Nov 3 2022
GRF Board Highlights
The Golden Rain Foundation Board is faced with the massive task of amending the Golden Rain Foundation Bylaws, which will require a community-wide special election.
GRF directors discussed the ramifications of the undertaking at the regular board meeting Oct. 25.
At issue are quorum requirements. A quorum is the minimum number of GRF members who must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.
Legal counsel has determined that the language in the GRF Bylaws does not match the process by which GRF elections are conducted. Therefore, the bylaws language must be brought into compliance to reflect actual election procedures.
As it stands now, “a literal reading of the current bylaws suggests that 6,608 ballots go out and the top 16 vote getters would be on the GRF Board for the next year,” GRF Vice President William Thompson said. “The new bylaw would codify that each Mutual elects its specific representative to the GRF Board. That information is not clear right now.”
The new language would read (with the change in bold): “The presence in person of 33-1/3% of the members of record in good standing at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at said meeting, except for the election of directors whereby quorum is based on 33-1/3% (33.33%) of the members of record in good standing of the Mutual that is voting for their respective GRF director representative, not all GRF members.”
This revision will align actual practice with GRF Bylaws.
It sounds like a simple task, but the challenge is that a majority of the community must agree to the proposed amendment. And the logistics of that present a signifcant hurdle. Instead of having a single-issue special election, GRF directors opted to have a ballot on this specific issue as part of the 2023 annual elections since half the community—specifically those in odd-numbered Mutuals—will already be participating in GRF elections.
In other news:
• The board gratefully received donations to the LW Library from the LW Woman’s Club, represented by President Rose Marie Sprague, $400; and the Friends of the Library Bookstore, represented by President Joyce Brannon, $5,000. LW Library Manager Taylor Greene accepted the donations, which will fund library materials (see pages 12 and 18 for photos).
• Upon the recommendation of the Recreation Committee, the board unanimously approved awarding a $5.3-million contract to Innovative Cleaning Services for a three-year term. The company is the GRF’s current janitorial service provider and has been praised for extraordinary service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The contract is for a three-year period and will be funded via the operating budget.
• The board approved a five-year lease for NuVision Credit Union, which is located in LW between the LW Library and Clubhouse 4. The current lease amount is $1,500 per month. Upon the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the board renewed the lease a rate of $2,000 per month for 12 months with a 5% increase commencing Dec. 1 during each successive year of the contract.
• The board voted to a contract to Zaino Tennis Courts for fencing to divide the pickleball courts at a cost of $6,997, plus a 10% contingency for a contract. A makeshift fence now prevents balls from migrating into others’ games, and the new fence will make the courts safer for all players.
• On the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the board amended 40-5528-1, Refund of Excess Income, to add a new transferred funds category, “Transfer to Capital Funds.”
Prior to this amendment, the policy allowed the GRF to move excess funds to its operating budget in one of several ways, including transferring to a contingency operating fund, refunding to Mutuals, transferring to the reserve fund or retaining in operating funds. Now a new category will permit a transfer into capital funds.
•Upon the recommendation of the Physical Property Committee, the board voted to award a contract to County Heating and Air for the emergency replacement of a heat pump on the first floor of Clubhouse 6 at a cost not to exceed $18,760, which includes a 20% contingency.
• Upon the recommendation of the Information Technology Services Committee, the board voted to fund a Sharepoint Migration project at a cost not to exceed $5,000 in capital funding.
The current Team/Sharepoint Site is used by all the departments. To increase security, the site will migrate to Office365 Cloud, per the recommendation of IT staff. The licensing is currently included with the email hosting, so there are no hosting costs, only the cost of migration services.
• The board sent a request for a robotic pool sweep back to the Recreation Committee for further investigation. The department wants to purchase the pool vacuum for the Aquatic Center as a first step to possibly expanding the operating hours of the facility. The Recreation Committee initially recommended buying the machine at the lowest bid of $5,363. Upon discussion by board members, it was decided to further investigate the potential purchase to see how much it would cost to include a cable winder, storage reel and caddy in the package. The higher priced quote, which came in at $12,171, included those crucial components.
The robotic vaccuum could save staff time hand cleaning the pool. That might provide a way for an earlier opening time, which some residents have requested.
—Ruth Osborn, editor for it to pass.
North Gate Road is Open
North Gate Road reopened at about 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. The road and LW’s access gate were closed July 5 to allow crews to install a new 18-inch sewer line underneath I-405, according to the Orange County Transporation Authority (OCTA).
The road is now open to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Access to Leisure World via the North Gate has also resumed.
Residents can enter LW through the North Gate from 6 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week.
The road closure was part of the 405 Improvement Project. In cooperation with Caltrans, OCTA is improving 16 miles of the freeway between the SR-73 in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line.
OCTA reports that the entire project is more than 85% complete, with work scheduled to wrap up by the end of next year.
Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-400-8994 for more information.
Bulk cable agreement is ending
A Message from the
Golden Rain Foundation,
Leisure World Seal Beach’s
Changes are coming to your Leisure World community cable TV programming on Jan. 1, 2023. That’s when the current bulk cable provider contract expires. Depending on what the 16 Mutual Boards decide, you may be able to subscribe at a discounted bulk rate. Or you may choose whether you are willing to pay full the retail rate like those outside the community.
While any cable TV agreement depends upon decisions your mutual board makes, GRF wants to collect impartial information to help residents determine the best options for their own in-home entertainment and information preferences.
Some basic questions:
What’s GRF’s stance on the competition between the two rival cable providers?
GRF received approval from all 16 mutuals in both 2021 and again in early 2022 to determine whether companies would be interested in running a bulk cable service among Leisure World’s 6,608 units.
On June 2, 2022, GRF presented outlines from five companies to the mutual presidents. At the time, only one company, Interact Solutions, answered the community’s central service specification: cheaper prices offered without 100% of residents subscribing.
Some mutual directors have confused the acknowledgement that Interact Solutions was the only provider in early June who satisfied this requirement as GRF’s “endorsement” of Interact Solutions. GRF does not endorse any potential provider. Superwire, the community’s current service, which chose not to submit a bid in the spring, entered the competition 10 weeks later.
What’s the situation now?
Interact Solutions now has contracts in Mutuals 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 17. Mutual 15 reportedly supports Superwire. The remaining six mutuals—1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 16—haven’t agreed to either offer.
Does that cause a problem?
Basic economics tells us that a bulk deal whose anticipated price is based on 6,608 customers becomes unworkable when two companies have to split the pie. The result of the mutuals not being able to agree on a single provider? A viable breakeven point for either of the providers may force them to raise prices soon after their entry into the community.
Are there other complications?
Time has become the biggest issue. As of Nov. 1, only two months remain for either supplier to install whatever infrastructure is necessary to deliver their service, enroll their customers, develop their billing systems, offer instruction for new customers and roll out their service.
Why were there delays in the mutual boards deciding on a provider?
The mutuals, which had initial pricing information and service features from Interact Solutions on June 2, 2022, were expected to be able to approve the contracts during their June and July mutual board meetings. The mutuals were only asked to approve Interact technicians installing transmission boxes in building attics. However, many mutual directors, apparently to protect their residents, asked mutual lawyers to examine the consumer contracts residents would be asked to sign. This process meant more weeks passed.
Another significant complication arose just as those legal reviews were returned. Superwire, which had been Leisure World’s cable provider for nearly two decades, had not made an offer during the spring’s solicitation period. On Aug. 19, 2022, Superwire communicated a late offer. This prompted another period of mutual-board lawyering and comparison of the Superwire consumer contract to Interact.
Why didn’t GRF decide upon a single cable provider and sign a contract with it?
During the past 20 years, GRF repeatedly signed a contract with Superwire to provide discounted cable services to the community. However, some mutual presidents voiced strident concerns that GRF didn’t have the legal authority to sign contracts binding each of the community’s 16 mutual corporations to a joint agreement.
GRF’s lawyer agreed that GRF’s operating agreement did not provide clear-cut authority. The lawyer’s reasoning? Even though GRF’s operating agreements clearly give some rights to contract for the entire community—say the all-encompassing agreements for water, trash collection and sewers—the documents did not specifically define whether entertainment programming fit into that category of “utilities.” For that reason, GRF turned over the cable service selection process to each of the 16 separate mutual corporations that own the community’s housing.
What’s going to happen?
We can’t predict. Two companies splitting the community’s subscribers introduces the question of whether either can maintain their original quoted price for more than the short term. The critically short time before any new system must become operational causes concern too.
What are my options?
Patience and caution may be the best advice. Interact, Superwire or another affordable cable service may successfully be established before Dec. 31. If not, residents can choose to subscribe to a full cable package at retail rates from Spectrum. Even if you now receive Spectrum programming, you likely will have to resubscribe and sign a new contract. You could also “cut the cord”: use a wireless connection and the streaming services to assemble your own programming array.
Are there circumstances in which GRF could sign a bulk cable agreement?
GRF could sign a bulk cable agreement for the whole community, but only if each of the 16 mutual boards ceded that power to GRF to negotiate and sign on their behalf.
Superwire Town Hall
Superwire will host an informational meeting for residents interested in keeping Spectrum as their cable or Internet provider from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Clubhouse 4. LW’s bulk cable contract will expire Dec. 31. A Spectrum representative will be on hand to answer questions. All are welcome to attend.
SBPD Coffee with a Cop
Seal Beach City Council Member Sandra Massa-Lavitt invites the LW community to meet with her and the Seal Beach Police Department for Coffee with a Cop Monday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Often the community’s only interaction with the police is during a time of emergency or other crisis.
During these events, people are often left with questions about police practices and procedures. Coffee with a Cop events are designed to provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know their police department. The relaxed nature of this event is intended to give police officers and community members a chance to get to know each other and learn more about how police serve the city. The event is informal with no speeches, presentations or agendas.
The event will be hosted at Starbucks Coffee, 2311 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach. For more information, contact Lt. Nick Nicholas at email@example.com or 562-799-4100, ext. 1160.
Daylight saving time to end
At 2 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday, Nov. 6, Leisure World residents will have to set their clocks back by one hour.
That’s when daylight saving ends and clocks must be adjusted, even though in 2018, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 7, a ballot initiative that opened the door to permanently adopting daylight saving time.
Prop. 7 gave state lawmakers the power to pass legislation making daylight saving time permanent. Less than a month later, Assemblyman Kansen Chu introduced AB 7, the Daylight Saving Time law Prop. 7 enabled, but the legislature never passed it.
Even if it had, the federal government would still need to approve the change.
This year, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill called the Sunshine Protection Act, which was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida. The bill would permanently extend daylight saving time from eight months of the year to the full 12 months. But the measure has not yet been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, nor has it been signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Minibus orientation is today
A Minibus informational meeting will be held today, Thursday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. It is held on the first Thursday of every month to help LW residents use the many transportation services available to the Leisure World community. No reservations are required.
The GRF Transportation Department provides information on the LW Minibus service as well as the GRF appointment-based Access bus service for people with mobility challenges.
Information on other local bus and transportation services to nearby grocery shopping and medical service destinations is also covered.
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.
Anyone who is 18 years or older and has a valid pass to enter the community can ride on the LW buses.
OC Registrar Vote Center comes to LW
The Orange County Registrar of Voters was set to sponsor a pop-up Vote Center at Clubhouse 6 last Saturday. But a scheduling mix-up caused the event to be canceled at the last minute.
The Registrar’s Office issued an apology and hastily scheduled another Vote Center for today, Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot. The center will be open between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Minibus service will operate on the Special Operation Day schedule. For more information, see the 2022 Minibus Guide or call 562-431-6586, ext. 372.
The center will offer the following services:
• Secure Vote-By-Mail ballot drop-off.
• Accessible voting.
• In-person voting.
• Replacement ballots.
• Voter assistance.
In addition to the Ballot Drop Box located at the Amphitheater bus turnaround, residents, employees, contractors and any Orange County voter who is on-site that day can utilize the Vote Center to cast their ballots or benefit from these services; however, it will not be open to the general public.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, two county employees will be assigned to each Ballot Drop Box in the late afternoon or early evening to assist with traffic flow and lock the ballot mail slots at 8 p.m. or after the last voter.
A final pick-up will be made after Election Day on Nov. 9.
OC Fire Authority training is Nov. 14
To better serve LW during a medical or fire emergency, the Orange County Fire Department will conduct a fire emergency drill in Mutual 15 near Building 7 along Del Monte Drive.
The training is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The exercise, which will be conducted outdoors, includes the use of smoke machines, mannequins as victims and laying hoses, among other drill activities.
The goal of this exercise is to train fire fighters from nearby station, including Long Beach, on LW’s topography and building layout. LW Security and safety coordinator Eloy Gomez will be on scene for traffic and pedestrian control.
Residents are asked to stay away from the area, if possible, to minimize vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
Arts and Crafts Fest starts tomorrow
The 52nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival will be held tomorrow, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, in Clubhouse 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
The sale will feature LW artists’ handmade items, including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, wreaths, prints, home decor and much more.
Senior Lunch Program expands hours
The Seal Beach Lunch Program is provided by Meals on Wheels OC at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Drive, Seal Beach. A dine-in Lunch Café is now open Thursdays from 11 a.m.-noon. Starting Monday, Dec. 5, the program will be offered five days a week, from 11 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. The lunch program is open to all adults age 60 years and older. Suggested donation is $3.
For more information, call the site 562-430-6079 between 8 a.m.-noon or visit the city website at www.sealbeachca.gov.
Since most of the holidays in 2022 fall on workdays for LW cleaning contractor, some carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday.
On Friday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, Carports 74, 75 and 76 in Mutual 6 will be cleaned in the morning, and Carports 64, 65, 66 and 67 in Mutual 5 in the afternoon.
Pathways offers ways to volunteer in LW
Pathways, a community service nonprofit, offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for LW residents who would like to provide a connection for a neighbor in need.
An informational meeting for potential volunteers will be held Friday, Nov. 4, to review the program and different opportunities available.
People who want to volunteer, register or more information can call Tina Hernandez at 562-531-3031.
Pathways does a comprehensive assessment of people’s skills beforehand to find a role that fits their abilities, personality and passion as a volunteer. It provides training as needed and requires volunteers to dedicate at least two hours of time per week.
Since 1985, Pathways has been providing compassionate care and services to families living with illness and loss in the greater Long Beach area and parts of west Orange County.
In LW, Pathways volunteers are friendly visitors who play games, get a meal out, help with grocery trips and pick up prescriptions. The goal is to reach out to the most isolated, lonely people, sometimes with chronic conditions, and help them feel safe and independent in their own home.
Perspectives, Letters to the Editor
I read last week’s letter to the editor (Oct. 27) about Medicare Advantage plans claiming coverage for treatment was denied that Original Medicare covers.
Since Medicare was signed in law in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, all Medicare Advantage plans (which include Medicare HMOs, PPOs, Special Needs Plans, Private-Fee-For-Service Plans and Medical Savings Accounts) must at least provide all of the benefits covered under Medicare Parts A and B. Some may also cover Medicare Part D benefits but are not required to do so.
If you were denied coverage for treatment or supplies that are medically reasonable and necessary, you do have legal rights and may file a claim or an appeal.
If you don’t know the steps to do so, you may call a HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) counselor Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 800-434-0222.
The counselor will answer any questions you have about filing a claim and help you do so if needed.
The counselors are trained volunteers who do not represent any insurance company.
HICAP is a free service established by the California Department of Aging to help people understand Medicare services and their rights as consumers.
The curbs along both sides of Golden Rain Road were recently repainted their usual bright red. It has been barely two weeks, and I note with astonishment how much abuse those curbs have already taken from vehicles.
With people parking on the curbs and sidewalks to deliver themselves, their packages and shopping bags, to the USPS and UPS drivers, plus Amazon and Fed Ex delivery trucks that feel they must stop on the curbs/sidewalks, it is no wonder that the red paint shows so many tire marks.
Remember many of these curbs have FIRE ZONE written on them, which means no parking or stopping.
Even in areas where no trucks or cars should be—like along the golf course—there are tire marks.
It appears the curbs can take the abuse, but what about the sidewalks which are not designed for the weight of a car or truck?
My unit is nowhere near a parking lot or street.
So I ask in jest, does this mean I get to drive my car to the front of my building (across sidewalks and grassy areas and back) to unload my goods?
My wife, Lynda, and I just returned from a most spectacular and memorable Chopin piano recital played entirely by memory by Yuri Lotakov, a resident of Leisure World.
Performed was the full gamut of the composer’s music including the Revolutionary Etude, 2 Impromptus, 2 Waltzes, a Ballade, a Nocturne and ended with a Polonaise.
The concert was held in Clubhouse 4, which was packed to capacity—a sign that more such classical music programs should be considered for future events.
Thanks to the Book, Lapidary and Bike clubs who sponsored this most enjoyable concert!
Lynda and Cedric Elmer
Recap of GRF Board Activity, October 23
Approved Consent Agenda: MOVED and approved the consent agenda including the following minutes of the Special GRF Board of Directors Minutes, Budget Review September 29 – GRF Board of Directors Minutes, September 27 – Approve Capital Funds Investment Purchase – Approve Reserve Funds Investment Purchase – Acceptance of the Interim Financial Statements, September for Audit.
Heat Pump Replacement Clubhouse 6 – First Floor Unit One: MOVED to ratify the decision to award a contract to County Heating and Air for the replacement of heat pump located in unit one downstairs at Clubhouse 6 at cost not to exceed $18,760 including a 20% contingency, Reserve Funding and to authorize the President sign the contract.
Donation from The Friends of the Library: MOVED to approve the donation of $5,000 to GRF Library from the Friends of the Library.
Donation from The Woman’s Club: MOVED to approve the donation of $400 to GRF Library from the Woman’s Club.
General – Annual Election Quorum: MOTION FAILED To not submit the amended language for Article III, Section 9(a) of the GRF Bylaws to the Members for their consideration and vote.
MOVED to submit the amended language for Article III, Section 9(a) of the GRF Bylaws to all Members for their consideration and vote to coincide with the 2023 Annual Election for GRF Directors.
Amend 20-5051-3, Website Management: MOVED to amend 20-5051-3, Website Management, updating title and verbiage throughout, as presented.
Amend 20-5050-1, Digital Billboard Display Screens After a brief discussion, policy 20-5050-1, Digital Billboard Display Screens will be returned to the Communication Committee for further review.
Approve Refund to Mutual 2, Unit 62C: MOVED to approve Mutual 2, Unit 62C amenity fee of $4,127 be refunded.
Approve Konica Lease Renewal: MOVED to accept a new 5-year lease with Konica Minolta to replace the existing Copy & Supply printers at a cost of $2,678.97 per month as outlined in the lease agreement, to be paid from Operating funds and authorize the GRF President to sign the contract.
Approve NuVision Credit Union Contract: MOVED to renew NuVision Credit Union’s lease for 5 years renewal beginning December 1 at a rate of $2,000 per month for 12 months with a 5% increase commencing December 1 during each successive year of the contract and authorize the President to sign the contract.
Amend 40-5516-1, Committee Non-Budgeted Expenses: MOVED to amend 40-5516-1, Committee Non-Budgeted Expenses, updating the document language, and establishing that non–budgeted operating expenses greater than $1,000 require Board approval upon determination by Finance Director that funds are available, as presented.
Amend 40-5528-1, Refund of Excess Income: MOVED to amend 40-5528-1, Refund of Excess Income, adding a new transferred funds category, Transfer to Capital Funds, as presented.
Amend 50-3182-1 – Member/Owner Renter/Lessee: MOVED to amend 50-3182-1, Member/Owner Renter/Lessee, updating document language throughout the document, as presented.
Amend 30-1001-5, Glossary of Terms :MOVED to amend glossary terms “Commercial Vehicle” and “Recreational Vehicle” contained in 30-1001-5, Glossary of Terms, as presented.
Information Technology Service Committee
Capital Funding Request Sharepoint Migration Project:
MOVED to award the contract to Packetwatch for the Sharepoint Migration Project at a cost of $3,000 with a contingency of $2,000 at a cost not to exceed $5,000 Capital Funding and authorize the President to sign the contract.
Capital Funding Request: Purchase Robotic Pool Sweep
After further discussion, Capital Funding Request: Purchase Robotic Pool Sweep will be returned to the Recreation Committee for further review.
Capital Funding Request: Pickleball Court Fencing: MOVED to award a contract to Zaino Tennis Courts for the fencing at the Pickleball area to divide the courts and to match the existing fencing at a cost of $6,997 adding a 10% contingency for a cost not to exceed $7,696.70, Capital Funding, and to authorize the President to sign the contract.
Approve Janitorial Contract: MOVED to award a contract to Innovative Cleaning Services to provide janitorial services for a cost not to exceed $5,282,767.75 for a 3 year period funded by the Operating budget, and to authorize the President to sign the contract.
Adopt 70-1500-1, Woodshop Rules: MOVED to ratify policy 70-1500-1, Woodshop Rules, as presented.
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule.
Thurs., Nov. 3 GRF Executive Board Meeting
Conf. Rm A 1 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 7 Recreation Committee
Conf. Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 9 Security Bus and Traffic Committee
Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 10 Strategic Planning Committee
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 14 Mutual Administration Committee
Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 15 Website Redesign Ad Hoc Committee
Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 17 GRF Administration Committee
Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.
A quorum or more of the directors may be present, only to listen and observe, and no formal board action will be taken at committee meetings. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to address the committee.
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards. The following is a tentative schedule.
Thurs., Nov. 3 Presidents’ Council
Clubhouse 4/Virtual 9 a.m.
Tues., Nov. 8 Mutual 16
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 9 Mutual 4 (open forum 8:30)
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 8:45 a.m.
Thurs., Nov. 10 Mutual 12
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.
Mon., Nov. 14 Mutual 9
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.
Tues., Nov. 15 Mutual 14
Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 16 Mutual 5
Conf. Rm B/Zoom 9 a.m.
Wed., Nov. 16 Mutual 7
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.
Thurs., Nov. 17 Mutual 2
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.
Thurs., Nov. 17 Mutual 11
Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 18 Mutual 3
Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.
Health & Fitness
The Wa-Rite’s total weight loss for the week was 23 pounds. The biggest loser was Bea Quintana with a loss of 4 pounds.
Mary Dominic gave a “What is Gluten” presentation. Gluten is a protein found in many grains that can cause harm to the immune system and have a negative effect on the lining of a small intestine causing diarrhea. This should be addressed with a primary physician as a leaky gut syndrome.
The meeting concluded with encouragement to eat intentionally and not habitually, which can help people find harmony with food.
The weekly weigh-in is on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 8-8:45 a.m. The meeting begins at 9. Everyone must present a GRF ID at the door to join the meeting.
Laughing for the ealth of It Nov. 9
Everyone is invited to an hour-long session of laughing with others for no reason on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1:30 p.m. at the Health Care Center, Conference Room.
People will leave de-stressed with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts. Masks are required. Instructor Bev Bender is a gerontologist and a certified Laugh Leader. “Healing power in our lives is the ability to laugh.”
The Leisure World Bicycle Club invites bicycle riders for a fun ride on Sundays (with breakfast), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Meet at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Helmets and safe shoes are required. For more information, call Lucy Cyza at 818-209-5075 or Mary Romero at 562-810-4266.
Medicare Changes for 2023
Staring in 2023, all people with Medicare will benefit from the following changes:
• Medicare beneficiaries will have a $0 cost share for adult vaccines and covered under Medicare Part D, including shingles.
• All Medicare beneficiaries regardless of income will pay a maximum of $35 for a one-month supply of covered insulin products with no deductible.
• Medicare premiums, deductibles and coinsurance amounts will see a reduction. The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B will decrease by $5.20 to $164.90 and the annual deductible will decrease by $7 to $233.
For more information or a free consultation, call Sandra Teel at 657-204-4224.
Dancing Feet was a treat with Monster Mash and Witch Doctor
Dancing Feet Club members tricked the audience with their ghoulish costumes and spooky line dances on Oct. 23 Halloween presentation of “Monster Mash” and “Witch Doctor.” The spectators had a blast and gave the performers a round of applause.
The club hosts two events in Clubhouse 2: line dance lesson and practice every Monday from 7-9 p.m., and social (ballroom) dancing every fourth Sunday of the month from 6-9:30 p.m. Come dress to impress and bring your favorite snacks and drinks. Alcohol is not allowed. There is no fee to participate, but pre-registration is required due to limited space.
For more information, text Ed Bolos at 551-998-4223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits of walking for good health
Many people embraced walking when the pandemic forced gyms to close. Though walking may not provide the same level of intensity as cardiovascular machines, the Arthiritis Foundation notes the various ways walking can benefit older adults.
LWers can pick up the LW walking trails map in a cafe (by the vending mahines) of Clubhouse 5, downstairs.
• Walking strengthens the heart and lowers the blood pressure. Post-menopausal women who walk just one to two miles per day can lower their blood pressure in as little as a few weeks, while women who walk for 30 minutes a day can reduce their risk of stroke by 20%.
• Walking strengthens the bones and may stop the loss of bone mass for people with osteoporosis. Incorporating walking into a daily fitness regimen can reduce the risk of hip fracture by 40%.
• Walking can extend people’s lives. The Arthritis Foundation notes that one study linked walking to longer life expectancy, finding that older adults who exercise regularly are 35% more likely to live longer than people who never walked.
• Walking can improve mood. One study from researchers at California State University, Long Beach, found that the more steps people taking during the day, the better their moods were.
• Walking can lower risk for age-related cognitive decline. A study from the University of Virginia Health System found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day had half the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease compared to men who walked less.
In addition, a study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that age-related memory decline was lower among women ages 65 and older who walked 2.5 miles per day than those who walked less than half a mile per week.
Walking is a great way to stay in shape and even provides some lesser known benefits for people who walk each day.
Line Dance to Improve Memory and Balance
Joyful Line Dance meets on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6 upstairs, with multiple leaders taking turns.
The club will have a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 with sumptuous Asian buffet lunch and line dancing to various songs learned throughout the year. Cost to join is $15. Everyone must sign up by Nov. 17.
Classes are limited to 35 people on a first come, first served basis. Face masks and exercise shoes are strongly recommended. No membership fee is required.
For more information, text 562-301-5339.
Dental Services for Retired Veterans
For the ninth consecutive year, Dr. Seza Barsamian’s Los Alamitos dental office will offer free dental services for retired veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 4022 Katella Ave., Ste. 206, Los Alamitos. Retired veterans will get a dental checkup, X-rays and regular dental cleaning at no cost.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barsamian call 562-596-4439.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $9.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 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, contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, Nov. 3
Hawaiian chicken with pineapple, brown and wild rice, Brussels sprouts, chef’s cake, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, carrot and raisin salad.
Friday, Nov. 4
Beef stew with potatoes, celery, carrots and onions, biscuit, orange, Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers.
Monday, Nov. 7
Herb chicken leg and thigh, oven-roasted potatoes, seasoned broccoli, pears with cinnamon, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, marinated beet and onion salad.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
Pork loin with apple berry sauce, creamy noodles, mixed vegetables, vanilla pudding, chicken Caesar salad, lettuce, cheese, croutons, crackers.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Homemade meatloaf with mushroom gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, seasoned broccoli, fresh plum, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, carrot and pineapple salad.
The following weekly excercise classes air on SBTV via TWC Spectrum CH3, Frontier Fios CH37 and sbtv3.org/schedule.
5:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga
6:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit
8:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga
Noon: Silver Age Yoga
7:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit
11 a.m.: Yoga for All Ages
5:30 a.m.: Yoga for All Ages
6 a.m.: Feeling Fit
7:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga
8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit
Noon: Feeling Fit
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga
8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga
8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit
community, pages 15-19
Movie will be screened on Nov. 6
The Leisure World Humanist Association will meet on Sunday, Nov. 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 10:30 a.m. The group will watch “The God Who Wasn’t There.”
The movie discusses the vast majority of historians and religious scholars who believe Jesus is based on a real person. History has recorded his baptism and crucifixion. People are all familiar with what Jesus looks like, but he is never described. In the Gospels, written by unknown persons, 40-70 years after his death, it is claimed Jesus said certain things, but none of the writers claim to have ever met him. If Jesus had left a written account of his life that would have cleared up many of the contradictions in the Gospels.
After the movie, the group will discuss what level of evidence is necessary for belief.
Comedian Mike Preminger will return to Leisure World on Nov. 8
After two years, the Schmooze Club welcomes back its favorite comedian Mike Preminger of Catskills, TV and Hollywood fame. The meeting is on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Sign-in, refreshments and “schmoozing” (socializing) begin at 10 a.m., followed by the program from 10:30-11:30. Guests are welcome. It is free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Masks are optional but encouraged.
Join the club for a fun, friendly morning either before or after voting. Call Darlene Rose for Main Gate entry for non-residents at 562-347-8088.
LW Chicagoan meet up on Nov. 5
All LW Chicagoans are invited to meet and reminisce on all things Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 5, outside Clubhouse 6 at noon. For more information, call Stacy Strout at 714-328-2701
2023 Laughlin trip announced
The Woman’s Club of Seal Beach is pleased to announce the return of its annual bus trip to Laughlin, Nevada, on April 24–26, 2023.
This fundraising event is one of many the club sponsors throughout the year to support local organizations, including student and civic activities.
The fun-filled adventure includes the charter bus to and from Laughlin, two nights at the Edgewater Hotel and two free meals at the hotel. The cost of the rooms is $150 for a single bed and $120 per person double occupancy.
The bus will depart from the Seal Beach Community Center at 151 Marina Drive at 8 a.m., April 24, and returns about 5 p.m. April 26. Parking passes are available for those who want to leave their cars at the center.
People can register for the trip or receive more information by calling 562-434-7113.
Kay Matthews of Mutual 2 is requesting donations of yarn or cash. Since 2013, Matthews has knitted over 100 caps and scarves each year for the homeless in the Long Beach area. The caps are picked up and distributed by the Christian Outreach Association and given to those in need. Contact Kay at 562-598-1079. Yarn may be dropped off at her home or she can pick it up.
American Latino Club
Celebrate Thanksgiving early with club members on Nov. 10
The American Latino Club will celebrate Thanksgiving early on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
The club will provide the turkey and asks members to bring a side dish to share. Visitors will pay $7 each.
People are asked to call Carmen Edwards at 562-431-4257 to RSVP so the club will know how much turkey to order. Visitors will need to pay in advance.
LWers Lou and Sharron DeRudde celebrate their 60th anniversary today, Nov. 3.
Shredding event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will host the final shredding event of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon.
The GAF reminds residents of the following rules:
• Leave documents in an open paper or plastic bag. Do not tie the handles.
• Do not arrive earlier than 10 a.m. Residents are asked to drop off their bags and leave. There will not be chairs to sit and wait.
• Cardboard boxes and contaminated bags will not be accepted.
• No magazines, newspapers, X-ray scans or electronic devises will be accepted.
• Remove staples and paper clips.
All GAF programs are provided free to residents. It is staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. Donations are welcome.
For more information, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org, or text Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.
Jennifer Robles and Lauren Barich from the City of Seal Beach will speak at the Sunshine Club’s meeting on Friday, Nov. 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.
Robles and Barich are both management analysts for the City of Seal Beach manager’s office. They are eager to share updates and resources to Leisure World residents. After many twists and turns during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are looking forward to opportunities to reconnect in Seal Beach and take advantage of everything the beautiful city has to offer.
Topics of discussion will include transportation programs, recreation classes, the Senior Resource Fair and other ways to get involved in the city.
The Sunshine Club will host three speakers this month including Robles and Barich on Nov. 4. Col. Richard Lalor, from the Joint Forces Training Base will speak on Nov. 11, and Dr. Glenn Libby from the Osher Lifelong Institute will speak on Nov. 18. The Sunshine Club will not meet on Nov. 25 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation will be announced the week before with details of meeting announcement and more information.
All residents are welcome to join this meeting. The club does not charge membership fees, but donations are welcome.
The Sunshine Club began on Jan. 12, 2012, with the mission of “Building Bridges for a Brighter Leisure World” and to help all people get along in the community and get the most out of living in Leisure World.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.
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.
Thursday, Nov. 3
4 pm Korean Community Church
4:40 pm Kennedy Space Center/ LW Lapidary Club
5 pm Duck Pond Reunion
5:50pm LW Radio Club
6 pm Life and Times in SB:
The Lawhead Brothers
6:30 pm Velvetones or America’s
7 pm Studio Cafe
7:30 pm McGaugh Go West 2022
9 pm SB City Limits:
10 pm TLR Experience:
the Eagles Tribute
11:50pm Cruise Alaska
Friday, Nov. 4
4 pm Korean Nights
5 pm Napa Wine Train
5:30 pm Head Master or Aliens Walk Among Us
6 pm Korean Community Church
6:40 pm Kennedy Space Center
7 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts
8 pm Studio Cafe
8:30 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:
Stone Soul Motown
10:10 pm Neil Diamond Tribute 11:40 pm Velvetones
Saturday, Nov. 5
4 pm Mystery at the Theater
4:30pm The Bug Guy
5 pm Jazz Holiday Concert
with Hank Barto
6:16 pm Cruise Alaska or LW
6:30 pm Studio Cafe
7 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts
8 pm LAUSD
Sunday, Nov. 6
4 pm Seal Beach City Council Meeting Oct. 24 Replay
5 pm Napa Wine Train
5:15 pm Kennedy Space Center
5:30 pm LW Radio Club
5:40 pm Cruise Alaska or LW
6 pm America’s Oldest City
6:15 pm Korean Community Church
7 pm McGaugh Goes West 2022
7:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
8 pm Studio Cafe
9 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:
10:35 pm Korean Nights
11:50 pm Napa Wine Train
Monday, Nov. 7
4 pm Jazz Holiday Concert
with Hank Barto
5:30 pm Korean Community Church
6:30 pm Studio Cafe
8 pm Seal Beach City Limits:
9 pm TLR Experience:
the Eagles Tribute
10:50 pm Duck Pond Reunion
11:30 pm The Bug Guy
Tuesday, Nov. 8
4 pm Aliens Walk Among Us
4:30 pm Mystery at the Theater
5 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:
Hail to the King
7 pm Neil Diamond Tribute
8:30 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:
Stone Soul Motown
10 pm Ronstadt Revival
11:40 pm LW Car Show
Wednesday, Nov. 9
4 pm Life and Times in SB:
5 pm LW FALW Picnic 2022
6 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:
Live and Let Die,
7:40 pm The Velvetones
8:30 pm McGaugh Go West
9 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:
Stone Soul Motown
10:10 pm Rod Stewart Tribute Band
11:40 pm Kennedy Space Center
or America’s Oldest City
*All programming subject to change.
Bill Miller of Mutual 3, celebrated his 100th birthday in style.
Several neighbors dropped by to offer their best wishes, and three of his nieces flew in to help celebrate along with his daughter, Nancy.
One of the nieces, Anne, made a beautiful quilt to commemorate Bill’s service to the country, and over 450 people sent birthday cards (thanks to a request on NextDoor).
Bill also received proclamations from Senator Janet Nguyen, and Congresswoman Michelle Steele, plus a congratulatory letter from President Joe Biden. Bill is already looking forward to his next birthday, but, he says, “It will be hard to top this one!”
Tax volunteers needed for next year
People often find filing their income tax returns overwhelming. LWers need your help. Experience is not necessary. The GAF will provide all the training and support volunteers need to provide a great service to the community, make new connections and expand knowledge.
People can volunteer as a tax aid, client facilitator or telephone assistant. Volunteers must have computer literacy, attend training and be willing to work 1-2 days a week for 4-5 hours during tax season from Jan. 30-April 12, 2023.
To apply and learn more, call Diana Lambert at 562-860-2844.
obituaries, page 18
Duane Rose 74
Rita Welsh 92
Leslie Robert 66
Bernice Van Steenbergen 99
Ellen McElhaney 58
Sherman Apple 89
Joseph Brown 87
David Stoermer 74
Margaret Shedoudy 99
Families assisted by
Community, continued pages 18-19
Woman’s Club President Rose Marie Sprague (l) presented LW Library Manager Taylor Greene with a check for $400 to benefit the library at the Oct. 25 GRF Board meeting. The money will be used to benefit the library, which is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
by Mary Larson
There is now less than a week until the 2022 General Election. Canvassers at the door, ballot parties, phone bank calls, cluttered mailboxes and requests for donations will soon be over.
Hopefully, most Leisure World residents have already submitted their ballots. Those who haven’t voted or who are not yet registered to vote are reminded that California provides for same-day registration for all residents.
Potential voters can register and then immediately vote at any official vote centers up until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. The center nearest to Leisure World will be at the fire station outside the North Gate. It will be open from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. beginning Saturday, Nov. 5.
Democrats and supporters can call 562-296-8521 or email email@example.com for assistance in the voting process.
Information will also be available at the Democratic Club’s Hospitality and Information Booth. This booth will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the parking lot outside Clubhouse 6 until after the election.
Democratic Club members will have an opportunity to discuss the results of the election—as well as brainstorm about the future—during the next meeting on Nov. 23 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 1 p.m. The election of the 2023-2024 board will also be held during the meeting.
To subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter, call 562-296-8521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. People are asked to include their full name, address, phone number and party affiliation.
by David Harlow
On Oct. 19, Republican Club members were honored to have Brenda Lebsack to speak about unlimited gender choices taught to kindergartners in public schools. Lebsack is a public school teacher in Santa Ana Unified School District, a former school board member of Orange Unified 2016-2020, and was the state delegate for the National Educators Association Convention this past summer, July 2022. Her website, www.Brenda4kids.com, shows examples of curriculum, books and documents from the California Department of Education (CDE), the CDC and Teachers’ Union which are taught to kindergartners in public schools. Videos are also provided. Because her husband is a Nazarene minister, Lebsack started an organization called the Interfaith Catholic Statewide Coalition (www.Interfaith4kids.com) where Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Christian and Catholic clergy of varied races and language groups unite and oppose the gender indoctrination and sexualization of children through the schools. Together, they created a video: “Diverse Voices Say ‘School Choice,’” which is on YouTube.
During the meeting, Lebsack covered:
• Books are in school libraries teaching children that their gender changes like the weather based on their feelings and that there are infinite pronouns.
• Mental Health Workers from outside agencies are partnering with school districts and are trained to affirm any gender identity or pronoun a child chooses (including gender fluidity).
• Parents are not told about a child’s gender identity without the child’s permission (age not a factor).
• In 2019, the CDE Revised Health Framework passed a term called spiritual abuse, defined as “using religion to justify gender is exclusively binary–male/female.” Thus the CDE concludes that the non-affirmation of many genders is considered harmful.
For better understanding of these concepts and more, Lebsack recommends her six- minute video: “School Choice Now” which is on her website www.Brenda4kids.com or her YouTube channel, Brenda Lebsack.
The Republican Club Booth schedule is open from Nov. 1-8. Sealed ballots can be received at this location. Ballots are guaranteed to be delivered in person to Registrar of Voters Office in Santa Ana everyday through Nov. 8.
American Legion Post 327
American Legion Post 327 wants to thank the Leisure World community for its support of the recent pancake breakfast. It was the biggest pancake breakfast event yet.
The Post also thanks Juan Bello and Fantastic Cafe in Westminster for the food and coffee donation and to the Navy Sea Cadets for their help seating residents, pouring coffee, clearing tables and cleaning up afterward.
Phyllis Pierce and Pat Miller donated 600 sets of cutlery and napkins. The women of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 pitched in wherever they were needed. The Post is also grateful to members of the Leisure World community who volunteered their time and talents.
November is Post’s annual Veterans Day program. It will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. Cmdr. Rich Carson will preside. A very interesting speaker has been planned. The Navy Sea Cadets will present the flags. All are welcome to attend.
Senior Peace Club
Mariann Klinger will speak today
The Senior Peace Club will meet today, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
The featured speaker will be Mariann Klinger, a Leisure World resident and noted expert on the history of women’s rights. Her topic will be the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Despite being ratified by the required 38 states, the amendment remains in limbo as does the inclusion of women in the U.S. Constitution. Klinger will talk about the current status of the amendment and what the implications are for the women of this country.
All Leisure World residents are welcome. Call Pat Kruger at (562) 357-4040 for more information.
religion, pages 22-23
Faith Christian Assembly
LWers are invited to join Faith Christian Assembly’s Sunday evening church service at 5:30. It’s a great way to set aside the weekend’s busyness, and center minds and hearts on God. Residents can set the tone and pace of the rest of their week by this one-hour service that includes worship, a message from the word of God, and fellowship with others.
Those who are in need of prayer or would like to experience the joy of praying in community can come to the church before the evening service at 5. in the Garden Room. The famous 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon once said that “To pray is to enter the treasure-house of God and to gather riches out of a inexhaustible storehouse.” Come together with Faith Christian Assembly as it co-labors with God to access his “inexhaustible storehouse” of riches, to impact the lives and culture of the community both near and far. Prayer is the ultimate antidote.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus,” says Philippians 4:6-7.
Faith Christian Assembly’s Sunday service times are 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with the pre-service prayer at 5 p.m. at 13820 Seal Beach Blvd. The Wednesday Bible study is held in the main sanctuary at 11 a.m.
To receive a copy of the free monthly newsletter or receive more information, contact the office Tuesday through Friday by calling 562-598-9010 or emailing email@example.com. People can also visit www.FCAchurch.net to learn more,
On Sunday, Nov. 6, Community Church will remember and honor those who have passed on this past with a reading of names. Names are important and they can serve as a powerful reminder that people’s lives matter, especially to those who will mourn. The only way for a person to have a good name is to be interested in his or her community instead of only themselves.
As a faith community in Leisure World, Community Church continues to celebrate its 60-year history in the community and the legacies of those who started the church. While the future is unknown, it is important to celebrate each day as a blessing.
Those who are new to Leisure World recently or are looking for a new faith community are invited to join Community Church this Sunday for an amazing day of celebration. All are welcome here.
Entrances to the church may be found both at the front of the church and by the pedestrian gate near the shopping center.
The church no longer requires proof of vaccination in the sanctuary; masking is optional. Community Church also offers virtual worship on Zoom and Facebook.
Those who are in need without another way to address it may call the church office at 562-431-2503.
Respect Life Ministry of Holy Family facilitated a project to benefit the Santa Ana Life Center. The group got together on Oct. 14, led by Becky Maffucci, to sew burp cloths and bibs for babies. The parish also received other donations. The group is grateful to participate of the Walking with Moms campaign to support Respect Life in the community.
The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study Group will meet Monday, Nov. 14 and 28, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group is studying and discussing chapters 23 and 24 in Elizabeth George’s book “Loving God with all Your Mind.” All residents are welcome to join. For more information, call Jean Davidson at 562-431-0597 or Margery Singleton at 562-594-8100.
Assembly of God
Service/Gathering Times: Sunday morning at 10:30 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2; Wednesday morning Bible study at 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2; the Hymn Sing is held on the fourth Sunday of the month in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6 p.m.
Sermon for this week: “Lasts” are important. A person’s last meal, words and requests, are remembered by those left behind. Such was the scene as described in Luke 24. Jesus appeared after his resurrection several times in many places to his disciples. This time was the last appearance recorded by Luke before Jesus ascended to heaven. Though the people who witnessed this event didn’t realize it at the time, they were hearing Jesus’s last instructions, and receiving his last promise. He charged them with spreading the good news of forgiveness for all who repent. But before they were to fulfill that instruction, they were to wait here in Jerusalem, and Jesus would send the Holy Spirit to give them power, a baptism of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Chuck Franco will present the next installment of the series “What Is Truth: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Christians have access to God’s promise of power to every believer to live victorious, overcoming lives. LWers are invited to come and discover how to access that power and apply it personally.
Bible Study: The book of Titus provides a map to living out the gospel in daily life. Written centuries ago, the principles are timeless. It is as if Paul were writing this letter to people today. Enjoy the brief video teaching and the guided discussion and interaction with other students.
Contact: More information can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com.
Those who would like prayer, personal contact from a pastor or a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco by calling 562-357-4360 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Carolyn van Aalst is also available to receive prayer requests at 562-343-8424.
Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on the Faithlife app under “Leisure World Assembly of God,” where people can also give online.
LW Baptist will focus on God’s offering of light and life to this dark world: truth, salvation and a new heart on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. The choir will sing “Change My Heart, O God” and the service will conclude with Communion.
The men’s fellowship group will meet on Monday, Nov. 7, to discuss the picture of “the serpent’s seed” in Judges 9 at 10 a.m. The Energizers group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to study God’s everlasting love in Psalm 36 and listen to missionary reports in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at 3 p.m. For more information, call 562-430-8598.
Buddha Circle will meet on Saturday, Nov. 5, with Ven. Kusala in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9:30-11 a.m.
Donations are welcome and will support Kusala in his teachings.
For more information, go to www.urbandharma.org or call 714-468-6887.
Congregation Sholom will hold services with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, Nov. 4, via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Dangott will also lead hybrid services on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m.
Saturday’s Torah portion will be Lech Lecha from the book of Genesis. Lech Lecha (go forth) recounts Abraham’s (here known as Abram) first encounter with God, his journey to Canaan, the birth of his son Ishmael, the covenant between him, his descendants and God, plus God’s commandment to circumcise the males of his household.
To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122.
Congregation Sholom has been serving Leisure World since 1962. It offers a traditional Jewish service in person and online.
Those who want to become a member of Congregation Sholom call Howard Brass at 714-396-0121 for a membership packet.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays. Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings are on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour.
Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at 562-212-8681.
All Saints and Souls will be celebrated at Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Sunday service on Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Join the church as it remembers all who have known and fought the good fight, finished their race and won the crown of glory with Christ Jesus in heaven. Redeemer rejoices its role models: the famous saints in the church’s stained glass whose lives illuminate the world with the light of Christ, and all the beloved souls whose lives have impacted others with their warmth and love. The church will surround its newest members in the warmth of the Holy Spirit and welcome them into the faith. All are invited to renew their baptismal vows.
Redeemer Lutheran, located at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, looks forward to sharing the peace of Christ as it gathers to celebrate God’s gift of faith at the Communion service inside the sanctuary and in fellowship following the service. Join the church and begin the week worshipping God and sharing the love of Christ in a spiritual community.
Those who have questions about the service or the work of the church can call the church office at 562-598-8697.
First Christian Church
First Christian Church teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors.
People are welcome to worship and explore God’s word together “that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine,” Romans 1:12.
Message from the Pastor
Pastor Bruce Humes will continue the current study of Genesis in Chapter 3, verse 6, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to make one wise, she took of the fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
The tree spoken of here was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was the tree that Adam was commanded not to eat of, or he would die. When he ate the fruit of the tree, both he and Eve died spiritually, while their physical deaths would come many years later.
Verse 7 says, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” A desperate act to cover their sin; which came in the form of disobedience to God’s word, but it didn’t work, and they hid from God. It was another desperate act that failed.
Today, people do the same thing, by desperately trying to hide sin from God, but it isn’t necessary. In 1 John 1:9, the apostle John wrote “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” no hiding necessary.
Traditional Sunday services are from 9:30-10:45 a.m., with hymnal music led by Pat Kogak at the piano.
This week, Janet Ray, the church’s choir director, will sing a special solo.
Saturday services, from 9:30-10:45 a.m., are more contemporary with Gregory Black leading worship with guitar accompaniment. Saturday service time is 9:30-10:45
Melli Herrera leads the new women’s Bible study on Mondays from 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Pastor Gary Whitlach leads the Bible study held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Thursday’s Bible study, led by Elder Jack Frost, is held from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Friday’s prayer and Bible study is from 6-7 p.m.
All residents are welcome to attend any of the weekly studies.
Scripture of the Week
“Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness,” Psalm 143:10, a Psalm of David
First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125. For more information, call 562-431-8810 and leave a message.
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All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194. Exp 12/07
562-596-0559, Leisure World Decorators. Shutters/Blinds/Shades/Drapes/New Windows. Exp 11/16
BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE. PHIL (562)-881-2093. Seal Beach Business License AB0001. Exp 11/09
Leisure World Helping Leisure World
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please provide your name and phone number. Free of charge. Diane Hart 714-955-2885
“ROLLIN THUNDER” GOLF CART CLUB
Offering FREE advice on buying/selling of your golf cart. Also batteries and Safety Flags. 562-431-6859
HOME CARE PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Experienced Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7. 949-899-7770. SB Business License HEL0006 Exp 1/18/23
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License BCS0002. Bonded/insured. Exp 1/04/2023
MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with/optimum service, 30-years LW experience. Licensed Reliable, Honest Caregivers. 24-hours/Part-Time/Doctor-Appointments. References, Fluent English. Ann /714-624-1911 and 562-277-3650 /Heide. SB Business License HYC0001. Exp 11/23
Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 Exp 11/09
Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425. Licensed by the state Seal Beach RAZ0002. Exp 11/30
Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006. Exp 11/16
Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student 714-605-6869. SB Business License 14206319. Exp 11/16
Albert & Patricia Caregiver Services. Daily Care, Errands/Medication/Doctor-Appointments/Honey-Do-List. (562)-397-4659,(323)-413-0830 Seal Beach License14206409. Exp 1/11/2023
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard, #116. Tammy Nguyen/(714)-425-4198. Exp 1/18/2023
In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36Years+. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538. Exp 11/16
Experienced Housekeeper providing Weekly-and-Monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. SB Business License HEL0006 Exp 1/18/2023
MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT, WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL at 562-881-2093. Over 30 Years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. Exp 11/09
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning. General housecleaning. Excellent referrals in LW. (562) 307-3861. 20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License GRA0006. Exp 1/18/2023
General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425. Seal Beach License RAZ002. Exp 11/30
Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008. Exp 11/30
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/Call anytime! Complete-cleaning. Call/562-505-1613. Seal Beach Business License M0001A. Exp 11/16
Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning. Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659, (323)-413-0830. Seal Beach License14206409. Exp 1/11/2023
Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001 Exp 11/16
John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193
Virus-Removal/Internet Security Repair, Training, Wireless and Smart-TV Setup. LW Resident. SB License FUH0001. Exp 11/30
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote. CA Business License 046854. Exp 1/18/2023
ELECTRIC CARTS/SCOOTERS/MOBILE CHAIRS FOR SALE
Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. Exp 1/04/2023
GOLF CART TIRES
Golf Cart Tires in Leisure-World with “SPECIALTY TIRES”. All-standard-sizes and MORE! 1-800-847-9593. SB Business License SPE0007. Exp 11/23
Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258 Exp 11/23
Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB Business License ABL0001. 562-881-2093. Exp 11/09
A PERSONAL DRIVER IS WITHIN YOUR REACH! Transportation for Airport Travelers, Medical-Patients. Call James/562-537-1298. Exp 11/09
autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462. Exp 12/21
2003 Casita Spirit Deluxe 17ft. In GREAT Condition, $13K. Call (805) 801-2167.
Toyota Camry 2009. Blue, 98K, 4-cylinder. NO Accidents, Clean-Title, Well-Maintained. $10,400/OBO, 714-421-1766.
MOVING, HAULING & STORAGE SERVICES
J&D HAUL-AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan. Exp 1/25/2023
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Business License RO263644. Call/310-387-2618. Exp 11/09
LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE. Looking to buy Mid-Century Modern-Furniture, Art Deco/French-Furnishings, Unique-Items/Uranium-Glass/Vintage-Hawaiian/ETC. 562-243-7229 Exp 12/07
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Moving Sale. 1221 Knollwood Road/Mutual-4/Unit-47B. Glass-Dining-Set/Sofa/LOTS-of -Miscellaneous-Items. EVERYTHING MUST GO! Call/562-588-1493 AFTER 1PM.
Fold-Down Super-Fit Treadmill (NEVER USED), designed to miniimize area $150.00/Firm. U-MUST-PICKUP. 562-598-5104.
Collectors New Items! Comic-Books/Stamps/Coins/Books/Miscellaneous-Items. For appointments, call between 9:00am-3:00pm ONLY. 562-594-3975 Exp 11/16
Household Items Sale. 13680 El Dorado Drive Across from CH-2. Thursday/November-3rd, Friday/November-4th, Saturday/November-5th, 9:00am-3:00pm. Many hand-tools, portable ham-radios, patio folding-chairs, men-slacks, CD/DVDs/(music-and-movies), wall-clocks, pin-boards, kitchenware and MUCH more. 562-386-6070.
Pure Wick plus Catheters/Never-Used/$499. Electric Pride Wheelchair, Model/Avid-Rehab/NEVER-Used/$750. Prevail Pads/Pull-Ups. Call/562-230-0326.
CERTIFIED personal tRAINER
I specialize in improving strength, balance, posture, flexibility, and mobility • shoulders • back • hips • legs • core muscles. Call Howard • 516-659-3314. SB Business License 14206682 Exp 11/09
LW Resident Furniture Giveaways! Call 562-594-0205.