LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 11-11-21

General News

Veterans Day Remembrance is today

Today, American Legion Post 327 and Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a Veterans Day remembrance from 10-11 a.m. today, Nov. 11, in Clubhouse 2. Everyone is welcome. 

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with patriotic music by the Velvetones. Post 327 Cmdr. Rich Carson and Auxiliary President Geri McNulty will give an introduction.

John Minnella, American Legion commander of California District 29, will be the guest speaker. His topic is “Veterans Day: Why It Is Important.” 

Cmdr. Carson will explain the symbolism of each item on the “POW-MIA Missing Man Table,” a semi-official place of honor in some dining facilities of the U.S. armed forces in memory of fallen, missing in action or prisoner of war military service members.

As part of the event, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, LW veterans and their supporters will pause to recognize those who have sacrificed in defense of freedom and democracy, a moment known as the National Salute. 

Tom Schmitz, the post’s sergeant-at-arms, will play taps.

Cathy Weissman and the Naval Sea Cadets will escort residents to seats and help elsewhere as needed. 

The American Legion Post 327 Auxiliary will host a table with patriotic items for sale.

Did You Know?

The 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery will be observed throughout the country today. This iconic monument is dedicated to members of the U.S. armed services whose remains have not been identified. It was first authorized on March 4, 1921, when the U.S. Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American serviceman from World War I. 

Optum and United Heathcare: Honoring Those Who Served

Join Optum and United Healthcare for a special giveaway to honor LW veterans and their families. A small gift will be waiting for veterans as a way to say “thank you” for your service today, Nov. 11, from 10-11:30 a.m. outside the conference room at the Optum Healthcare Center.

Optum and Aetna Thanksgiving Treat

To kick off the holiday season, Optum and Aetna will provide a sweet treat for residents who stop by the Optum Healthcare Center from 2-3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12. Choose from a mini pie or cookie. No RSVP is needed. Masks are required.

LW Weekly deadlines to change

Some deadlines at the LW Weekly will change as the paper transitions to a new printer effective Nov. 18. The move was necessitated because the current printer is shifting operations to a Riverside plant that cannot accommodate Weekly’s print needs. 

Because of longer turn-around and delivery times, some advertising deadlines will be earlier in the production cycle. Also, editors will need to file pages earlier starting next week. So editorial submission deadlines of 4 p.m. on Thursdays will be more firmly enforced, although every effort will be made to accommodate LWers when possible. Classified advertising deadlines will change from 2:30 p.m. to noon on Mondays. 

The LW Weekly has done its best to ensure a continued high standard of printing and adherence to usual delivery times. Thank you, readers, for your patience as the transition unfolds.

Holiday Reminder

GRF offices are closed today, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.  The Leisure World Maintenance Department will be on call for emergencies at (562) 594-4754.  The Minibus and Access bus will operate on the holiday schedule.

SB Police Report

Within the space of two days, two separate crashes on Seal Beach Boulevard between Westminster Avenue and St. Andrews Drive claimed the lives of two people, one of them a six-year resident of Mutual 1 who was on her way to lunch with her sister. 

Guadalupe “Lupe” Lupita Ibarra died after being transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, according to her daughter Sonia Amaral. 

Ibarra and her sister, Maria Solis, were turning onto Seal Beach Boulvard from St. Andrews Drive at about 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 4 when their car was struck in the intersection by a suspected drunk driver, according to a Seal Beach police report.

Orange County Fire Authority transported both drivers and Ibarra’s sister to local hospitals. 

Ibarra died at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the collision, police reported. Her sister was hospitalized but is expected to recover.

The driver of the other car was identified as German Juarez, 29, of Los Angeles. 

He sustained minor injuries and was later arrested for felony driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter. Upon his release from the hospital, Juarez was booked at the Orange County Jail.

Police closed Seal Beach Boulevard in both directions from Westminster Boulevard to Golden Rain Road to clear the accident and begin an investigation.

St. Andrews Gate was also closed. Detoured rush hour traffic snarled freeway on-ramps and alternate arterial roads for several hours. 

Ibarra was well known in LW. She was an active member of the American Latino Club and loved attending concerts, activities and especially, the dances. She was always positive and happy, according to her daughter Sonia Amaral. 

“She loved her friends and enjoyed hosting people at her place. As a strong godly woman, she was always available to pray, comfort and support others. She is survived by three daughters, two sons, four grandchildren and two great granddaughters.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Officer Erin Enos at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1605, or eenos@sealbeachca.gov. 

 In the second collision on Nov. 6, an unidentified man died after being involved in a single-car crash, according to a police report.

At about 1:23 a.m., Seal Beach police officers observed a northbound vehicle speeding on Seal Beach Boulevard approaching the intersection with Westminster Avenue. 

Seconds later, the driver lost control, and the vehicle collided with a large tree in the center median. Officers attempted to render aid but Orange County Fire Authority pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved, and the driver had no passengers. Seal Beach Boulevard was shut down in both directions while officers investigated. It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor. 

This is also an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Officer Hector Mercado at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1635, or hmercado@sealbeachca.gov.

SB Police to set up DUI checkpoint

The Seal Beach Police Department will conduct  a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Nov. 13 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between 8 p.m.-3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. 

The severity of the problem hit home Nov. 4 when a LW resident was killed after a suspected drunken driver collided with her car.

Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely. 

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. 

When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that 25 percent of drivers in traffic-related deaths are the direct result of alcohol impairment.

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. 

Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can easily exceed $10,000.

NOCE registration begins soon

In early December, registration will begin for the spring semester of North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) classes held in Leisure World. 

Registration for the free classes will require advance preparation. Residents who want to enroll in a NOCE class should begin the application process now by visiting www.NOCE.edu. 

Fill out the interest form, and in few days, NOCE will contact the applicant to complete the form and provide him or her with a Banner ID (student number). 

They will then be able to access the MyGateway online portal, where they can upload COVID-19 vaccination documentation, which is required to register for spring classes.

NOCE staff will stop by LW classes during November to help people already enrolled upload vaccination documents. 

Residents can also upload the document to MyGateway themselves. 

The library has eight computers and two scanners available Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for people who need them. 

Those who have trouble applying or logging in with Banner IDs or passwords should contact NOCE Star Help Monday-Friday at (714) 808-4679. 

For all other questions, call the library at (562) 598-2431 and ask for Library Operations Assistant Taylor Greene.

CAP Food Distribution

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 Nov. 18.

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. 

Charitable Giving Lists

The world is full of people in need year-round, and no time is that more apparent than during the holiday season. Submit information about your favorite charity (email preferred) to rutho_news@lwsb.com. Include the name of the charity and its contact information, and your name, and Mutual number. Read on for your neighbors’ favorite charities: 

• Golden Age Foundation

The Golden Age Foundation is staffed and run by volunteers who live in Seal Beach Leisure World. The foundation’s goal is to make the community a better place to live through charitable works and free community service programs. The GAF, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization, was established in 1973 to enhance the quality of life for LW residents. In supporting the community, GAF relies on donations of time, talent and funding from individual residents, groups and organizations. People can support the GAF by sending checks to: Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA 90740; tax ID: 23-7273105. To learn more about the GAF Foundation, visit www.goldenagefdn.org.

Anna Derby, Mutual 5 

• Long Beach Rescue Mission 

The Long Beach nonprofit is working to provide 18,000 meals by Thanksgiving. Each $2.20 donation buys a plate of food and gives an opportunity for people to change lives, to end their hunger and to put homelessness behind them. To give, visit https://give.lbrm.org. The Long Beach Rescue Mission is located at 1430 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813, (562) 591-1292; info@lbrm.org 

Lynne Lafleur, Mutual 6

• Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) 

HHUG is a small, local non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. It accepts donations of clean, used towels; new, unopened travel size shampoo, soap and lotion;  and disposable razors. The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women. To donate any of these items, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 for pick up, or leave donations on her patio in Mutual 6, 62-A. These donations are delivered to the Long Beach Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families, including shower services. To make a financial donation and to learn more about HHUG, visit hhug.org.

Susan Hopewell, Mutual 6

•Chrisian Outreach Appeal

This charity helps the homeless. It’s located at 515 E. Third St., Long Beach, CA 90802; (562) 590-8984; www.coalongbeach.org.

Yvette Purdue, Mutual 10

• Partners in Health 

This Boston-based charity is dedicated to improving health care.Tracy Kidder wrote the inspiring story of its founder, Dr. Paul Farmer, in “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” which became a popular bestseller. 

Partners in Health receives top, four-star ratings from Charity Navigator. To learn more, visit https://www.pih.org.

Linda and Fred Fenton, Mutual 12

• Mouth & Foot Painting Artists

 Mouth & Foot Painting Artists is a self-help association created by a small group of disabled artists more than 60 years ago. They were hoping to be able to earn a living through their artistic abilities to foster financial security. It is now an international organization.Whether from birth defects or injuries resulting in paralysis, these artists create amazing work by holding a paintbrush with their teeth or between their toes.Visit https://mfpausa.com for information on how to give.

Laura Arnold, Mutual 14

New exhibit showcases veterans artwork

A new exhibit at Heroes Hall on the Orange County Fairgrounds will showcase the artwork of 24 local veterans and active U.S. service members. Called “Through Their Eyes: Artwork by Active Military and Veterans,” the exhibit features artists who have expressed their individual experiences through a variety of mediums including sculpture, photography, painting, carving and woodworking. 

The artists’ subjects are as unique as the artists themselves and range from combat scenes to flowers, from landscapes to surreal portraits. Though their artwork varies by subject and individual perspective, one thing unifies them: they have all served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Heroes Hall Museum is dedicated to honoring U.S. service members and providing a place where they can tell their stories. For this exhibit, military service members have conveyed their personal experiences through the use of color, perspective, texture and distinct style.

Heroes Hall is open for self tours Wednesdays-Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. It is next to Centennial Farm; enter at Gate 1. For more information, visit ocfair.com/heroeshall. The OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa,  is home to the annual OC Fair and Imaginology.

Perspectives, page 4

Letters to the Editor


I enjoy early morning walks around our beautiful neighborhoods. Everything is fresh, and the flowers are blooming. When I turn a corner, sometimes I see a little white cross in a flower bed, bright and shining in the morning sun, standing out against the greenery. I smile and am reminded of what it stands for: “Hope!” I begin to pray silently for my country, America, as the words on (the cross) remind me to ask God to bless America, although I don’t really need reminding. It also reminds me of the America I remember from my youth so many years ago. I know that it is the only hope we have for our country.

I don’t think of cemeteries when I see that little white cross. Oh, maybe on military ones, as a tribute to those who have died for our freedom. That does bring tears to my eye, thinking of all who will never see their homeland again. But that cross is “empty.” It is the promise and hope that I have as to where I am going when I leave Leisure World for the last time. 

You see, the man who died on that cross, died for me and you; He rose again from the dead and is in heaven to receive me one day. I hope you may come to see them in the same way, instead of as something disturbing. Thank you for putting them in your flower beds and to those who make them. They are lovely and remind me of the hope I have for this country and for myself.

 Doris Sandrick

 Mutual 10 


Thank you to Diane McFadden, my Mutual 9 director, who always goes that extra mile to help us with whatever issue we may have.  I’ve been under a lot of stress recently with, among other things, the passing of both my parents within weeks of each other. While trying to get my mother’s estate in order (she was a 39-year LW resident), I encountered several obstacles requiring a lot of attention. I was overwhelmed. I reached out to Diane, who, without thinking twice, jumped in and helped me with every single detail.  

There are truly no words to express my deepest appreciation and thanks. And this is not the first time she has stepped up to help. She is always there for us.  A special thanks to President Beth Mayer, who does an outstanding job on our behalf. You guys rock.

Member Column—Thoughts on Veterans Day

by Michael McGrorty

LW contributor

There was a time not so long ago when being a veteran was not an especially enviable position.  A failed war in Southeast Asia brought blame upon the military and those who had fought.  This situation turned around after the Mideast wars, when the public suddenly began a reverence for veterans that continues to this day.

I often wear an old Navy PT shirt out in the community, and it’s common for people to offer thanks for my service.  This surprises me, but I’ve learned to reply “no, thank you” to these kind folks.  The reason for this is that I came out far better in the exchange.

For me, the Navy was a way out of several problems: first, my father had died, leaving us with little income. Apart from that, the economy was in a recession and there were no jobs. I was at that time only 17, no more mature than most boys and certainly unprepared for college. 

Boot camp was the first day of my adult life, which is to say, the world of responsibility and consequences. They fooled us into thinking they were training us to be sailors, but the truth was, they were training us to leave childhood behind. In that place, alongside the harbor in San Diego, hundreds of kids like me learned to follow directions, to perform complex tasks, and especially, to abandon the sense of self for the ideal of group success. 

It’s a hard thing for a kid who can’t even vote to be told, “You’re here to learn how to fight a war for your country. Some of you will die doing that, when the hour comes.”  The most impressive sight of the whole time was seeing a battle dressing, a huge rectangle of gauze, that we were taught to tie around the abdomen of a casualty whose guts had been blown out.  These bandages were tinted red, as if to give a hint of what lay ahead. 

We learned to fight ship fires by being put on a grating above a tank of diesel fuel that was set ablaze. If you didn’t fight the fire effectively, you were simply barbecued.  (Meanwhile, somewhere back home, my high school mates were getting tanned on the beach.) As a conclusion to this course of education, I spent a week cleaning trays in the base scullery, from before dawn to after dark. 

I served on three ships and found that being a clerk meant only what you were supposed to do for eight of the 24 hours each day, the rest being filled with other work and occasionally, sleep.  There were two worlds: in-port, and at sea.  Being in-port gave the illusion of normalcy within the Navy format, but we were always busy.  Being at sea was like leaving the earth—not for another plane, but for a long ride on an endless liquid desert, featureless until it got angry and decided to drown us. Being on a destroyer is like sitting in a steel shoebox astride a running motor, with a load of bombs beside you.  The shoebox bucks and rolls, and you somehow have to maintain work and sanity in a pitching netherworld where time essentially stops. You and a couple hundred of your friends will do this for more than half a year, occasionally stopping at some foreign port to fuel yourselves up before returning to America again. 

The whole experience changes you.There is a trauma attached to it that’s never lived down.  You have less space than federal prisoners and considerable responsibility.  You refuel the ship in rough weather, stand watches in freezing cold, dodge helicopter blades, lift heavy objects and carry on until relieved.  I saw people get injured; I saw them die. I found out that those battle dressings work quite well on an amputated foot. I got sideways with a shipmate and found out how it hurts to get your face stitched up without anesthetic.

There were compensations:  I saw Hong Kong on a New Year’s Day, when the air was crisp as rice paper and its cobbled backstreets filled with the scent of tea and incense. I visited Australia and was treated to lunch by a couple of total strangers who couldn’t thank me enough for saving them in the war that had ended a generation before.  I saw Hawaii, the Philippines, Alaska, atolls lost in the vastness of the Pacific, Korea in a winter so cold the snow blew through Busan like talcum powder in the streets. I spent a year homeported in Japan, taking every possible moment to ride the trains as far as my money would let me, seeing lots of country, including the incredible Tokyo, sprung up from the firestorms of the war to a beautiful, confusing, neon-lit giant of a city.

We were out once off the coast of Honshu on a training cruise, working around the clock to pass qualifications. It was hard work and wearing. We went to battle stations over and over, drilling and drilling, in daytime, at night, endlessly. One day we broke for lunch and then as usual, some of us went to the fantail for coffee and a smoke. It was overcast, but all at once the clouds parted to reveal the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji, serene and beautiful. For once none of us had any words.  We just finished out drinks and went inside for more drills. That, my friends, was the Navy I served in, the one you gave to me. I owe you for all that, and manhood, and a few other details courtesy of the G.I. Bill. 

But if you want to thank me, do this: have your kids or grandchildren join the service. It will do them, and the country, much good.


GRF Board Executive Session Agenda

Nov. 12, 10 a.m.

Administration Conference Room A

Executive session meetings are held in the strictest confidence. Every Board member has a fiduciary duty to maintain the confidentiality of all topics deliberated and discussed in executive session. Failure to do so could expose GRF and its Board members to liability. 

In light of the global pandemic, executive meetings will be held telephonically or through web-based applications until further notice. Therefore, all Board members should ensure they participate in a manner that will preserve the privacy and confidentiality of such meetings. Board members should be in a location that is secure, with no other persons present or in hearing range. 

This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935.

1. Call to Order 

Susan Hopewell, president 

2. Roll Call

3. Legal 

4. Contracts

5. Pending and/or Litigation Updates

6. Member Disciplinary Actions

7. Personnel

8. Adjournment

Agenda is subject to change.

GRF Meetings 

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

Fri., Nov. 12 GRF Board Executive Session

Admin Conference Rm/virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 15 Finance Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 15 Communications/IT Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 16 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 17 Architectural Design Review Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 23 GRF Board Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 29 Recreation Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

A Guide to LWSB Mutual Directors and Meetings

Leisure World, Seal Beach, has 15 separately incorporated stock cooperatives and one condominium complex, all of which are referred to as Mutuals. Each Mutual has a president and board of directors. Meeting dates and times are regularly printed in the LW Weekly and subject to change.

Mutual 1: President Denise Potterton; meetings: fourth Thursday, 9 a.m.

Mutual 2: President Peggy Keller; meetings: third Thursday, 9 a.m.

Mutual 3: President Carol Ginthner; meetings: second Friday, 9 a.m. 

Mutual 4: President Mike Levitt; meetings: second Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Mutual 5: President Linda DeRungs; meetings: third Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Mutual 6: President Lynn Baidack; meetings: fourth Friday, 10 a.m.

Mutual 7: President Sue Rotter; meetings: third Wednesday, 1 p.m.

Mutual 8: President Jeri Dolch; meetings: fourth Monday, 9:30 a.m.

Mutual 9: President Beth Mayer; meetings: second Monday, 9 a.m.

Mutual 10: President Ruthann Arlart; meetings: fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Mutual 11: President Patrick Henehan; meetings: third Thursday, 1:30 p.m.

Mutual 12: President Richard Carson; meetings: second Thursday, 9 a.m.

Mutual 14: President Lee Melody; meetings: third Tuesday, 1 p.m.

Mutual 15: President Jackie Dunagan; meetings: third Monday, 1 p.m.

Mutual 16: President Dale Watkins; meetings: second Tuesday, 2 p.m.

Mutual 17: President Cathy Gassman; meetings: first Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

Carport Cleaning

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

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.

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.

Mutual Meetings 

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

Fri., Nov. 12 Mutual 3

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 15 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 16 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 17 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 17 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 18 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 18 Mutual 11

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 19 Mutual 12

Conference Rm A/virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 22 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

Conference Rm A/virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 23 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 24 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 30 Mutual 6

virtual 10 a.m.

Recap of the Presidents’ Council

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Leisure World, Seal Beach, was convened at 9 a.m. by President Jackie Dunagan on Nov. 4 in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom. 

The following is a recap of that meeting:

• The regular monthly council meeting minutes of Oct. 7 were approved.

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

• The council discussed Co-Occupant applications. After consideration of all comments, the council concurred to add the Qualified Permanent Resident and Co-Occupant forms to their respective Mutual agendas, subsequently to then be reviewed by each Mutual’s attorney.

• The council discussed Stock Transfer Department processes.

• The Mutual presidents offered comments during the proceedings of the meeting.

The next Presidents’ Council meeting is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom.

Comments/Questions at Meetings

The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits per speaker are four minutes per speaker for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes per speaker for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes per speaker, more than 26 speakers.

To address the GRF Board of Directors, submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Attention: Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention: Executive Coordinator, or email your question/comment to grfboardaction@lwsb.com.

Health & Fitness

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, Nov. 11: Closed for Veterans Day—no delivery.

Friday, Nov. 12: Oven-baked breaded fish with tarter sauce, oven-browned potatoes, and peas and carrots; sugar cookies; chicken Caesar salad, with lettuce, cheese and caesar dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, Nov. 15: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, mashed sweet potatoes and creamed spinach; cheesecake; tuna salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus homemade potato salad.

Tuesday, Nov. 16: Chicken noodle casserole, seasoned carrots and green beans with pimentos; cantaloupe; Greek chicken salad, with tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, Nov. 17: Rosemary chicken breast with creamy garlic sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts; mandarin orange; turkey, ham and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus macaroni salad.

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.

Leisure Bikers

Join the Leisure Bikers on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the North Gate. Sunday’s ride often includes breakfast and a 2-mile nature hike. Helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for details.

Dance Fitness

Enjoy moving to fun, energetic music, including oldies, current tunes and different rhythms, while working muscles, improving balance, and increasing strength and stamina. Classes are held at Veterans Plaza on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and upstairs in Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.


Come dance to the many different forms of dance and rhythm explored by the Zumba class, which meets weekly on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6 and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at Veterans Plaza. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446 or Mary Romero at (562) 431-0082.

Leisure Leggers 

The Leisure Leggers, a running and walking club in Leisure World for more than 20 years, meets every Monday at Clubhouse 6 at 8 a.m. for a brisk trot around the neighborhood, followed by coffee and camaraderie. Dues are 99 cents per year. 

For more information, call club president Tom Pontac at (562) 304-0880.


One size does not fit all

by Sandra Teel

Medicare Insurance Broker

As Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period continues through Dec. 7, you’ll be invited to learn about all the new Medicare plans for 2022. There are so many new plans it can be mind-boggling. Perhaps you attended a Medicare seminar at your medical center, or maybe you sat in on a seminar because a friend told you about it, or you might have received an invitation in the mail to “come and see” a new plan. 

Some of those plans look too good to be true. How can you tell what’s the right fit for you? Here are some critical things to consider before you take the leap into changing plans.

• Check to make sure your doctors are in the new plan. 

• Where do your prescriptions fall in the new plan’s tiers? Each Medicare insurance company can place drugs in different tiers, and those tiers can be at different price points.

• Compare the changes in new plans with your current plan to be clear on any coverage changes and price changes. 

If the agent or company doesn’t verify your doctors, check your prescriptions or explain everything, then don’t sign!

If you feel you need help, contact a Medicare specialist such as myself. They are able to review your needs and apply them to the plans you are considering. They can help you navigate through all the different plans to find the proper fit for you. But you’ll need to do so before Dec. 7 to ensure you are signed up with the right plan.

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

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.

Happy Monday
Get Strong 

Prevent age-related muscle loss 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. 

One 86-year-old student commented, “I have had two hip-replacements and two knee-replacement surgeries; the latter did not go well so I have balance issues. [Christensen’s] Monday class is the only one I can do. I am trying hard to keep my quadriceps, so the Monday class is very helpful.”

Christensen has certifications and education from numerous organizations and institutes.

Contact Christensen by phone at (562) 879-1954 or via email at wildfire1@truetomybody.com for more information and to register.

Arts & Leisure

Community Karaoke

Singing leads to dancing in CH 1

A full house of LWers enjoyed a slice of pizza and a nice evening of karaoke on Nov. 3. The list of energetic performers included Ray Geierman, Wayne Urban, Frank Destra, Vinny Correnti and Shannon Harrison. Danna Sanders did “Harper Valley PTA,” Richard Yokomi always selects tunes that have a swinging beat.

Some folks were even persuaded by the pop songs and ballads sung by regular karaoke members to start dancing. Singing not only improves the lungs, but it also, much like dancing, relieves stress. 

Karaoke practice sessions are available every Monday in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. for those wanting to polish up the songs they’ll be performing at the Wednesday karaoke parties in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the weekly social event that’s perfect for those who want to meet friends and neighbors and appreciate a variety of music. 

—Margie Thompson

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first; any answer by Black, and White’s third move is checkmate.

The solution to this week’s puzzle: The first move is Ra3.

The White rook moves from c3 to a3, then Black knight to a3, followed by White pawn to b4 and Black king to a4. The next move by White is checkmate.

The Chess Club currently meets from 1:30-6 p.m. on Fridays under the umbrella behind Clubhouse 3, weather permitting.

Dancing Feet Club 

The Dancing Feet Club meets in Clubhouse 2 every Monday from 7-9 p.m. for line dance lessons. Masks are required. For more information, text Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.

Saturday Bunco

Saturday Bunco will reume on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. The club is excited to welcome new and returning members. Membership costs $5. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 1-4 p.m. 

The annual Christmas party will be on Dec. 11 at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. People will play bunco after eating. For more information about this fun way to spend an afternoon, contact Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.

Lincoln Ka’iu invited Hui O Hula  to perform alongside him and his four-person band at Back Home In Lahaina, a Hawaiian restaurant in Carson, on Oct. 30. Twelve LWers performed several hulas, including “He Aloha No O Waianae,” which they just recently learned—and they reportedly brought down the house. All LW residents are welcome to join the group for hula lessons on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 6; after 2:30 p.m., a Hawaiian band led by Larry Yamashiro plays for everyone to dance along to. Additional classes are offered on Thursdays at 1 p.m. in Veterans Plaza. Wear soft shoes or dance barefoot.


Life in Death Valley in the time of COVID

by Joanna Matos

LW contributor

For LWers to sign up for a three-day tour to Death Valley was a tongue-in-cheek way for Elizabeth Kennedy and I to say we want to go travelling in spite of COVID. All 42 passengers on the motorcoach were in the same frame of mind as we headed out for an extensive, guided, sightseeing trip with a naturalist in Death Valley. 

We learned about such incredible must-see sites as Zabriskie Point, a panoramic viewpoint of the Valley floor and its golden-brown mudstone hills; Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the western hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level; Devils Golf Course, a landscape of lumpy crystalline salt pinnacles that are the residue of Death Valley’s last significant lake, which evaporated 2,000 years ago; the beautifully colored, 6,000-year-old Ubehebe Crater, which is half a mile in diameter and 600 feet deep; the dedicated ruins of the Harmony Borax Works, the home of the 20-mule Borax team; and the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, ranging from small to a cascading 150 feet, whose primary source was the Cottonwood Mountains. 

In 1933, Death Valley became a national monument and is known for being the hottest, lowest and driest location in our country. It’s renowned for its colorful and complex geology, and its extremes of elevation support a great diversity of life from pupfish to mountain goats. This region is the ancestral homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, whose homes are off-limits to tourists. But the Furnace Creek Visitors Center is a great place to experience an appreciation and respect for Death Valley.

In 1994, Death Valley National Monument was expanded by 1.3 million acres and was designated a National Park by the California Desert Protection Act. 

We had a true western feeling at our two-night lodging at the Ranch at Death Valley, part of the Oasis at Death Valley. The resort is complemented by three restaurants, a saloon, a general store, the Borax Museum, a spring-fed swimming pool, a golf course, horseback riding and landscaped grounds. 

The adjacent Inn at Death Valley was built in 1927. This AAA-rated four-diamond resort features spectacular views of the Panamint and Funeral Mountains. One of our breakfasts was in the Inn’s large, elegant dining room, which has beam ceilings, large stone fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows. It was a grand visual feast for two ladies from Leisure World, Seal Beach. 

Good Times Travel requires passengers to be fully vaccinated, show their vaccination cards and ID, and sign a Wellness Pledge and Release of Liability Agreement. All of which helped us survive a day of 35 mph wind gusts, some rain and enchanting sand storms while accessing the must-see sites in Death Valley.

Traveling Tigers meet Nov. 17

Bob Walt, Elizabeth Daniels and Chris McGuire will share memories from their trip to Italy and Lake Como during the Traveling Tigers’ final travel presentation of the year. Members are invited to bring their own lunch, snacks and drinks to enjoy during the presentation on Nov. 17 at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

The club also belatedly celebrate its 40th anniversary by serving cake. The actual anniversary was in September, but that month’s meeting was canceled because of the COVID-19 delta variant outbreak in LW.

Per GRF guidelines, masks are recommended but not required in the clubhouse.


Adventures await in Fresno

Janet Karter’s Fresno Adventure is scheduled for April 29-May 1, 2022. The three-day, two-night trip includes a stay at Hotel Piccadilly (with a grab-and-go breakfast); excursions to the Forestiere Underground Gardens, wine tasting and to the Friant Table Mountain Casino; water and snacks; and a driver tip. (Details are subject to change.) With a double-occupancy room, the cost is $355 per person; it’s $380 for a single. A deposit of $50 is due ASAP to Janet Karter, 7831 Denise Circle, La Palma, CA 90623, with a final payment due on March 30, 2022. Any cancellations prior to that date will be given a full refund. For more information, call Karter at (562) 924-1938 or (562) 715-0520.

Women’s Club Table Top Games

LW Women’s Club Table Top Games will be held on Nov. 19 in Clubhouse 2. The doors will be open at noon, and play can begin whenever a table’s group is ready. The club would like everyone to start by 1 p.m. so they will be finished by 4.

All Women’s Club members and guests are invited and can play any game they want: Skipbo, Yahtzee, cribbage, pinochle, euchre, dominos, Scrabble, Rummikub, Monoply, Five Crowns, canasta, hand and foot, bridge, poker, etc. Anyone wanting to add a new table should let the club know in advance so there will be enough tables set up.

Lunch will not be served, but the club will furnish coffee and hot water for hot chocolate or tea. There will also be sweet treats available. Attendees can supply their own lunches and eat with friends, but the club requests they do so before the games begin. 

Everyone is asked to give a donation of $1 toward the club’s LW philanthropies. This month, mask are recommended but not mandatory.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240.

Ladies’ ‘Q’ Pool Club

The Ladies’ “Q” Pool Club meets every Monday from 9: 30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in both Clubhouse 1 poolrooms. All residents are welcome, whether they have no experience, some experience or have been playing for years. Yearly dues are $5 per person and will be collected at the December luncheon. 

Masks are optional. The club invites everyone to join. “A good time is had by all,” says club Secretary Kathy Engelhardt.

Yahtzee Club

At the Oct. 29 meeting of the Yahtzee Club, the winners were Suzanne Parks for Most Yahtzees (four); Dorothy Hill for Highest Total Score (11,538); and Marilyn Moody, who won the Door Prize.

The Yahtzee Club meets every Friday from 12:30-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The cost to play is $2 per meeting.  The club is currently at maximum capacity, but anyone who wants to be on a waiting list to join or would like a lesson in the game should call or text Kathy Rose at (714) 309-6873.

Men’s Golf League Results

Eleven men and one woman of the Leisure World Golf League participated in the Oct. 22 tournament at the par-70, 5,400-yard Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. It was an overcast and cool morning with no breeze. Though the sun made a late-morning appearance, it never really warmed up. The course was very wet from overnight watering, and there were numerous puddles and muddy areas. The golfers were unable to overcome these issues, so scores were below average. Only four players scored at or under par.

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

A Flight: First place: Dave LaCascia, a nice 67, plus fewest putts; second: Gary Stivers, a well-played 1 under 69; third: Larry Hillhouse, even par 70; fourth: Clay Fischer; fifth: tie between Fujio Norihiro, Bill McKusky and Tim Looney at even par. Hillhouse was the closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 seventh hole.

B Flight: First place: Gene Vesely, a superb 10 under 60, plus closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 16th hole, and tied with Bob Munn for fewest putts; second: Bob Meripol; third: Liz Meripol; fourth: Munn; fifth: Lowell Goltra, who also had the only birdie of the round.

On Oct. 25, nine men took on the par-62, 4,000-yard David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. It was a cool, drizzly, overcast morning; the sun came out mid-round, but played peek-a-boo with the clouds. The golfers were able to play through the initial tough weather conditions, with a close to season high of nine birdies.

A Flight: First place: Hillhouse, a very nice 9 under 53, plus fewest putts; second: Fischer, a well-played 8 under 54; third: Norihiro, a sweet 3 under 59, plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 third hole; fourth: LaCascia, 1 under 61; fifth: McKusky. Two birdies were carded by Norihiro, and LaCascia had one. 

B Flight: First place: Vesely, a spectacular 14 under 48, plus three birdies; second: Munn, an impressive 12 under 50, plus fewest putts and two birdies; third: Bill Zurn, a remarkable 10 under 52; fourth: Chris Lankford, 6 under 56, plus a birdie.

Nine men and one woman traveled to the par-70, 5,600-yard Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana on Oct. 28. It was an overcast and cool morning, with very wet conditions from overnight watering. The sun tried to break through but never really succeeded. The golfers were scores were below average this round, with just four of the players at or under par, plus six birdies.

A Flight: First place: Fischer, a nice 2 under 68, plus three birdies; second: Norihiro, a hard-earned par 70, plus fewest putts; third: McKusky. 

B Flight: First place: Munn, a super 4 under 66, plus closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 second hole; second: Lankford, a good 2 under 68, plus two birdies; third: tie between Liz Meripol and Vesely, a hard-fought even par 70; fourth: tie between Bob Meripol and Goltra, 2 over 72; fifth: Tom Ross, plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 ninth hole. Liz Meripol had fewest putts, and Vesely also had a birdie.

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 can be made via 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


Everyone is welcome to join a Referee Clinic for returning referees and anyone interested in refereeing future bocce tournaments today, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. at the Bocce Court. Call (562) 230-5302 for more information.

Senior members of the Let the Good Times Roll Doo Wop Club were recognized at a recent rehearsal for the show on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Pianist and guitarist Ben Berg, President Frank Destra, music coordinator Martha Destra, computer and sound specialist Ric Dizon, and Treasurer Carmen Edwards each has more than 10 years of club dedication.

Jewelry and Lapidary Club to Make COVID Angels

The Jewelry and Lapidary Club invites any LWer whose family member passed away from COVID to send the name of the loved one, plus their name, address and email to Dean Jacobus at dean.jacobus@gmail.com by Nov. 24. The club will make a glass angel to hang on its Christmas tree and later give to the family.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Free concert series celebrates vets all month

Yolanda Johnson, aka Creole Woman, performs Sunday, Nov. 14, in a free concert at 1 p.m. at  the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. 

Born into a musical family, Johnson has been onstage since the age of 5. She and her father, Lindor “Red” Johnson, performed throughout California; Johnson often carries her father’s sax with her in his memory. Her lifelong love of the blues and jazz, with deep roots in New Orleans, Louisiana, is shared by her All Star Band: bassist Bill “Capt. Swoop” Pitman, keyboard and synth player Norm Weatherly, drummer Billy Butler, guitarist Vernon Neilly, sax-man Kenneth Rice, and vocalist Dianne White.

During November, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts celebrates National Veterans and Military Families Month with a series of free outdoor concerts on Argyros Plaza. The series concludes on Nov. 21 with the Scotty Barnhart Quintet featuring vocalist Natalie Jacob. 

Everyone is invited to gather family and friends for an afternoon of live music curated and emceed by Air Force veteran and radio personality Bubba Jackson. Attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets, and they can either purchase food from the center’s George’s Café or bring their own picnic; outside alcohol, glass containers, tables, barbecues and food preparation are not permitted. Masks are strongly encouraged.

Though a free event, tickets are required. They’re available via (714) 556-2787 or www.scfta.org/events/2021/yolanda-johnson.

Pool League

Round seven of the Leisure World Pool League marked the halfway point, wherein every team has played every other team once. Second-place team The Fantastics faced off against league leader 4-20. The Fantasics won four out of seven doubles matches but were only able to win one singles match. The final score was 8-5, with 4-20 stretching their league lead to 10 games. Dave Makinder won five games for 4-20.

In the closest match of the evening, The Favorites edged out Pot Luck 7-6. It went down to the final eight-ball game, with Bill Clawson making the final striped ball for The Favorites to set up Eunis “Wildfire!” Christensen for an easy shot on the eight.

Go for Broke continued its winning ways by defeating Brake ’em and Make ’em by a 10-3 margin. Ren Villenueva, the A player for Go for Broke, logged in a perfect night by winning all seven of his games.

Ace in the Hole improved its record with a 9-4 win over Hot Stix. Zelma Berkenkamp, the C player for Ace in the Hole, won five of her seven games.

The next eight-ball doubles tournament will start at 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Clubhouse 2. Players should arrive by 6 p.m. so teams can be formed. 

Tournaments are limited to 24 players, so those interested should contact Christensen at cashfitt8@icloud.com or (562) 879-1954. The entry fee is $3 for club members and $5 for non-members. Membership is $10 for the year and helps to cover the cost of drinks and snacks.

-—Dave Silva


The Scrabble Club meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. Three successive games are offered. Members are asked to wear masks and arrive early so play can begin on time.

—Nancy Barber


The long-delayed Shuffleboard season will begin on Friday, Nov. 12, at 8:30 a.m. with three teams formed from nearly 30 participants, including 13 new players. 

Schedules and rosters are available at the courts. Practices will continue to be on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. New players are also welcome.

Shuffleboard is a low-impact sport that gets you off the couch, is easy to learn and is fun exercise. Join the group for the fraternization and socialization—meet new people and have an entertaining time. 

There are several tournaments throughout the year, including a Turkey Shoot (normally around Thanksgiving) and a Ham Shoot (at Easter), as well as a special tournament in memory of a passed player. The club periodically sponsors happy hour events, and many attend a luncheon outside the community on the last Friday of the month. There are also plans for evening parties around Christmas, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day.

—Dave LaCascia

Albert Comia recently returned from a cruise in British Columbia to a warm welcome from his fellow leaders of the Joyful Line Dance Club. Classes are every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Veterans Plaza. Participation is currently limited to 32 people on first come, first served basis; face masks and exercise shoes are mandatory. For more information, send a text to (562) 301-5339.

Long Beach Symphony

The Long Beach Symphony is pleased to announce the reopening of its 2021-2022 Series on Saturday, Nov. 13, with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Included in that night’s program in the Long Beach Terrace Theater is Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Ballade for Orchestra” by highly acclaimed British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. 

The season features five concerts, plus a special performance postponed by the pandemic, commemorating and featuring Holocaust-surviving instruments, on Jan. 8, 2022. 

The Long Beach Symphony Association requires all guests to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card, a picture of the card or a digital vaccination record. And the Long Beach Department of Public Health requires all guests, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks on the bus and in all indoor spaces. 

Program information and single and series tickets, as well as LWSB bus tickets, are available at the box office at (562) 436-3201, ext. 1, or via LongBeachSymphony.org. Members of the LW Opera Club and other residents of Leisure World Seal Beach may purchase tickets at group discount prices by emailing Frieda Davis at geoh.davis@gmail.com. Last-minute bus tickets may be purchased at the bus and concert tickets at the box office on Nov. 13. 

People should bring cellphones for emergency purposes. For more information, contact Beverly Emus at (562) 296-5586 or beverly90740@gmail.com.

Cribbage Club

Though the Cribbage Club’s first-place winner, with a score of 843, wishes to remain anonymous, other winners for Nov. 2 include: Second place: Adair Paul, 831; third: Connie Deady, 829; fourth: Myrna Baker, 828. 

Joyce Basch won six out of seven games but was out of money.

The club thanks Bob Berry and Irvine Bernstein for the ice cream sandwiches and drumsticks they served to the 58 cribbage players assembled. Members who want to bring cake and ice cream in celebration of birthdays or any other special occasion may sign up on the calendar, available at the front table at meetings. Serving begins at noon.

Seven games of cribbage are played each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Yearly dues are $3, plus $1 each week to be paid at the table. 

For extra assistance in learning or brushing up on cribbage, contact Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674 (messages okay). 

—Marilyn Chelsvig

Women’s Golf Club

The Nov. 2 Women’s Golf Club tournament presented some special challenges. Golfers played from temporary tee boxes because the tee box areas are being seeded and replanted. Also, the greens are being aerated, leaving hole punctures. This process is tradionally done twice a year to help keep the greens in tip-top shape. 

There were 45 ladies participating in the weekly competition, playing for low gross, low net and circle hole No. 8, for which golfers attempted to hit the ball from the temporary tee box directly into the circle surrounding Hole 8. The club extends a hearty congratulations to Sally Park, who was the only player whose golf ball landed within the circle.

The flight winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: tie between Linda Herman and Janice Turner, 29; low net: tie between Susie Kim and Jane Song, 27.

Flight B: Low gross: Sally Park, 29; low net: Young Yoon, 23.

Flight C: Low gross: Kay Hong, 31; low net: tie between Marilyn Hewitt, Dale Quinn and Mary Devlin, 23.

Flight D: Low gross: Neva Senske, 38; low net: Joyce Bausch, 24.

—Dale Quinn

The Spiritones—Bev Adams (l-r), Carmen Edwards, Sue Kelleghan, Lois Sellers and Kay Pushman—pay tribute to the singing group’s founder, Nancy Maggio, at the LW Chorale & Entertainment Club’s musical program “We Wish You Love” on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Refreshments will be served at this free event.

Tournament Poker Club 

Starting Saturday, Nov. 13, the Tournament Poker Club resumes its regular schedule of games on the first three Saturdays of the month in Clubhouse 6. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; tournaments start at noon. Call Judy Jasmin at (562) 626-8179 for more information.


Join bingo players every Sunday afternoon in Clubhouse 2. The buy-in line opens at 1 p.m. and costs $5, with additional cards at $1 each. Calling begins at 1:30 p.m. sharp. 

Games on the first Sunday of the month are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary; those on the second and fourth Sundays are sponsored by American Legion, Post 327. The Filipino Association of Leisure World hosts on the third and fifth Sundays. After prizes are distributed, all proceeds support Leisure World charitable organizations, benefiting the community’s residents and veterans.

Questions should be directed to Rich Carson, Post 327 commander, at (714) 719-6872.


First Christian Church

First Christian Church thanks all the veterans and active-duty servicemen and -women. It is because of the sacrifices in the past, present and future that Americans enjoy the freedoms in this country. God bless you. 


Saturday and Sunday services have the same message by Pastor Bruce Humes. 

Sunday is a  traditional service, with hymnal music provided by Pat Kogok at the piano from 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

The Saturday service is contemporary, with Gregory Black leading in worship and guitar accompaniment. Saturday service time is 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

Friday prayer meetings are from 6-7 p.m. The weekly Bible study led by Jack Frost is on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:30. Open to all interested. 

The Message

1Thessalonians 1:1 begins with, “Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. To the church of the Thessalonians in God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  The early church converts were primarily Jewish, and since the Greek word for church means an assembly of people, this made it perfectly clear it was an assembly gathered in the name of Jesus, the son of God who is both Lord God and the messiah. 

He continues in verse 1, “Grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The emphasis again is on the equality between God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

This introduction will become the trademark of all the apostle Paul’s epistles.  The greeting “grace to you and peace” are perhaps two of the best blessings one could receive this side of heaven. Grace is God’s unmerited or undeserved favor in all areas of life. It is the essence of the gospel message of Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead, and peace is the result. This peace is a quietness and rest despite the difficulties of this life. This is the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding and will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). 

Scripture of the Week

This week’s verse is a quote from Jesus at the last supper: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).  


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

Community Church

Throughout centuries, the church has done a lot of talking about who is lost and who is found.  In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus reveals a truth that people still wrestle with: those who think they are found are the ones who are most lost. It is a stinging reminder for believers to adopt an attitude of humility as they go through the world. 

Those who have been to church in the past and found it lacking a sense of humility, or who have run out of steam keeping up appearances and are ready humbly accept God’s love, are  welcome to join Community Church.  

Community Church is a place where everything is designed with the first-time participant in mind. 

Every week, Pastor Johan Dodge reminds all who are present that the word Gospel means “good news,” and if the word of God is being used in a way that isn’t good news, then it isn’t the true Gospel. Those who have not felt welcome in church or have never participated in church before are welcome. All are welcome to come to Community Church.


Sunday, Nov.  21,  will be Community Church’s big return to in-person worship with the worship team. Community Church will  have a new heating and air system installed and it will offer rapid air 

replacement and HEPA filtration.  

This Thanksgiving, two members of Community Church’s music team will be performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Be sure to look for The Accidentals in the parade, and then come back in December for the season of Advent to hear them lead the church in worship.  

People can find Community Church on Facebook  @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld. Those who do not have Facebook can contact the church office for the Zoom link by calling (562) 431-2503 or emailing leisurewccsue@yahoo.com. 

Beit HaLev

 Beit HaLev wants to remind the community that its Saturday Shabbat services now begin at 10 a.m.

Beit HaLev livestream services can be viewed at www.Facebook.com/beithalev, www.YouTube.com and Zoom.  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.

Beit HaLev’s livestream services are every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.  In-person services in Clubhouse 3 have been suspended until the beginning of 2022.

In the Torah reading, “Vayeitzei,” Ya’akov is now married to twin sisters, Leah and Rachel. After several years of relentless mistreatment by his wives’ father, Laban, Ya’akov takes his family and flocks to return to Canaan and an uncertain confrontation with his brother, Esav.  On their way, Ya’akov encounters HaShem’s angels, who represent the threshold between exile and home, but also the threshold between heaven and earth.

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

Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit HaLev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and doesn’t believe in labels.  Beit HaLev considers all religions holy and valid.

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

Faith Christian Assembly

The Bible says that “those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God”  (Psalm 92:13, New Living Translation). Everyone wants to flourish. Believers can look at this verse to get a better idea of what it means to flourish and how to do it.

Church-goers know that the church building is often referred to as the house of the Lord. In the original language, the Hebrew word used here for house can also mean household, which makes it it inclusive of those who attend. Next, the definition of the verb plant means “to put or set in the ground for growth.”  

Another translation of this verse reads, “they are transplanted into the Lord’s own garden and are under his personal care” (The Living Bible).  These translations provide a picture of what regular church attendance can be for “those who are planted.” 

When believers are planted, they experience growth through the word of God, relationships and part community.  Church is so much more than people sometimes think of it. Some may have experienced church as an obligation or duty or a place with rituals and rules, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  There is a supernatural exchange that takes place when people go to meet God in his house alongside his people, in the freedom and joy that God intended.  

Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m., and the pre-service prayer is at 5 p.m. The midweek Bible study is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Griefshare meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. Call the church office for the most updated schedule information.

To receive a free copy of the newsletter or to receive more information, call the church office at (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.

Buddha Circle

Buddha Circle’s meditation drop-in sessions meet via Zoom every Tuesday and Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. Each session will include guided meditations and instruction on simple meditation techniques that, when practiced regularly, can reduce unnecessary suffering and improve general health and happiness. 

All experience levels are welcome, and questions are encouraged. The sessions will be led by Bill Conn, an experienced meditation practitioner and teacher. He has been trained at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and is a Unified Mindfulness Level 2 Coach.

Those who are interested in joining can email Conn at whconn@toast.net to be added to the Zoom meeting. To receive more information, call  (714) 468-6887.

Assembly of God

Whether its an umpire calling a close play at the plate or a search-and-rescue team member confirming someone just recovered, those pronouncements that one is safe bring comfort, peace, calm, and the confidence that the threat of harm has been removed.  

Pastor Chuck Franco continues the series in Psalms with a message titled “Safe in Christ,” Psalm 4:1-8. This message is for anyone who has felt vulnerable, unprotected and alone, or for those who know someone experiencing those feelings and want to be able to share the good news of the hope that safety in Christ provides.  

Residents are welcome to join Leisure World Assembly of God in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 10:30 a.m. to hear this message and enjoy inspirational music and uplifting prayer and fellowship.  

Those who want prayer, to speak to a pastor, or have not received a DVD of Sunday morning’s sermon can contact Pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco by calling (562) 357-4360 or emailing pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com. Carolyn van Aalst is also available for  prayer requests at (562) 343-8424.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time on Nov. 14. The first reading is from Daniel 12:1-3, and the second reading is from Hebrews 10:11-14, 18. The Gospel reading is from Mark 13:24-32.

Thanksgiving Mass

 Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held at 10 a.m. People can bring bread, wine, juice or other cold food items that they want to be blessed to use for their Thanksgiving meal.

Advent Day of Prayer 

Holy Family will hold an Advent day of prayer on Saturday, Dec. 4. The day begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m., with refreshments at 11 a.m. followed by an outdoor Nativity scene decoration time. People can bring strings of LED Christmas lights, poinsettias and lightly used, green, artificial Christmas trees for decorations.  All are invited, including family and friends outside of Leisure World.


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

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

St. Theodore’s Episcopal

St. Theodore of Canterbury’s monthly Episcopal worship service will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14. Join St. Theodore’s  for traditional worship, Communion and fellowship at Redeemer Lutheran Church’s sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive. Organist Laura Dickey will lead the congregation in inspirational hymns.

Caring for one another’s safety, everyone is asked to wear a mask and social distance.

Redeemer Lutheran

“Encouraging One Another in Love, Word and Deed” is the theme for Redeemer Lutheran’s worship service on Sunday, Nov. 14. The main service is held inside the stained-glass sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive beginning at 10:30 a.m. Dee Sessa and Maria Swift  are this week’s greeters, and Jerry Brady is the prayer leader and reader. 

In order to continue caring for one another’s safety and following healthcare guidance, masks and social distancing are required. Information, administrative concerns and pastoral care are available at (562)-598-8697. 

Congregation Sholom

On Friday, Nov. 12, Congregation Sholom will have  services via Zoom  with Rabbi  Eric Dangott at 6:30 p.m. Shabbat  services continue on Zoom Saturday morning Nov. 13, at 9:30 with Rabbi  Dangott.

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 information 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, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The group will be reading and discussing the short story “Puttermesser: Her Work History, Her Ancestry, Her Afterlife,” by Cynthia Ozick from the book, “Here I Am.” For more information, contact Ruth Hermann at (562) 430-3107.

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.

LW Baptist

Sunday school children enjoy singing Zacchaeus’ story from Luke 19. Zacchaeus was a crooked businessman whose small stature moved him, in a crowd, to climb a tree to see Jesus.  Children will sing “Zacchaeus was a wee little man/And a wee little man was he/He climbed up in a sycamore tree/For the Lord he wanted to see/The Savior passed along that way and looked up in the tree/He said, Zacchaeus you come down/For I’m coming to your house today.” 

The Bible’s account records here Jesus’ purpose in coming to Zacchaeus’ town. Jesus only passes through Jericho on his last visit to Jerusalem, but he tells Zacchaeus why he came: to find and redeem unsaved people. The crowd reacts negatively to Jesus showing grace to him. But Zacchaeus’ transformation shows in his response: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone, I restore it fourfold.” Jesus replied, “Today salvation has come to this house, because (to the crowd) he, too, is a son of Abraham,” pointing to saving faith like the patriarch’s, and concluding, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 

Zacchaeus’ story is the 10 a.m. worship theme at LW Baptist on Nov. 14.  The men’s Bible study group meets on Monday at 10 a.m., and the Energizers will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m., studying Malachi’s prophecy of God’s matchless blessing. 

For more information, call (562) 430-8598.

Religion Directory

Assembly of God

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. Clubhouse 3, Room 2

(562) 357-4360

LW Baptist Church

Sunday service, 9:45 a.m.

Clubhouse 4

(562) 430-2920

Beit HaLev

Friday, 6 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Coffee Chavurah, Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, after service

Ma’ariv service, Monday-Thursday

Livestream on Zoom, YouTube, Facebook and simshalom.com

LW Community Church

Sunday worship, 9:50 a.m.

Call-in Sunday message, after 5:30 p.m.

Livestream available on


14000 Church Place,

(562) 431-2503

Congregation Sholom

Friday service, 7 p.m.

Saturday service, 9:30 a.m. 

Livesteam and Zoom

Clubhouse 3, Room 9

Faith Christian Assembly 

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.

Midweek Bible Study, 

Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Griefshare, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

13820 Seal Beach Blvd.,

(562) 598-9010

First Christian Church

Friday Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.

Saturday Service, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday Service, 9:30 a.m.

Chapel on Northwood Road,

(562) 431-8810

Holy Family Catholic Church

Mass, Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, 5 p.m.

Sunday, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon

13900 Church Place,

(562) 430-8170

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sacrament Mtg., Sunday, 9 a.m. 

Sunday School, 1st and 3rd 

Sundays, 10 a.m.

Elders & Relief Society, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10 a.m.

Livestream: https://youtu.be/Qk24-vuAAi0

6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

Redeemer Lutheran 

Outside service, Sunday, 

9:30 a.m. 

Sanctuary service, 

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

13564 St. Andrews Drive,

(562) 430-8619

St. Theodore’s Episcopal 

Sunday service, 12:15 p.m.

13564 St. Andrews Drive

The religion directory provides the latest information about church services reopening as pandemic restrictions decrease. To submit updates email laurieb@lwsb.com.


Family and friends throw a parade for Lois’ 106 birthday

Story & photos by Laurie Bullock


Friends, family, former co-workers and neighbors all stopped by to wish Lois Campbell of Mutual 17 a happy 106th birthday on Nov. 7.  Lois’ family had orchestrated an outdoor party featuring vintage and luxury cars from around Seal Beach along with a visit from a Seal Beach police officer and Andrew Digiovanna, Congresswoman Michelle Steel’s Deputy District Director. 

Lois was born on Nov. 1, 1915, in Indiana and was the eldest of four children. She moved to South Dakota with her family at the age of 2 and then moved back to Fairbanks, Indiana, where she went to high school.

During a routine trip to the dentist, Lois was encouraged to further her education after high school to become a nurse. Her dentist had even offered to help pay her tuition, with the expectation that she would be able to pay him back once she became a nurse. After speaking to her father, who said he would be able to fund her studies, Lois studied nursing at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Thus beginning her life long love of caring for people and helping them heal from their injuries. 

Lois moved to California with her husband in 1952, and they eventually had two children, Anne and Jim, when Lois was 40 and 42. “Becoming a mother was the best thing,” she said. “All my life, I wanted to be a mom. I worshiped my kids because I had waited so long to have them.”

She remembers driving past Leisure World before it was built when it was just a field of onions and rabbits. She would drive past it on her way to the hospital for one of her nursing shifts. She has lived in Leisure World since 1985.

Lois’ 100th birthday stands out as one of her favorite memories, as it was the first time anyone had thrown her a surprise party. She said that she also has fond memories of birthdays during her childhood, when friends would spend the night at her house and they would celebrate by eating homemade angel food cake. 

“I’ve had a great life,” she said with a smile. 

Senior Peace Club

Next peaceful protest will focus on reproductive rights

The Senior Peace Club’s next peaceful protest will be held in front of the Leisure World Globe on Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The focus will be reproductive rights in light of recent laws enacted in Texas and other states with the intent to get rid of Roe v. Wade.

Even though the club believes chances are good that the Supreme Court will overturn Texas’ abortion ban, many people are concerned it is another sign that  Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the not-so-distant future, taking the country back to the days when the only options for most women with unwanted pregnancies were back-alley abortions or self-induced ones, resulting in thousands of women dying or being horribly injured every year.

The Senior Peace Club believes women can only be independent and free agents when they have the right to control their own bodies. Women struggled long and hard for that freedom and will not give it up without another long, hard fight.  

Signs will be available at the demonstration, but people are encouraged to make and bring their own appropriate signs. Everyone who is  concerned about this issue is welcome to participate.

Sunshine Club

Learn about Member Resources

GRF Member Resources and Assistance Liaison Roberta Arshat will be  the speaker at  the Sunshine Club’s next meeting on Friday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

Those who would like to get the Zoom link by email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m. (text only, no phone calls). 

To join the meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87427954280?pwd=dExQR2dDblZSbUNkQlVoclhrajFhUT0. The meeting ID is 874 2795 4280, and the passcode is 080651.

Arshat has a passion for helping the elderly. She has a background in the senior placement field, with training focused on California’s Title 22, which includes the Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Act; dementia; and senior rights. 

Arshat’s role at Leisure World is to present resources that match the needs of shareholders with viable resources.  Although she is not a licensed social worker, she is an advocate with a wealth of information.  

Arshat is a retired orchestral musician who spent many years performing as a principal flutist in the theater orchestra pit and with various symphony orchestras in Southern California and Arizona.  

She also has a background in corporate legal contracts and worked for Verizon Wireless, drafting and finalizing the cell site contracts.  She has experience with medical insurance verification and authorization, as well as customer service which she utilized at Hoag Hospital and Hoag Orthopedic Institute. 

During the meeting, Arshat will go over the Member Resources and Assistance Liaison’s role in the community and the resources and contacts available for residents to take advantage of.  There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the meeting. 

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

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 meeting schedule for November 2021 is as follows:

• The American Legion Seal Beach Post 327 will conduct a Veterans Day Memorial Service today, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. All are welcome to attend.

• The American Legion Auxiliary Board of Directors will meet on Friday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.  This meeting is for Auxiliary members only.

• The Auxiliary’s next regular meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Auxiliary members and guests are welcome.

There will be no poppy-making on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Italian American Club

The Italian American Club will hold its last meeting of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

Club members should  RSVP by Friday, Nov. 12, by calling (562) 355-2918.

Anna Derby from Mutual 5 shows off the large vegetables she harvested in her Mini Farm. She recently harvested yeolmu (yulmu), which is known as a young summer radish green. It can be used in dishes such as kimichi. Derby was surprised and excited by how big the vegetables grew this year. She plans to make Chongkak kimchi with what she has grown.

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is excited to announce the Hospitality Room’s reopening on Monday, Nov. 15, in Clubhouse 6. GAF volunteers look forward to serving friends and neighbors coffee and cookies in the morning. The Hospitality Room will be open Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m.  LWers can enjoy free coffee (people must bring their own mug) while getting to know new people and catching up with friends. Those who are interested in volunteering one day a week to serve coffee and snacks should call GAF Hospitality Chair Carl Kennedy at (661) 810-9410. 

Nikkei Club

The Nikkei Club’s  first sing-along was a success. The club would like to thank everyone who came to the last meeting.

This month, the club will sing Japanese, Hawaiian, American and Okinawan songs. Sheet music will be provided at the meeting for $1 per  person.  Lunch will not be served at this meeting, however the club will provide refreshments.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Call Sherie Vanek at (562) 296-8074 to suggest songs or to request more information.

The Nikkei Club is also holding a fund raiser this month. Club members are asked to bring any items for donation to the meeting ,and the proceeds will go into the club’s treasury.

 The Nikkei Club will go out to eat at the East Buffet restaurant in Hawaiian Gardens on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. More information  about the lunch will be provided at the next meeting.

Nikkei Club dues are $10 per person for 2022; membership is open to all residents. For more information, call Michie Kimura at (714) 317-1102.

Social Club

The Social Club will reopen in January. The group’s first meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, at noon in Clubhouse 1 to play cards and games. All are welcome to attend.  The club will serve lunch, snacks, coffee and tea. The cost to join is $4 per person.

Call Marj Earls at (562) 275-4778 or Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416 to register as a new table or to receive more information about the club.

LW Woman’s Club

On  Nov. 2, the LW Woman’s Club held its second regular meeting. The club was finally able to have its first live entertainer, Anthony Bernasconi which the members enjoyed immensely. Women of Leisure World are welcome to attend Woman’s Club meetings as a guest. 

The Woman’s Club is a philanthropic club that gives donations to various outside organizations that support women and Leisure World organizations that support  residents.  At the meeting the Woman’s Club donated $1,500 to the Golden West College School of Nursing for two scholarships. Accepting the donation on behalf of the college was Associate Dean Director of Nursing Alice Martanegara and Director of Foundation and Community Relations Bruce Berman.  

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

The Republican Club will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., in Clubhouse 3 Room 2. Jovanka, who does not want her last name published, will be the featured speaker.

Jovanka, who immigrated to the United States from the former Communist Yugoslavia, will tell the club what life was like for her under Communist rule.

“People here do not realize how terrible it was to live in a country without freedom,” she said.

Some immigrants from formerly Communist countries applaud their native lands for having a very low crime rate, where it is possible to safely walk the streets at any time of day or night. Crime rates were low in those countries, but few people realize the terrible price people paid, according to Jovanka.

“You are watched wherever you go, and even inside your own apartment, you are always afraid of who might be listening,” she said.

For those who enjoy living in their own house, she says, “that is impossible in Communist countries unless you are a member of the Communist Party.” 

Less than 10 percent of the people were party members and they were required to spy on their neighbors and anyone else they ran across, reporting them to the authorities for anything they said that was unfavorable to any government policy, she added.

Her talk will be followed by a discussion of current issues including:

• The recent Republican victories in the recent election, especially in Virginia

• Critical Race Theory being taught in public schools

• The Los Alamitos School Board

• Illegal immigration and border security

• Social issues such as the pro-life movement

• The approximately $4.5 trillion in new spending being debated in Congress

• The end of American military presence in Afghanistan

• The existential threat of China to the U.S.

The recent Republican victories in Virginia included those for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. These offices were won by a white male, a Black female and a Latino male, respectively.

Watch your step

How to protect yourself against scam callers

by Laurie Bullock


Scammers can be relentless, especially once they get you on a phone call. Their main strategy is to scare or overwhelm you once you pick up the phone, so that it is more difficult to make a clear and rational decision. 

A scammer could tell you a number of different stories to get important information from you. They could pretend to be a grandchild in trouble or a medicare representative, or they could even pose as something positive such as a lottery  or sweepstakes company; whatever story they come up with, it’s important to remain as calm as possible and do what you can to protect yourself. 

One easy way to avoid scam calls is to send all unknown callers straight to voicemail. Scammers search out easy targets who do not have time to think things through, so they will not leave a voicemail asking for you to call them back. 

If you are worried about missing a call from a friend you don’t have saved in your contacts or from a doctor’s office, remember that the people you know or who have a legitimate need to contact you will either leave a voicemail or will send you a text. 

While it won’t stop every scammer from calling your phone, you can register your phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry. Register your number by calling 1-888-382-1222. This will prevent most, if not all telemarketers from being able to call you, and the rest of the blocked or unknown numbers will likely be a scam.

Smart phone users can use apps or change their phone settings to send unknown callers straight to voicemail. iPhone users can set this up by going to their settings, choosing the “phone” option, selecting the “Silence Unknown Callers” option, and sliding the toggle button on.

Android users can use apps such as the Call Blocker Free, Privacy Star or RoboKiller, or contact their service provider to see the in-network solutions available to them.

If you do pick up the phone and suspect it is a scam, hang up immediately. Do not feel guilty or think you are being rude for hanging up on someone mid-sentence without an explanation. The scammer who is trying to take advantage of you is the one who is rude, and you are within your right to protect yourself by hanging up on them. The scammer might call back immediately a few times, but keep sending their call to voicemail until they stop calling. 

Korean American Classical Music Association will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2 on Nov. 18, Dec. 9 and 16. There will be a holiday luncheon after the Dec. 16 class.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

Democratic Club leaders are continuing their efforts to help voters understand the implications of the proposed recall of three of the Los Alamitos School Board members.  Voters are urged to refuse to sign petitions in support of putting this recall effort on their 2022 ballot.

For more information about the possible recall, go to go to the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com. Voters are also encouraged to do their own research concerning this  situation, As club leaders are concerned about misinformation currently circulating in LW.


Democratic Club leaders are also closely monitoring the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ efforts to redraw the shape of their districts.  In a hearing that lasted more than two hours, the public recently had an opportunity to tell the supervisors which of eight proposed redistricting proposals they preferred.  

As the meeting progressed, it became apparent that, as reported by Voice of OC, “a showdown is happening between two competing maps that will reshape the political landscape at the top of the powerful county government for Orange County’s 3.2 million residents.”  

The dispute appears to be over which proposal dilutes which minority voters.  Proposal 5 supporters said their plan would ensure Latino voters are not diluted in other districts. They also indicated that their support for Proposal 5 grew out of an outreach process to hear from residents about which neighborhoods they want to be included with. The majority of these speakers represented community organizations that had banded together as the People’s Redistricting Alliance.    

An ACLU spokesperson for Proposal 5 said, “The board cannot draw the Latinx district, which is required [by the Voting Rights Act]…in such a way to limit Latinx influence in other districts to favor a political party or to discriminate against a political party.”

Proposal 2 supporters maintained it would have the strongest Asian-American district. They said it would also create a majority Latino district centered on Santa Ana and Anaheim. 

There were no speakers in support of any of the remaining proposals.  

Before the meeting was over, the Board had eliminated consideration of all of the proposals except 2, 4 and 5. 

The Board’s decision means that regardless of whatever proposal they finally adopt, Leisure World will no longer be represented by Democratic Supervisor Katrina Foley.   Beginning in January 2023, LW’s representative will be Republican Board Chair Andrew Do (District 1), whose term in office does not end until 2025 or Democrat Doug Chaffee (District 4), if he is re-elected in 2022.

None of the Supervisors has indicated publicly which proposal they prefer.  However, two speakers in support of Proposal 2 thanked Do for his 

support of their position.  


LW Democrats and supporters interested in receiving in-depth, up-to-date reporting on the issues can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter by emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or calling editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521. 


Jane M. Legus


Jane M. Legus, 86, of Jonesboro,  Arkansas, passed from this life on Oct. 29, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. 

Jane was a caring mother and friend to all. She was born to the late Horace and Catherine Ayers on Aug. 7, 1935, in Montreal, Canada. Jane has resided in Jonesboro for the last two and a half years after spending the previous 30 years at Leisure World, Seal Beach.

Jane spent her career working in the aerospace industry for over 30 years, at LW, she was a member of the Ladies Golf Club, Ladies Q Club, and the Cribbage Club. Jane’s love of organizing all the sports championship pools is dearly missed.

Her kindness and selflessness will always be remembered.

In addition to her parents, Jane is preceded in death by her son, Richard A. Legus, and brother, John E. Ayers.

Jane is survived by her niece, Patti Smith of Jonesboro.

All services will be private.The online registry can be found at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.


Tivadar Vhal


Tivadar Vhal was born on April 13, 1934, in Budapest, Hungry. He died on Oct. 14.

He immigrated to America  in 1972 and lived in New Jersey before moving to California. He and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Long Beach in 1976. In 1993, the pair moved to Leisure World.

He had an architecture diploma and was fluent in both Hungarian and English. His pastime was chess, and he established LW’s Chess Club 25 years ago. He went to every meeting until the COVID-19  virus prevented people from meeting in person. 

He loved to read, swimming regularly and grow his vegetables at the Mini Farm.

He is survived by his wife. May he rest in peace.


Charles T. Hyland


Charles T. Hyland was born on Jan. 9, 1936, in Pennsylvania, and passed away on Sept. 26 in Seal Beach at the age of 85. 

Charles was a teacher at Jordan High school in Long Beach and lived in Garden Grove prior to coming to Leisure World in 1998.

Charles married Jacqueline Kennedy Hyland on Oct. 21, 2008. 

“I will miss him dearly,” Jacqueline said. “He was a sweet and gentle soul.”

Charles is survived by his wife.


In Memoriam

Tammie Millier 63

Anna Bien-Gill 65

Sherry Jalivand 75

Robert Underwood 93

Carmen Lomeli Maldonado 91

Janet Sugawara 92

Paul Morrison III 66

Patricia Yoshizawa 75

Michael Bernstein 69

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

(562) 961-9301

—Paid obituary


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


Beginner-Square-Dance-Classes/Starting-November-1st (7:00-9:00pm/Mondays). 12-14 Week-Sessions, $8/per-class. **Class open first three Mondays to join** No Partner Necessary. Adult Couples and Singles Welcome. 5946 Westminster Boulevard. Westminster (at Springdale, next to Goodwill Store). Call/714-803-0250 for more information. Great activity for body and brain health! 11/11



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. 

OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. (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. 2/03/2022


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




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. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. #578194. 12/30




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 11/25


SKYLIGHT Cleaning and Repairs Contact Eugene at (714) 774-4385. Contractor State License 634613-B. 1/13/22




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) 794-9377, (562) 221-5903.


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 and Safety Flags. 562-431-6859.


Ticket agent for Tour company Booth located inside Catalina Express Terminal ››- Long Beach, CA Catalina Island tour company seeking friendly, customer service-oriented person to work in ticket booth securing sales and offering information of tours offered. Part-time year-round positions available. Hours worked would be early mornings 5-6 hours per shift.  Great part time job. Must be available weekends and holidays. Must be dependable with brilliant customer service skills, able to use a computer and handle cash sales. Drug free work environment Equal Opportunity Employer. Please call for more information (562) 432-8828 or email aphillips@islandenterprises.biz  Who we are- https://catalinaadventuretours.com/ 11/11


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. 11/11


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. 12/23


Yvonne-Is-Back! Haircuts, Color, Perms, Pedicure/Manicure in your home. Call 714-855-8465 for appointment. License KK336138. 11/18


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



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


Easy Transport Tzora Folding Travel Scooter. Like New, #1 in USA. Heaviest of three components. Weight capacity 250lbs. Folds and rolls like a suitcase, approved by airlines and cruise ships. $700 or OBO. For more details, call Linda at 



Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093. 12/30


Rides by Russ 714-655-1544. 12/02


A PERSONAL DRIVER IS WITHIN YOUR REACH! Personal, Dependable. Transportation for Airport Travelers, Medical-Patients. Vaccinated/Covid Safe. Call James: 562-537-1298 Grateful For My LW Clients!!!

autos/boats/rv’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License #779462. 12/30



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


I’ll buy your OLD Stressless-Recliner! My retirement hobby is restoring them. Text/562-225-8133. 11/18


Rummage Sale  Thursday/November-18th (8:30am-1:00pm). 13560 Medinac Lane. Mutual-5/Apartment-102H.  LCD 46’TV, 6-foot X-Mas Tree, Golf Clubs, Luggage, Comforters, Women Shoes, lots of Clothing, Handbags, Patterns, Fabrics, Hawaiian Dresses, Leis, Flip Flops,  Cell Phones, Keyboard, Brand New Router, Custom Jewelry, and so much more!  Anna Derby (562) 301-5339. Golden Age Foundation.


Large Patio Sale. ONE-DAY-ONLY, Friday/November-12th (9:00am-2:00pm). 13360 Del Monte Drive, Mutual-15/Apartment-2A, near Front-Gate. MANY High-Quality Christmas Decorations,  MANY Vintage-Items, Fishing-Items, Miscellaneous, Household-Items and Wall Art. Hal/310-213-3744. Mutual-15 approval paperwork at LW News. 11/11


HUGE PATIO SALE. Thursday/Friday/Saturday. November 11th-12th-13th, 2021/(9:00am-3:00pm). 1060 Foxburg Road, Mutual-9/Apartment-218E. Everything-priced-to-sell. Everything-must-go. Tons of Christmas/Holiday (New-and-Used). Loads of miscellaneous-items too! Mututal-9 approval paperwork at LW News.


$49 Galileo-Telesope 25-50 Power Achromatic Refractor Optics. Sunpak 9002-DX Tripod with/Celestron-Tripod Adapter, Used-once. Joanna/562-598-1849


Fall and Christmas Crafts, some Antiques and Knick-Knacks at 1581 Interlachen Road, Mutual-11/Apartment-261i. No Director approval required for Mutual-11.


Industrial-Style Wall Sconce with/Edison-Bulb/$40. Cylinder Shaped Tiffany-Table-Lamp, brand-new/$60. Elvis Collectible salt-n-pepper-Shakers/$20. Two-Purple  table-lamps with/shades/$15-each. 18-inch White Oscillating-Fan/$15. Elvis Presley Singing-and-Dancing Telephone/$40.  714-469-7519.


13141 Shawnee-Lane, Friday/November-12th AND Saturday/November-13th, Mutual-11/Unit-267J/(9:00am-3:00pm).  LW canceled Christmas-Show. MANY Fabulous Christmas-Decorations by Marcia available (Do-NOT Miss-This!)  No Director approval required for Mutual-11.