaper, Security force, a 2,500-seat Amphitheater and multiple clubhouses in this mile-square community. 

She has inherited many new improvements. Since 2019, Leisure World has upgraded and enlarged its fitness facility and completely rebuilt its swimming pool. It also built a second performance venue at Veterans Plaza, an Internet-wired learning center and game room in Clubhouse 3, and renovated arts studios and the woodshop. 

Leisure World Seal Beach was the first of Ross and Alona Cortese’s Leisure World senior communities and nationally promoted as offering country club living for active seniors. Sedgwick represents another first. She’s the first woman to be appointed to the top post in the community’s 60-year history.

For her, Leisure World’s biggest draw is “everything you get living here,” she said, “Professional management, maintenance, landscaping, a pharmacy, health care, amenities, and still, you have your space.” 

She looks forward to serving as the executive who fosters the best of Leisure World, helping the community thrive as a coastal oasis for all its active golden agers.

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On June 25, several clubs and organizations representing in the Leisure World Korean American community hosted a dinner and entertainment in Clubhouse 4 to honor all veterans who served during the Korean War. Veterans (photo above) were honored with speeches, dinner and  dancing (photo below) by the Korean Folk Dance Club, which performed several songs in beautiful traditional Korean dress. The event celebrated the unity between the U.S. and Korea, and the gratitude of Korean residents for the sacrifice of American armed forces personnel, especially during the Korean War. Grace Kim (photo center) paid tribute to veterans in her remarks at the podium. Veterans also received gifts in appreciation for their service.

Election Canvassing Allowed

In this election year, concerned LW residents are reporting that representatives of both political parties are knocking on registered voters’ doors to get out the vote. 

But what are the laws and rules for Leisure World as a gated community? 

In 2002, the Supreme Court struck down a law that banned canvassing without a permit, even in gated communities. The ruling superseded any state or local law or the rules of any HOA community-—gated or not.

Thus, the GRF cannot legally keep citizens from entering this  community and going door-to-door.

Political canvassers need to advise Security in advance of the time they will be canvassing to allow gate access.

There is a difference between soliciting and canvassing. Citizens canvassing for political reasons are not selling items or asking for donations.

It is likely that canvassers will be active through Election Day, and they are not breaking the law by knocking on your door.

Angels vs. Texas Rangers Bus Trip

The GRF Recreation Department is hosting a baseball bus trip to see the Texas Rangers vs. the Angeles at Angels Stadium in Anaheim on July 29. Game time is at 6:38 p.m. It will be Mike Trout tank top giveaway night, and the Angels will celebrate throwback uniform weekend with the team wearing retro garb.  

The bus will depart Leisure World just after 4:45 p.m. 

Tickets are $60 and include bus transportation to and from the game. For more information and to sign up, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 324.

GRF Aquatic Center Opened July 2

The Orange County Health Care Agency approved the final permit required before opening the new GRF Aquatic Center last week. The pool and spa opened July 2 to rave reviews and a capacity crowd. 

Here’s what you need to know to get ready for a summer of poolside fun:

• The pool is open daily from 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

• GRF ID card is required for admittance; residents only.

• Limited seating until pool furniture arrives; people may bring their own lounge chairs.

• Showering is required. Showers are available in shower rooms and on the deck outside.

For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

NOCE Class Registration

The registration procedure for North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) classes in LW is changing as of the upcoming fall semester. 

Students will be able to register in person or online beginning Aug. 2.

An in-person registration event will be held in Clubhouse 4 starting at 9 a.m.  

Students must be able to sign into myGateway (mg.nocccd.edu) with their Banner IDs and a password prior to attending the registration event to ensure they can easily register for classes. 

Those who do not yet have a password or do not remember it should visit myGateway and select the “Forgot Password” option to create a new one.

Prospective students who may be interested in attending classes this fall should visit this link to apply: tinyurl.com/4e7x2uap. 

Once they have completed a student application, which takes about 20 minutes, they should receive an email from NOCE within two business days containing a Banner ID. 

Once the Banner ID is assigned, students should sign into myGateway to ensure they are prepared for class registration on Aug. 2.

A list of fall classes will be available later in this month. Additional registration information and instructions can be found at the Leisure World Library.

Library staff are able to troubleshoot any issues residents may encounter regarding their Banner IDs, myGateway, or any other NOCE-related matters. 

Visit the library in-person Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to receive help from staff.

-—Taylor Greene

library manager

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North Gate Road is Closed

North Gate Road closed July 5 for approximately three months to allow crews to install a new 18-inch sewer line underneath I-405. The sewer line will connect to an existing sewer line under Old Ranch Parkway, across the freeway.  

Sewer work is anticipated 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays. 

In a separate job, crews will resume pile installation as early as Monday, July 11, from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in preparation for the new soundwall. Equipment may be mobilized as early as 6 a.m., and some activities may occur from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. as needed.

This work may be loud. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen operational issues.

 North Gate Road will be off limits to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. During the closure, people will be detoured to Golden Rain Road to enter and exit Leisure World. 

Access to the Seal Beach Rehabilitation Center and other businesses along North Gate Road will be maintained throughout the closure. 

Security Report-—RV Lot Theft

Leisure World Security reports that catalytic converters were stolen from three recreational vehicles parked in the RV Lot, one reported on June 12 and two on June 18.

The thefts, which were reported to Seal Beach police, were well planned, according to reports. A ladder was found propped on the exterior of LW’s perimeter wall. Unidentified  culprits apparently climbed the ladder, removed the spikes on top of the wall and used the ladder of a parked RV to access the lot.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, catalytic converter theft claims in 2020 skyrocketed by 325% in a single year. And as of March 2022, certain metals inside catalytic converters can bring as much as $20,000 per ounce.

Coyote Sightings

According to Security, there have only been a half dozen reported coyote sightings in the last two months here, but Leisure World residents are encouraged to stay vigilant in protecting their small pets.

Coyotes are generally reclusive but those who have adapted to urban environments are often accustomed to people and don’t feel threatened. 

They hang around because of an abundance of food and have been known to carry off unleashed dogs and cats. Bold coyotes should not be tolerated or enticed but instead given the clear message that they are not welcome, according to the Humane Society of the United States.


Hazing is a method that makes use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity. Hazing can help maintain a coyote’s fear of humans and deter them from backyards and play spaces.

Methods of Hazing

• Using a variety of different hazing tools is critical so that coyotes don’t get used to redundant or single stimulus devices, sounds and actions.

• Yelling and waving your arms while approaching the coyote

• Using noisemakers including voice, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lid or pie pans banged together

• Using projectiles such as sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls

The simplest method of hazing a coyote involves being loud and large:

• Stand tall, wave your arms and yell at the coyote, approaching them if necessary until they run away as demonstrated in this coyote hazing video.

• If a coyote has not been hazed before, they may not immediately run away when you yell at them. If this happens, you may need to walk toward the coyote and increase the intensity of your hazing.

• The coyote may run away, but then stop after a distance and look at you. It is important to continue to go after the coyote until they completely leaves the area. People may need to use different tactics, such as noisemakers, stomping your feet or spraying the coyote with a hose to get them to leave.

Dog-Walking Tools

There are several tools that you can carry with you while walking your dog that can be used to repel coyotes. These include:

• Homemade noisemakers.

• Whistle or small air horn (there are small air horn necklaces people can purchase).

• Squirt guns.

• Sticks or other objects to throw toward (but not at) the coyote

 After someone has successfully hazed a coyote, it may return. Continue to haze them; it usually takes only one or two times to haze away a coyote  for good.

—from the U.S. Humane Society

Grab ‘N’ Go

Lobster Truck is here on July 13

Here is the Grab ‘n’ Go Schedule for week of July 11. Food trucks are located at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot  (schedule is subject to change).

Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites, plus hot dogs, burgers, and fries, cash/credit cards, 5-7 p.m. (no preorders).

Lobster Wednesday (this Wednesday only)—Cousins Maine Lobster Truck; see menu at https://www.cousinsmainelobster.com/locations/details/orange-county-ca/, credit cards and cash accepted, 4-7 p.m.

Pizza Thursday-—Domino’s Pizza; call ahead for special orders, wings and salads at (562) 493-2212; 3:30-7 p.m., cash and credit cards.

For more information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398. On-call bus service is available from 4:30 p.m. Use the regular service before 4:30. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, for weekend on-call service anytime.  

The GRF now has a full team of social worker advocates on site to help residents navigate challenges and changes associated with aging. Member Resource and Assistance Liaison Robann Arshat is coordinating the effort. Representatives from Orange County’s, Council on Aging; Alzheimer’s OC (photo above) and Adult Protective Services hosted a meet-and-greet event on June 22 to introduce the community to the new resource. Alzheimer’s OC is here to help with a variety of programs at no cost. With 40 years of helping the people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, its services and programs help those struggling with memory loss. It also helps the caregivers, families and friends with the daily challenges they face caring and interacting with those who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s OC offers education, information, emotional support, resources and other help to ease the journey ahead.        

Page 4 Perspectives

Letter to the Editor


Regarding Pat Kruger’ s letter (June 30) blaming the GOP for lack of gun control, President Obama had a Democrat majority in the House and the Senate for two years and did nothing to enact serious gun control. 

Just the opposite, the only gun control laws he signed actually expanded the rights of gun owners.

Actions speak louder than words. The Democrat Party loves to talk about gun control, but refuses to walk the talk.

Ed Murphy

Mutual 5

Perspectives Policy

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the managing editor. 

Letters to the Editor: The maximum number of words is 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email (preferred), regular mail or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any GRF employee directly or indirectly.

Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority is given to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.

Contributor: Restaurant reviews, theater reviews or travel journal submissions are welcome, subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.

News Guidelines for Submissions

Weekly Deadlines

• Contributor submissions are due by 4 p.m. on Thursdays to run in the following week’s issue.

• LW Weekly editors will acknowledge receipt of all emailed submissions. It is the responsibility of the contributor to make sure the LW Weekly received his or her submission if no reply is received from an editor.

• It is the responsibility of the contributor to check the LW Weekly for notification of early deadlines, particularly as holidays approach. Early deadlines will be publicized.

Submitting Articles

Articles must have the following information:

• Contributor’s name and Mutual number

• Phone number

• Dates the article should run

Articles may run a maximum of three consecutive times unless an extension been approved by an editor. Additional publication beyond three times is not guaranteed.

Word Limits and Bylines

The following are the word limits. Articles: 500 or less. Columns: 500 words or less. Letters to the editor: 250 words or less. 

If you are writing a special feature, requests for extensions on the word limit can be made.

Any article that contains quotes or commentary must have appropriate attribution and a byline with the contributor’s name. All other articles can have a tagline with just the club or organization name.

Email is Best

Email is the preferred method of submitting articles, either as a Word attachment or in the body of the email. Send it to the appropriate editor (as listed in the staff box below). Emailed articles always get a reply; if you don’t receive one, follow up with a call to (562) 430-0534. Handwritten articles will be accepted but they must be legible.


• Do not type articles in all capital letters or use bold, italics or underlines. 

• Do not use multiple tabs, spaces or other format alterations. (All articles are edited and reformatted in accordance with news style).

• Flyers are not published in the newspaper.

• Double check dates and names for accuracy. This is the contributor’s responsibility.


• Email articles after everyone in your group has proofread it.

• If making a correction after sending the article, bold or change the font color for the change in the article.

• Double check that the day of the week and date match.


All content submitted to the LW Weekly is edited for consistency and to align with AP Style and GRF guidelines. Edited articles cannot be emailed back to correspondents for review because of time and the volume of content received.

From Service Maintenance

GRF Service Maintenance has seen an increase in blocked pipes in the community. 

Residents can help prevent stoppages:

• Never flush diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels or cleaning wipes down the toilet. The only things that should be flushed are the three Ps: poo, pee and toilet paper.

• Never pour fats, oil or grease into kitchen sinks. Grease adheres to the inside of sewer pipes. It can build up and block the pipe, causing an overflow. Fats, lard, oil, butter, food scraps, sauce and dairy products should be disposed of in the trash. 

Tips for proper disposal

• Save cooking grease in an old coffee can or cardboard milk container. Once cooled, dispose of it in the trash.

• Throw coffee grounds away in the garbage or add them to your mulch pile.

• Use a screen or drain-grate to cover the drain’s opening and minimize  

 To keep pipes clean, pour one cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is an efficient cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.

Sink strainers are available through the GRF Purchasing Dept. at the Copy and Supply Center in Building 5.

Protect Pipes with Refresh Wipes

To combat a growing incidence of blocked sewer pipes largely due to flushable wipes, a product called Refresh Liquid Wipes is now available at the Copy & Supply Center in Building 5. Wipes cost $6.81, including tax.

 Most wipes labeled “flushable” are not biodegradable and cause major sewer line stoppages, but Refresh is sprayed on toilet tissue, turning it into a flushable wipe. 

The toilet paper foam is eco-friendly, good for sensitive skin, and cleanses and soothes using witch hazel and aloe. It is alcohol- and paraben-free and plumbing safe. 

Users have noted people may need more toilet paper to prevent deterioration during use. 

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Sunshine Club

GRF president, executive director were special guests at 60th event

The Sunshine Club celebrated an “An Evening in the Tropics” in Clubhouse 2 to mark LW’s 60th anniversary on June 24.  

Club President Anna Derby welcomed special guests Marsha Gerber, new GRF Board president, and Jessica Sedgwick, the new GRF executive director. They were greeted with loud applause.

More than 200 people attended the event, which featured an Asian-tropical dinner served by 16 volunteers from Joyful Line Dance Club and Filipino Association of LW. Without them, the club wouldn’t have be able to host the event. 

Servers donned apron, facemasks and gloves to serve  over 200 plates of food within 30 minutes, giving guests plenty of time to dance to the classic rock music of The Emperors. 

During breaks, deejay Ed Bolos played line dance music that drew more than 20 dancers to the floor. 

This event marked the only event celebrating LW’s 60th anniversary. The GRF sponsored the Emperors, which is also celebrating its 60th anniversary. 

The band has been a favorite in the Long Beach-Orange County area for many years.

Bowing to nostalgia, the club decided to charge only $25, the same price people paid at the 50th Anniversary celebration 10 years ago. 

And a banner used at the 50th anniversary celebration was displayed on the back of the wall. 

The Sunshine Club thanks the people who attended, food servers and everyone who checked tickets at the door.

—Anna Derby

The Sunshine Club celebrated an “An Evening in the Tropics” in Clubhouse 2 to mark LW’s 60th anniversary. More than 200 people enjoyed the event, including new GRF Board President Marsha Gerber and new GRF Executive Director Jessica Sedgwick. Everyone enjoyed an Asian-tropical dinner served by 16 volunteers (right) from Joyful Line Dance Club and Filipino Club of LW. The Emperors band (above) kept people dancing all night long.

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Life Options Expo

The GRF Member Resources Department will host the fifth annual Life Options Expo on Friday, July 29, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.in Clubhouse 4. No reservations are needed to attend. Masks are not required but highly recommended.

The community-based expo will give Leisure World residents  and their families an opportunity to learn about options that are available to enhance quality of life. 

Everyone is invited to come and meet businesses and agencies who operate or provide assisted living facilities, board and care facilities, home care, senior placement specialists, elder care agencies, long term planning, health care and county organizations.

People will be there to provide information and referrals only. The GRF does not endorse the service of any particular agency.

Presentations include Driving Smart by SBPD; Advanced Care Planning by Alzheimer’s OC; Fraud and Scam Awareness by SBPD; Senior Food Help by OC Health Care Agency and Alzheimer’s Brain Health by Alzheimer’s OC.

The LW Orchestra and the Velvetones jazz band will play.

Koffel’s Taco Food Truck will be available.

For information about the Life Options Expo, contact GRF Member Resource Liaison Robann Arshat, LCSW, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.     


GRF Meetings 

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

Thurs., July 7 GRF Board Executive Session

Conf. Rm A 1 p.m.

Fri., July 8 Architectural Design and Review


Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., July 11 Mutual Administration Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., July 13 Security Bus and Traffic Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., July 18 Finance Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., July 19 Website Redesign Ad Hoc Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., July 19 Strategic Planning Committee

Conf. Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., July 21 Strategic Planning Committee

Conf. Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Mutual Meetings 

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

Thurs., July 7 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4/virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., July 8 Mutual 3

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Mon., July 11 Mutual 9

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Tues., July 12 Mutual 16

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., July 13 Mutual 4 (open forum, 9 a.m.)

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9:15 a.m.

Thurs., July 14 Mutual 12

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Mon., July 18 Mutual 15

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  1 p.m.

Tues., July 19 Mutual 14

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., July 20 Mutual 5

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 9 a.m.

Wed., July 20 Mutual 7

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  1 p.m.

Thurs., July 21 Mutual 2

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Thurs., July 21 Mutual 11

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1:30 p.m.

Fri., July 22 Mutual 6

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  10 a.m.

GRF Board 

Executive Session Agenda

Thursday, July 7, 1 p.m.

Conference Room A

Executive session meetings are closed to members due to the nature of agenda items. 

1) Call to Order

2) Roll Call

3) Legal

4) Contracts

5)Pending Litigation Updates

6) Member Code of Conduct

7) Personnel

8) Adjournment 

Adjusted Decal Office Hours

The GRF Security Decal Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.

The office is closed Wednesdays and Sundays, and on weekdays from noon-12:30 p.m. for lunch.

The office is located in Building 5 near the Copy Center.

To receive a vehicle decal, residents must present the following documents: Proof of vehicle insurance, DMV vehicle registration (vehicle must be registered to the LWSB resident); DMV driver’s license; and a GRF ID card.

Decals are valid for up to two years from date of issuance. If a resident’s driver’s license expires before the end of the two-year period, a decal will expire in the same month the resident’s driver’s license expires. Expired insurance, registration and/or driver’s license are not valid documents, and no decal will be issued. 

Community Guide White Pages

Residents’ names and phone numbers are not automatically placed in the LW Community Guide’s White Pages. To be included, shareholders may submit their information to LW Weekly by filling out the form placed in previous editions of the Community Guide and returning it to the LW Weekly office or by emailing debbiek@lwsb.com. 

Those whose information may have changed since the 2021 edition of the White Pages may also submit new information via email or in person.

LW Library Hours

The LW Library is open  from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information call (562) 598-2431 or email lwlibrary@lwsb.com.

Religion, pages 8-9

Beit HaLev

Rabbi-Cantor Galit-Shirah is conducting a Prayer and Blessings class every Monday at 5 p.m.  There is no charge to register;call (562) 715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com to sign up.  This is a continuation of the class that was held last fall to learn the meanings of the prayers and blessings as well as the melodies  for the Shabbat morning service.  The Zoom link for the class is  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09.

Beit HaLev has livestream services on Facebook.com/galityomtov, YouTube.com (Beit HaLev LIVE! Channel) and Zoom.  

Livestream for the Friday Shabbat evening and Saturday morning service can be viewed at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

The Torah reading, “Chukat” (Numbers 20:22-22:1), recounts the death of Aaron as the Israelites reach Mt. Hor.  The brothers are reminded of striking the rock after being instructed to only speak to the rock to get water.  Once again, the Israelites complain about not having the food they had in Egypt and HaShem punishes them by sending serpents that bite people. In ancient times, serpents represented both toxic death and healing. The Israelites who had been bitten were instructed to view a copper serpent mounted on a staff and they would be healed. As they continued their journey, they fought and won several battles, with HaShem’s help, until they reached Moab, the land across the Jordan from Jericho.

All Beit HaLev services use special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.”  Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available for sale at in-person services.

Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. Everyone who seeks a path to the Divine is welcome, and Beit Halev doesn’t believe in labels.  

To request a membership form, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com.  Contributions to Beit HaLev are welcome and can be sent to Beit HaLev, P.O. Box 2279, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Redeemer Lutheran

In the book of Psalms, there are lyrical poems, hymns and prayers that help believers see and praise God in all circumstances. Often the psalmists encourage people to see God’s hand throughout course of the days set by nature’s boundaries.

Beginning with the first verse of Psalm 50: “The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.”

Everyone is called to stop and listen to God daily.  Faithful ancestors said daily prayers that included the psalms as the first words they recited in the morning and last words before resting their heads at night.  Pausing at daybreak and closing the day with appreciation for God’s presence helps keep believers’ hearts and minds right with God. 

As summer calls people outdoors for refreshment, LWers are invited to stop by to see Redeemer Lutheran’s handprinted scenes on the front of its sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrew’s Drive.  There is also  an outdoor chapel that is available 24/7 for prayer and contemplation. 

LWers are invited to join Redeemer Lutheran at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday for worship with music and Communion.  

For more information about the church’s services or outreach within the community, call (562) 598-8697.

Community Church
Susan Cottrell once said, “Before religion made it all about what we believe, Jesus was all about how we love.” This week, Community Church will look at Colossians 1:1-14 and Luke 10:25-37 during its service on Sunday, July 3 at 9:50 a.m. 

Community Church is often called “the friendly church” and welcomes people of all backgrounds. It invites new people to come early for a cup of coffee before worship to get a feel for the community and stay for award-winning music and a powerful message. 

Due to COVID cases rising, people who want to attend the in-person worship service must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks.

Those who are in need without another way to address it, can call (562) 431-2503.

Christian Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study

The Christian Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study Group will meet July 11 and 25 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group will discuss chapter 15 in the book “Loving God with All Your Mind.”

All are welcome to attend.  For information, call Jean Davidson (562) 431-0597 or Margie Singleton at (562) 594-8100.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays; Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings  are 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) 212-8681.   

The course of study is the Old Testament; personal reading should be those chapters in 2 Kings not covered in the study. The reading for the week of July 11 covers 2 Kings 17–25. 

Despite the prophet Elisha’s impressive ministry, the spirituality of the Northern Kingdom of Israel kept declining. Wicked kings promoted idolatry, and war and apostasy abounded. Finally, the Assyrian Empire conquered and scattered the ten tribes of Israel.

The Southern Kingdom of Judah wasn’t doing any better. Idolatry was widespread. Scriptural accounts mention two righteous kings: Hezekiah and Josiah. What stands out with these two kings is the power of faith.”

2 Kings 18:22 says to “trust in the Lord our God.” The “Come, Follow Me,”  handbook asks believers to think about how the power of faith can impact them.

LW Baptist

“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble; he cares for those who trust in him” from Nahum1:7 is the focus for LW Baptist at the Sunday worship service in Clubhouse 4 at 10 a.m.

God champions his church in every attack against it, promising it victory over the gates of hell. The congregation will sing “Children of the Heavenly Father.”

  The Christian Women’s Bible study group meets on Mondays  at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The Wednesday Energizers group will meet in  Clubhouse 3, Room 9, to read about the chief shepherd in Psalm 24. For more information, call (562) 430-8598.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors. People are welcome to worship and explore God’s word together “that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:12).

Message From the Pastor

In 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10, the apostle Paul issues a strong reminder and vivid explanation to followers of Christ in Thessalonica about the deceitful antichrist: “The coming of the lawless one is according to workings of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish.”

The revealing of the lawless one, or the antichrist, will come with power, miracles and lying wonders according to the working of Satan. But the key is it will all be in unrighteous deception among those who perish. This display of power, miracles and lying wonders is used to lead an unbelieving world away from the saving grace of the true messiah, Jesus Christ. Verse 10 says, “because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” Truth leads to life, deceptive lies lead to death.

Weekend Services

Sunday services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. are traditional, with hymnal music led by Pat Kogak at the piano. This Sunday the First Christian Choir will sing “Kneel at the Cross.”

Saturday services, from 9:20-10:45 a.m., are more contemporary, with Black leading in worship with guitar accompaniment.

Midweek Studies

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

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

Friday’s prayer and Bible study, from 6-7 p.m.

All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend.  

 Scripture of the Week

“Oh, thank God—He is so good! His love never runs out.  All of you who have been set free by God, tell the world” Psalms 107:1-2 (The Message Bible). 


First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125.

 Those who want more information or have a need can call the church at (562) 431-8810.

Assembly of God

Service/Gathering Times:  Assembly of God meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing is held on the fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

Sermon for the week:  World events can be confusing and upsetting.  The news, presented from contradicting viewpoints, add to the uncertainty and creates anxiety. What has happened to the idyllic society the “Leisure World Generation” grew up in? That is the same question the prophet Habakkuk’s contemporaries were asking. Violence, evil, misery, destruction, arguing, fighting, wickedness, lack of justice and government corruption were issues grieving Habakkuk. 

Pastor Chuck Franco will continue his series on the Old Testament prophets on Sunday, July 10, from Habakkuk 1:1-4. The parallels to present day and the insight, comfort and inspiration gained from studying this book is significant to all Christians.  

Bible Study: “Wild Places,” by George DeJong, is a video series filmed in the Holy Land. The locations help illuminate the teaching of navigating the wild, rough places in life. Pastor Chuck  leads the guided discussion questions on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.

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

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

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

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly had a representative from the Senior Protection and Financial Abuse Specialist Team of Orange County from the Council on Aging present at the church to help educate members about the steps they can take to protect themselves against fraud and financial abuse. The key to self-protection is to be able to recognize the characteristics of a scam:

•Unsolicited contact from a stranger or seemingly trusted source. 

•An offer of something that is valuable.

•A request for personal and/or financial information.

•Pressure to act quickly or else lose out on an opportunity.

A scripture from the book of Jeremiah is a reminder that the society of biblical times faced similar challenges,“For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.

“Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush,” Jeremiah 6:13, 15 (ESV).

These words speak the unchanging human nature. The tools and inventions may have changed but not the heart of man. This is why the Bible still speaks to so many today.

At Faith Christian Assembly, people will hear an inspiring and  timely Bible-based message every week. 

Faith Christian Assembly’s weekly Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Wednesday morning Bible Study is at 11, and the Grief Share meets weekly on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. The last meeting for the Grief Share is July 21. 

To receive a free newsletter and more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010, email contact@fcachurch.net, or visit www.FCAchurch.net.

Father James Hartnett, pastor emeritus of Holy Family Church (center), celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a Catholic priest. Many parishioners, friends  and family came together for a celebration on June 18 in Clubhouse 2 and at the Mass of Thanksgiving on June 19. Holy Family thanks Father Jim for his many years dedication and commitment to the church and community. Father Jim’s brother, Dennis Hartnett (l), came from Ireland for the event that was led by Father Joseph Son Nguyen (r) of LW Holy Family Catholic Church.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom on Friday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. with Rabbi Mike Mymon. Rabbi Mymon will also lead Saturday’s hybrid in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m. To receive a Zoom invitation, call or text Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122. 

This week’s Torah portion is Balak from the book of Numbers. Balak is the story of the Moabite king Balak, who hires Balaam to curse the Israelites. Balaam’s donkey speaks along the way and Balaam ends up blessing the Israelites. It ends with a story about Israelite men sinning with Moabite women and the stabbing of an Israelite and a Midianite. 

Those who want to become a member of Congregation Sholom should call Howard Bass at (714) 396-0121 for a membership packet.  

Health and fitness, page 10

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $9.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1% milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, July 7:  Turkey chili with barley and corn bread; green beans with pimentos; watermelon; roast beef and cheese sandwich with spinach, tomato and pickle, plus cucumber, red onion, and tomato salad.

Friday, July 8: Oven-baked breaded fish with tarter sauce, macaroni and cheese, peas and carrots, fresh banana, spinach salad with chicken, mandarin oranges, cranberries, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers. 

Monday, July 11: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, Au Gratin potatoes, MexiCali corn, mixed melons, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet and onion salad. 

Tuesday, July 12: Chicken noodle casserole, seasoned carrots, brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, Chinese chicken salad with mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, onion and Asian dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, July 13:  Lemon pepper chicken, brown and wild rice, green bean almondine, mandrin oranges, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus tricolor pasta salad.

Dancing Feet Club

The Dancing Feet Club celebrated its eighth anniversary on June 26, with cake and entertainment. 

Club members presented line dances, including the New Electric Slide and  Bolero. Putting icing on a cake, Rose Vivar and Ed Bolos showcased their choreography of the Samba to the tune of “I’m Alive.”

The club hosts two events in Clubhouse 2. The first is a  line dance class every Monday from 7-9 p.m. and the second is a ballroom and line dancing every fourth Sunday of the month from 6-9:30 p.m.  It is a social dance so LWers are encouraged to come dressed to impress.  People may bring snacks and drinks. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed. Admission to both events are free.  

For more information, text Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223 or email edbolos@comcast.net.

Joyful Line Dance Party is today in CH 2

The Joyful Line Dance Club will hold a special summer line dance party  to celebrate seven years of dancing on July 7 in Clubhouse 2. 

The event will be a non-stop line dance  with a Korean buffet lunch. Members and guests can purchase tickets for $15 per person. Sign ups for the event are on a first-come, first-serve basis for 50 people.  

The Joyful Line Dance Club strives to help improve the emotional and physical condition of its club members so they can live healthy and happy lives. 

The club encourages men to come out of their units and put on their dancing shoes. Currently, the club has more than five men who regularly participate in the classes.

 The  Joyful Line Dance Club has eight class leaders in rotation, including Albert Comia, Chung Cha Lewis, George Pinada, Carmel Atkinson, Sunny Kim, Caryn Lynn Stel, Kelly Johnson and Anna Derby.  

The club meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Each class gives LWers the opportunity to participate in a fun exercise class while learning dances to current popular music. 

All residents are welcome to join with no membership fees required. 

For more information about the club, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339. 


The Wa-Rite group recorded a total weight loss of 22 pounds on June 24. Ruby Sesnic and Shirley LaBreque both recorded a weight loss of 2.5 pounds to become the week’s biggest losers. 

Secnic spoke about how scented candles impact air quality. Even unlit candles can release harmful chemicals into the air. Alternatives include essential oils, and potpourri.

Meetings are held on Fridays in Clubhouse  3. Weigh-ins begin at 8 a.m., and the meetings begin at 9. All welcome to join, but must present a GRF ID at the begining of the meeting.

Laughing for the Health of It

Bev Bender will lead her “Laughing for the Health of It” class on Wednesday, July 13 at  1:30 p.m., in the  Health Center Conference Room.

LWers are invited to leave their troubles outside and  have fun laughing with others. Bender encourages the class to embrace positivity by laughing and being playful. “Laughing for no reason” will help reduce  stress for one hour. People will leave feeling more energetic and  with a smile on their face. Best of all, it’s fun, free and non-fattening.

Masks are required. Bender  is a gerontologist and a certified Laugh Leader.

LWers are invited to join the Dance Fitness Class in moving to fun, energetic music from the oldies, current popular music and more while working muscles, improving balance and increasing strength and stamina. Classes are held at Veterans Plaza on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.

Community, pages 11-14

Pick up succulent arrangements at the Seal Beach Farmers Market

Elizabeth Chavira from Eliz’s Succulents and Arrangements  brings lovely and easy to care for succulents every week to the Seal Beach Farmers Market. The green plants in the little pots are charming inside the home and easy to grow outside in the desert soil.

The arrangements are drought-resistant and some have flowers. Prices range from $1-20, depending on the size of the plant and decorative pot. 

Chavira drives in  from Huntington Beach  to work her little family business every week.

The Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the  Seal Beach Shopping Plaza where Seal Beach Boulevard meets Westminster Boulevard. Come enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables,tamales, papusas, bread, peanuts, tea, lemonade, strawberries and other healthy foods every week.

– Ellen Brannigan

Senior Peace Club

Videos to be shown in CH 3

The next Senior Peace Club meeting will be on Tuesday, July 12, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 8. In an effort to maintain optimism and energy, several videos will be shown about Juneteenth and the woman, now in her 90s, who fought the good fight for years and was present when President Joe Biden signed the bill making Juneteenth a national holiday. Her life should be an inspiration to all seniors.

After last week’s Supreme Court decisions, it is difficult for many to maintain hope for the future of American democracy. People need to renew their energy and sense of optimism about the country and where it’s headed. There will be time during the meeting to talk about ideas for coping and share thoughts about maintaining efforts to fight for voting rights and work on turnout for the coming election in November. Any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.

For more information, call Pat Kruger at (562) 357-4040.

Nikkei Club

The Nikkei Club will meet on Saturday, July 16, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at noon. 

This month will be the club’s singalong meeting. Members  will sing Japanese, Hawaiian and American songs. Sheet music will be provided for $1. For special song requests,  call Sherie Vanek at  (562) 296-8074. 

The club will provide free  Subway sandwiches and chips, plus a birthday cake. Non members will be charged $3.

  The phone ladies will call members to remind them. Nonmembers  should call Michie Kimura at (714)-317-1102.

Sunshine Club

Physical Property Manager Kevin Black will speak

Physical Property Manager Kevin Black will be the Sunshine Club’s guest speaker on Friday, July 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m. 

Black  will  help residents to understand his role in the community as well as the Physical Property Department. 

 The Physical Property Department handles a variety of issues pertaining to code compliance, permits and safety concerns. As Physical Property Manager, Black oversees all of the department inspectors. Department staff duties include being involved in all building processes, whether new construction or repairs, for both interiors and exteriors. The department oversees the processing of all building permits, preparing specifications, assist processing bid packets and contracts for special Mutual projects as well as GRF projects.

Black will also talk about his experience in LW in assisting and being involved in many main projects. He currently holds an ICC California Building Inspector License and a C-36 Plumbing License issued by the California Licensing State Board.  

Black’s hobbies include ice hockey, surfing, reading and playing with Noah, his 17 years old son. He has been with the GRF for 28 years.  He started  as a plumber in the Service Maintenance Department.  Although he was one of six plumbers on staff, he was able to assist the team in other maintenance aspects, including electrical, carpentry, concrete and street repair.  

In 2003 there was an opportunity for advancement in the Physical Property Department which he applied for, and he was promoted to Physical Property inspector.  As a Physical Property Inspector, he was able to further assist the community and residents  of Leisure World.  

The Sunshine Club has frequent guest speakers from the GRF as well as outside organizations so LWers can become more familiar with their community. 

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

Women’s Club

Club celebrates luncheon with Hawaiian themes

The LW Women’s Club held its annual appreciation luncheon for members in June.  

The theme this year  was Hawaiian Holiday so muumuus, capris and sundresses were the outfits of choice.

The Women’s Club will take a break over summer. 

The next event is will be the club’s annual fundraiser in September, followed by the first club meeting of the 2022-2023 year in October.

The annual fundraiser’s theme this year is Spaghetti Western Roundup. 

The club will provide delicious food, great entertainment and prizes, plus an opportunity to make great new friends. 

Paws, claws and beaks club

LWers interested in pet adoption are invited to attend July 14 meeting

The next Paws, Claws and Beaks meeting will be held on Thursday, July 14, in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area at noon.  The Seal Beach Animal Shelter will be there to inform residents about finding the perfect pet and adjusting it to the LW community.  The meeting will also include a barbecue potluck, and members are asked to bring a side dish for eight people to share. Dogs are welcome to come but must be on leashes. Donations are welcome.  People planning on attending must RSVP. 

To RSVP or receive more information, call or text Bonnie Kaplan at (714) 930-5314 or email craft.kaplan029@gmail.com.

American Legion AUxiliary

Phyllis Pierce named member of the year at year-end luncheon

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 celebrated another successful year with a year-end luncheon at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.  

Carolyn van Aalst and her officers were installed by District 29 President Carol Borgman.  Outgoing President Jean Sudbeck was honored for her many years of service to the Auxiliary.  

During the luncheon, Phyllis Pierce was announced as member of the year by the three past presidents. Pierce  is the club’s second vice president. As such, she is the auxiliary’s poppy chairwoman. This year, Pierce and her team of auxiliary ladies made over 21,000 poppies for two districts in California.  All funds raised by poppy donations are used exclusively for veterans and their families.  

The club will be recessed for the summer. Meetings will resume in September.

– Sandy Esslinger

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

July will be a month of transition for the SBLW Democratic Club.  Plans are underway for the possibility of holding monthly hybrid membership meetings beginning on July 20.

The goal is to provide an opportunity for all members to participate in club meetings, those who feel comfortable meeting face-to-face indoors as well as for those who don’t.  Masks and proof of vaccination will be a requirement for those who attend the meetings in person. Speakers will participate in the meetings by Zoom for the time being.

The program for the July 20 meeting will center around issues of special concern.  This will include the proposed equal rights constitutional amendment as well as a number of recent controversial Supreme Court decisions. Of special interest to members will be an update on Californian’s response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.  More detailed information—including where the meeting will be held and how members and supporters can login via Zoom or phone will be available the week before.

In the meantime, LW Democratic Club leaders are continuing to review the Primary Election final results coming from the Orange County Registrar of Voters.  The total voter turnout in the county remains at 35.2%. The turnout in Leisure World was almost twice that amount.

Over 60% of Leisure World potential voters voted in the Primary Election.  In the race for Congress, Democrat Katie Porter received 2,268 votes.  Republican Scott Baugh—who Porter will run against in November—received 1,189 votes.  Other Republicans running for this position received 859 votes.

These statistics mean that 2,892 eligible Leisure World voters did not vote in this Primary Election. How many of these potential voters participate in the November election—as well as how they vote—could make the difference as to who represents LWers’ interests in Washington beginning in 2023.


Thanks once again to all the volunteers who participated in making the Democratic Club’s outreach to Leisure World Democrats and no preferred party voters during the Primary season so successful. There is always more to be done. To find out information about how to get involved in the General Election, email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.  

Weather permitting, the SBLW Democratic Club’s Hospitality and Information Booth will be open in the parking lot outside Clubhouse 6 on from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

For more in-depth reporting about plans for the upcoming General Election, as well as information about the club’s programs for the coming months, LW Democrats and  no preferred party supporters can subscribe to the club’s newsletter. This newsletter is published twice a month. There is no charge for subscribing.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521 to subscribe.  People are asked to include their full name, address and phone number, as well as party affiliation.

SBTV-3 Listings

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.

Thursday, July 7

4 pm LW 50th Anniversary

4:45 pm  SBNWS Wally Shirra

5 pm Ocean Perspectives

5:30 pm LW Aquatic Center 


6:30 pm SB Classic Car Show

7 pm Beginning of LW/

Special Olympics

7:20 pm LW Rollin’ Thunder 2022

7:30 pm McGaugh Goes West

8 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

9 pm Living the Good Life

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew

Friday, July 8

4 pm Cinco De Mayo 2022:

Alas De Angel

4:40 pm Drones and Herons

5 pm LW Easter Parade

5:40 pm Beginning of LW/ 

the Special Olympics

6 pm LW Aquatic Center 


6:50 pm LW Hula

7 pm LW Community Orchestra

Spring 2022

8:35 pm Cabaret: Love is in the Air

10 pm Amphitheater Concert 2021

Saturday, July 9

4 pm Beginning of LW

4:20 pm Cinco De Mayo 2022:

Alas De Angel

5 pm LW Community Orchestra

Spring 2022

6:30 pm Seal Beach Classic 

Car Show 2022

7 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8 pm LAUSD

Sunday, July 10

4 pm SB City Council Meeting 

Replay June 27

6 pm SBNWS Wally Shirra

6:15 pm LW GRF 50th Celebration

7 pm Safety Flags Installation

7:30 pm McGaugh Goes West

8 pm Seal Beach Classic 

Car Show 2022

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9 pm Livin’ the Good Life

10 pm LW Community Orchestra

Spring 2022

11:30 pm Safety Flags Installation

Monday, July 11

4 pm LW GRF 50th Celebration

4:35 pm Fire Department Training in LW March 2022

5 pm LW Karaoke: 

Friendship and Memories

6 pm LW 50th Anniversary

6:38 pm Rough Seas Ahead

7 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8 pm Seal Beach City Limits:

Richard Hastings

9 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach:

Lawhead Brothers

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew 

Tuesday, July 12

4 pm LW GRF 50th Celebration

4:40 pm Safety Flags Installation

5 pm Beginning of LW and the Special Olympics

5:30 pm Livin’ the Good Life

6:30 pm SB Classic Car Show

7 pm Studio Cafe

7:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of  the Arts

8:30 pm Cerritos Center:

Barrage 8

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


Wednesday, July 13

4 pm LW Aquatic Center 


4:50 pm LW Hula 2021

5 pm Livin’ the Good Life

6 pm Cinco De Mayo 2022:

Alas De Angel

6:40 pm Rough Seas Ahead

7 pm Studio Cafe April 2022

8 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach:

Lawhead Brothers

9 pm Amphitheater Concert 2021

10:40 pm Cerritos Center:

Riders in the Sky

*All programming subject to change

The AARP Tax Program, supported by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF), thanks the 14 tax-aides who prepared and quality reviewed each tax return, as well as the five client facilitators who interviewed the clients, and the seven telephone volunteers who scheduled all the appointments. Thanks to the dedication of these volunteers, 546 returns were prepared (including 120 Married Filing Joint returns), 132 questions were answered from other residents, and 626 telephone calls were fielded.  All of the volunteers are commended for their hard work and dedication to the tax program.

LW Birthday

Violet (Vi) Schwabenland from Mutual 6, will celebrate her 99th birthday on July 12 with her family and neighbors.

 Born in 1923, Vi was an only child growing up in Los Angeles during the Great Depression, but she always loved to dance. Vi met her husband Harold at a dance hall after the war, and it was love at first sight. 

They raised their sons, Wayne and Craig, in Rossmoor and lived in Desert Hot Springs before moving to LW 20 years ago. 

Vi and Harold were married nearly 70 years and shared a passion for dancing, travel, tennis, golf, bridge and camping.

Vi worked for Robert Young at Columbia Pictures and for the Los Alamitos School District before retiring. She is a voracious reader and loves to laugh and play bridge. Vi keeps herself busy and optimistic. 

Vi is one in a million and a great inspiration to her neighbors. Along with her two sons she has four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her family and friends wish her good health, lots of laughter and the best of everything.

Hands and Hearts United in Giving

Hands and Hearts United in Giving (HHUG)  is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the Orange County community.  

HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels, new, unopened travel-sized shampoo, soap, lotion and disposable razors, plus  new socks and new underwear for men and women.

Donations are delivered to the Long Beach Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families, including shower services. 

To donate any of these items, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 Linda Neer (562) 430-3214 for pick up.  

People  may also leave donations on the patio in Mutual 6-62A or Mutual 2-48A.

Calling all LWers from the Midwest

Over a dozen Midwesterners got together and enjoyed talking about growing up in the Chicago area. They will meet again on Saturday, July 23, at noon at the tables and chairs outside Clubhouse 6 parking lot.

  All LWers who have lived in Midwest are welcome to join and reminisce about all things Chicago

For more information about the group, call  Marla Hamblin   at (714) 401-9973.

–Marla Hamblin

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James “Jim” Dix 

James “Jim” Dix passed away on June 18 at the age of 83.  He was a resident of Mutual 15 for the past seven years with his wife, Helen Dix. Jim was born in Los Angeles and enlisted in the Navy at 18.

After serving, Jim moved to Huntington Beach, then later to Costa Mesa. Jim is survived by his wife, Helen Dix, his children Andrew Dix and Andrea Talbot; and his granddaughters Sydney Dix and Kennedy Talbot.  Jim has three living brothers,Harold Dix, LeRoy Dix and Allen Dix.

Jim was a very outgoing man who loved to help his neighbors with gardening,  and grocery runs.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing pinochle and golf at Leisure World and keeping busy with home improvement projects. 

Jim was a very kind man who would give the shirt of his back to those in need.  Those who got to meet Jim, know what a  great man he was.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends.


Cynthia Fae 

Sudbeck Moran

Cynthia Fae Sudbeck Moran passed away on June 13.  She was the daughter of Jean Sudbeck and the late Bud Sudbeck. She would have turned age 64 on June 15.  

She leaves behind her husband, Patrick; son Christopher Moran, mother Jean Sudbeck, brothers Patrick and Rodney; and several nieces,a nephew and cousins.

The Sudbeck family is grateful to their many friends and the community of Leisure World for the outpouring of support, sympathy and prayers during her three-and-a-half year battle with cancer.


In Memoriam

Patricia Payne 83

Floyd Allen 77

Lillian Connolly 102

Barbara Ann Tesoriero 79

Mary Lavigne 67

Victoria Ighodheme 64

Andrew Tustison 64

Roberto Esteban Sr. 69

Jose Hirata 81

Juana Santaella 92

Mary Pivonka 81

Robert Patsiga 62

Ralph Neville 74

Charles Dickens 79

Rodrigo Virmontes 

Encinas 77

Aurora Nunez 89

Carl Brossia 91

Stanley Bishop 69

Linda Ward 71

Eveyln Eburuo 56

Francis Mullnix 72

Billy Perry 72

Marian Whittemore 97

Ledema Barnett 86

Barbara Mitchell 89

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

(562) 961-9301

—Paid obituary

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Guys & Gals Tournament

The second Leisure World’s Guys & Gals Tournament of the month was held on June 29 at LW’s Turtle Lake Golf Course. Three flights of a one man, one woman team, participated for best net scores, eight circle holes (within a 5-foot radius), and two closest to the pin challenges. This week Young Joon scored a hole-in-one and will share the prize money with her playing partner, Joon Sup Yoon.

A total of 31 teams participated throughout the morning and into the early afternoon. At the opening 7:30 a.m. tee time the weather was a relatively cool but humid. The sun came out around 8:30, and the temperatures rose quickly.

Turtle Lake course conditions haven’t changed much this past month. The greens are still weedy, causing bumpy conditions, which makes putting erratic and caused difficulty in judging speed. The tees are showing wear with no appropriate divot repair material available. Even so, all but three teams posted a net score under par. There were also 37 birdies and 18 circle hole winners. 

All scores are net (gross minus handicap). A Flight handicaps are 0-9, B Flight handicaps are 10-12 and C Flight handicaps are 13-18.  

A Flight: First place: Glenn Barry and Karen Mendon, an exceptional 13 under 41; Second: Kyoo Choi and Bong Choi, a remarkable 9 under 44; Third: Hyon Shin and Sang An, a terrific 8 under 46; Fourth: Gene Archambault and Stella Yoon, a nice 7 under 47; Fifth: tie between Mike Mayfield and Alison Kim and Steve Walker and Susie Kim, a super 6 under 48; Sixth: Dong Kim and Devora Kim, a hard-earned 5 under 49.

B Flight: First place: Dale Williamson and Mary Greig, a very well-played 7 under 47; Second: tie between Young Lee and Hae Lee and Won Song and Jane Song, a great 6 under 48; Third: Byron Schweitzer and Bert Thompson, a super 5 under 49; Fourth: tie between Dave LaCascia and Liz Meripol and Dennis Jensen and Marilyn Hewitt, a sweet 4 under 50.

C Flight: First place: James Farr and Sandy Derouin, a remarkable 9 under 45; Second: Brian Tivnan and Patty Littrell, an excellent 5 under 49; Third: Rolando Ramirez and Nina DeRosa, a terrific 4 under 50.

Closest to the pin on the par 3 seventh hole: Mike Mayfield and Mary Anne Moore. Bob Barnum and Hae Lee on the par 3 sixteenth hole. 

The next Guys and Gal’s Tournament will be on July 20, then every month on the third Wednesday, plus the fifth Wednesday if there is one. 

All golfers are responsible for their tee box divots and ball marks on the greens. Golfers are asked to use the divot repair bottles to fill the divots. Let the gardeners know if the bottles are empty. Turtle Lake’s greens and tees continue to look better, thanks to residents’ help, with much fewer neglected and poorly repaired ball marks. Don’t forget to rake the sand traps after your shot. Leave rakes in bunker with the head facing the green.

Those who are scheduled to play and need to drop out can contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 ASAP.

–Dave LaCascia

Ladies Golf League

On June 28, 49 women golfers participated in the Ladies Golf League’s weekly tournament.  They competed for low gross, low net, and Chip-ins.  Six golfers chipped the ball from the fairway directly into the hole.

The club congratulates Lisa Kim, who scored a hole-in-one on hole No. 2.

The flight winners were:

Flight A: Low Gross: Soo Choi, 27. Low Net: a three-way tie between Ann Tran, Grace Choi and Sally Park, 23. Chip-ins: Grace Choi, hole No. 5 and  Sally Park, hole No 3.

Flight B: Low Gross: A tie between Jane Song and Nina DeRosa, 27.  Low Net: A three-way tie between Stella Yoon, Judy Kim and young Sak, 23. Chip-ins: Judy Kim, hole No. 2 and Young Sak, hole No. 9.

Flight C: Low Gross: Hae Lee, 32.  Low Net: Patty Littrell, 25. Chip-ins: Elizabeth Butterfield, hole No. 4 and Betty Regalado, hole No. 9.

Flight D: Low Gross: Kum Delias, 35. Low Net: Sandra deDubovay, 24.

– Dale Quinn

Men’s June 17 and 27 Golf League Results

Eighteen golfers from the Leisure World Golf League contested the 4,000-yard par 62 David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley on June 17. It was a sunny morning, but with the dampness and humidity expected for an overcast June morning. Baker is a short in length, and as an executive course uniquely has more par 3s than par 4s, and no par 5’s. Its numerous sand traps, small undulating greens and water hazards challenge everyone. With good playing conditions, 12 of the 14 scores were at or under par and the course yielded 11 birdies.

All scores are net (gross minus handicap). A Flight handicaps are 0-19, while B Flight handicaps are 20 and over.

A Flight:  First place: Tim Looney, a terrific 9 under 53, plus a birdie; second: Chris Lankford, a well-played 8 under 54, plus two birdies and closest to the pin on the 110-yard par 3 fifteenth hole; third: Jim Goltra, and very good 6 under 56, plus a birdie and fewest putts; fourth: Gary Stivers, a nice 5 under 57, plus a birdie; fifth: tie between Dave LaCascia, with a birdie, and Larry Hillhouse, a hard-earned 4 under 58; sixth: Mark Mallet, 2 under 60 plus two birdies; seventh: tie between Bill McKusky, Clay Fischer and Sam Choi.

 B Flight: First place: new-comer William Hillhouse, a well-played 10 under 52, plus two birdies; second: Lowell Goltra, a really nice 6 under 56; third: Bob Munn, a sweet 5 under 57, plus a birdie; fourth: Gene Vesely, a super 5 under 57, plus closest to the pin on the 110-yard par 3 third hole; fifth: Ron Jackson, at 3 under 59, plus fewest putts; sixth: tie between Fujio Norihiro, Digna Vesely and Pat Paternoster.

On June 27, 14 golfers from the Leisure World Golf League played at the 6,000-yard, par 71 Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. The weather was delightful with sunny and warm conditions. As the morning progressed the temps got warmer until they were in the mid 80s by the end of the round. With the decent playing conditions, it was not unexpected that the course permitted eight of the 14 rounds to be at or under par, but only yielded one birdie.

A Flight: First place: Gary Stivers, a very nice 8 under 63; second: Bill McKusky, a well-played 6 under 65, plus fewest putts; third: Larry Hillhouse, a sweet 5 under 68, plus a birdie; fourth: tie between Dave LaCascia and Chris Lankford, at 1 under 70; fifth: tie between Jim Goltra, Sam Choi, and Clay Fischer. Closest to the pin on both par 3’s was Jim Goltra.

B Flight:  First place: Liz Meripol, a really good 9 under 62; second: Digna Vesely, a hard-fought 4 under 67; third: Tom Ross, a sweet even par 71; fourth: Bob Munn, a fine 1 over 72; fifth: tie between, Lowell Goltra and Gene Vesely. Goltra had fewest putts

The Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15–20 minutes of Leisure World. The courses the group plays are often full, so advance reservations are available via a sign-up sheet at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net and fewest putts in each flight, birdies and closest to the pin on two par-3 holes. holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. 

Those who are interested in joining the league can contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

–Dave LaCascia

The LW Pickleball Players Club will offer a free beginners lesson on Tuesday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. on the Pickleball Courts behind Clubhouse 2. Jim Thomason will instruct new players and the Pickleball Players Club will loan paddles and balls to everyone. For more information, contact club President Linda Evenson at (561) 577-3283 or email lwsbpickleball@gmail.com.

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Hot off the press—flyers for the next Doo Wop show, co-designed by the club’s art and advertising team: Susan Kelleghan, Lu DeSantis and Vinny Correnti.

Celebrate Summer with the Doo-Wop Club

Let the Good Times Roll Doo-Wop Club’s next show is on Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

The show’s theme is “Sounds of the 70s” with a great lineup from rock ‘n’ roll to disco, including artists from the Carpenters to Tony Orlando, and songs such as “Bad Moon Rising,” “You’re the One that I Want,” and “Dancing Queen.” Club president Frank Destra invites all LWers to join the party.

Club perfromers include Irene Chapnick, Vinny Correnti, Josie Del Pino, Lu DeSantis, Martha Destra, Ric Dizon, Carmen Edwards, Claudio Gonzalez, Erika Greenwood, Jackie Hildebrant, Susan Kelleghan, and newcomers Rob Illingworth and Ed Jablonski. Destra will bring back his comedy skits, and no show is complete without Ben Berg at the piano.

The show is free; bring your own drinks and snacks. Donations towards replacement and upgrade of the equipment are appreciated. 

—Lu DeSantis

Women’s Club Tabletop Games

The Women’s Club Tabletop Games are held on third Friday of every month from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. For July only, the games will be on the fourth Friday.

Lunch is not served, but people can bring their own. The Women’s Club will have coffee, hot water for tea and cocoa and sweet treats. Everyone is asked to donate $1 to support Leisure World philanthropies. 

The future contributions rely on Women’s Club membership dues, donations from the Tabletop Games and the club’s annual fundraiser held in September. The Women’s Club appreciates its members and friends for making it possible.

For more information, contact Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240.

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first and any answer by back the white’s third move is checkmate.

Solution to this week’s puzzle is: Rb7

The white Rook moves from b2 to b7, black King to a8, white Rook  to a7, black King to a7. The next move by white is check mate.

The Chess Club meets on Fridays from 1:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.

—Livia Boda

Korean Drum

LW club meets Mondays at 2:30 p.m.

The LW Korean Drum Club has a new instructor, Dr. Don Dongsuk Kim, a retired UCLA professor and a graduate of the Seoul National University in Korea. He is the founder and director of a Korean classical music and dance company, Korean Classical Music institutes of America and a roster member of LA Music Center and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. He was also the music director of the Dodream Samulnori youth group, a 1999-2001 Best School Artist in California award recipient; and a 2007-09 Durfee Foundation Artist Award. 

The LW Korean Drum Club meets every Monday at 2:30 p.m. on the Amphitheater stage. It and will start a new class with Kim in July. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Simon Lee at (818) 632-7799.

—Simon Lee

The June meeting of the LW Art League featured demonstrating artist Janine Salzman. Club Vice President Jay Young won her painting, which was raffled off. Salzman was also the judge of the painting competition, which included a double winner. First place winners are Raquel Tal (l-r), multi-media/digital; Marilyn Jonas, intermediate/advanced; Terese Smith, best of show; and Carmen Leslie, masters.

Jeff Horn is guest artist July 12

The LW Art league will meet on Tuesday, July 12, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, with Jeff Horn as a demonstrating artist. Horn has been featured at the Laguna Art Festival for over 30 years. He earned a master’s of Arts degree from California State University in 1979 and is currently a professor of art at Irvine Valley College. 

Horn is known for a portrait series of the homeless that became a feature article for American Artist Magazine. In 2000, he received top honors in the quick-draw category of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational competition and best for canvas on board in the Carmel Art Festival. Horn’s paintings are part of the permanent collections of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, the Laguna Canyon Foundation and a Pacific Club of Newport Beach. He is a member of the California Art Club, a signature member of a the Laguna Pleine Air Painters Association and many others. 

“I prefer to paint from nature and I love being outdoors where I can see, hear, feel, smell and even taste the scene around me. For me, the painting is a translation of nature and my experience of it,” said Horn.  

By popular vote, the July theme is “mixed media.” The deadline for artwork competition is 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Social Bunco

The Saturday Social Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. 

The next meeting is on July 9 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-ups start at 1 p.m., with play starting at 1:30.

The winners from the June 11 meeting are: Most Buncos: Barbara Lutzi; Most Wins: Diane Seeger, Rita Visloskie; Most Babies: Kathy Russell; Most Losses: Kathe Repasi; Door Prize: Susan Rose.

The winners from the June 25 meeting are: Most Buncos: Betty Morgan; Most Wins: Helen Lind; Most Babies: Darlene Brideau; Most Losses: Barbara Robarqe; Door Prize: Doris Dack.

For more information, call club President Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.

All are welcome.

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Tournament Poker

Jon Vento won the grand prize of $200 at the LW Texas Hold’em Casino Tournament on June 25. Margaret McCabe came in second winning $130. Third to last place were Joyce Smith, Ken Reddy, Donna Hernandez, Lem Hall and Bob Gass.  All finishers received cash prizes.

The club plays a Texas Hold’em tournament on the first three Saturdays of the month in Clubhouse 6 at noon. Lessons are offered at 11 a.m., and the game starts at noon. No late seating is permitted. Membership is $10 per year, and each game costs $5.

Weekend Night Dances

Vinyl Rock will be in concert on Saturday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The Orange County-based band performs classic rock, Motown and pop tunes primarily from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  Vinyl Rock is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra, Leisure World’s own professional big band playing Big Band Swing and jazz standards, will play on  Sunday, July 17, from 6-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The Velvetones play regularly on the first and third Sundays in Clubhouse 4.

Abilene, Seal Beach Leisure World’s No. 1  country rock band going strong for nearly 20 years, will be rocking Clubhouse 2 on Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.

Last year, the band opened the Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans. Abilene will be featured tonight for its second Amphitheater show, back by  popular demand. Terry Otte leads the band and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer. Other members are guitarist Rod Anderson; guitar synthesizer and pianist Jim Long; bassist Doug Decker and drummer, Jim Greer.

At Weekend Night Dances:

• Masks are no longer required regardless of vaccination status but strongly recommended. 

• No table saving. People may bring their own snacks.

• People must be out of the Clubhouse no later than 10 p.m.  to permit adequate time for the custodian to tear down and arrange the setup for the following day (except New Year’s Eve).

• No announcements are permitted from the stage.

• Clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodians according to the instructions they have been given.

• People are encouraged to sign in, either as a resident or guest so the GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

The  Long Beach Orchestra’s first of five concerts of 2022-2023 series will start on Oct. 1 with Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, followed by Mendelssohn’s Violin Symphony, played by master violinist Concertmaster Roger Wilkie. 

The final major musical  piece of the evening will be Beethoven’s powerful fifth Symphony.

Tickets can be purchased for the concert, series and LWSB bus with senior discount at the box office by calling (562) 436-3203  or by contacting Frieda at GEOH.Davis@gmail.com. 

For further information, contact Beverly Emus at Beverly90740@gmail.com. 

Stud Poker, Anyone?

Mary Ann Root is seeking potential members for a new stud poker club. The new club would mostly play stud poker, but the dealer could call the game. If you like poker but not “wild card” poker, contact Mary Ann at (714) 801-7553.

Hui O Hula was appreciative of the opportunity to entertain the LW Club Christian Fellowship and Fun at its meeting in June, which was themed aloha/love with “Rainbow Connection,” “That’s Amore” and “I’ll Remember You,” a favorite of club members Regina Singh and Cliff Vanderwall. Members of both clubs made happy memories by dancing to “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” Hula club is also sending a big mahalo to Christian Fellowship and Fun Club leaders Betty and Cliff Vanderwall for their generous donation. All are welcome to join both clubs. For free hula lessons, call (562) 431-2242 or email Jojo@huiohula.com.

Community Karaoke

The karaoke club celebrated the Fourth of July with hot dogs and ice cream last Wednesday evening. A full house stood as the members sang “God Bless America.” Donna Cooper was a sign language interpreter. Sheri Vanek sang a fine version of Patsy Cline’s hit “I Fall to Pieces.” 

The club enjoyed many different peppy tunes sung by Shannon Harrison, Eric Voge, Pat Paternoster, Rob Illingsworth, David Noble and Richard Yokomi. 

Some beautiful ballads were sung by Anna Le, Bob Barham, Don Sunday, Vilma Lina, Gerr Tagulao, Sherlene Wallis, Barbie May, and Ren Villaneauva. It was a treat to hear the duets of Susan Kelleghan, Bev Sunday, Vinny Correnti, Don Hamasaki and Walt Bier.

The Karaoke Club meets every Wednesday in Clubhouse 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. People are welcome to enjoy the evening as an audience. Singing is not required. 

Everyone gets a chance to practice a new tune or perfect and old one every Monday in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.

The club appreciates Susan Kelleghan, Tony Tupas, David Noble and others for helping serve the treats.

—Margie Thompson

Cribbage Club

On June 28, 2022 Pat Blum celebrated her birthday and treated the club members to cake and ice cream. Margaret Smith assisted Alma Zamzow in serving maple shaped Canadian cookies in honor of Canada’s Independence Day. Marcy Locy added seasoned popcorn to the delicious treats.

There was a tie for first place with a score of 836 between Mike Rosu and a player who wants to remain anonymous. Ron Jackson and Margaret Smith tied for second place with a score of 828. Alma Zamzow was third at 826. Jack O’Brien placed fourth with 826, and Donna Morgan had six games of 121.

Seven games of Cribbage are played each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments served at noon.  Players should arrive by 12:15 p.m. to get a spot at the table. New players are always welcome. Dues for the year are $5 with $1 weekly contribution at the playing table.

Anyone interested in learning or brushing up on Cribbage or for more information can leave a message with Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.

—Bobbie Straley

Photo Arts Club

The Photo Arts Club will meet on July 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The assignment is to choose a large complex object and take five photos of its small areas focusing on different angles, details or enlarged sections, at different lighting and natural background, and email them to Ben Benjamins at benbenjamins@hotmail.com. The photos will be shown and discussed at the meeting. Roger Bennett will lead the discussion.

People should also bring recent photos to share. Resource members will be available at the end of the meeting to help with specific camera or cell phone questions. Everyone is welcome.

For information about the club, call Regine Schumacher at (562) 430-7978.

—Esther Cummings

Duplicate Bridge

On June 23, the winners in a 6-table game were Dalia Hernandez and Jane Reid, north/south, with a 58.5% game; and Thad Mikols and Sue Fardette, east/west, with a 56.5% game.

LaVonne McQuilkin and Carol Murakoshi were north/south winners in a 7-table game on June 24 with a 69.79% game. East/west winners were Larry Slutsky and Bob Goldstein with a 58.91%

In a 6-table game on June 27, north/south winners were Sibyl Smith and Diane Schmitz with a 64.58% game. Jeanette Estill and Kay Tseng were east/west winners with a 63.33% game.

Games are played on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Players are asked to arrive no later than noon to confirm reservations. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets or by contacting Sharon Beran at (562) 308-7838 hbsharonb@gmail.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day.

Supervised Basic Bridge lessons for LW residents by Rob Preece continue on Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call Larry Slutsky at (562) 253-7119.

—Gene Yaffee

Mini Farm Club

The Mini Farm Club will meet at 2 p.m. on July 21 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Members will discuss what to do with remaining club funds. People should know their plot numbers for entry into the meeting. For more information, call (562) 296-5342.

Monday Bunco

The Monday Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. The next meeting is on July 11 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Play begins at 6 p.m. sharp. All LW residents and guests are welcome. A half-time social will be held for all attending. 

The winners from the June 27 meeting are Most Buncos: Pat Wilson; Most Wins: Joanne Lester; Most Babies: Rita Fueyo; Most Losses: Sandy Weinstein, Nancy DeMille; Door Prize: Joyce Ingram.

For more information, call Gail Levitt at (562) 596-1346.

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cabaret entertainers 

Club performs ‘Puttin’ on the Glitz’

The Cabaret Entertainers welcomes everyone to its second show of the year, “Puttin’ On The Glitz,” on Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6. 

The show will feature Bette Fritz, Linn Atkinson, Tosca Lies, Charla Gae, Maxine Chavez, Connie Farrand, Ric Dizon, Ken Notorleva, jazzy Nina DeRosa and music director Charlie Guggino. Phil Mandeville will be emcee. Tim The Eraser Fitzpatrick  sound technician; Jon and Chris Russell, supporting cast; and Bill McKusky, spotlight operator. 

The videographers (tentative) include David Wolfe and Irene Cistaro. 

The donation receptacles will be available at the tables to support the future shows and equipment replacement and purchase. 

—Charlie Guggino

Scrabble Club

The Leisure World Scrabble Club had a memorable month of June. 

On June 15, Suthy Edgar set several club records: highest score, 547; best score in two consecutive games, 1,038; best score in three consecutive games, 1,393; and most bingos in one day, seven. (A “bingo” is the use of all seven tiles in one play.)

She also scored 289 in a three-way game (equivalent to a 434 in a two-way game). For the month, Edgar had nine totals above 300 (four of them higher than 400) and 14 bingos. In total, the members had 70 scores above 300 (nine of which were above 400), and 38 bingos.

Larry Edgar posted 13 scores higher than 300 (of which two exceeded 400), four bingos, and a top score of 484. Bob Ruderman had 10 scores above 300 (two higher than 400), 13 bingos, and a high score of 427. Wanda Bemben topped 300 11 times. Her best score was a 359. 

Club president Maria Giegerich scored above 300 five times, with a high score of 368. Diane Seeger topped 300 seven times, with a best score of 442. 

Dave Crandall exceeded 300 four times. His best was a 393. He had five bingos.

Sylvia Makus had four totals above 300, one bingo, and a top score of 374. Marilyn Moody scored higher than 300 three times, the best of which was a 318. Denise Scott had two scores above 300, including a 355. Chung He posted a score of 367. Sue Gass had one bingo. 

The club meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. New members are welcome. 

—Lawrence Edgar

2022 Amphitheater Movies

Open-air movie nights at the Amphitheater began June 24. Six new movies will be shown on the gigantic screen on Friday nights through Sept. 16. Bring friends and family, and enjoy free movies in your own back yard. Movies start at 8:30 p.m. Minibus service will be available to take people home after the show.

• July 8: No Time To Die  

Sponsor: Home Instead Senior Care

James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with dangerous new technology. 

PG-13 | 2h 10min | action-thriller | 2021 |  

• July 15: Disney’s Encanto

 The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift—every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding Encanto is in danger.

PG | 1h 49min | animation-comedy | 2021 |  

• July 29: TBD

• Aug. 5: Ghostbusters: Afterlife 

When a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

PG-13 | 2h 4min | adventure-comedy | 2021 |

• Aug. 19: Dog

Sponsor: Sandra Teel Medicare Insurance; Community Legal Aid SoCal 

With a dog named Lulu by his side, Army Ranger Briggs races down the Pacific Coast to make it to a soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, Briggs and Lulu drive each other completely crazy, break a handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards to have a fighting chance of finding happiness.  

PG-13 | 1h 41min | 

comedy-drama | 2022 |

• Sept. 2: Respect

Sponsors: Optum and SCAN

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career—from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom—it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

PG-13 | 2h 25min |  

musical-drama | 2021 |

• Sept. 16: Cyrano

Sponsors: Optum and SCAN 

Cyrano de Bergerac dazzles everyone with his ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay. 

However, he’s convinced his appearance renders him unworthy of the affections of the luminous Roxanne, a devoted friend who’s in love with someone else.

PG-13 | 2h 4min | 

drama-melodrama | 2021 |

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Pinochle is played in Clubhouse 1 every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. 

The warmup game starts at 11:30 a.m., with the regular game beginning at 12:30 p.m. The club provides cards, score cards, pens, tablets and other equipment. It costs $2 per person to play, and the top four scorers of each day win cash prizes.

The following are the winning scores from the game on June 23: Marjorie Cady, first place, 12,160; Pat Blum, second, 11,530; Alma Zamzow, third, 11,080; and Oscar Moya, fourth, 11,010.

June 27 winners are: Gene Smith, first place, 10,720; Donna Gorman, second, 10,530; Howard Bleakly, third, 9,971; and Mary Huongo, fourth, 9,530.

Lessons to learn how to play or to brush up on the game are available by appointment. Call Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416 for more information. Anyone interested in playing pinochle should call Marge Dodero at (310) 968-9509.

—Marge Dodero

2022 Amphitheater Season

The 2022 Amphitheater music festival started June 30 with a 12-show lineup at the 2,500-seat Amphitheater located behind the LW News Office in the GRF Administration compex. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident. Smoking is not permitted at the Amphitheater. No parking is allowed in front of the Amphitheater on St. Andrews Drive along the southbound lanes. This is a tow-away zone on Thursdays during Amphitheater season. Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows. Food trucks will provide options for pre-event dining. The free weekly concerts start at 7:30 p.m. (schedule is subject to change). 

• July 7: Terry Otte & Abilene

• July 14: ABBA L.A.

Sponsors: Gasper Monteer Real Estate, Financial Partners Credit Union

• July 21: Ronstadt Revival

• July 28: Michael Bublé Tribute with Anthony Bernasconi  

Sponsor: Tandem Careplanning

• Aug. 4: Elvis Tribute with Matt Lewis

Sponsor: Financial Partners Credit Union

• Aug. 11: Paul McCartney Tribute, Live and Let Die 

Sponsor: Athens Services

• Aug. 18: Stone Soul 

• Aug. 25: Neil Diamond Tribute

Sponsor: Tandem Careplanning

• Sept. 1: Gregory Wolfe as Rod Stewart 

Sponsors: Cannon Legal Firm, Optum and United Healthcare (co-sponsors)

• Sept. 8: The Long Run, Experience the Eagles 

Sponsors: MemorialCare, Optum and United Healthcare (co-sponsors)

• Sept. 15: Walk Like a Man, a Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 

Sponsors: MemorialCare, Optum and United Healthcare (co-sponsors)



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License BRN000.   Exp 1/04/2023


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

License 699080 Serving LW since 1999.   Exp 10/19


562-596-0559, LW DECOR INC.

Vinyl Plank/Laminate/Wall-to-Wall Carpeting. Patio Carpet-and-Tile. 40+/Years in LW. License 723262.  Exp 8/17



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 9/28


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. Exp 7/13




Kitchen/Bathroom-Remodeling. Install Microwave/Dishwasher/Recessed-Lights/Fans/Light-Fixtures/Entry-Doors/Closets Redesigned/Cabinets-Refaced/New Windows.  Exp 8/17

40+/Years in LW

License 723262


Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336.   Exp 9/14


Affordable – Professional, Licensed-and-Insured. Interior/Exterior Drywall Repairs/Texturing/Pressure-Washing/Cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License 1049257.   Exp 8/24


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 8/17


Bel-Rich Painting.   Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131.  7/27



Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539. Interior paint,  specialty-finishes, cabinets, murals and MORE! License 1033927.  Exp 8/04



CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002.  Exp 8/10


SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B.   Exp 1/04/2023

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194.   Exp 9/14


562-596-0559, Leisure World Decorators. Shutters/Blinds/Roll-Up Shades/Custom Drapes/New Sound Suppression Windows.  Exp 8/17

Window Washing


I clean Inside/Outside OR Clean Outside only and SAVE $$$. LW-Resident/Rich Livitski. (562)-600-0014. Seal Beach Business License LIV0004.  Exp 8/24



Leisure World Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm. (562) 822-6655, (562) 431-4796.


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



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


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands. 949-899-7770. Available 24×7. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006.   Exp 9/14



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License BCS0002. Bonded/insured.   Exp 1/04/2023


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 30-years  LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English.  Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License HYC0001.  Exp 8/31



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003   Exp 8/17


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Licensed by the state Seal Beach RAZ0002.   Exp 9/07


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006.   Exp 8/24


CTC Home Care Inc. Caregivers are Trained/Licensed/Bonded/Insured/Honest and speak good English. Available to work Full-Time/Part-Time. Licensed to drive for Doctor-Appointments/Groceries. Contact Person Consuelo/714-820-0294. Seal Beach Business License 14206475.  Exp 9/21


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. (714)-425-4198.   Exp 8/03


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 7/27


CINDIE O. Haircuts, Color, Perms. Seal Beach Phenix Salon 562-277-2271. Business License OSM001.  Exp 7/13


Experienced housekeeper providing weekly and monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License 

HEL0006.  Exp 9/14



WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL  AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! Seal Beach Business License AB0001. Exp 7/20



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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.   Exp 8/03


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach License RAZ002.  Exp 9/07


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 9/07


MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/Call anytime! Complete-cleaning. Call/562-505-1613. Seal Beach Business License M0001A.  Exp 8/24


LeeGee Cleaning Services.  Move-In, Move-Out. Deep Cleaning and/or Recurring. General Housecleaning,Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly.  7-Days Call/Text Lisa/714-916-7796. SB  Business License LEE0004.  Exp 7/20


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001   Exp 8/24


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus-Removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW-Resident  SB License FUH0001.   Exp 9/07



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.  Exp 8/03


Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124.  Exp 1/04/2023


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 8/03


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.   Exp 7/20

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 9/28



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 8/10



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call/310-387-2618.   Exp 8/17


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE. Looking to buy Mid-Century Furniture/“ETC”/Men-Women Sterling-Silver-Rings/Old-Jewelry/Men-Women Vintage Clothing. 562-243-7229.  Exp 7/20


WANTED. Someone who has PhotoShop and also knows how to make quality short videos with their smartphone.



Yard Sale. Friday/July-8th & Saturday/July-9th (9:00am-1:00pm). 1240 Knollwood Road, Mutual-4/Apartment-38K. Housewares and Micellaneous-Items.


Patio Sale. Thursday/July-7th (9:00am-12:00pm). 13180 Nassau Drive, Mutual-9/Apartment-210E. LOTS-of-jewelry (silver-and-costume), gift-items and-MORE. Shop NOW/Christmas will be here before you know it!


Moving Sale. Thursday/July-7th (9:00am-3:00pm). 13141 Shawnee Lane, Mutual-11/Apartment-267J. Clothes, Craft & Sewing, Buttons, Lawnchairs, Jewelry, Pots, Pictures, Etc. DON’T MISS!


COMING SOON Mutual-15 St. John Road Carport Sale Thursday/July-14th & Friday/July-15th (7-Sellers)


Multi-Unit Yard Sale. Thursday/July-7th (9:00am-2:00pm) 1591 Interlachen Road/Building-262. Lots of Items, Clothes/Collectibles/Paintings/Etc.


MOVING SALE! Friday/July-8th & Saturday/July-9th (12:00-2:00pm) 1442 Merion Way/Mutual-2/Apartment-29F. All best offers. Love seats, lounge & rocking chairs and Jewelry.  Patio furniture and Enhanced Vision readers.