LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 10-14-21

General News

Beaches are now open

Coastal shores from Seal Beach to Huntington were open as of Monday, according to California State Parks officials. Seal Beach has remained open in the wake of an oil spill that closed beaches to the south so crews could remove balls and oily debris.

As of Oct. 11, 5,544 total gallons of crude oil have been recovered after the offshore oil spill was reported Oct. 2, according to Seal Beach police. A 17-mile pipeline leaked under 30,000 gallons of crude oil in the ocean, according to news reports. Original reports overestimated the amount of oil spilled by more than 100,000 gallons. 

The decision to reopen Huntington Beach was made after water-quality testing results showed non-detectable amounts of oil-associated toxins in ocean water, according to Huntington Beach police.

Officials are warning the public to not  handle any tar balls they may encounter on the sand. Oil contains hazardous chemicals. 

If skin contact occurs, they are advised to wash the area with soap and water or baby oil and avoid using solvents, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel or similar products on the skin. 

Officials say these products, when applied to skin, present a greater health hazard than the tar ball itself. 

Beachgoers who encounter tar balls were encouraged to email tarballreports@wildlife.ca.gov.

Currently, there is no water quality threat in Seal Beach as currents continue to pull south along the coast. 

The City of Seal Beach, Seal Beach Police Department, Marine Safety Department and Orange County Fire Authority worked closely with Orange County and City of Long Beach partners to monitor  off-shore waters.

The City of Seal Beach is supporting the U.S. Coast Guard; the cities of Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach;  Orange County; and other partner cities and agencies.

The public is encouraged to monitor the Seal Beach Police Department’s social media (@sealbeachpolice) and sign up for Nixle Alerts by texting your Zip code to 888777.

For more information, contact the Seal Beach Marine Safety Department at (562) 430-2613.

—from SBPD and news reports

2021 Community Guide

The 2021 GRF Community Guide and Telepone Directory has now been delivered to every LW doorstep. People who did not receive a copy can call (562) 431-6586, ext. 388. Residents must opt in to be listed in the white pages. To be included in next year’s publication, fill out the form on page 55 of the white pages or come to the News Office between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for a form.

2021 Flu Shot Clinic

Sponsored by Optum at the Health Care Center

The drive-through clinic will be held in the Clubhouse 4 parking lot today, Oct. 14, between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Face masks are required. Bring a completed waiver, and GRF ID and insurance cards. For the flu shot schedule by Mutual, see the Setting It Straight on page 4.

Emergency Prep Events

by Eloy Gomez

GRF safety/emergency coordinator

Fall is ShakeOut time-—the time of year when state, county and city officials urge Californians to prepare for natural and manmade disasters. 

You have three great opportunities to plan and prepare for disasters this fall. First, everyone is welcome to participate in the great ShakeOut on Oct. 21 at 10:21 a.m. Residents are encouraged to practice home evacuations, plan and check on emergency survival supplies, replenish and update emergency contacts and replace expired items.  

The second opportunity is the annual Emergency Preparedness Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, in Clubhouse 2. Minibus service will be available throughout the event. Face masks will be required to enter this event.

Several emergency preparedness supply vendors will be there so residents can purchase items for their survival kits and/or “grab n go” bags. In addition to the vendors, there will be displays by Leisure World service clubs, face painting, live music, barbecue and much more.

The third opportunity will be Nov. 7, when daylight saving time  ends and clocks are turned back an hour. It’s a good time for people to check their fire extinguishers and check smoke alarm batteries. 

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity. Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of these events.

Medicare AEP is here

by Sandra Teel

Medicare insurance broker

What is Annual Enrollment Period?

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is the time of year that new Medicare insurance plans are unveiled for the next year, in this case, 2022. 

Every year, Medicare insurance companies make changes to the their plans. Usually these changes give people greater benefits. The AEP runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. 

By now, people should have received an annual notification of changes from their Medicare insurance companies. This notification is to alert them of what changes are being made to the current insurance plan. 

It’s a good idea to sit down and really look at the notification, paying attention to both positive and possible negative changes in the plan.

Who Does This Affect?

People who have a Medicare Advantage plan, a Medicare Prescription Drug plan with Medicare Supplemental (Medigap Plan) or a straight Medicare can make changes now, during the AEP.

What to Do?

People should compare current Advantage Plans or Prescription Drug plans with the new plans. It may be that a newer plan offers  better benefits. 

Or maybe they just want to change to a different company. If so, now is the time to make those changes. Keep in mind that the new plan will not take effect until Jan. 1. People who have only Original Medicare without any extra coverage should make the time to see what they are missing.

Those who have had the same Medicare Advantage Plan or Prescription Drug plan for more than a couple of years should consider reviewing all options to avoid missing out on better benefits. 

Everyone should do an annual review of his or her current Medicare insurance to see if more benefits may be possible. 

For more information, call (657) 204-4224.

by Carson Bloomquist

Optum at the HCC

It’s that time of the year again: Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). 

This is when your inbox and mailbox start overflowing with advertisements for Medicare options. Before you chuck everything out, it’s worth taking some time to think about what you need and want from your health coverage.

What Benefits Matter to You? 

Health plans have come out with a lot of new benefits in the last few years. Many plans already offer gym memberships and transportation. There are some plans offering tech support, food delivery services and more. 

You may be surprised to see what’s available these days!

What’s your health like? If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that our health can change overnight. If you’ve had any changes in your health, like a new diagnosis, it’s worth comparing plans. There are some out there designed just for people with certain conditions, like diabetes or heart disease. 

What medications are you on? Most of us are taking generics, which are less expensive. But if you’re taking any brand-name drugs, be sure to compare plans’ formularies. A formulary is a list of copays for medications. And each health plan has a different formulary-—confusing, right? It’s worth putting in a little time, though, because you could save a lot of money next year.

You don’t have to go at this alone. Health plans hold meetings throughout this season to share their benefits information. These meetings are a great way to ask questions and get help in understanding what you need. There are also independent licensed agents who can help you compare multiple plans at a time. 

AEP starts tomorrow (Oct. 15) and runs until Dec. 7. If you do enroll with a different plan, it won’t be effective until Jan. 1. 

So use these eight weeks to your advantage and get next year off to a good start.

Upcoming Events at the HCC

Here are upcoming sales events at the Health Care Center. These will be held in Conference Room 1. Face masks are required.

• Friday, Oct. 15: SCAN sales meeting, 10-11 a.m.

• Monday, Oct. 18: Humana Sales Meeting, 10-11 a.m.

• Monday, Oct. 18: Humana Medicare Camp, 2-3 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 19: Aetna Sales Meeting, 6-7 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 20: Alignment Sales Meeting, 1-2 p.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 21: SCAN Sales Camp, 10-11 a.m.

• Thursday, Oct. 21: Anthem Sales Meeting, 6-7 p.m.

• Friday, Oct. 22: Anthem Sales Meeting, 9-10 a.m.

SBPD Traffic Program

The Seal Beach Police Department will roll out a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community.

A grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provided funding for the program. 

“Impairment, speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors jeopardize the safety of other people on the road,” Seal Beach Police Chief Philip L. Gonshak said. “This funding allows us to provide necessary traffic enforcement measures with the goal of reducing serious injury and fatal crashes on our roads.”

The grant will pay for additional enforcement measures, including:

• DUI checkpoints and patrols specifically focused on suspected impaired drivers.

• Enforcement operations focused on suspected distracted drivers in violation of California’s hands-free cell phone law.

• Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations focused on driver behaviors that put vulnerable road users at risk.

• Enforcement operations focused on top violations that cause crashes: speeding, failure to yield, stop sign and/or red-light running, and improper turning or lane changes.

• Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speeding, and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

• Collaborative enforcement efforts with neighboring agencies.

• Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

The grant program will run through September 2022.

Minibus Orientation

A Minibus informational meeting is held on the first Thursday of every month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, to help LW residents use LW’s transportation service. 

Reservations are not required.

The GRF Transportation Department provides information on the Minibus service and the GRF appointment-based Access bus service for people with mobility challenges. 

Information on other local area bus and transportation services to nearby grocery shopping and medical service destinations is also presented. 

Meetings often include information and updates on the City of Seal Beach Senior Shopping Shuttle to Rossmoor and Old Ranch shopping centers and the Seal Beach Old Town Pier shuttle.

Monthly informational sessions are for new or current shareholders who would like to learn about the Minibus service routes and timetables.

The LW Minibus service is a community transportation service for everyone. Residents, Leisure World employees, visitors,  family members of residents and caregivers can all ride the minibuses. 

Anyone who has a valid pass to enter the community can ride on the LW buses. 

The only rule is each person must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by someone who is 18 years of age or older.

CAP Food Distribution is Oct. 21

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. 

The next food distribution will be Oct. 21.

Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including  canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.  

Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. 

To sign up, bring a photo ID and proof of income (Social Security/SSI statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub). People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. 

For more information, contact Roberta Arshat in GRF Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or robertaa@lwsb.com.

Learn how to use smartphones

Let the expert trainers at California Phones help you make the most of your smartphone. Android and iPhone webinar trainings are offered free from the comfort of your own home. Space is limited. 

Learn how to operate basic functions, send text messages, make text larger, connect Bluetooth devices, make smartphones louder and easier to hear, and more.

This is a two-part online training. To participate, you will need a computer, Internet service and a valid email address.

For more information or to sign up, call 1-866-271-1540 or email smartphonetraining@ddtp.org. 

RV Office to close

The RV Office will be closed from Oct. 18-22. For assistance during that period, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 373.

OC sewer project to start

The Orange County Sanitation District (OC San) will rehabilitate two parallel sewers on north and southbound Seal Beach and Los Alamitos boulevards, and along Katella Avenue, Oak Street and Lexington Drive in the cities of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos. Construction will continue through the winter 2022.

Work will begin on Lexington Drive with sewer line cleaning and chemical grouting to reinforce the pipe. This activity will be done at night, when sewer flows are low. Manhole rehabilitation work will follow. Work will consist of opening the manholes to insert a new liner to extend the life of the manhole. Most of the activity on Katella Avenue is occurring on eastbound travel lanes. Following this segment of work, construction will continue on Los Alamitos Boulevard.

Phase 2 will start at Oak Street toward Katella Avenue, and proceed east toward Los Alamitos Boulevard. Work will continue south on the southbound lanes of Los Alamitos Boulevard, concluding in Seal Beach.

Project Description

• Night work and occasional weekend work.

• Noise and dust.

• Occasional turn restrictions.

• Lane closures.

• Crosswalk closures.

• Street parking restrictions.

What to Expect

There could be temporary bus stop relocations on Katella Avenue at Lexington Drive, Noel Street, Bloomfield Street, Maple Street and Los Alamitos Boulevard. Visit octa.net for details.

Expect lane closures, occasional turn restrictions and flagmen directing traffic on Lexington Drive and Katella Avenue.

OC San is closely coordinating with the cities and mitigating potential impacts. 

Notices will be distributed with specific details as work commences near LW.

For more information, contact the Construction Hotline at (714) 378-2965 or ConstructionHotline@ocsan.gov. OC San is a public agency that provides wastewater collection, treatment, and recycling services for about 2.6 million people in central and northwest Orange County. 

It operates almost 400 miles of pipes and two facilities.

Los Al Army Airfield training may be noisy

A visiting U.S. Army aviation unit will conduct training, including night flight operations, at Los Alamitos Army Airfield (LAAAF) on Joint Forces Training Base from Oct. 17-24.

The training is designed to maintain overall operational readiness and proficiency of the aviators and support personnel and will include periods of increased air traffic.

Residents living near Joint Forces Training Base may hear aircraft arriving and departing outside of normal airfield operating hours and increased aircraft noise during the hours of darkness.

Efforts will be taken to minimize inconvenience to neighbors during the training. For additional information, contact Col. (CA) Richard Lalor at (562) 795-2096 or via email at richard.w.lalor2.nfg@mail.mil, or Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman at (805) 458-3825 or via email at crystal.c.housman.mil@mail.mil. 

Calling All Veterans

LW veterans are invited to a complimentary barbecued chicken lunch in their honor on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 2-6 p.m. at the Los Alamitos American Legion, Post 716, 3252 Florista St. (just north of Katella between Los Alamitos Boulevard and the 605 freeway) in Los Alamitos.

Veterans, whether they are an American Legion member or not, will dine for free.  

An optional, nominal donation to support veterans programs is requested from guests of the veterans.

The meal will consist of barbecued chicken and side dishes. Soft drinks, liquor, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

People should RSVP by Oct. 28 by calling (714) 306-1485. Veterans should leave their first and last names, branch of the service in which they served, and if they plan to bring a guest.

“We are hoping to thank as many veterans as possible for their service to our country,” said LWer and fellow veteran Mike Depew.

SBPD wear pink patches to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Seal Beach Police Department will continue to wear a special pink patch to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2013, the Seal Beach Police Department created the nation’s first pink police patch to help show support for breast cancer awareness month. Since then, over 500 law enforcement agencies have joined it in supporting this worthy cause by creating and wearing their own pink patches.

Throughout October,  the men and women of the Seal Beach Police Department will display pink patches on their uniforms in support of those who have died, survivors and those who are still fighting. 

The patches are available for sale to the public for $10 each. Proceeds from the sale of patches will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation (http://lawenforcementcancer.org/).

For more information about how the Seal Beach Police Department is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month or to purchase a patch,  contact Senior Community Services Officer Dominic Sarabia at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1114, or dsarabia@sealbeachca.gov.

Mutual 2 Earthquake Drill

The Emergency Buddy System of Mutual 2 will conduct an earthquake preparedness drill as part of the annual California Shakeout on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. It will be held on the green belt surrounded by Buildings 59, 28 and 61 in Mutual 2. 

The addresses for the buildings are: 1422 Merion Way, and 1461 and 1441 Monterey Road.  

Mutual 2 residents are invited to come by and find out about what this group of volunteers does in the case of a catastrophe.  

—Fara MacCartney


Letters to the Editor


I am frustrated with all the squirrels that are destroying our trees and parts of our homes with what appears to be no animal control. My screens are being climbed on, and because many people feed them “because they are so cute,” the squirrels are not afraid of humans anymore. As a matter of fact, the squirrels almost demand food when I walk out of my front door. 

I cannot believe that nothing can be done to control the population of squirrels, coyotes and raccoons inside Leisure World. It appears that we the people are just bystanders here, but we are expected to pay to make repairs as needed when these animals destroy our screens and other things. How ridiculous and silly things have become. 

We pay a lot in fees to live here peacefully, but the critters are not controlled. I do not want to be afraid to walk our streets after dark or in the early morning without being confronted by large raccoons or coyotes. 

Something needs to change. 

Gail Peterson

Mutual 11


Shareholders who want to learn the bus routes and schedules should take the Minibus orientations that are held monthly. The enthusiastic fleet manager, Grant Winford, is ready to help and answer inquiries pertaining the bus.

When I was a Mutual director, shareholders in my wheel never hesitated to call or knock on my door when help was needed, sometimes helping them get familiar with the Minibus service.

I strongly recommend taking the orientations for residents who need help getting around the community. Meeting information is printed in the LW Weekly.

The orientations will help you understand the bus schedules, which are designed for easy access. Most drivers are kind and helpful. Minibus service is a great help to the community and safe for shareholders.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1

Kudos and Credits

Mutual 1 resident Debbi Fudge would like to thank Cabaret Club members for the hundreds upon hundreds of dedicated hours that they must surely have spent getting ready for and presenting the Oct. 2 show. “The show, for me, was particularly fabulous,” said Debbi, who also sends thanks to the members of the Doo Wop Club for their dedication in providing evenings of free great musical entertainment for other Leisure World residents. “Your Oct. 9 show was a No.1 hit with me.” 

Photo IDs available at Stock Transfer

GRF members are required to have GRF photo identification cards for access to amenities, all transfers (membership, removing/ adding someone on title, replacing lost certificates, etc.) and to be a candidate for GRF and Mutual board representation. 

The Stock Transfer Office issues IDs , which expire every five years, in a rotating schedule. Residents will need to bring their expired ID cards. Expiration dates are located on the right side of ID cards.No appointment is needed. People can stop at the Stock Transfer Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building. 

It’s open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (closed Wednesdays) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks are required.

Lost or stolen cards can be replaced by completing a Certificate of Lost ID form in the Stock Transfer Office. There is a $20 replacement fee, which can be waived if there is a police report that can be verified by the Stock Transfer Office.

An Appreciation

Remembering Barbara French 

Barbara French, 97, who died Sept. 9, 2021, was an Orange County Adult School writing teacher, known to many Leisure World residents and students from Los Angeles and San Diego counties. 

Barbara’s youth was fraught with daily caregiving to her tubercular mother. She was still a child when it became her responsibility to administer care to her mother and to be in charge of many household tasks, such as laundry, cooking and cleaning. She was totally deprived of the carefree life of a teenager. However, she was intelligent and determined to find a better life, and she never stopped trying to achieve her goals. 

Like many of you, I knew Barbara first as a writing teacher, but eventually we became friends. 

Barbara had a wonderful memory. When she told you about a book that she hoped you would enjoy, her description was so detailed, it was hardly necessary to read that book yourself. 

When, due to COVID, we could no longer meet in person, Barbara quickly converted her skills to Zoom classes and kept both of her classes intact. 

Since her death, Barbara’s Tuesday writing class has been turned over to her longtime student and assistant, Rod Bush. Barbara is missed by her family, aspiring students, and many friends. I expect she has already organized yet another class, but this time, her students are all angels. 

—Elva Turner, Mutual 15, author of “Brown Eyed Susan” and “Queen Anne’s Lace,” and Patti Palermo, author of “The Adventures of Jack and Baxter,” were two of her many students who were able to publish their works, thanks to Barbara’s guidance and support.

Setting It Straight

Due to an editing error, the Mutual schedule for the today’s Optum Flu Clinic was incorrect in the Oct. 7 issue of the LW Weekly. The clinic will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Clubhouse 4. The correct schedule is reprinted below.

Mutuals 1 and 17 8-8:45 a.m.

Mutuals 10 and 14 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Mutuals 2 and 16 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Mutuals 12 and 15 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mutuals 3 and 5 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Mutuals 6 and 7 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Mutuals 8 and 9 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Mutuals 4 and 11 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The GRF Minibus service will be available from 8:45 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Flu shots will be given from 2-3 p.m. for people who must miss their scheduled appointment times.


Presidents’ Council Recap, Oct. 7

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Seal Beach Leisure World was convened at 9:02 a.m., by President Jackie Dunagan, on Oct. 7 in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom. The following is a recap of that meeting.

• The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of Sept. 2 were approved by the Council, as printed.

• IT Manager Daniel Fabian presented a demo on the new Leisure World Seal Beach website.

• Facilities Manager Ruben Gonzalez presented representatives from Fenn Pest Control, Bernard and Sonia, who acknowledged the concerns of the Council and will act accordingly. Executive Director Randy Ankeny will publish a notice in the newspaper regarding Fenn Pest Control.

• Purchasing Manager Julie Rodgers presented an update on appliance availability.

• Facilities Director Mark Weaver provided an update on ice makers.

• Mutual Administration Director Jodi Hopkins provided an update for Mutual Administration monthly reports and Stock Transfer monthly reports.

• Ankeny discussed the interconnected storm drain responsibilities between GRF and Mutuals 1 through 12 to 14 through 17.

• Ankeny discussed the passage of Senate Bill 502, which changes the elections requirements for Mutuals.

• The Council concurred to hold a Presidents’ Seminar in January 2022.

• The Council discussed the Returned Payments Fees.

• The Presidents offered comments during the proceedings of the meeting.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom.

Family Radio Service Users

The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. The call-in time is from 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then press the side button before stating your first name, last name initial and Mutual number. Release when finished.

For more information or instruction on the use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at rjerxn@yahoo.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.

News Deadlines

The editorial deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. People may email articles or drop them into the letter slot at the front of the News Building, located on the east side of the Amphitheater. See page 4 of any edition for a list of section editors and their email addresses.

GRF Meetings 

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

Thurs., Oct. 14 Communications/IT Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 18 Finance Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Oct. 19 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 20 Management Services/Contract Ad Hoc

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Oct. 26 GRF Board Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Street Sweeping

GRF trust streets are swept on the fourth Thursday of the month. Parked vehicles must be removed from trust streets before midnight the night before. 

Contact Mutual directors to find out when your carports are scheduled for sweeping.

Comments at Board/Committee Meetings

The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) 

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

To address the GRF Board of Directors, submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Attention: Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. 

You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention: Executive Coordinator, or email your question/comment to grfboardaction@lwsb.com.

Mutual Meetings 

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change). 

Thurs., Oct. 14 Mutual 12

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., Oct. 18 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 19 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 20 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 20 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 21 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 21 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 22 Mutual 6

virtual 10 a.m.

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

Clubhouse 4/virtual 9:30 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 27 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 28 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Carport Cleaning Schedule

Since most of the holidays in 2021 fall on workdays for LWSB’s cleaning contractor, all carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). 

The following carports will be cleaned the morning of Nov. 30:

Mutual 11: Carports 130-131

Mutual 15: Carports 7-8, 10 and 13

Mutual 16: Carport 9

The following carports will be cleaned that afternoon:

Mutual 15: Carports 3, 6, 11-12

Health & Fitness

Legacy Runner doesn’t give up

by Patty Marsters


Tom Pontac started running at age 41. He was never an athlete, but at the time, he was in an unhappy marriage and felt he was always doing everything for everyone else. This would be something he could do for himself. “I thought, if I could run a 5K or 10K, that would be wonderful,” he recalls. “It was something I could do that made me feel special.”

He ran his first marathon when he was 42. “I didn’t have a lot of speed,” Pontac says, “but I had endurance.” 

And then he just kept running.

Now, at age 85, Pontac just completed the annual Long Beach Marathon as a Legacy Runner, one of about a dozen people who have completed all 37. 

“I actually finished before Sunday (the day of the race),” he says. “They allow us older runners to run virtually.”

Though many of the more than 250 races he’s competed in were full marathons, Pontac now does half marathons—which are still impressive at 13.1 miles. “The past few years have been tough,” he says, noting a cancer diagnosis (now in remission), Parkinson’s disease and an allergic reaction to a sulpha drug about eight months ago that led to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. “It takes all the energy out of you,” he says.  

Despite all that, Pontac tells himself—and others—to never give up. “No matter what it is in life, that’s the key: Don’t give up.”

It’s good advice that has helped him many times in life, but especially with marathons. Instead of looking at the full distance, Pontac says, people should focus on shorter pieces: get to the next tree, then to the next one, etc. “You have to chop it up into manageable situations. Don’t stop.” 

A few years ago, he started using mobility aids to help keep him upright on the course, as Parkinson’s can affect a person’s balance. In the Oct. 10 race, he used the ultra-light Let’s Fly rollator sent to him by Trust Care. “I can’t—or shouldn’t—run with a rollator,” he says, “but I can walk fast.”

Joining him often is his beloved wife of 25 years, Jeanne. The couple has competed in races around the globe. “How many people are lucky enough to run marathons, much less with their wife?” Pontac asks.

Pontac exercises every day for an hour. Every Monday, he joins the Leisure Leggers, a club that’s been active for around 21 years and of which he says he’s “president for life,” for a 1.75-mile trek. In addition, he boxes twice per week as part of a strenuous program specifically for people with Parkinson’s. 

“I tell people, ‘I have Parkinson’s, but Parkinson’s doesn’t have me,’” he says. Though it’s a hard diagnosis to get, Pontac says, it’s not the end of the world. He had initially worried that people would think he was pitiful and weak. But he actually has found the opposite to be true. “People tell me I’m their hero,” he says proudly. And it’s not just older folks. “Teens come up to me and tell me I’m terrific and ask me to pose for photos with them. . . . People will accept you.”

At his age, Pontac usually comes in first in his division. “Granted, at my age, there’s not many in my group,” he says with a laugh. He tells seniors who participate in races, especially his fellow Leisure Leggers, to take five minutes after they finish to “drink their beer, water, whatever, then look at the people coming in behind you who are younger, stronger. And remember: You came in ahead of them.”


What’s the Part B Giveback?

by Sandra Teel

Medicare insurance broker

Some Medicare insurance companies are offering the new buzz words in Medicare: “Part B Giveback Benefit.” Here’s how it works for 2022 plans:

If you are on Medicare and paying your Part B premium, some Medicare insurance companies are offering to pay part of your Part B premium, usually ranging from $50-$125 per month. This money is given directly to Social Security to pay down the Part B premium you owe each month. You will continue to pay the remaining amount owed.

If your Medicare payment is being taken out of your Social Security check each month, you will see a reduced payment for Part B. If you are receiving a quarterly Medicare Part B bill, you will see this giveback benefit reflected in your bill.

People have been bombarded in the past year with celebrity-endorsed Medicare ads offering the Part B giveback; however, not all insurance companies are currently offering the Giveback Benefit, and for those that are, people need to make sure their doctors are contracted with those plans before choosing to change.

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the Giveback Benefit or who are considering changing Medicare plans should contact a reputable broker first. They can help make sure people are on the Medicare plan that best fits their needs and offers all the benefits that are available in their area.

But beware of emails and phone calls from telemarketing companies that claim to be from Medicare or Social Security. Unless a person has called or emailed Medicare or Social Security first, those agencies will not contact anyone by phone. 

Sandra Teel is a Medicare insurance broker. She can be reached at (657) 204-4224 or (909) 856-9379.

Yoga Outdoors

Every Tuesday from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Travis Ott-Conn teaches “Yoga for Mobility” in Veterans Plaza. Relax and enjoy a great change of scenery. 

Text or call Connie Adkins at (562) 506-5063 for more information regarding yoga classes in Leisure World.

On Oct. 2, four bicyclists took the day off to enjoy a beautiful day in Catalina. Lana Yalen, Martha Valenzuela, Lucy Czra and Mary Romero enjoyed excursions, shopping and dining. Join the LW Bicyclists for a ride on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to locations including Eldorado Golf Course in Long Beach, Huntington Beach, and Shoreline Village in Long Beach. Helmets and safe shoes are required. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for details.

Balance & Stability Class

The Landmark Balance & Stability class is now available on Fridays at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the meeting ID is 849 8252 2530, and the password is practice. 

Instructor Adrianne Rosenfeld teaches the free, 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. It broadcasts around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390 and is available on youtube.com. Rosenfeld is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and an ACE Group exercise certificate. For more information, call (562) 397-1519 or email arosenfeld1@verizon.net.

Medical Qigong 

Medical Qigong class, led by instructor George Stennman, meets Saturdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. The club charges $3 per class or $10 per month. For more information, call Kathy Moran at (562) 596-0450.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, Oct. 14: Oven-roasted turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing and Brussels sprouts; cheesecake; roast beef and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus creamy coleslaw.

Friday, Oct. 15: Chicken enchilada casserole with red sauce, pinto beans and seasoned cauliflower; sugar cookies; Chinese chicken salad, with mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, onion and Asian dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, Oct. 18: Beef teriyaki, brown rice and Oriental vegetables; applesauce with cinnamon; chicken salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus homemade macaroni salad.

Tuesday, Oct. 19: Barbecue chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, and seasoned broccoli; vanilla pudding; taco salad, with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro and salsa dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, Oct. 20: Stuffed bell peppers, garlic-and-chive mashed potatoes, and green beans with pimentos; fresh pear; ham, turkey and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus Asian coleslaw.

Arts & Leisure

Lapidary Club welcomes all to its updated ‘creativity center’

by Patty Marsters


The Lapidary Club is excited to show off its remodeled room this month. Among the changes are new polishers, kiln and diamond saw. All of which will be on display during the club’s upcoming open house. (Exact dates have yet to be announced.)  

What hasn’t changed is the welcoming atmosphere. Anyone entering the room in Clubhouse 4 is greeted warmly and shown around, with members encouraging newcomers to sign up for a class and try something. “Everyone’s so friendly,” says Jan Friedland. “We learn from each other.” 

Club President Dean Jacobus prefers to call the Lapidary Room a “creativity center,” he says. Though the word lapidary refers to the cutting, polishing or engraving of precious stones and gems, the club offers so much more. “We get people started with beading, then they get interested and want to learn more, so they take more classes. They learn to cut and polish rocks and gems, then it’s working with glass and silversmithing. We get them hooked.”

Jacobus estimates it takes newcomers about three hours of training to know all the machines in the room. Most classes cost around $10 and include materials. For example, if you sign up for a beading class, you’ll get a tray to design jewelry pieces, plus access to all the beads and tools you need.

Once you learn the basics, club members say, you’re welcome to come back for more fun on your own. “After, say, the fused glass class,” Jacobus explains, “you walk out with two small bowls. Now you know how to do the basics, so you can come back and make something larger.”

The process can become something of an addiction. After caring for her husband for 11 years until his death, Thuy Do decided to take up a new hobby. She took a class in the Lapidary Room, then came back to learn something else. She learned how to cut and polish rocks and gems and how to craft extraordinary items. “Every day, I go to church, then I come here to make something,” she says. The display case outside the room features many of her works, including a glass bowl, a freshwater pearl necklace with a floral clasp, and a clock made from stone. 

But one piece not in the display case is the blue topaz ring she presented to her daughter Stephanie as a wedding present last year. “Lucky I didn’t make a mistake, or it would have been a very small ring,” Do says with a giggle. In fact, there was enough left over to make a ring for her other daughter, Jennifer, and herself. 

Another regular presence in the Lapidary Room is silversmith Paul Polinski, who teaches wire bending and soldering classes. He also tries to fix jewelry for LW residents. “I get a lot of antique pieces,” he says. While his specialty is silver, if someone comes in needing a gold jump ring or something simple, he can often help. 

In addition to a wide range of classes, the club also ventures outside the gates from time to time. There are quarterly field trips to the OC Mineral & Gem Fair at the OC Fairgrounds to stock up on beads, wire, gems, tools and more. But some members will find what they need in unlikely places.

Do pulled a large piece of multicolored glass from her daughter’s yard in San Diego; she’s now cutting it into pieces to make jewelry. “I saw this, and I said, ‘I can make something with this,’” she says, unwrapping the cloth protecting it. 

And with that, she gets back to creating.

Fused Glass Class

The Lapidary Club is offering a fused glass class on holiday decorations, taught by Yevette Louie. The dates of the class are Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Nov. 23 and Dec. 14. Each class runs from 12:30-3 p.m. The cost is $15 and includes materials. To sign up, visit the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4.

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first: Qd7.

The White queen moves from d2 to d7, then Black rook to d7, followed by White knight to c7 and Black rook to c7. The next move by White is checkmate. 

The Chess Club meets under the umbrella behind Clubhouse 3 from 1-6 p.m. on Fridays, weather permitting. Beginners are welcome for a free lesson.

Garden Club

With a great deal of thought and concern for its members, the Garden Club Board of Directors has voted to cancel the club’s general meetings until further notice. The board decided meeting indoors did not seem wise under the current conditions; in addition to dealing with COVID 19, it’s now the beginning of flu season.

Speakers are on hold until general meetings resume. The board hopes to be able to resume meeting in January.

Dancing Feet Club 

To celebrate Halloween, the Dancing Feet Club will hold a masquerade ball in Clubhouse 2 on Oct. 24 from 6-9:30 p.m. The club’s line dancers will present a couple of dances and a special number to entertain the guests. All attendees are requested to don their favorite costumes to spice up the occasion.

Line dance lessons and practice will continue at the same venue on Mondays from 7-9 p.m. 

For health reasons, wearing a mask is mandated in clubhouses.

For more information, text Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.

LW Orchestra

The LW Orchestra seeks a trombone player and a French horn player. It encourages anyone who has not played in several years to not let that fact scare them, adding that the group works with a wonderful conductor, Samuel Kim. 

Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in the Amphitheater with the stage doors open to simulate outdoor conditions. Those interested should contact Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669 or fredreker326@gmail.com.

Among the winners of the Cypress Art League’s Annual Autumn Show is LW resident Joan Boryta. She won Best of Show” with “Harmony” (shown), third place in the watercolor division for “Feeding Frenzy” and the Diamond International Award for “Summer Breeze.” Alice Sioson of LW took honorable mention for her 3-D piece “Lady Torso” and first place in Division III watercolors for “Sunflowers.”

Women’s Club Table Top Games 

Mark your calendar for Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., when the Women’s Club Table Top Games return to Clubhouse 2. Members should bring any number of ladies with them and any game they want. Anyone who does not have the game they want to play or who wants to set up a new table or join a different table should call Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240. Each person pays $1, which goes toward the charities the Women’s Club supports in Leisure World. 

The club will furnish coffee and iced tea; snacks will be available. Doors will open at noon for those who want to bring in their own lunch and eat with friends.

“If you have neighbors that are new, this is a nice opportunity to bring them and let them see what fun we have,” says Krehbiel. 

Because of COVID restrictions, it is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask while in the clubhouse.

Creative Writers Club

The Creative Writers Club meets Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Masks are required, per the GRF. 

New members are welcome. Call Fred Wind at (562) 810-6650 for more information. 

So we find ourselves in October. The past year or two drift behind us like an ugly oil slick. Friends have suffered; some have passed on. We have come face-to-face with frailty and loneliness. How we ache for the ordinary, the everyday life that gives us the comfort of casual conversation, the joy of coffee with kids, the fine fellowship of friends. And for some of us, we lost the seemingly simple joy of having someone listen to us. How important that is—the sense that somehow we are more than a passing blip on the radar of existence that no one notices. We are meant to relate, to share.

—Fred Wind

Friends of
the Library 

The Friends of the Library has reopened. 

The store, located adjacent to the LW Library, is open the following hours:

Monday and Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Women’s Golf Club

Judy Kim scores hole-in-one

The Women’s Golf Club congratulates the winners of the President’s Cup Tournament who were presented with their awards at the general meeting on Oct. 5. In first place was Veronica Chang, followed by Chong Hee Kim in second and Janice Turner in third. Tied for fourth place were Myung Kim and Helen Yoon.

Also on that beautiful, sunny fall day, 44 members of the Women’s Golf Club played for low gross, low net and circle hole on No. 2. Two golfers hit the golf ball from the tee box directly into the circle surrounding Hole 2. Congratulations to Judy Kim for scoring a hole in one on that hole.

The flight winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: tie between Ann Tran and Devora Kim, 28; low net: Margie Thompson, 26.

Flight B: Low gross: Pam Krug, 28; low net: tie between Stella Yoon and Joann Lim, 22; circle holes: Judy Kim and Mary Grieg.

Flight C: Low gross: Hailee Yang, 34; low net: tie between Anne Walshe, Soo Kim and Kay Hong, 26.

Flight D: Low gross: Sally Jacobs, 37; low net: Joyce Bausch, 26.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the women playing with the Women’s Golf Club on Oct. 19 and the Guys & Gals Tournament on Oct. 20 are encouraged to wear pink. A donation jar will be available at the golf course for anyone wanting to contribute to the Breast Cancer Angels, a local nonprofit organization.

—Dale Quinn

Mutual 1 residents Sylvia Uselton (l) and Debbi Fudge volunteered on Oct. 2 to help restore the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Seal Beach with the Aquarium of the Pacific after seeing the opportunity in the Sept. 23 LW Weekly. The Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewardship Program staff present reported that the 17 volunteers collected 77 pounds of trash.

Community Karaoke

Gerry Taguloa dedicated the song “She Believes in Me” to his lovely wife, Vilma, at the Oct. 6 karaoke party. Among the other performers were Erika Greenwood with a country and western tune, Eileen Merritt with a fine “I Want to Know What Love is,” and Carolyn Mottola with “Candy Man.”

It felt as if Elvis was in the building as his hits were sung by David Noble and Ric Dizon. Representing the Bee Gees were Richard Yokomi, Walt Bier and Tony Tupas. 

Regular singers Bob Barnum, Anna Le, Pat Kogok, Karen Morris, Vito Villamor, Wayne Urban, Pete Tupas, Don Sunday, Vinny Correnti and Essie Hicks rounded out the evening.

The Monday practice sessions in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. are helpful in perfecting favorite song selections. And everyone is welcome to the Wednesday karaoke parties in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Many come to enjoy the hot coffee and sweet treats while applauding the performers. 

-—Margie Thompson

Pool League

4-20 takes top spot in fall play

In the third week of the LW Pool League, the first-place Fantastics edged out Hot Sticks by a 7-6 score. Rusty Aquino of the Fantastics won four of his seven matches, including both of his singles matches in eight-ball and nine-ball. The tightly contested match lasted long after all the other teams had finished, but their slim margin of victory wasn’t enough to keep the Fantastics in the top spot.

The team 4-20 beat Ace in the Hole 11-2 and moved into first place by two games. Gary Monahan won all seven of his games, and teammate Bob Barnum won six. A very good player, Barnum rarely misses an easy shot or fails to play position for the next shot.

Pot Luck beat Go for Broke 10-3 and now sits in third place, only three games out of first. Paul Snellenberger won five games, including both of his singles. 

The Favorites won 9-3 over Break’em and Make’em. Dave Silva of the Favorites won six games, dropping only an eight-ball doubles match.

The next non-league event will be a 369 doubles tournament in Clubhouse 2 on Oct. 20 at 6:15 p.m. Anyone wanting to play should reserve a spot by contacting Eunis “Wildfire!” Christensen at cashfit8@icloud.com or (562) 879-1954. It’s $3 for club members and $5 for non-club residents. 

—Dave Silva

Yahtzee Club 

The Yahtzee Club has resumed meeting at 12:30 p.m. every Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. No new members will be accepted in October. Existing members need to call or text Kathy Rose at (714) 309-6873 by Wednesday of the week they plan to attend.

Seeking Your Frightful Scenes

Ghosts, goblins and other frightful sites are beginning to appear throughout Leisure World, including in the LW Library (above). Send photos of your spooktacular scenes to pattym@lwsb.com by Oct. 21 for possible inclusion in the Oct. 28 issue.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Theater Club will present its new show, “Early American History—Hysterical, not Historical,” at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.  It’s a comedic version of what really happened in the nation’s history.  There will be laughing and shaking of heads as people watch George and Martha Washington (played by Jon and Chris Russell) try to convince Betsy Ross (Maureen Ashley) to make a new flag for the country. Then there’s the drunk captain of the Mayflower, the cook who can’t cook, the Indian maidens who teach the pilgrim ladies how to cook and so much more. The show is free, but donations are appreciated. Doors open at 6 p.m.; audience members will need to bring their own beverages and snacks.

Hui O Hula’s 40-plus dancers and musicians thank Bernie Goossens (front center) for the gift of handmade, reversible masks in a Hawaiian motif, which are the perfect complement for the group’s performances. Bernie and his wife, Martha, moved to Mutual 2 from Downey four years ago; they took care of morning coffee and tea in Clubhouse 6’s Hospitality Room until COVID hit. The club extends a big mahalo/thanks to him and his aloha spirit. Interested residents are invited to join in free hula lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. in Veterans Plaza. Call (562) 431-2242 for more information.

One of the Joyful Line Dance class teachers, Chung Cha Lewis, shows members how to do the Tennessee waltz. LWers are welcome to join the fun every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon at Veterans Plaza. Classes are limited to 32 people, first come, first served. Face masks and exercise shoes are mandatory. For more information, send a text to (562) 301-5339.

LW Golf League Results for Oct. 1 at Riverview Golf Course

Thirteen men and one woman of the Leisure World Golf League participated in the Oct. 1 tournament at the par-70, 5,800-yard Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. At the 7 a.m. tee time, it was partly cloudy with cool temps that quickly elevated to produce a very warm, humid morning. The greens, tees and fairways are well-maintained, but the course stayed wet until late in the round. The golfers were unable to completely prevail over these conditions, so scoring was slightly higher than usual; only five players were at or under par, but there were five birdies recorded.

All scores below are net (gross minus handicap). The A Flight handicap is 0-20, and B Flight is over 20.

A Flight Winners: First place: Clay Fischer, even par 70; second: Fujio Norihiro, 1 over 71; third: tie between Gary Stivers and Dave LaCascia, 2 over 72; fourth: tie between Sam Choi, Larry Hillhouse and Bill McKusky. LaCascia and McKusky had birdies, and Norihiro scored fewest putts. LaCascia was closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 second hole, and McKusky was closest on the 100-yard, par-3 ninth hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Chris Lankford, an extremely well-played 10 under 60; second: Gene Vesely, a terrific 8 under 62; third: Bob Meripol, a really nice 6 under 64; fourth: tie between Tom Ross, Liz Meripol and Lowell Goltra. Birdies were carded by Lankford, Vesely and Munn, and Ross had fewest putts.

Friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. The league plays at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World. The courses are always quite full, so advance reservations with the league have become the norm, with a sign-up sheet available at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net, birdies, closest to the pin on two par-3s, and the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

Dreamin’ and Dancin’ returns

Dreamin’ and Dancin’, with Leisure World’s own Velvetones, will resume Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. At this time, the Golden Rain Foundation requires all attendees to wear masks and to sign in as they arrive. This is important not only for health reasons, but also to let the Recreation Department know how well-attended these events invariably are. 

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra performs swing and jazz music the first and third Sunday of each month in Clubhouse 4. All are invited to join the fun.

—Dan Wilderman


GRF Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule. Public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff, with limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask are required.

Thurs., March 25 Architectural Design Review Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Mon., March 29 Executive Session of the Executive Committee

Admin. Conference Room 1 p.m.

Thurs., April 1 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Fri., April 2 GRF Board Executive Session

virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., April 5 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Mon., April 5 Recreation Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Wed., April 7 Physical Property Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Thurs., April 8 Communications/IT Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Fri., April 9 Executive Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Mon., April 12 Mutual Administration Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Wed., April 14 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Mon., April 19 Finance Committee

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Tues., April 20 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Carport Cleaning Schedule 2021

Since most of the holidays in 2021 fall on workdays for LWSB’s cleaning contractor, all carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). The following carports will be cleaned the morning of Nov. 30:

Mutual 11: Carports 130 -131

Mutual 15: Carports 7-8, 10 and 13

Mutual 16: Carport 9

The following carports will be cleaned that afternoon:

Mutual 15: Carports 3, 6, 11-12

LW Community Guide 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the production of the LW Community Guide in 2020. If there are any changes to your information for the White Pages from 2019, or if you weren’t included in 2019 but want to be in 2021, contact pattym@lwsb.com with your name and address and/or phone number.

Call for Candidates

Mutual and GRF election cycle continues

Since 1962, Leisure World, Seal Beach, has operated on a united community spirit. There is no one more interested in their home, Mutual and community than LWers and their fellow shareholders. Only they can truly understand the value of the LW life and lifestyle and have the motivation to see their Mutual, as well as the entire community, prosper.

Being part of a Mutual or GRF Board places shareholders in the middle of the decision-making process, with their voice and opinions heard as they represent their fellow shareholders for a collective benefit.

Pride in community, patience and motivation to help others are very important qualities for running for a seat on their Mutual or GRF Board. It is the strength of the vast and varied experience each director has, as well as the collective strength of the Board, that builds community and protects LW’s lifestyle and homes. The skills and knowledge a person has compiled through the years will be put to good use.  

The duly elected Mutual and GRF Boards set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation and Trust property and all of its amenities. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate—that is, their fellow shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. The job takes time, effort and a willingness to donate a portion of everyday life to the community.

As a community of more than 9,000 highly qualified shareholders, there is so much expertise to offer. New ideas and perspectives are always needed, which means volunteers are needed. Though some deadlines have passed, there’s still time for candidates for Mutuals 1, 5, 12, 15 and 17, as well as the GRF Board of Directors.

The schedule below gives more details as to the Mutuals’ and GRF elections schedule. Anyone interested in or who has questions relating to becoming a candidate for his or her Mutual or GRF Board of Directors should contact the Stock Transfer Office at (562) 431-6586, ext. 346.

Mutual Meetings 

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change). 

Thurs., March 25 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., March 26 Mutual 6

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Thurs., April 1 Presidents’ Council

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., April 6 Mutual 16

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., April 6 Mutual 17

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Recap of GRF Board Activity, March 23


MOVED and duly approved to support the actions being taken into the investigation of the hate/bias crime of March 22.

Approved Consent Agenda: MOVED and duly approved the Committee/Board minutes for the month of February—the Feb. 1 Recreation Committee Board meeting, the Feb. 3 Physical Property Committee Board meeting, the Feb. 12, Executive Committee Board meeting, the Feb. 23 GRF Board of Directors meeting—as well as the GRF Board Report, dated March 23, and the acceptance of the Financial Statements, February, for Audit.


MOVED to accept the AB 3182 Ad Hoc Committee’s final report and formally recognize the dissolution of the committee.

MOVED to accept the GRF Bulk Cable Ad Hoc Committee’s final report and formally recognize the dissolution of the committee.


Approve Sublease for United Medical Imaging (UMI): MOVED to approve the sublease of space within the Health Care Center, between Monarch Medical and United Medical Imaging.

AB 3182  Ad Hoc Committee

TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 70-1400-1, Use of GRF (Trust) Facilities: MOVED to tentatively amend 70-1400-1, Use of GRF (Trust) Facilities, as presented, pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on April 27.

COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee

70-1448-3F, Fitness Center, Phase One—Reopening Request: MOVED to approve the reopening of Trust Property known as the Fitness Center in Clubhouse 6 under 70-1448-3F, Fitness Center Phase One—Emergency Operational Procedures with a maximum capacity of 10 percent of the equipment area only.

70-1448-3H, Library Phase One—Reopening Request: MOVED to approve the reopening of Trust Property known as LW Library under  70-1448-3H, Library, Phase One—Emergency Operational Procedures.

70-1448-3K, Clubhouses 1 and 2 Woodshops—Reopening Request: MOVED to approve the reopening of Trust Property known as Clubhouse 1 and Clubhouse 2 Woodshops under 70-1448-3K Phase One—Emergency Operational Procedures.

70-1448-3M, Art Room—Reopening Request: MOVED to approve the reopening of Trust Property known as Clubhouse 4, Art Room, under 70-1448-3M, Phase One—Emergency Operational Procedure.

70-1448-3N, Ceramics Room, Phase One—Reopening Request: MOVED to approve the reopening of Trust Property known as Clubhouse 4, Ceramics Room, under 70-1448-3N, Phase One—Emergency Operational.

70-1448-3O, Lapidary Room, Phase One—Reopening Request: MOVED to approve the reopening of Trust Property known as Clubhouse 4, Lapidary Room, under 70-1448-3O, Phase One—Emergency Operational Procedure.

70-1448-3P, Veterans Plaza, Phase Two—Expanded Request: MOVED to approve the expanded use of Trust Property known as Veterans Plaza, currently open in Phase One, under 70-1448-3P, Phase Two—Emergency Operational Procedure.

70-1448-3R, Mission Park, Phase Two—Expanded Request: MOVED to approve the expanded use of Trust Property known as Mission Park, currently open in Phase One, under 70-1448-3R, Phase Two—Emergency Operational Procedure.

Executive Committee

Amend 30-5020-1 Organization of the Board: MOVED to amend 30-5020-1, Organization of the Board, establishing that GRF Board Officers may not concurrently serve on their Mutual Board, as amended.

Amend 30-1001-5, Glossary of Terms: MOVED to amend 30-1001-5, Glossary of Terms, updating the document, as presented.

Finance Committee

Accept 2020 Audited Financial Statements and Excess Income Distribution: MOVED to accept the final draft of audited 2020 Golden Rain Foundation Financial Statements, as of Dec. 31, 2020, for the year then ended, and the proposed Independent Auditors’ Report, as submitted by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, hereby accepting the above-mentioned Financial Statements and reports therein, reflecting excess income of $602,940, less cash donations of $78,806 received from Golden Age Foundation specifically for trust projects, for a total of $524,134, and to authorize the President to sign the management representation letter.

Pursuant to Policy 40-5528-1—Refund of Excess Income, MOVED to approve the distribution of excess income, per the audited and approved 2020 Financial Statements to the Mutual Corporations, per the schedule of disbursement. 

Approve Reserve Funds for Investing in Indexed CDs: MOVED, in accordance with Policy 40-5520-1—Reserves, to approve setting aside no more than $200,000 in reserve funds to be invested in indexed CDs.

TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 40-5061-2, Fees: MOVED to refer 40-5061-2, Fees, to the Finance Committee for review.

Amend 40-5522-3, Safe Deposit Box: MOVED to amend 40-5522-3, Safe Deposit Box, updating individuals who are authorized to access GRF’s safe deposit box, as presented.

Amend 40-5528-1, Refund of Excess Income: MOVED to amend 40-5528-1, Refund of Excess Income, updating the elimination of excess fiscal year, operations budget income procedure, as presented.

Physical Property Committee

Reserve Funding Request—El Dorado, Spandrel Replacement: MOVED to award a contract to MJ Jurado, for the replacement of the concrete spandrel and portions of the curb and gutter on El Dorado, by Building 198, for a total cost not to exceed $9,512, Reserve funding, and authorize the President sign the contract.

Recreation Committee

TENTATIVE VOTE: RV Lot Space Annual Lease Fee Increase: MOVED to approve the 20 percent increase in the annual lease fee for spaces at the 5.5 Acre RV Lot, as presented, pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on April 27.

Notification of Proposed Changes to
GRF Governing Documents

Per the action of the GRF Board on March 23, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Approval, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of the following proposed changes to GRF Governing Documents. All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com or mailing comments to: Golden Rain Foundation, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beal, CA 90740, Attn: Proposed Document Revisions. Please reference the name of the governing document on any correspondence you submit. All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative on these documents at its regular April 27 meeting.

70-1400-1, Use of GRF (Trust) Facilities

The Trust facilities of the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) are maintained for the use of residents stockholder/members of Seal Beach Leisure World with the following qualifications exceptions:


Persons, as defined in California Civil Code Section 51.3 who are not stockholders Members/Owners (M/O) but are approved by the Mutuals to reside with a stockholder/member M/O, shall be entitled to use all of the Trust facilities upon payment of the Trust Property Use Fee (TPUF), a fee equal to the Amenities Fee listed in 40-5061-2.


Persons who are not senior citizens as defined in California Civil Code Section 51.3, eligible to be classified as Qualified Permanent Residents under California Civil Code Section 51.3, and approved by the Mutuals, shall be entitled to use all of the Trust facilities upon payment of TPUF a fee equal to the Amenities Fee listed in 40-5061-2.


Mutual 17 Lessees shall be entitled to use all of the Trust Property facilities upon payment of a Lessee Amenities the Annual Fee, as specified in 40-5061-2.


Mutual R/Ls shall be entitled to use all of the Trust facilities upon payment of the Trust Property Use Fee.


Permitted caregiver residents, as defined in California Civil Code Section 51.3, and non-resident health-care providers, shall be required to obtain Service Passes and are not entitled to use any of the Trust facilities.


At its regularly scheduled meeting on March 1, the Recreation Committee duly moved and approved to recommend to the Finance Committee a 20 percent increase to the yearly fee for a space lease at the GRF 5.5 Acre RV lot. 

The Finance Committee, at its meeting on March 15, reviewed the proposed fee increase for compliance to provisions of Civil Code 5600 (Boards may not impose assessments or fees that exceed the amount necessary to defray the costs for which it is levied) and approved a 20 percent increase in the annual lease rate, to be effective June 1, for a stall in the RV Lot and send to the Board for final approval.

Operational expenses are calculated at:

2021 Budget Expense: $20,656

RV Lot Attendant: $26,208

RC Admin: $5,094, at $18 per stall

FC Admin: $3,396, at $12 per stall

Subtotal: $55,354

Budgeted Income: $46,000

Subtotal: -$9,354

20 percent Stall increase: $9,200

Break Even: -$154

Number of Stalls: 283

The current annual rates are:

10- to 20-foot space: $170

21- to 30-foot space: $200

31- to 40-foot space: $290

The new recommended annual rates are:

10- to 20-foot space: $204 ($34 increase)

21- to 30-foot space: $240 ($40 increase)

31- to 40-foot space: $348 ($58 increase)

Health & Fitness

Senior Cuisine Delivered

Experience restaurant-quality meals specially made for Orange County’s older adults, delivered safely to your home. Choose from among your favorite participating restaurants and caterers, and receive lunch and dinner for two for four or six days a week. Meals are affordably priced at $9.95 each, with no additional delivery costs. Customers receive $15 off when they subscribe for two weeks. Use code 15OFF at checkout. There is a $7.50 discount for the first week, and a $7.50 discount for the second week. 

Meal providers for the Seal Beach area include Blue Stone Kitchen, Jewish Community Services of OC, Norms and Zest in a Bowl. The provider will contact you to arrange delivery. No meal preparation is needed; just heat and eat. 

Place your order online at seniorcuisinedelivered.mealsonwheelsoc.org/collections/resturaunts/seal-beach. For help or more information, call (714) 823-3294.

Let’s De-Stress Virtual Class

 Stress is a normal part of life, but how you deal with that stress makes a big difference to your health. 

Connect with others and learn tips on ways to better manage the stress in your life in this free series sponsored by Monarch Healthcare & Scan Independence at Home.  Each session ends with a gratitude meditation.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://scanhealthplan.zoom.us/j/95741470401. The meeting ID is 957 4147 0401.

Sessions are every Wednesday at 10 a.m. until June 23.

Zumba and Dance Fitness Clubs

Get off the couch! There are two low-impact dance clubs you can join, both of which meet at Veterans Park. Zumba Club meets on Mondays at 5 p.m., and the Dance Fitness Club comes together on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Both are free during the pandemic. 

For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.

At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits

Saliva and nostril test kits are available at no cost for people who live in Orange County and are asymptomatic or have exposure concerns. The kits include prepaid return shipping. Register online via occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-testing; orders will be fulfilled within 24-48 hours.

Don’t let your guard down yet

By CJ Blomquist


With indoor dining returning and vaccines available, it may feel as if things are slowly returning to normal. But don’t get too comfortable! COVID-19 is still around, and everyone needs to do their part to stay healthy. If you’re longing for a social life, keep up with the original recommendations on how to stay social while staying away. 

Call up old friends. Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to avoid people. This is a great time to catch up with friends you haven’t spoken to in a while.

Use FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or another video-chat platform. Need to see some friendly faces? If you have a smartphone or tablet, it’s a great time to explore how these technologies work.

Plan for the future. Catching up with friends and family is going to be much-needed after being cooped up. Start creating some fun reunion ideas for 2022.

We all need to get out of the house at some point, but plan to do so safely.

Go for a walk. With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to come up with a daily walking routine. Continue to wear a facemask.

Go to dinner. After a long year spent at home, going to a restaurant is a treat. To be safe, be strategic: Go at times when restaurants aren’t as busy, and opt for outdoor dining whenever possible. You can go with a friend or two, as long as everyone has been vaccinated.

See family—safely. If you already have both your COVID-19 vaccine doses and have waited the recommended 14 days, you can see family in person. But don’t see a lot of people at once. Spend some time with a few family members; it’s a way to get more quality time with each person. 

If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, now is the time! Leisure World is continuing to hold vaccine clinics; be sure to register via www.lwsb.com/vaccine. The sooner everyone is protected against COVID-19, the sooner life will get back to normal.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.25 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, March 25: Spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce, whole-grain roll, and seasoned broccoli; maple baked pears; roast beef-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus marinated beet salad. 

Friday, March 26: Chicken enchilada casserole with red sauce, pinto beans, and seasoned cauliflower; sugar cookies; taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro and salsa dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, March 29: Curry chicken, brown and wild rice, and zucchini with tomatoes; jello with fruit; egg-salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet-and-onion salad.

Tuesday, March 30: Turkey à la king, biscuit, and green beans with pimentos; yogurt with berries; Chinese chicken salad with mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, onion and Asian dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, March 31: Beef lasagna, whole-grain dinner roll, and broccoli and cauliflower; baked apples with granola; turkey-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus macaroni salad.

Arts & Leisure

Help Musical Theatre West keep shining

By Patty Marsters


Musical Theatre West (MTW) hopes to “Keep the Lights On” with its virtual benefit series, which features concerts by Broadway and local stars.

Founded as the Whittier Civic Light Opera in 1952, Musical Theatre West now produces shows at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach and offers outreach programs to the community. But, as is the case with most entertainment providers worldwide, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has kept its doors locked. 

“These are challenging times in the theater community, and benefit concerts that allow audiences an intimate concert experience have become vital for theaters across the country,” said MTW executive director Paul Garman.

Partnering with streaming and ticketing platform Stellar, MTW brings its stage magic to your computer or smart TV for $27.50 per performance. All proceeds benefit the theater company in its mission to “enrich the community with Broadway-quality productions, preserve musical theater as a unique American art form and expose people of all backgrounds to the excitement of musical theater,” according to its website.

Until  Sunday, March 28, viewers can catch an encore broadcast featuring Terron Brooks, the star of MTW’s “Ragtime,” Broadway’s “The Lion King” and TV’s “The Temptations.” 

Popular MTW and Broadway performer Cynthia Ferrer joins forces with Emmy Award winner Randy Rogel for a concert filled with music and humor that streams April 1-11.

Starting April 15, Jason Graae presents “Perfect Hermany,” a tribute to Broadway composer Jerry Herman, who was best known for “Mame,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “Hello, Dolly!” Graae hilariously portrayed Cookie in MTW’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and has appeared in such Broadway shows as “A Grand Night for Singing” and “Stardust.” This concert, filmed at the Musical Theatre West Reiner Rehearsal Hall, is presented in partnership with 42nd Street Moon, San Francisco.

From Broadway’s “Wicked” and MTW’s “Sunset Boulevard” comes David Burnham. The encore broadcast of his 2020 show streams April 29-May 9. 

Anna Mintzer first appeared on the MTW stage as Alice Murphy in “Bright Star” and was part of the national touring company of “The Sound of Music.” She can now be seen on Amazon’s “New Dogs, All Tricks” and, starting May 13, as part of the “Keep the Lights On” fundraiser. 

MTW celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a special concert that streams May 27-June 2. A list of performers will be announced. 

A stage veteran of 11 Broadway productions, Grasan Kingsbury has won Grammy and Emmy awards and has been part of Tony and Grammy award-winning revivals. His concert runs June 10-20.

The series concludes with an encore broadcast June 24-July 4 featuring David Engel, Larry Raben and Bets Malone, who have been part of more than 50 MTW productions. 

Tickets for the concerts, all of which are closed captioned, can be purchased via www.musical.org.

Technology Classes by Miryam

Miryam Fernandez’s technology classes are held every other Tuesday at 2 p.m. Topics change each session, all of which are closed captioned. For an invitation, email Fernandez at mzzmimm@gmail.com. If you need help setting up a microphone and/or video or have other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before class begins. 

Registration is required at least six hours prior to allow for technological issues.

March 30: Facebook

April 13: iPhone

April 27: Beginner’s Guide to Gmail


Important Reminders

• It’s been reported that fraudsters are using telemarketing calls, emails, text messages, social-media platforms and even door-to-door visits to collect personal information and finances from individuals while promising to provide a vaccination. Please be careful!

• Apple, Microsoft, IRS, Social Security, etc., will never contact you by phone, text or email. If there’s a problem with your account, they will shut you down until you contact them.

Master Gardener Zoom Workshops

The GRF Mini Farm’s Master Gardeners are giving monthly workshops on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Zoom links can be found on the mini farm website at www.lwsb.com/mini-farm/ on the morning of each workshop. All are welcome to attend, but current and prospective mini farmers are especially encouraged to join. The dates and topics are:

April 8: Gopher Management

May 13: Terrific Tomatoes

June 10: Insect Pest Management

More workshops will be offered later in the year, potentially in person.

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

March 18-24 

Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot

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

• Friday: Katella Deli—deli favorites, appetizers, salads, hot entrées; specials of the day available onsite, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611, or order online at www.katellabakery.com. 

• Saturday: Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que—barbecue, salads, sandwiches, 3-5 p.m., no preorders, cash/cards.

• Sunday: Closed. 

• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck—chicken or meat kabobs, gyros, falafel, loaded fries, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. To preorder, go to www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696; mention LWSB when ordering.

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

• Wednesday: Italian Burgers and Grill Food Truck—Burgers, sausage, chicken, steak and loaded fries, all with an Italian accent, 3:30-5:30 p.m., PayPal/checks/cash/cards. See the full menu at www.bestfoodtrucks.com/restaurants/pizzini/trucks/italian-burger-grill/menu. Preorders accepted via email to info@italianburgergrill.com or text to (424) 299-6291; make sure to specify you are ordering for Leisure World.


 All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine. Masks and 6-foot social distancing required. For more information or to offer feedback, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

On-call bus service is available weekdays from 4:30 p.m., when regular service ends; weekends are on-call at any time. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379. 

Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Vendors are subject to change. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/. 

Pool Club

The pool cues held in lockers in the Pool Room had to be removed because renovations in Clubhouse 2. Pool Club president Dave Silva is looking for the owners of the two-piece cues so that they may be returned. If you are an owner or are a relative of one of the owners and can identify the cue, contact Silva at (562) 209-3183. Pool cues that are unclaimed by April 20 will be sold at a blind-bid auction on a later date.

Professional dancer Pat Erickson graces the Joyful Line Dance Class with cariñito, a Peruvian cumbia. Thanks to Laura Garcia’s suggestion, the class has learned the moves to the Jerusalema Dance Challenge, a global phenomenon that has been embraced by everyone from lawyers to firemen to flash mobs. The class is held at Veterans Plaza every Wednesday at 2 p.m., except for the fourth Wednesday, when it starts at 3 p.m. Under Jojo Weingart’s leadership, members take the lead to display their favorite dances in various styles, including country and western, hip-hop, mambo, tango, waltz, and more. All shareholders are welcome to join;  participants are required to wear face masks, follow the rules of social distancing, and wear exercise shoes—no flip-flops or sandals. For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Hui O Hula

LW club celebrates its 16th hula-versary

Hui O Hula celebrated its 16th anniversary “on the green” on St. Patrick’s Day. As is tradition, the dancers and band members dressed in green. 

They celebrated the occasion by dancing the Green Rose Hula; eating a lunch of salads, corned beef on Hawaiian sweet bread and cake; and taking a group photo. Instructor Jojo Weingart (front) and her board—Kaye Huff, Susan Cucci (behind Jojo) and Yo Kishi (behind Kaye with hat)—recalled celebrating with dancers at the clubhouses throughout the years, including around a decade ago in Clubhouse 4 (see below).  

With everyone fully vaccinated, thanks to the GRF, they wish the pandemic will soon be over so they can start enjoying class in the newly renovated Clubhouse 6. In the meantime, dancers will continue to practice at Veterans Plaza on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome; dancers should wear masks and soft shoes—or go barefoot .  Call (562) 431-2242 or email Jojo@HuiOHula.com for more class and performance information.

Happy Monday, Get Strong Kick-Start 

Prevent age-related muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia, with strength training. Via Zoom, certified personal trainer and Leisure World resident Eunis “WildFire!” Christensen leads simple at-home workouts with dumbbells and stretch tubing/bands every Monday at 4 p.m. This free, interactive half-hour group class is designed to help people stay strong and healthy for years to come. 

Rather than with a formal livestream class, interaction provides participants the opportunity to ask questions to ensure their form is correct.

Christensen’s fitness certifications and education include: certified personal trainer from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM®); group fitness instructor from National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA®); health coach-lifestyle and weight management from American Council on Exercise (ACE®); corrective exercise specialist from NASM; Functional Aging Institute-certified specialist; Zumba® gold licensed instructor; and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) level 3 golf fitness instructor. City of Seal Beach Business License: CHR0006, Personal Fitness Training.

Email wildfire1@truetomybody.com or call (562) 879-1954 for registration information.

Video Producers Zoom Meetings

The Video Producers Club offers free, weekly Zoom classes, as well as a social opportunity. 

Classes are as follows:

• Monday, 2 p.m.: Zoom class for iPad and Mac users hosted by Fred Carpenter. For an invite to his class, email sail1942@gmail.com.

• Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Charlie Guggino. For an invite to this class, email joosuna29a@gmail.com.

• Thursday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ and Intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with host Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to this class, email 0501042@gmail.com.

• Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: The one-hour Zoom Party Social, hosted by Valentinetti, is open to all residents. For an invite, email 0501042@gmail.com.

—Joe Osuna

Leisure Bikers

Sunday Leisure Bikers ride to Long Beach Municipal Golf Course and have breakfast, then continue to El Dorado park for a 2-mile hike at the Nature Center. There are also rides on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All are invited to join; helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more information.

Family Radio Service Users

Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World: The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. The call-in time is 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then call in stating your first name, last name initial and mutual number. Remember to press the side button to speak, then release when finished.

For more instruction on the use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at rjerxn@yahoo.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.

Where We Live

Where We Live Club has heard from more than 300 shareholders interested in feng shui workshops. As a result, the club is hoping to broadcast its workshops via SBTV 3. Everyone who signed up for the workshops will receive notifications about the broadcast schedule as well as a list of required materials. There is still time to sign up via email at wherewelive@yahoo.com or snail mail at Where We Live Club, P.O. Box 2213, Seal Beach, CA 90740. The club hopes to offer in-person workshops starting in May.

This feature showcases original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. 

My Smart Phone

I love my new smart phone; it’s smarter than me—

A gift from a nephew and niece who love me.

It lets me send emails, all for a small fee.

It lets me get messages and jokes all for free.

It gives me the weather, the time, and a key

That opens the door to the future for me!

—Ethel Ina Carter, Mutual 2

Balance & Stability Class

A Landmark Balance & Stability class is offered on Saturdays, 11 a.m. A certified instructor teaches the free, 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. It broadcasts at around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390 and is available on youtube.com.

Join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the meeting ID is 849 8252 2530, and the password is practice.

The instructor is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and an ACE Group exercise certificate.

Literature Art Contest

The Leisure World Library is sponsoring a Literature Art Contest, for which LWers are asked to re-create a scene or pay tribute to a suggested famous work of fiction.

Any artistic medium—paint, ceramic, sculpture, wood, paper, needlecraft or other handcraft—will be accepted, but artists should be mindful that submitted works will be on display outside for several hours. 

Participants will need to choose from among the following classics, all of which have been adapted into movies: 

• “The Great Gatsby” 

• “The Three Musketeers” 

• “Frankenstein” 

• “The Old Man and the Sea”

• “Gone with the Wind”

• “The Hobbit”

• “Huckleberry Finn”

• “Call of the Wild”

• “To Kill a Mockingbird”

• “Little Women”

• “Pride and Prejudice”

• “The Wizard of Oz”

• “Treasure Island”

• “Alice in Wonderland”

• “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”

Completed entries, accompanied by a copy of the entry form, should be dropped off at the library April 12-15, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Entry forms will be printed in the LW Weekly (see below), as well as available at the library.

Artworks will be displayed at Veterans Plaza on April 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with winners announced promptly at 2 p.m. First place receives $200, second place receives $100, and third place receives $50 in Visa gift cards.

Knott’s brings back its Boysenberry Festival 

By Patty Marsters


Though it has yet to set an official reopening date, Knott’s Berry Farm has offered locals the chance to experience its delicious seasonal delicacies. And there is no greater local delicacy than the boysenberry. 

The definitive origins of the boysenberry have remained a mystery, but most people trace it back to Rudolph Boysen, a farmer in Anaheim. According to Knott’s history, the experimental hybrid of the loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry were wilting on the vine until Walter Knott transplanted the plant to his Buena Park farm, where he and his wife, Cordelia, nurtured what we now call the boysenberry. 

As a means of staving off Depression hardships, Cordelia began selling jams and jellies made from the berries in 1932, and soon there was a small restaurant that was famous for its fried chicken and boysenberry pies.

More recently—the spring of 2014—Knott’s Berry Farm has held a tribute to the fragile berry with its Boysenberry Festival, offering both sweet and savory concoctions. While the hoopla of the amusement park is silent this year, there are more than 80 treats to sample. 

As you walk through the park, you’ll find unique bites in every corner. Among the savory items are boysenberry barbecue carne asada pizza, boysenberry brisket tater tots topped with crispy jalapeño chips and a boysenberry aioli, mac-and-cheese bites over tater tots with a boysenberry Siracha ketchup, pork bao buns with a boysenberry kimchi and nam pla, Beyond Meatballs with a boysenberry barbecue sauce over cauliflower cilantro rice, boysenberry barbecue brisket mac and cheese, boysenberry beef stew over Spanish rice, apple-and-chicken sausage with boysenberry mustard on a boysenberry bun, elote with boysenberry mayo and cotija cheese, pastrami sandwich on a pretzel bun with provolone cheese and boysenberry mustard, Thai green curry and veggies in a spicy noodle bowl with a boysenberry drizzle, açai bowl with boysenberries, turkey sandwich on a Hawaiian bun with brie cheese and a boysenberry-cranberry relish, cheeseburger with a boysenberry-onion spread on a brioche bun, veggie sliders on a pretzel bun with a boysenberry aioli, boysenberry barbecue meatloaf, boysenberry balsamic Brussels sprouts, boysenberry-flavored shrimp and grits, salmon and orzo salad with boysenberries, boysenberry-barbecue-glazed wings, Philly cheese fries with a boysenberry-onion topping, boysenberry queso dip, Mexican street corn chowder with boysenberry tortilla strips, etouffee with shrimp and boysenberry sausage over rice, shrimp taco with boysenberry salsa, boysenberry shrimp ceviche, chef’s special tamale with a boysenberry roja sauce, popcorn with a boysenberry butter, veggie chili with boysenberry cilantro lime cauliflower rice, boysenberry mashed potato bowl with grilled chicken or tofu and corn, chicken tenders sandwich with a boysenberry mayo on a brioche bun, and chicken tenders with a boysenberry aioli.

On the sweeter side, there’s boysenberry pie with whipped cream, boysenberry cake with boysenberry cream cheese icing, boysenberry crisp with vanilla ice cream, boysenberry macaron, boysenberry bread pudding with a crème anglaise, vegan boysenberry lemon and almond loaf, funnel  cake with boysenberry ice cream and a lemon drizzle, red raspberry cheesecake with whipped cream and a boysenberry drizzle, Fun Bun with a boysenberry glaze, boysenberry Dippin’ Dots, boysenberry key lime tart, “Hint of Lemon” churro bites or funnel fries with a boysenberry-and-chocolate dipping sauce, boysenberry and white chocolate chip cookie sandwich filled with vanilla soft serve, boysenberry ice cream float with boysenberry ice cream, red concha stuffed with boysenberry ice cream, and boysenberry thumbprint cookies. 

Wash it all down with a boysenberry and basil lemonade, boysenberry aqua fresca, boysenberry smoothie, boysenberry ICEE float made with vanilla soft serve, or boysenberry milk tea with popping pearls. Or, for a more adult beverage, try a boysenberry iced Irish cream coffee, boysenberry Cosmopolitan, boysenberry wine, boysenberry sangria, boysenberry slushy Sangria, frozen boysenberry mai tai, or Champagne and boysenberry soft serve ice cream float.

There’s even boysenberry-themed merchandise from more than 20 local crafters.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival runs through May 2. Masks and special tasting cards are required for entry. Regular tasting cards cost $45 (plus tax) and include five food tastings. The cards are date-specific and must be purchased online prior to the date of visit. You can view the calendar of available days and hours and purchase the cards at www.knotts.com/events/taste-of-boysenberry-festival.

Golf League Results

A very dreary, overcast morning greeted seven intrepid golfers on March 15 at the David L. Baker executive golf course. It’s a tricky, par-62, 4,000-yard course with no par-5s, but plenty of water hazards and troublesome bunkers. With the threat of significant rain, the players teed off at 7 a.m. with hopes of getting most of the round in before the heavy precipitation arrived. The avid golfers came prepared, carrying umbrellas and dressed in ponchos, slickers and other necessary gear. 

Unfortunately, after four holes, the rain came; it persisted until the next-to-last hole two hours later. By rounds end, everything was very wet: clubs, bags, rain gear and persevering golfers. A hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, plus a long, hot shower were clearly in the cards.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). A Flight handicaps range from 0-20; B flight is higher than 20.

A Flight Winners: First place: Dave LaCascia, 3 under 59, plus fewest putts; second: Fujio Norihiro, 1 over 63, plus a birdie; third: Bill McKusky, plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 third hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Tom Ross, a very nice 10 under, plus fewest putts; second: Marv Ballard, 3 under 59.

In a reversal of fortune, a nice, sunny morning greeted six men, one woman and one guest four days later at the Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Riverview is a par-70, 5,800-yard course, with sloping fairways, lots of water hazards, numerous elevated greens and strategically placed bunkers.

Twice a year, every golf course aerates and sands its greens and tee boxes to keep them well-drained and in good grass-growing condition. This week was when Riverview performed that task. The greens are sandy (and very slow) until the sand is worn or pressed into the grass, as well as rough and uneven from the aeration holes. Therefore, no fewest putts were counted, and as long as players were on the green, two putts was the maximum taken.

A Flight Winners: First place: tie between Jim Goltra and Norihiro, 3 under 67; second: LaCascia, even par 70; third: Larry Hillhouse. Jim had two birdies, and Norihiro had one. Jim was also closest to the pin on the 145-yard, par-3 second hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Lowell Goltra, 4 under 66; second: Liz Meripol, 1 over 71. Guest player Mike Looney had the closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 ninth hole. Looney has now played three rounds with the league and qualifies to enter the prize pool.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana, and Willowick in Garden Grove. In general, masks are required at the pro shops, but optional while waiting to tee off. No masks are required on the putting greens, driving range or the course itself. Golfers are respectful of one other’s personal space, social distancing is observed, and there is no contact with others’ equipment. Golf carts are single person only unless riders are from the same household. 

LW Men’s Club membership is not required, and friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight, birdies, closest to the pin on two par-3s, and lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-One and eagles, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact McKusky (562) 430-8618 or LaCascia (801) 674-5975.

Handicaps can be determined using local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer, more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact LaCascia for more information. 

—Dave LaCascia

Chess Club

The Chess Club publishes weekly puzzles to keep the love of the game alive, since members cannot currently meet to play in person.

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first. Any answer by black, the white’s third move is checkmate.

The solution to this week’s puzzle’s first move is Rf8; the white Rook moves from F1 to F8.

Religion, pages 9-10

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 15, with Rabbi  Eric Dangott at 6:30 p.m and Saturday, Oct. 16, at 9:30 a.m.

New members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks by texting  (714) 642-0122 or emailing jfsacks@gmail.com. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number to call for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.

The walking group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Clubhouse 3, Bus Stop A.

The book club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The group is reading a short story titled “Puttermesser: Her Work History, Her Ancestry, Her Afterlife” from the book “Here I Am.” To join, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. For more information, contact Ruth Hermann at (562) 430-3107.

Temple Beth David in Westminster will present a Chicago Tribute Experience on Sunday, Oct. 24. There will be a barbecue at noon, and the concert will begin at 2 p.m. The cost is $25 for each adult and $10 for those under 18. People can pay $5 for a hamburger, veggie burger or hot dog  plus chips and a drink (soda or water). Beer will also be available for a slightly higher cost. Go to https://www.templebethdavid.org/events/chicago-tribute-experience-concert-bbq to RSVP.

Those who need to be added or removed from the misheberach list should let Darlene Rose know by Wednesday at (562) 347-8088.

Those who want to participate in games, book club or livestream services should call Jeff.

Anyone who wants to join the congregation should call Howard Brass at (562) 794-9090.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev livestream services are on Facebook and Zoom. To watch on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/beithalev; to join the Zoomagogue community, go to  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

Livestream services are every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Lech L’cha (Go for yourself), in Genesis 16:1-17:27, provides a personal look at the anguish that Sarai suffers from her inability to become pregnant by Avram.  Sarai offers her husband her Egyptian servant, Hagar, in the hope that Hagar, if she becomes pregnant, will give birth to a baby boy while seated on Sarai’s lap.  In this, way, Hagar will have been Sarai’s surrogate and Sarai will then have “a son through her.”  Hagar does indeed become pregnant by Avram, but Sarai then becomes an object of scorn by Hagar.  The chapter ends with HaShem reiterating the promise of a son to be born to Sarai and Avram and changes their names to Sarah and Avraham as a special blessing.

All Beit HaLev services use special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which were adapted and abridged for the online services from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.”  Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available at the in-person Shabbat services.

Beit HaLev is a Jewish Universalist community. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy.  The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Everyone who seeks a path to the divine is welcome. 

To request a membership form for Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com.

Community Church

Community Church will host another Vet Care Pet Clinic on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 9-11 a.m. on the church’s front patio. Vet services are offered at a reduced price. People are asked to wear  face masks, and dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers.

Community Church is currently back to in-person worship for those who are “masked, vaxxed and relaxed.”  Virtual services will still be available for those who are not ready to come back yet. 

Each week, Pastor Johan Dodge reminds all who are present that the word Gospel means “good news,” and if the word of God being used in a way that isn’t good news, then it isn’t the true Gospel.  

This week, Community Church continues its study of the character of discipleship with a look at a conversation and competition.  James and John are seeking fame, power and prestige, and Jesus turns the tables on them. The kingdom Jesus invites people into through discipleship is not run like a kingdom in the world. It is a teaching believers are still learning to live out fully.  

Community Church is a place where everything is designed with the first-time participant in mind. Those have not felt welcome in church or have never participated in church before,  are welcome to join.

Find Community Church on Facebook, @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld. Those who do not have a Facebook account can  contact the church office for the Zoom link.  

For more information on the church, call (562) 431-2503 or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com.

Assembly of God

Many of the most well-loved passages of scripture come from the Psalms. It seems there is a Psalm to match whatever one is going through. Some psalms are victorious declarations of the goodness, power and authority of God. Some psalms are gentle whispers of encouragement to broken hearts. 

Pastor Chuck Franco will lead a six-week journey through “Lessons from the Psalms,” beginning Sunday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The first sermon will be a two-part study on Psalm 1:1-6, titled “Which Way Will I Go?”  

The Bible study group will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. to continue its study in Colossians. The sixth session will cover Colossians 3:1-17.  The study incorporates a short video teaching by Louie Giglio and further teaching by Pastor Chuck with student participation. It is a personally challenging and encouraging in-depth look at Paul’s words to the church in Colossae, highlighting the supremacy of Christ and his transformational work in believers.  

Assembly of God is  grateful for the cooperation exhibited by members and guests by wearing facial coverings when attending meetings in person. DVDs of the worship services are available to those who want to remain at home. Those who would like to receive a DVD  can contact the church office.

To receive more information about the church, or to receive prayer, contact Pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco at (562) 357-4360 or pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com.

First Christian Church

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


All First Christian services, Bible studies and prayer meetings are suspended at this time. The church board will announce resumption of services and prayer meetings soon.   

The Message

The third directive offered in Romans 12:12, “devoted to prayer,” examines the context and the manner of prayer that is called for. It is addressed to the brethren in the church of believers (verse 12:1). The entire chapter 12 of Romans is a blueprint for how believers are to act in accord with one another. It is a long list and immensely important for a variety of reasons. These guidelines are how members of the church need to treat one another,  how to be a witness, plus recognize people who openly and secretly choose to not be counted as believers in the Gospel. Among these, some will look for failures in people who profess to be followers of Christ.  They are often quick to admonish and judge what they observe among people of faith.  Therefore, it seems to confirm to them that if Christians cannot show their love, give honor or refrain from gossiping about other members in the church family, why would they want to be counted among them?  It is a valid thought. Personality conflicts arise inside and out of churches.  But believers are called to a higher standard:“devoted to prayer.” Plain and simple, pray for one another. Pray for the church to be in unity, in one accord, and pray for the ability to “honor one another above yourself” (Romans 12:10). Notice it did not say to only honor when you approve. Christ displays the example of unconditional love. 

Scripture of the Week

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16).


Those who want to speak to someone at the church or have a need can call (562) 431-8810 and leave a message. 

LW Baptist

LW Baptist will meet for worship at on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

This week’s service echoes the Gospel theme “Send the light from shore to shore.” Jesus once put off a woman’s request by telling her the children must be fed first before the dogs. She countered, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Jesus commended her faith and granted her request. Likewise, in Luke 17:11, Jesus heals 10 lepers, but forgives only the one who was an outsider because of his faith. Explaining, Jesus said, “Where are the other nine? Has no one but this foreigner returned to give praise to God?” And he told the man, “Your faith has saved you.” 

Jesus gives many pictures of God’s mercy. One of them is that many from east and west will be at table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; another is every recovery and restoration believers experience previews their future glorification in God’s presence.

Sunday School meets before church at 9:15 a.m. The men’s Bible Fellowship meets Mondays at 10 a.m., and the Energizers group meets on Wedensdays at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room1. 

For information, call (562) 430-8598.

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly is excited to announce the rescheduling of the “Prison Ministry Spotlight” event at its 5:30 p.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 17.  

FCA’s own Earlene Leming, who is herself a 35-year plus veteran of prison ministry, will introduce the guests. People will hear from Jenny Travis, who is on the board of Aglow Prison Ministry, and two of her friends from Aglow: Suzy, who was wrongly incarcerated for 17 years, and Viola, who oversees two women’s homes in Merced County.  Join FCA on Sunday to hear the powerful testimonies from these inspiring women. 

First-time visitors will receive a free, signed copy of Earlene’s new book, “The Higher Call.”  This book is filled with inspirational and miraculous stories of Earlene’s life and her times with Aglow ministering to inmates. It’s a book that’s hard to put down. All are welcome to attend.

Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  Pre-service prayer is on Saturday at 5 p.m. The midweek Bible study is each Wednesday at 11 a.m. Grief Share meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden Room.  

To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or go to www.FCAchurch.net.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In his concluding remarks of the October General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson reminded believers to keep their focus on the Lord and away from the voices and pressures of the world.

“The voices and pressures of the world are engaging and numerous. But too many voices are deceptive, seductive, and can pull us off the covenant path. To avoid the inevitable heartbreak that follows, I plead with you today to counter the lure of the world by making time for the Lord in your life—each and every day.

“If you are not also seeking the Lord through daily prayer and gospel study, you leave yourself vulnerable to philosophies that may be intriguing but are not true. Even Saints who are otherwise faithful can be derailed by the steady beat of Babylon’s band.

“Nothing invites the Spirit more than fixing your focus on Jesus Christ. Talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, feast upon the words of Christ, and press forward with steadfastness in Christ. Make your Sabbath a delight as you worship him, partake of the sacrament and keep his day holy.”

Following these remarks, Nelson announced 13 new temples to be built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Tacloban, Philippines; Monrovia, Liberia; Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Culiacán, Mexico; Vitória, Brazil; La Paz, Bolivia; Santiago West, Chile; Fort Worth, Texas; Cody, Wyoming; Rexburg North, Idaho; and Heber Valley, Utah. 

With these newly announced temples, there will be a total of 265 temples throughout the world, providing even more opportunity for the Lord’s children, on both sides of the veil, to reap the blessings of the restored Gospel. 

Visit www.churchofjesuschrist.org to read all the inspiring messages from the October 2021 General Conference sessions. 

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Oct.  17. The first reading is from Isaiah 53:10-11, and the second reading is from Hebrews 4:14-16. The Gospel reading is from Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45.  


To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe. Visit the website for more information at www.holyfamilysb.com. 

The church is still operating at its regular Mass schedule. Father Nguyen suggests that people wear masks while inside the church. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Weekday Masses are Monday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and confessions are on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m.

Redeemer Lutheran

“Helping, Lifting and Serving in Christ’s Name” is the theme Redeemer Lutheran’s service on Sunday, Oct. 17.

The main service is held inside the stained-glass sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. There is also offer an opportunity for a more intimate prayer and worship service outside beginning  at  9:30 a.m. Both services are accompanied by organ music and Communion. 

In order to continue caring for one another’s safety, and following healthcare guidance, masks and social distancing are required. 

Community, pages 17-20

Sunshine Club

Randy Ankeny will present on pending 2022 projects and budget

GRF Executive Director  Randy Ankeny will be the guest speaker at the Sunsine Club’s Zoom meeting on Friday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. Ankeny will  speak about the 2022 budget and other GRF projects. He will also answer questions from the audience.

Although COVID-19 has temporarily taken away some amenities, the GRF Board has used this time to renew and refresh things around Leisure World and Ankeny is excited about what everyone will see once LW can again open its doors fully.

All shareholders are welcome to join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87427954280?pwd=dExQR2dDblZSbUNkQlVoclhrajFhUT09. The meeting ID is 874 2795 4280, and the passcode is 080651.

Those who would like to get theZoom link by email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. (text only, no phone calls). 

Ankeny has been in his post since June 2013. Through his experience and education, Ankeny had developed a keen sense of customer service and a commitment to enhancing lifestyles to protect and increase property values of the communities under his care. Ankeny also has substantive executive experience in managing service and property operations. 

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

Senior peace club

Zoom meetings will be discontinued

The Board of Directors of the Senior Peace Club has voted to suspend further Zoom monthly meetings. When it’s safe to have in-person meetings in the clubhouses again, the monthly general membership meetings will resume in compliance with all LW safety guidelines. The Board hopes to resume meetings in January.

The club will continue holding demonstrations in front of the globe on the last Wednesday of each month. The club’s newsletter, produced by Janice Laine, will also continue to be sent out to the membership via email.

The September demonstration focused on welcoming home the troops from the Afghan war, which was the country’s longest war ever. The organization Veterans Against War also participated in the demonstration, and the event was well attended and successful.

Nikkei Club

The Nikkei Club will meet on Saturday, Oct.16, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11 a.m. Carla Ibarra, who is a licenced independent agent and Medicare option specialist, will be the guest speaker. She will cover the plans and answer questions about which plan will the be most beneficial. 

There will be a free lunch at the meeting. People are asked to RSVP as soon as possible by calling Sherri Vanek at (714) 916-6313 or Michie Kimura at (714) 317-1102. Dessert will be donated by the club members. This is open to all residents of LW. Masks must be worn  in the room.

American Legion Post 327

The American Legion Post 327 will hold an in-person meeting on Monday, Oct. 18. Commander Richard Carson will call the meeting to order at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.  All veterans are welcome to attend.  For more information, contact Cmdr. Carson at (714) 719-6873.

American Latino Club

The American Latino Club will meet today, Oct. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11:30 a.m. The club will celebrate Vice President Alicia Ortuzar’s birthday with a cake. Members are asked to wear masks.

-Amy Walker, secretary

Animal Care Services

Long Beach Animal Care Services provides animal control services to Seal Beach. To report coyote activities or other animal control issues, call the 24-hour animal services line, (562) 570-7387, or go online at www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife/coyote-report. 

Remember to not enagage and give space to wild animals, strays and any sick or agressive looking animal you come across.

For Your Information:

When there is doubt about LW policy or rules and regulations, residents should refer to their Occupancy Agreement or direct questions to their mutual directors or GRF representatives

Three cheers for another year!

Three LWers celebrated their birthdays with close friends and family.

Danny and Helen Evangelista enjoy a nine-day adventure

Danny and Helen Evangelista of Mutual 1, Orly  and Mercy Sanchez of Mutual 10, and Ruben and Nora Garcia of Mutual 2 all set out on a nine-day adventure through  Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Antelope Canyon from Sept. 23-Oct. 1 to celebrate Danny’s and Helen’s birthdays. 

Beginning at 4 a.m., the group drove to Salt Lake City, Utah. The next day, they travelled to the west gate of Yellowstone National Park, passing by idyllic scenery in Idaho and Montana. The group spent the night at the Westwood Hotel and enjoyed barbecuing by the property.

After touring the west side of the park, they drove to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before checking in at Togwate Cabins, close to the Grand Teton National Park. 

On the way back, the group drove to Page, Arizona, to take in the sights of Horseshoe Bend and the upper Antelope Canyon area. The entire group was in awe of the amazing effects the sunlight had inside the canyon. 

The group returned home on Oct. 1, filled with unforgettable memories of their adventures. 

Joann Bambridge turns 90 years old

Joann Bambridge of Mutual 1 reached her 90th birthday on Sept. 28. Joann celebrated her milestone birthday with dinner at the California Fish Grill, with Romy and Francis Villanueva . Joann also celebrated with Francis and Debbi Fudge with a“2 O’clock Delight” individually wrapped muffin get-together. 

Korean American Classical Music Association

The Korean American Classical Music Assocation  (KACMA) will reopen today, Oct. 14, from  9:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

Program director Samuel Kim will present the following programs this month: Winterreise (Winter Journey) on Oct. 14, Opera Orfeo by Ed Eurydice on Oct. 21, and Symphony No. 35 by “Haffner” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Oct. 28.

Club members are asked to wear face masks and bring their own coffee cups to the meetings.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

Leisure World Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at noon via Zoom. Login information can be found on page 9 of the club’s Oct. 6 newsletter. Anyone who needs help retrieving the login information can email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call (562) 296-8521.  

 Katrina Foley will be the guest speaker at the meeting. She was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2021 to fill the balance of a term vacated early and will be on the ballot again in June 2022.  

Five other Democrats recently announced they are running for election in 2022. Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) will challenge incumbent California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara. Seal Beach resident Rick Foster will challenge incumbent Claude Parrish for County Assessor. David Dobson is running to represent the Fourth District on the California Board of Equalization. Malia Cohen and Yvonne Yu have entered the race to succeed Betty Yee, who is termed out as California’s Comptroller at the end of 2022.

These five new candidates have joined Pete Harden, who had previously announced he was running for Orange County District Attorney against incumbent Todd Spitzer.  All of these Democratic candidates will be invited to speak at the club’s membership meetings in the coming months.

Foster was recently appointed by Foley to the Development Process Review Board. He will represent the Second District by helping shape and make policies that affect unincorporated lands in Orange County. He is currently the founder and manager of a company that works to provide homes for seniors, disabled veterans and battered women transitioning from shelters to housing.  He also founded You Are Safe Here, an international city designation for LGBTQ+ visitors and refugees.


Club members will also receive a list of nominees for the club’s 2022-2023 Board at the Oct. 20 meeting. The nominees are: Rachael Lehmberg for hospitality committee chair, Carolyn Smith for nominating committee chair, Martha Warner for special events committee chair, and Debbie Wrathall for program committee chair.  The position of secretary remains unfilled for the time being. Nominations from the floor will be received at the meeting or can be submitted by emailing  democraticclubSBLW@gmail.com up to Oct. 31. Any nomination must include the consent of the person being nominated. 

President Mary Tromp, Vice-President Kathy Moran, Treasurer Marylee Thomsen, Membership Committee Chair Loni Gardette, Publicity Committee Chair Mary Larson and Assistant Treasurer Kathy Moran will be serving the second year of their two-year terms on the club’s board. 

LW Democrats and supporters who are interested in more in-depth, up-to-date reporting on the issues can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. To subscribe, email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com, or call editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521.

Enjoying a leisurely walk

Over the past 18 months,  Michael Oh and Anna Derby discovered a nice path filled with trees, all kinds of different colors of flowers, birds, playful squirrels, hawks and marvelous sunsets. 

“We didn’t know how beautiful our surroundings were until a friend took a photo while we were on a daily walk,” Derby said. “This photo looks like a forest path, far away from Leisure World.”

The pair said that having company helps them walk longer and makes the routine pleasant.  They see the same walkers each day and they smile at one another, which makes it even more fun.

Variety is the key for the success, so they believe, so creating a routine that allows both flexibility and the opportunity for increased distanced helps them stay motivated.

Republican Club

Congressman Michelle Steel will be the Republican Club’s guest speaker on Friday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. She will discuss constituent services available at her office as well as other issues.

The regular Republican Club meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Masks are mandatory for both meetings.

Leave a lasting legacy in LW

People can include the Golden Age Foundation  (GAF) when planning their will or estate. Previous legacy contributions from generous shareholders have funded many projects that benefit people in need, including a mobility-impaired bus, Meals On Wheels and numerous bus shelters that provide comfort for shareholders. Consult with an estate planning professional if you are interested in a legacy contribution to the GAF.

The GAF is a nonprofit, charitable organization (tax ID 23-7273105). For information visit www.goldenagefdn.org or call  (562) 431-9589 and leave your name, phone number and email address.

Mutual 8 Community Picnic

Mutual 8 will hold its community picnic on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 1-4 p.m. at the Clubhouse 1 picnic tables. 

Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, bottled water, condiments and paper goods will be provided. People are asked to bring a side dish that serves 6-8 people and wear a mask while waiting in the food line. People must RSVP with their main dish by Sunday, Oct. 17.

Transportation to and from Clubhouse 1 is available. For more information, call Camille Thompson at (760) 291-0852.

Volunteers are now offering LW residents a free “God Bless America” cross to anyone who would like one. Donations are accepted and go toward purchasing materials.  To receive a cross, call Debbie Harlow at (513) 490 6250.

Italian American Club

The Italian American Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

Masks are required to attend the meeting.  

Those who have questions or comments can call the club president at (562) 355-2918. 


The following is summary of the security report for September. The report has been edited for brevity and clarity. 


Sept. 5, 9:12 p.m., Mutual 12

New batteries were required for a fire alarm.

Sept. 5, 12:45 p.m., Mutual 2

Smoke was detected due to burnt toast, no fire reported.


Sept. 4, 12:41 p.m., Mutual 9

A resident stated she was missing silverware and filed a report.

•Sept. 14, 3:06 p.m., RV Lot

GRF-owned Ring device with camera was removed. 

Sept. 14, 6:20 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident reported a wheel cover missing from her vehicle.  She also reported her vehicle license tag was removed one month ago. A replacement tag was ordered.

Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m., Mutual 5

A resident reported checking account statements and other items were missing.

Sept. 20, 8:34 a.m., Mutual 1

A resident stated an unknown person removed her property.

Sept. 20, 10:35 a.m., Mutual 11

A resident reported personal papers were removed from his residence.

Sept.  22, 9:21 p.m., Mutual 15

A resident reported clothing and a rug was removed from the laundry room dryer.

Sept. 29, 10:11 a.m., Mutual 5

A resident stated a visitor pass was removed from an unlocked vehicle.

Sept. 29,  11:17 a.m., Mutual 1

A resident stated an unknown person removed her shopping cart from her carport.


Sept. 1, Unknown, Mutual 3

A resident reported deliberate vandalism of her vehicle’s tire.

Sept. 2, 6:05 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident reported a damaged golf tire.

Sept. 7, 4:35 p.m., Administration Parking Lot

An unknown suspect used black marker to vandalize a GRF vehicle and 24-hour nurses vehicle.

Sept. 23, 3:53 p.m., Mutual 11

An unknown suspect painted a swastika on a resident’s walkway.  SBPD was advised of the incident. 


Sept. 1, 4:20 p.m., Mutual 11

A resident’s dog bit another resident on the hand while the victim was petting it. Transport to the hospital was not required. 

Sept. 8, 7:47 a.m., Mutual 2

A dog was barking inside a unit. The resident was advised of pet regulations.

Sept. 12, 5:58 p.m., Pickleball Court

A unleashed dog was on the court. Owner was advised of pet regulations. 


Sept. 1, 1:55 p.m., Mutual 4

Vehicles collided in the parking lot area. No injuries were reported.

Sept. 2, 12:42 p.m., Administration Parking Lot

A vehicle struck the entry ramp pole and left the scene.

Sept. 8, 2:15 p.m.,Cedar Crest Lane

A moving vehicle struck a parked vehicle.

Sept. 10, 10 a.m., Main Gate

The top of a moving truck struck the flood light under the canopy at the Main Gate.

Sept. 18, 3:54 p.m.,Golden Rain Road/St. Andrews Drive

A wreck involving two moving vehicles caused minor damage.

Sept. 21, 11 a.m., Golden Rain Road/St. Andrews Drive

A moving vehicle struck another moving vehicle, causing minor damage to mirror.

Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Golden Rain Road/St. Andrews Drive

A driver struck another moving vehicle, then struck a person in a mobility scooter. SB police and paramedics assisted at the scene.


Sept. 1, 9:15 p.m., Mutual 1

Ongoing complaint of noises coming from neighboring units.

Sept. 4, 8:51 p.m., Mutual 4

A resident reported hearing a loud noise outside of residence. No noise detected at the scene. 

Sept. 12, 7:40 p.m., Mutual 7

Excessive volume was coming from a neighbor’s unit with no answer at the door. Mutual president will advise resident at a later time.

Sept. 15, 2:33 a.m., Mutual 14

A resident was yelling on the  golf course and escorted home without further incident.

Sept. 15, 2:52 a.m., Mutual 15

A resident complained of noise coming from the freeway construction area,

Sept. 15, 11:24 a.m., Mutual 2

Resident reported hearing people and animals in her attic area. No noise was detected at the scene. 

Sept. 16, 4 p.m., Mutual 1

Ongoing complaint from resident of noise; no noise was detected.

Sept. 22, 1:45 p.m., Mutual 4

Ongoing noise complaint regarding neighbor disturbing the peace.

Sept. 25, 8:20 p.m., Mutual 11

Loud music and talking was reported in neighboring unit. The resident was advised and reduced the volume.

Sept. 27, 1 p.m., Mutual 4

Ongoing noise complaint regarding neighbor disturbing the peace.

Sept. 29, 12:01 p.m., Mutual 2

Ongoing complaint of noises coming from the attic. No noise was detected at the scene.

Injuries: 7

Sept. 1, 3:38 p.m., Mutual 5

A resident was found on  the ground near the dumpsters and transported to the hospital.

Sept. 5, 8:11 a.m., Mutual 12

A resident stated he tripped and was taken to the hospital.

Sept. 8, 6:20 p.m., Mutual 6

A resident fell while getting out of a lawn chair and was transported to the hospital.

Sept. 11, 12:20 p.m., Mutual 3

A resident tripped over a  curb but  did not require transportation to the hospital. 

Sept. 18, 10:50 a.m., Woodshop

A resident cut his finger while operating woodshop machinery.

Sept. 20, 4:38 p.m., Mutual 14

A resident fell while dragging an item near his carport and was taken to the hospital.

Sept. 21, 7:08 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident felt weak and almost fell. Did not  need transportation to hospital.


Sept. 5, 12:20 a.m., Mutual 5

A resident was delivered safely home. Security found a water leak in the home and called maintenance.

Sept. 5, 2:33 p.m., Mutual 3

A lost resident was picked up and escorted home.

Sept. 6, 11:30 a.m., Mutual 7

A resident was found by another resident and escorted home.

Sept. 10, 7:58 p.m., Mutual 3

A lost resident was escorted home.

Sept. 14, 8:40 p.m., Mutual 3

Ongoing issue with resident wandering from her unit.

Sept. 27, 9:07 p.m., Mutual 10

A resident was found and returned home safely.


Sept. 1, 4:30 p.m., Front Gate

A person without legal authority attempted to enter the community. Entry was denied, and the person left the scene.

Sept. 2, 8:55 p.m., Mutual 6

A resident observed a person with a flashlight across the street from her unit. No one was found.

Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m., Mutual 1

A resident reported her front door was ajar when she returned home. No items were reported missing.

Sept. 5,  5:55 p.m., 1.8 Acres

Ongoing resident dispute 

Sept. 5, 8:50 p.m., Mutal 10

Ongoing resident issue of people entering her home. Trespassers were not located.

Sept. 5, 4:11 p.m., Mutual 3

Residents were involved in a verbal altercation. SBPD was called to the scene to keep the peace.

Sept. 7, 11:50 p.m., Mutual 2

Ongoing resident dispute regarding a variety of issues.

Sept. 8, 1 p.m., 1.8 Acres

Ongoing resident dispute involving use of 1.8 Acres.

Sept. 9, 12:39 p.m., Mutual 1

Ongoing resident dispute regarding a variety of issues.

Sept. 10, 1:25 p.m., Mutual 5

Neighbors were involved in verbal altercation. No crime was reported;  Security  kept the peace.

Sept. 11, 6:06 p.m., Mutual 15

A fallen tree was reported. A landscaper was contracted to remove tree. 

Sept. 12, 2:39 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident reported unknown people in her residence. No one was found in the unit.

Sept. 13, 12:55 p.m., Mutual 5

A resident reported  observing a  man walking in the night, then disappeared on Sept. 10.

Sept. 13, 12:18 p.m., Golf Course

A resident who was not playing golf wandered onto the course. The resident was advised and left.

Sept. 14, 5:46 p.m., Mutual 11

Ongoing resident issue with resident verbally abusing others. SBPD arrived at the scene and transported the resident.

Sept. 15, 2:59 a.m., Mutual 4

Resident smelled gas inside his unit. Gas was not detected at the scene. 

Sept. 16, 3:20 p.m., Mutual 2

Resident found an obscenity etched in the dust on her vehicle.

Sept. 16, 7:09 p.m., Mutual 11

Ongoing neighbor issue regarding trash.

Sept. 17, 1:16 p.m., Mutual 2

Resident found an obscenity etched in the dust on her vehicle.

Sept. 17, 12:52 p.m., Mutual 1

A vendor was sleeping in a  vehicle in the carport  area. The vendor was advised of policies,  complied and left the scene.

Sept. 18, 4:14 p.m., Mutual 15

Residents were involved in a verbal altercation regarding the washing machines.

Sept. 18, 12:32 p.m., Mutual 7

A resident claimed someone was parking in his carport space. No vehicle was found.

Sept. 19, 8:27 p.m., Mutual 1

A resident observed an unknown person near her unit. The person left the scene.

Sept. 23, 6:21 p.m., Mutual 2

Ongoing neighbor dispute. Both parties were advised and kept the peace.

Sept. 24, 3:44 p.m., Mutual 4

An ongoing resident dispute; one resident stated she would contact SBPD.

Sept. 24,  1:39 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident claims her neighbor pours acid on her plants.  Mutual ordered a soil test.

Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m., Mutual 10

Ongoing resident complaint regarding the services received from GRF employees.

Sept. 24, 1:24 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident stated work in a neighboring unit caused damage to her personal effects.

Sept. 25, 7:20 p.m., Mutual 5

Security conducted a wellness check. Resident was found to be okay.

Sept. 28, 10:45 p.m., Mutual 11

SBPD arrived at scene during a family dispute. Police spoke to all parties and kept the peace.

Sept. 29, 11:39 a.m., Mutual 9

A resident reported another resident used obscene language toward him.

Sept. 30, 1:10 p.m., Mutual 12

A resident stated another resident involved her in a verbal altercation over her dog.

Sept. 30, 10:54 a.m., Mutual 1

A person was reported sleeping in a vehicle inside a carport.  No one was found.


Paramedic calls: 147 (average 4.9 calls per day).

Theft: 9

Vandalism: 4

Traffic Incidents: 7

Death Investigations: 15

Lost Residents: 6

Injuries: 7

Noise Complaints: 11

Fire Reports: 2

Pet Complaints: 3

Grand Total: 211

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, Oct. 14

4 pm Rollin’ Thunder Parade 2021

4:30 pm LW Special Olympics 2021

4:38 pm LW Sewing Brigade

5 pm Captain Joe Disappears

5:15 pm Maui Swap Meet 2018

5:31 pm LW Shakespeare Sonnets

5:45 pm Alaska/LW Radio Club

6 pm Life and Times in SB:

Rich Harbour/Kurt Augsburger

7 pm Vintage Car Cruise

8:30 pm Cerritos Center-

Lady Jazz

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


Friday, Oct. 15

4 pm Beginning of Leisure World

4:20 pm Alaska: The Final Frontier

4:30 pm Game Room Clubhouse 2

4:52 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloons

5 pm Halloween Pumpkin

Carving Contest

5:50 pm Scary Stories with Bill & Ethel

6 pm Roy Orbison Tribute 2021

7:30 pm Vintage Car Cruise

8:40 pm LW Sewing Brigade

9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


10:30 pm Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, Oct. 16

4 pm Head Master

4:15 pm Captain Joe Disappears

4:30 pm Rollin’ Thunder Parade 2021

5 pm Halloween Pumpkin 

Carving Contest

5:50 pm St. Augustine Road Trip

6 pm Roy Orbision Tribute 2021

7:30 pm McGaugh Third Grade Show

8:30 pm LAUSD

11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Sunday, Oct. 17

4 pm SB Planning Committee 

Meeting 10/11 REPLAY

5:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

6:45 pm The Street Where I Live

7 pm Life and Times in SB:

Rich Harbour/Kurt Augsburger

8:15 pm St. Augustine Road Trip

8:23 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloons

8:30 pm Ocean Perspectives: 

Watershed Wonders

9:30 pm Mystery at the Theater

10 pm Live at the Ford:

Vaud and the Villians

Monday, Oct. 18

4 pm Ghost Dance Naomi Nixon

4:03 pm Head Master

4:45 pm The Street Where I Live

5 pm Halloween Pumpkin 

Carving Contest

5:50 pm Scary Stories with Bill & Ethel

6 pm Captain Joe Disappears

6:15 pm Alaska/LW Radio Club

6:30 pm St. Augustine Road Trip

6:39 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloons

6:45 pm Alaska/LW Radio Club

7 pm SB City Council Meeting- LIVE

8:15 pm Terry Otte & Abilene 2021

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew 

Tuesday, Oct. 19

4 pm Head Master

4:10 pm Mystery at the Theater

4:40 pm Beginning of Leisure World

5 pm The Street Where I Live/ LW Hula 2021

5:30 pm Roy Orbison Tribute 2021

7:30 pm Vintage Car Cruise

8:15 pm Life and Times in SB:

Rich Harbour/Kurt Augsburger

9:30 pm Ford Theater:

Vaud and the Villians

10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Wednesday, Oct. 20

4 pm Ghost Dance Naomi Nixon

4:03 pm Halloween Pumkin

Carving Contest

5 pm Mystery at the Theater

5:32 pm Game Room Clubhouse 2

5:45 pm Aliens Among Us

6 pm The Street Where I Live

6:15 pm Alaska/LW Radio Club

6:30 pm Scary Stories with Bill & Ethel

6:40 pm Vintage Car Cruise 2021

7:50 pm St. Augustine Road Trip

8 pm Roy Orbison Tribute 2021

9:30 pm Live at the Ford:

Vaud and the Villians

11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

*All programming is subject to change.

obituaries, page 20

Frances Leona Johnson


Frances Leona Johnson was born Oct. 31, 1928, at 7:30 a.m. in Hatton, North Dakota to Vigo and Ragnild Onstad.

Frances married her husband of 71 years, Wallace Johnson, not long after World War II on Dec. 3, 1949, in the Mission Church of Balaton, Minnesota. She lived with and loved him up to the time of her peaceful passing, in her home on Sept. 18.

Frances was strong and ambitious. As a teenager, she harvested potatoes in the blistering heat of Minnesota and North  Dakota summers. As a young woman, she beat polio. Frances had two sons, and after they finished school, she worked several jobs outside the home and ran her own successful rental cleaning business.

Frances was a Bible Study Fellowship discussion group leader and teacher for many years and had a tough time retiring because the women really loved her. Frances also reviewed and critiqued papers for a prison Bible study group for many years. 

One of Frances’ favorite things to do, besides traveling to new and interesting places, was singing. Frances and Wally sang hundreds of times over the last 25 years for the Leisure World Baptist and Pentecostal churches, as well as The Salvation Army.

Frances and Wally, along with friends and relatives, went on many cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, the Mediterranean and through the Panama Canal and took many trips to countries such as Norway, Sweden, Russia, Germany and Israel. They also drove their camper up to the Alcan Highway to Alaska and to most National Parks.

Frances loved to cook big Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for her family and friends. Holidays and birthdays were special occasions, and she always went out of her way to make everyone who attended feel special. Frances also loved to read, her Bible mostly, but a good mystery was always on the list. 

Frances embodied the verses out of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Frances leaves behind her husband, Wally; her two sons, Kim and Tab; their wives, Pam and Sarah; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and countless friends, who all know she is with her savior and Lord, Jesus, who was born, lived a sinless life, died for her and their sins, and was raised again, which gives them the sure and present hope that they will see her again.


Catherine Cecelia 

Berres Tautges


Catherine Cecelia Berres Tautges died peacefully in Los Alamitos on Sept. 11. She was 81 years old. Catherine is survived by her spouse, David; their six children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was born in Milwaukee and lived and served as a music minister in various churches in Wisconsin and Illinois. Catherine was also active in the VFW Auxiliary Post 327 in Seal Beach. She will be missed by her family and her numerous friends and colleagues.

Catherine’s funeral Mass was on  Oct. 13 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos.



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 12/30


May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored and glorified, loved, honored, praised and preserved now and forever. Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Please pray for Katie. Say this prayer nine times for nine days and your petition will be grated. Must promise publication.



Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutuals. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172. 12/30


Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071. 


(562) 596-7757.  03/31/22


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/07/2022


562-596-0559 LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262

Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 40+ yrs in LW.

LW DECOR INC 562-596-0559.  11/11


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

License #699080 Serving LW since 1999. 11/11


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 12/30


Affordable – Professional, Licensed and Insured. Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License #1049257. 12/09



Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. 

LW Decor Inc.562-596-0559.  11/11


LADY PAINTER Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539. Interior paint, specialty-finishes, cabinets, murals and MORE! License #1033927.  12/08




40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 

562-596-0559.  11/11


All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. #578194. 12/30




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 11/25




Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 

562-596-0559.   11/11

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) 296-5040, (562) 296-8782.


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




Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart. Also batteries. 562-431-6859.


Assistant/Companion. Trustworthy, reliable, loving. Good driver for appointments, errands, or adventures. Dog-walking/sitting. $25/hour. References available. 20+ years experience. Lisa/562-400-6215.


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments and errands. Available 24/7. 

949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 12/30



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. 12/30


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 23-years  LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English.  Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 12/16



Over 25+ years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 12/02


Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. Gloria 949-371-7425. 12/23


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License #CAM0006. 12/09


Leisure World Caregiver experience. Has car and can provide references. Maria 562-257-7631. Seal Beach Business License LOP0007. 10/14


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd,  #116. (714) 425-4198. 11/18


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 10/14


Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 12/30


MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT. WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093. Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business License #AB0001. 11/11



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

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 11/18


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 12/23


Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.

Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic #HER0008. 12/23



We make your home sparkle! 7-days call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A.  

Call 562-505-1613. 12/09


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus. License License #CIP0001 11/18


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident  SB License FUH0001. 12/23



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 so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 11/18


Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/30


3-Wheel Scooter,  Like New,  Asking/$575. Batteries-in-excellent condition. To hear about extras/bells-&-whistles/562-430-5976. Could-possibly-deliver-to-you.


Need a lift? Pam Miller.

LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258. 10/07


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093. 12/23


Rides by Russ 714-655-1544. 11/04

autos/boats/rv’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License #779462. 10/07


2004 Lexus ES330. 111,480-miles; excellent inside & out, $6,800. Text or call 562-716-8478 for information.



No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787.  11/25



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618  12/02


Estate Sale-Anna Derby c/o GAF. Thursday, October 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00p.m. White night stand, unique lamps, small contemporary paintings, foot rest stool.  Lots of real Gold and costume jewelry, and so much more! At Mutual-5, Apartment-102H Green area. Anna Derby (562) 301-5339. LW News has copy of Mutual-5 approval paperwork.


JAZZY battery-charged-power wheelchair in excellent condition, 1-year old. High backseat, depth-adjustable, 21.87 turning-radius, up to 15miles per charge, 4-MPH/speed, 300lb/weight-capacity. Active-trac suspension ensures smooth ride on uneven surfaces, mid-wheel drive offers tight turning radius around doorways-and-corners. $2900 (paid $4,300) 714-308-5788


COMING SOON! Patio/Neighbor Carport Sale. October-21st, October 22nd, Mutual-15. McKinney Way.


La-Z-Boy Duo Reclining-Sofa; with/electric controls & USB ports @ both arms, excellent condition. $1,250 buyer must pick-up, 310-717-3619.


3-Wheel Bicycle,  Schwin “Meridan”, with/rear metal-basket. Good condition $230. Leave message 562-430-3742.


Splendide/Energy-Star Washer/Dryer (all-in-one-combination). Under countertop installation, almost brand-new, $500 negotiable. 714-322-8086


FURNITURE-SALE Sunday/October-17th (1:00pm-4:00pm)  1660 Tam O’Shanter Mutual-14/Apartment-5F.  Beautiful Dining Set & Hutch, Entertainment Unit, Traditional Bedroom-set, 2 living-room  chairs. ALL-LIKE-NEW!   For more details  call: 562-895-4721.

Leisure world apts/FOR rent

Unit available for lease $2,200/month (MINIMUM Yearly Rental) at 13240 Fairfield Lane. Mutual-7/Apartment-172G, Fully-Extended 2-Bedrooms, 1-Bath, Corner-Unit facing Greenbelt. Close to Parking/Carport. Inform Relatives/Friends.  Delia 310-339-9808. 10/28