LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 12-01-22

Dec 1 2022

Remembering Pearl Harbor

This Dec. 7, Americans remember the world-changing event known as Pearl Harbor, or as President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in his Dec. 8, 1941, speech declaring war on Japan, “a date which will live in infamy.”

At 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, many will gather at Pearl Harbor National Memorial for the 81st commemoration. The early start marks the exact minute 81 years ago when Japanese warplanes descended on Oahu, killing 2,403 service members and civilians, injuring thousands more and dealing a near fatal blow to the Navy’s fleet at Pearl Harbor.

The mostly young Americans who died that day, along with those who served in uniform during World War II or on the home front war effort, are collectively known as the Greatest Generation. Their sacrifices reflect the theme of this year’s commemoration:  Everlasting Legacy. Its focus is the importance of remembering Pearl Harbor and how the Greatest Generation saved America from tyranny and brought peace through reconciliation.

The 81st Pearl Harbor Commemoration will be held Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu. The service is open to the public and available for viewing via a livestream link that can be accessed through https://www.pearlharborevents.com.

Christmas Tree Lighting

The GRF Recreation Department will host the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Veterans Plaza.

Santa and his elves (courtesy of the LW Theater Club) will be there to collect toys for children in need and to pose for photos, so bring the family for pictures with Old St. Nick.

The Korean American Chorale will entertain with a selection of Christmas carols. Audience participation will be encouraged.

This year, the toy drive is sponsored by the Brown Descents Car Club, an Orange County charitable organization that supports disadvantaged local youth by providing scholarships and gifts at Christmas.

Bring unwrapped donations to the event.

Refreshments will be provided by OptumCare. All are encouraged to stop by the table and say hello.

Come and kick off the holidays at Veterans Plaza, see the brand-new tree, and bring a friend, grandchild or two, and lots of neighbors.  

Civil War Union Brass Band to play

The Long Beach City College Evening Wind Symphony and Band of the California Battalion, a fully reenacted Civil War Union Brass Band, will be featured in a special holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

The Wind Symphony is under the direction of Dr. Gary Thomas Scott, retired dean of the School of Creative Arts and Applied Sciences at Long Beach City College. 

A wonderful program is planned that includes marches, holiday music, period music and a few surprises. 

The Band of the California Battalion will provide an entertaining and informative program of music from the period when “instruments had character and characters had instruments.” 

The band is celebrating 30 years as an ensemble and has toured all over the country providing living history presentations, concerts, reenactments and special performances at festivals and venues throughout California and around the country.

This concert is always a crowd pleaser at Leisure World and features something to be enjoyed by all. 

Admission is free.

GRF Board Highlights

by Ruth Osborn

managing editor

Whether or not to investigate the feasibility of having a California liquor license for Leisure World was the topic of spirited debate at the GRF Board meeting on Nov. 22. 

The GRF Strategic Planning Committee was tasked with brainstorming possible new income streams to soften the expected impacts of inflation. The sale of liquor in LW, which would require  the purchase of a California liquor license, was one idea recommended for further study.

At the meeting Nov. 22, the Strategic Planning Committee asked the GRF Board to direct staff to determine the revenue potential and feasibility of obtaining a GRF-owned liquor license.

As soon as the motion was made, GRF Treasurer Philip Freedman from Mutual 15 categorically opposed the idea: “We don’t want the sale of liquor inside LW.”

His sentiments were echoed by a majority of the board, including Director Carole Damoci from Mutual 12, who recalled a 2012 accident involving a drunk LW driver who struck an 86-year-old veteran  while he was crossing St. Andrews Drive at Tam O’ Shanter Road in his scooter. The man died eight days later.

“The way people drive here, I don’t know if a liquor business is what we want to get into,” she said.

Director Sandy Geffner of Mutual 3 agreed: “I shudder to think of us having anything to do with a liquor license given how many people run stop signs and drive into the (flood channel).”

But Strategic Planning Commitee Chair Lee Melody of Mutual 14 reminded the board that the committee was charged with reviewing future revenue sources, and this request was simply to explore the possibility. 

Vice President William Thompson, who is also a member of the planning committee, said: “I am intrigued that the board is so reticent to explore something. It’s hiding your head in the sand.”

Directors Donna Gambol of Mutual 1, Camille Thompson of Mutual 8 and Nick Massetti of Mutual 17 agreed with Thompson. “It’s in our best interest to examine this to see if it makes sense,” Gambol said. 

“I don’t understand the fear of getting information,” added Massetti.

But they were in the minority.

“I won’t vote to implement this, so I don’t want to spend energy examining it,” said Director Lucy Ableser of Mutual 7.

Added Director Susan Hopewell of Mutual 6: “The community spoke loudly against this proposition,” referring to a past study on bringing a bar to LW that sparked contentious debate. That effort culminated in a resounding rejection of the idea. In the only no vote of the meeting, the motion was rejected 7-9.

In other meeting highlights:

Employees of Month Save A Life

The board awarded employee of the month honors to a team from Service Maintenance credited with saving the life of a coworker. On Oct. 10, David Franco, Uli Ramirez, Facilities Manager Ruben Gonzalez and Hector Paz noticed a coworker was in distress as they were the breakroom to begin the workday. Their rapid response, with zero hesitation, helped save the life of their coworker, said HR Director LeAnn Dillman, who presented the certificates. In addition to the certificate, the honor comes with a special pay bonus.

Insurance Renewals Under Budget

Upon the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the board approved the  2022-2023 insurance renewals for the GRF and Mutuals. The renewal totals $3,297,945, with $814,679.70  allocated to GRF, which will be paid from the operating fund; $848,802 was budgeted for the renewal, which is 15% higher than last year, but well under the anticipated 25% hike in premiums.

DLD Insurance Brokers, Inc., has provided commercial insurance to the GRF and Mutuals for 30 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which tracks common consumer items like food, energy and more, rose by 9.1% over the past 12 months, the largest increase in inflation since the 12-month period ending November 1981. Rising inflation also impacts the insurance industry, as rising costs for claims payouts and increased operating costs are offset by increased premiums.

Community Rules Violation Panel Established

Upon the recommendation of the GRF Administration Committee, the board adopted 30-5022-3, Community Rules Violation Panel Charter. As a committee of the GRF board, the Community Rules Violation Panel will have full power to assess, judge and determine fines or sanctions for violations of rules as established within the GRF’s governing documents. The panel will meet monthly to adjudicate disputes related to everything from parking violations to rules of conduct. 

System to Digitize GRF Documents Approved

Upon the recommendation of the Information Technology Services Committee (ITS), the board approved a one-time implementation cost of $83,005.48 plus a 10% contingency for a total cost of $91,500 to digitize GRF records.

Corporation records are now stored in scores of cardboard boxes stacked up in the Stock Transfer and the News buildings. 

Iron Mountain, which provides offsite document storage with over 500 storage facilities across the country, will establish a file management process that safeguards records. The company was identified as the best solution to fit GRF needs as it was the only one providing document management. Iron Mountain will prep, pack and transport boxes to its facility for scanning/indexing and hard copy storage. 

New Software For Efficiency

Upon the recommendation of the ITS Committee, the board approved the purchase of a new software system to replace 20-year-old property management software that offers subpar support, is counterintuitive and requires manual processing, among other shortcomings.   

After much staff research, CINC Systems was selected to replace Jenark, as well as ClickPay and Axxerion, at a cost of $47,577.60 per year—that amounts to 60 cents per each of LW’s 6,608 households—plus a one-time implementation cost of $3,500. Among CINC’s benefits are that it can be accessed from anywhere; has a work order  component so Service Maintenance staff can use cell phones for processing; and accommodates electronic invoice processing, approval workflows and vendor management. The new software should yield significant efficiencies in staff time in the Finance, Physical Properties and Service Maintenance departments.

Amphitheater Ramp

Upon the recommendation of the Physical Property Committee, the board awarded a contract to MJ Jurado for the installation of a ramp and railing at the back doors of the Amphitheater at a cost not to exceed $28,090.

CH 1 Flooring 

Upon the recommendation of the Physical Property Committee, the board awarded a contract to Cornerstone Flooring for the repair and refinishing of the epoxy floor in the kitchen of Clubhouse 1, at the cost not to exceed, $14,777.

1.8-Acre Dumpster Rules

The board gave final approval to 60-5000-1, Use of Community Facilities, Dumpsters at 1.8 Acres-Rules, which updates rules on use and adjusted the hours of operation. Generally, the dumpsters are for the use of GRF Authorized Residents, who are now required to show their GRF IDs to an attendant prior to using the dumpsters. Authorized Residents or their representatives with the resident’s GRF ID can throw away refuse in the dumpsters. An attendent is now on site to enforce dumping rules. The new hours  are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

New Grill Coming to CH 1 Picnic Area

Upon the recommendation of the Recreation Committee, the board voted to approve the purchase of a new gas grill and outdoor cover at a cost of $2,988.49. The grill will replace  aging equipment at the picnic area near Clubhouse 1.

Acoustics Loop for Hearing Impaired at CH 3

Upon the recommendation of the Recreation Committee, the board approved the purchase of an acoustics loop for Clubhouse 3, Room 7, to give hearing assistance to club members. The loop works with specialized hearing aids to capture sound and amplify it in LWers’ devices. The system also includes four headsets designed to work with the acoustics loop for those who need assistance but do not have the specialized hearing aid. 

The board approved a hearing loop system and four listener-receiver devices at a cost not to exceed $3,752.

Turtle Lake Sign

• The board approved a new sign for the golf course, now called Turtle Lake, and authorized it to be installed there. Turtle Lake was the winner of a 2020 naming contest for the newly remodeled golf course area. The board approved $641.91 plus a contingency to cover the sign and its installation costs.

Rules of Conduct Revised

The board gave a final vote on 30-5093-3, Authorized Resident (AR) Rules of Conduct, Procedure for Notification of Violation and Right to Hearing. 

LWers can read more about the community’s rules of conduct, violations and the panel and appeal procedure in this policy, found at lwsb.com under GRF tab.

Seal Beach Christmas Parade is Dec. 2

The 44th annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade will usher in the holidays on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. The parade route is from the Seal Beach Pier to Pacific Coast Highway along Main Street. 

?This year’s theme is “Christmas Under the Sea” and the presenting sponsor is Fresh Cut Creative. A large crowd is expected.  

 The Seal Beach Police Department will  divert traffic on Pacific Coast Highway and close several streets to vehicular traffic for the parade.

• Main Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic starting at 4 p.m., reopening at about 10 p.m.

• Ocean Avenue will be closed between 7th Street and 12th Street from about 4 p.m. to about 9:30 p.m.

• Both Electric Avenue and Central avenues will be closed between Eighth Street and Tenth Street. These closures will also begin at about 4 p.m. and conclude at about 9:30 p.m.

• Eastbound Pacific Coast Highway will be closed at Main Street. Traffic will be diverted to northbound Bolsa Avenue. Motorists will be directed to continue on Bolsa Avenue, east toward Seal Beach Boulevard, and then south to Pacific Coast Highway. Motorists can also choose to turn south on Balboa Drive from Bolsa Avenue  to access Pacific Coast Highway. This closure will occur from 6:30 p.m. to about 10 p.m. 

• Westbound Pacific Coast Highway will be restricted, closed intermittently and heavily congested from Seal Beach Boulevard to Fifth Street from about 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Using Space Heaters Safety

by Eloy Gomez

health and safety specialist

The short days and long nights are here, and with them, low overnight temperatures. A space heater can be an easy and effective way to warm your home, but space heaters come with some risks. 

The National Fire Protection Association reports that space heaters are responsible for 43% of house fires and 85% of home heating fire deaths.

That’s the bad news. 

The good news is that the risk of a fire goes down substantially if you are aware of and follow the space heater safety tips below. These suggestions will  help keep you, your family, neighbors and your unit safe.

Check the space heater’s safety certifications. 

Choose a space heater with a safety certification label from a respected independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories, Intertek or CSA Group.

Make sure the space heater has safety features. 

Choose a space heater that automatically shuts off when it starts to overheat or tips over, as that will help minimize any risk of an accidental house fire. 

Don’t use extension cords and power strips.

Extension cords and power strips can overheat and cause a fire when connected to a space heater. Play it safe by plugging your space heater directly into a wall outlet.

Place the space heater out of harm’s way. 

Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable, such as curtains, rugs, beds, recliners and clothes. 

Also, avoid placing space heaters on carpet or in high-traffic areas where they could become  tripping hazards.

Keep kids and pets away from space heaters. 

Place space heaters where young children and pets can’t get to them. Consider putting your heater behind a child-proof gate, if necessary.

Place space heaters on a level surface. 

Space heaters should be placed on flat, level floor surfaces to avoid dangerous tip-overs.

Don’t hide space heater cords. 

Running a space heater’s cord under a rug, carpet or piece of furniture poses a fire risk. Keep them out in the open.

Turn off your space heater when you can’t monitor it. 

Power down your space heater before you go to sleep. 

Always make sure you are in the same room as the space heater or are at least able to keep an eye on it while it’s running.

Get rid of space heaters running too hot. 

If your space heater or its power cord is hot to the touch, turn it off and unplug it as soon as possible. 

Don’t plug in the space heater again until you’ve had an appliance repair person check it out. Or, if you’ve had the space heater for a while, consider replacing it. 

Do not donate the overheating space heater to a charity or put it outside for free.

Regularly inspect your space heater. 

Immediately replace any space heater with a cracked or frayed cord, damaged prongs or loose connections.

Ovens, stovetops, and toaster ovens are not designed to be used as heaters. 

Do not use any other heat producing appliances to heat your unit.  

These heat producing appliances are prone to catching fire when used as a home heating device.

Be Safe, Drive Sober

Millions of people will be traveling to visit friends and family over the holidays. The Seal Beach Police Department encourages everyone to celebrate safely and have a holiday game plan that includes a designated sober driver.

During the pre-Christmas and New Year’s holiday season through Dec. 13, the Seal Beach Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and be safe,” Chief of Police Michael Henderson said. “If you plan to go out and celebrate, make sure you plan ahead and find a safe, sober ride home because driving impaired should never be an option.”

Drunk driving is a problem on the nation’s roads every day, but it’s more prevalent during the holidays. 

During the 2016-2020 December months, more than 4,400 people were killed in drunk-driving-related crashes.

The Seal Beach Police Department reminds drivers that a “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” 

Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

—from the Seal Beach Police Department

Menorah Lighting 

Rabbi Aron David Berkowitz of the Chabad of West Orange County will share the story of Hanukkah and its meaning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Veterans Plaza.

Musical entertainment will help celebrate the Festival of Lights prior to lighting the menorah. It is an opportunity for the community, rich in culture and customs, to learn and share in the joy of this beautiful festival.

The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors who had tried forcing them to abandon their religion and adopt Greek culture. 

Led by Judah Maccabee, the Jews recaptured the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. 

There was only one small cruse of pure oil, enough to light the menorah in the temple for one day. 

But it lasted eight days, in time to produce new pure oil, and the menorah was able to remain lit and never burn out. 

This miracle is attributed to God and the faith that the Jews had in God. 

The Hanukkah menorah has eight main branches, plus the raised ninth lamp set apart as the servant light used to kindle the other lights.

Refreshments (kosher, of course) will be provided by OptumCare, so everyone is invited to stay, have a nosh and say hello to the Health Care Center team. 

Holiday Deadlines

The editorial and advertising deadlines have been changed for the holiday editions of the LW Weekly. Residents should make a note of the dates to ensure that their classified ads and club stories make it into the desired editions of the paper. 

Dec. 22 (Christmas)

Classified ad deadline: Friday, Dec. 16, noon.

Editorial submission deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m.

Dec. 29 (New Year’s)

Classified ad deadline: Friday, Dec. 23, noon. 

Editorial submission deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m.

Jan. 5 (Post-New Year’s)

Classified ad deadline: Friday, Dec. 30, noon.

Editorial submission deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 4 p.m.

Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Holiday)

Classified ad deadline: Friday, noon, Jan. 13. 

Editorial submission deadline: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m.

Holiday Lights List

There’s something about twinkling lights that gets people in the holiday spirit. While Leisure World may not have the winter charm of a white Christmas, it has its share of impressive holiday displays. If you see one, share it. Send the Mutual, building and apartment numbers with a brief description to emmad@lwsb.com. A list will be printed so everyone can enjoy them.

SBPD Surviving Gun Violence Event

The Seal Beach Police Department, in partnership with the McGaugh Elementary School Parent Teacher Association, will host a free presentation on “Surviving Gun Violence” on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the McGaugh Elementary School auditorium, 1698 Bolsa Ave., Seal Beach. The presentation will:

• Provide strategies to prevent and prepare for a potentially violent incident and/or active shooter.

• Provide options to enhance survival when confronted.

• Describe actions needed to safely interact with the responding police officers.

• Provide information on keeping firearms safely secured in the home.

The topics covered are not specific to school violence or an active shooter incident at a school. It is open to all. Due to the graphic nature of portions of this presentation, the Seal Beach Police Department is discouraging anyone under the age of 18 from attending. For more information, contact Lt. Nick Nicholas at nnicholas@sealbeachca.gov or  562-799-4100, ext. 1160.

Perspectives, Page 4

Korean War Veterans Tribute

Member Column

Editor’s Note:  Grace S. Kim of Mutual 14 submitted the following column as an appreciation to all Korean War veterans. Her husband, the late Dr. Luke L.C. Kim, was born in North Korea in 1930. Kim-Il-Sung had established his Communist dictatorship in North Korea in1946, from which Dr. Kim and his family escaped to South Korea. On June 25, 1950, the North Korean People’s Army launched an invasion into South Korea, which was the beginning of the Korean War. The Kims ultimately fled Korea and established a life in the U.S., retiring in Leisure World. With this column, Grace Kim remembers the service of millions of military personnel, U.S. and otherwise, who fought in the Korean War theater of operations.

by Grace Kim

LW contributor

During Japanese colonial rule from 1910-1945, more than 140,000 people were arrested in Korea and many fled to Russia, China and United States. A provisional Korean government of the Republic of Korea in Exile was established in Shanghai, China, in April 1919. A demonstration at the funeral of Korean Emperor Gojong, who was rumored to have been poisoned by the Japanese Imperial family, triggered the government in exile. 

Among the 20 million Koreans who attended the funeral March 1, 1 million participated in the demonstration, 7,500 people died, 16,000 were injured, and 46,000 were arrested and detained. 

They were all fighting for Korean independence. 

During World War II, young men and women were drafted to serve in the army. They were forced into hard labor, females were used as comfort women (sex slaves), and students were sent to factories to produce military uniforms and weapons. 

At the end of World War II in 1945, Korea was liberated from 36 years of Japanese colonization. But after disarming Japanese soldiers, the Soviet Union and United States of America arbitrarily divided Korea at the 38th parallel.

Three million Christians and non-communists fled North Korea to South Korea. In doing so they became traitors to the North Korean Communist government. 

South Korea established a Democratic government in 1948. On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began with a surprise attack by North Korea. The Soviet Union and China helped North Korea in an attempt to unify Korea as a communist country. A well-trained and well-prepared North Korean Communist army occupied most of the South Korea in few days. They kidnapped Christians and community leaders. Young people were drafted into the army, and many of them were later killed.  

The United States and 16 United Nations countries fought for South Korea’s freedom and independence. 

Gen. Douglas MacArthur, our hero, landed in Inchon Harbor on Sept. 28, 1950, and regained South Korea and most of North Korea. 

We thought that it would be a unified democratic country but China sent an army 300,000 strong and attacked U.N. soldiers in the freezing cold months of November and December 1950. U.S. Marines were encircled and trapped in Chosin Reservoir mountains by the Chinese army and many died in the fierce attacks. 

Gen. MacArthur ordered a temporary evacuation from North Korea. About 200 U.S. Navy ships and Merchant Marine Cargo ships assembled at Hungnam Harbor to evacuate 100,000 U.N. forces, 18,000 tanks and vehicles and 350,000 tons of military supplies. Additionally, there were 100,000 North Korean refugees waiting at Hungnam Harbor hoping to flee North Korea aboard one of those ships. These people enthusiastically welcomed and supported U.N. forces as they advanced on North Korea.  

Lt. Gen. Edward Almond was responsible for the huge evacuation. Initially he refused to take in North Korean refugees and some commanding officers opposed rescuing these refugees, claiming that they could be enemy aliens who might plot destructive acts in the ships.  However, South Korean President Syngman Rhee, Korean generals and particularly Dr. Bong Hak Hyun, a personal friend and advisor to Gen. Almond urged Gen. Almond to allow the North Korean refugees aboard ships or they would be killed. 

At the last moment, Gen. Almond relented saving 100,000 refugees who were safely transported to Koje Island, South Korea. This Hungnam Evacuation was the largest , most successful massive military evacuation on the sea in military history, according to “Guinness Book of World Records.”

My husband, Dr. Luke Ikchang Kim, was a pre-med student at Seoul National University, School of Medicine. He was serving in the Republic of Korea Army Intelligence Unit as an interpreter. At 20 years old, he was aked by a ship’s captain to be his interpreter. 

So he experienced this historical evacuation first-hand. 

During the Korean War, a half-million people died, three million were wounded and 10 million were separated from their families. 

About 415,000 South Koreans died or wounded, 429,000 were kidnapped, 100,000 UN forces were killed and 33,629 wounded. More than 1.5 million North Koreans and Chinese died. The Korean War is not a forgotten war. 

We will never forget all the young UN soldiers’ sacrifices and their love of liberty, justice and democracy in Korea 

 We Koreans deeply appreciate and honor all the Korean War veterans. We will never forget your sufferings and sacrifices for the Freedom and Democracy for the Republic of Korea. 

Without your help, South Korea would not be the successful and prosperous country we have now. 

God bless America and Korean War Veterans and their families.

Government Page 5

GRF Meetings

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

Thurs., Dec. 1 Executive Board Session

Conf. Rm A 1 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 5 Recreation Committee

Conf. Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 6 Information Technology Services 


Conf. Rm A/virtual 10 a.m.

Wed., Dec. 7 Physical Property Committee

Conf. Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 8 Communications Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 12 Mutual Administration Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 14 Security Bus and Traffic Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

A quorum or more of the directors may be present, only to listen and observe, and no formal board action will be taken at committee meetings. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to address the committee.

Mutual Meetings

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

Thurs., Dec. 1 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4/Zoom  9 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 6 Mutual  17

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  1:30 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 8 Mutual  12

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  9 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 9 Mutual  3

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  9 a.m.

Mon., Dec. 12 Mutual 9

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 13 Mutual 16

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 14 Mutual  4 (open forum 8:30 a.m.)

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  8:45 a.m.

Thurs., Dec. 15 Mutual  11

Conf. Rm B/Zoom  1:30 p.m.

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

To address the GRF Board of Directors, submit a request to the GRF Board Office, Attention: Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting by mail, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, or in person at the Stock Transfer Office or by email to grfboardaction@lwsb.com.

Community Guide White Pages

Residents’ names and phone numbers are not automatically placed in the LW Community Guide’s White Pages. To be included, shareholders may submit their information to the LW Weekly by filling out the form placed in previous editions of the Community Guide on page 55, and returning it to the LW Weekly office behind the Amphitheater or by emailing debbiek@lwsb.com. 

Shareholders whose information may have changed since the 2021 edition of the White Pages may also submit new information via email or in person at the LW Weekly office.

Resident names are deleted from the White Pages by request or after LW Weekly receives a report of sale and escrow closing from the Stock Transfer Office. Anyone who moves within LW may be deleted unless a form with the new address is submitted to the LW Weekly office.

Residents who think they know a name that should be removed or updated may notify LW Weekly via email at debbiek@lwsb.com.  All information is verified before the change can be made to the Community Guide White Pages.

Adjusted Decal Office Hours

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

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

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

Appointments are not required. Decal issuance is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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

Decals are valid for up to two years after the date of issuance. Expired insurance, registration and/or driver’s license are not valid documents, and no decal will be issued. A DMV identification card is not a valid driver’s license, and no decal will be issued.

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Vinyl Rock band to perform at toy drive Christmas show in Clubhouse 2

Clubhouse 2 will be the site for the GRF Toys Drive Christmas Show on Saturday, Dec. 17. Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7. All residents and their guests are invited. Entrance is free, but each attendee must bring a new, unwrapped toy.

This year, one of GRF’s own, Physical Property Inspector Mike Meza, brought to GRF’s attention a charity he is part of that provides toys to local Orange County kids. The Marines changed their procedures this year and opted out of collecting at LWSB, so GRF is thrilled to support the Brown Descents Car Club Association.

The club is a 501(c)(3) charity that collects toys every year for local youth as well as providing scholarships to disadvantaged teens. The group took inspiration from the car clubs that have been a local tradition hailing back to the ‘70s that acted as a way for minority communities to socialize. Their car club events have been offering the same sense of community for more than eight years. GRF has also been donating leftover toys annually that were not picked up by the Marines to the Brown Descents.

Vinyl Rock is an Orange County-based band consisting of nine members who passionately perform classic rock, Motown, and pop tunes primarily from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The band keeps the audience engaged, inviting them to participate in sing-alongs and by mingling with them on the dance floor. They’ll have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize, with some holiday tunes added to the mix. Vinyl Rock is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers and has monthly gigs in Clubhouse  1 (see page 21 for more information).

The festivities will include complimentary cookies and hot beverages provided by OptumCare along with some giveaways for the kids at heart. Santa and his elves will be on hand to collect toys. People can drop off unwrapped toys at the Security Main Gate, North Gate, St. Andrews Gate, the Security Satellite Office in Building 5 in the boxes provided. People can also bring the gifts to the show.

Doo Wop Club

The Doo Wop Club will host a special social hour with a live music performance by Carefree Highway at Clubhouse 2 on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All LW residents and their guests are welcome. Complimentary coffee will be available and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks. 

—Lu DeSantis

Dancers & Mixers Club

The Dancers & Mixers Club will dance in the holiday season on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 4 from 7-9 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Linda Herman will provide live music. People are free to bring their own snacks and liquid refreshments. Everyone is welcome to kick off the holiday season with an evening of dancing. 

Dancers & Mixers is a club that offers an evening of dancing to ballroom dance music. There will be both line dancing and a mixer, which is a long group of songs played together without a break in between. Everyone changes partners at the musician’s whim. It’s a great way to meet new people. For more information, call 562-431-1257.

-—John Hlavac

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LW Orchestra to perform Dec. 10

The LW Orchestra will play a concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free and there will be treats afteward. The club has an urgent need for French horn and tuba players. 

Those interested should contact Fred Reker at fredreker326@gmail.com. The concert will include Christmas music, classics by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Mozart, a trumpet concerto by Hayden and much more.

As always, the club is happy to accept any new musicians who want to join.

Cribbage Club

Members of the Cribbage Club started their Thanksgiving celebration early with a choice of pecan, apple or pumpkin pie topped with ice cream. Forty-seven members enjoyed the treat served by Carrie Kistner and Candy Meyers and provided by the club.

Patti Smith took first place with a score of 840. Sharon Rutigiliano placed second with a score of 837. Third place went to Rosemary Wu with 828 while Dolores Cook took fourth place with 827. Dave LaCascia and Bob Berry each won six out of seven games played while Gene Smith went the whole day with no wins. 

Refreshments are donated by members and served at noon. Several weeks in December are open. Those interested in providing refreshments in the weeks ahead should see Marilyn Chelsvig at the check-in table for available dates.

Seven games are played beginning at 12:30 p.m. each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1. To learn how to play cribbage, brush up on the game or learn more about the club, call and leave a message for Terry Thrift at 714-394-5885.

Hui O Hula

Hula dancers practice weekly. Members are currently learning holiday hula. The group meets on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6 with a lesson on basic hula at 12:30 p.m., walk-in-hula-out at 1 p.m., and a regular class at 2 p.m. On Thursdays, the club holds a regular class at 1 p.m. in Veterans Plaza.

Call event coordinator Kaye Huff at 562-431-2242 for class information or to book a Hawaiian style holiday program. 

Coin Club Christmas party

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the annual Leisure World Coin Club Christmas party will be held for past and present members and their guests. The luncheon will be in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, starting at noon. Elections will be held for club officers. Membership dues are $10 for the year. 

The deadline to RSVP to the luncheon is noon on Monday, Dec. 12. People can RSVP by contacting Mike Supple by calling 562-594-9104, texting 714-342-8992 or emailing supplemike5@gmail.com.

Scrabble Club

The Leisure World Scrabble met on the first four Wednesdays in November. There were 49 scores above 300, of which six were higher than 400. The members had 28 “bingos” (i.e. the use of all seven tiles in one move).

Bob Ruderman had ten scores above 300 (two of them above 400) and 14 bingos. His best total was a 445. Larry Edgar topped 300 nine times, with a high score of 374. He had one bingo.

Suthy Edgar scored above 300 six times, had five bingos and a high score of 435. Marilyn Moody recorded six scores above 300, one bingo, and a top score of 361.

Diane Seeger had five scores higher than 300. Two were a 412. She had two bingos. Club president Maria Giegerich bested 300 four times. She posted three bingos. Her high score was a 385.

Sue Ann Gass bettered 300 four times with a best of 367. Myrna Locastro 300 twice and posted three bingos. Her best score was a 414. Wanda Bemben had three scores above 300. Her best was a 326.

The club meets each Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. There will be a Christmas lunch on Dec. 21. New members are welcome.

—Larry Edgar

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Art classes offered weekly

Elizabeth Butterfield will introduce residents to the world of mixed-medium arts. Classes will explore a variety of techniques such as acrylic painting, collage, finger painting and the assembly of unique found objects.

Space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Classes are held every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. in the Art Room, Clubhouse 4. Donations are welcome. For more informaton, contact Butterfield at 626-272-6541. 

Duplicate Bridge

Winners in the four-table Howell game on Nov. 17 were Russ Gray and Fred Reker with a 61.11% game. Second were Joan Tschirki and Sue Fardette with a 60.12% game; third were Sharon Beran and Gene Yaffee with a 57.74% game.

Overall winners in the 11-table United-Rated game on Nov. 18 were Alan Olschwang and Kay Tseng with a 58.56% game; second were Jeanette Estill and Melanie Smith with a 57.96% game; third were Judy Jones and Al Appel with a 57.18% game; fourth were LaVonne McQuilkin and Carol Murakoshi with a 56.45% game; fifth were Joyce Basch and Dave Carman with a 55.9% game; and sixth were Marcia Lane and John Berg, Jr. with a 55.3% game.

With a 64.88% game, Linda Stein and Fred Reker were the winners in the four-table Howell game on Nov. 19. Second were Judy Jones and Al Appel with a 62.5% game and third were Priscilla Cailloutte and Ellen Kice with a 54.17% game.

North/South winners in the 10.5-table game on Nov. 21 were Larry Slutsky and Fred Reker with a 59.45% game; second were Joan Tschirki and Nancy Lichter with a 54.86% game. Melanie Smith and LaVonne McQuilkin were first East/West with a 60.74% game. Second East/West were Linda Nye and Alan Olschwang with a 60.17% game.

Games are played on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in Clubhouse 1 at 12:30 p.m. Players are asked to arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets, calling Linda Nye at 562-453-6678 or emailing her at yuelingnye@yahoo.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day.

—Gene Yaffee

Weekend Night Dance Schedule: December and NYE

Velvetones on Dec. 4, Dec. 18 and New Year’s Eve

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing Big Band Swing and jazz standards—music for dreaming and dancing. They are back in action on Sunday, Dec. 4 and 18 from 6-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The Velvetones play regularly at LW Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sunday evenings—but this year, by popular demand, they will be back on New Year’s Eve in Clubhouse 4. Doors open at 8:30 and the band will play from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 31.

Abilene New Year’s Eve party on Dec. 31

 Abilene will be hold its annual New Year’s Eve party on Saturday, Dec. 31, in Clubhouse 2 at 9 p.m. Abilene is Seal Beach Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for 20 years. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer. Guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Doug Decker and drummer Jim Greer round out the group. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the music goes until midnight.

Vinyl Rock on Dec. 17

Vinyl Rock will be playing on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 this month instead of Clubhouse 4, for a special Toy Drive Christmas dance. Entrance is free, but a new, unwrapped toy is required from each attendee. The toy drive benefits local youth, sponsored by the Brown Descents Car Club.

The Orange County-based band consists of nine members who passionately perform classic rock, Motown, and pop tunes primarily from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The band keeps the audience engaged, inviting them to participate in sing-alongs and by mingling with them on the dance floor. They’ll have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize. Vinyl Rock is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Health and Safety Guidelines

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

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

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

• No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands.

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

• Be sure to sign in, either as a resident or guest, in the proper spot. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of residents’ favorite bands.

Nutcracker at Terrace Theater

“The Nutcracker” will return to the Long Beach Terrace Theater this holiday season, with six performances throughout December. The Long Beach Ballet’s Artistic Director David Wilcox has pulled out all the stops for this year’s 40th annual production. The production includes a full symphony orchestra, a flying sleigh, a real horse, on-stage pyrotechnics and a cast of over 250. 

This year’s production will feature Seth Orza, former principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, as the Nutcracker Prince, and Megan Wilcox, formerly with the world renowned Dresden Ballet, as the Sugarplum Fairy.

Performances will take place Dec. 16-18 and 22-23. Many dates include both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances.

Tickets can be purchased at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office, and online through the Long Beach Ballet website, www.LongBeachNutcracker.com. Family-friendly ticket prices range from $32-$85 with a special VIP Package also available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

The Terrace Theater, located within the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach.

Transportation available to LB Symphony performances

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Long Beach Symphony will once again deliver in its annual tradition of holiday favorites and sing-alongs. People can enjoy conductor Morihiko Nakahara, the Long Beach Camerata Singers, and the Pops signature indoor picnicking, where audiences can bring their food, sweets, decorations, and libationsto make this a true holiday party. Catering is also available. 

Individual tickets start at $30;  three-concert subscriptions, cost $95. People can call for discounted 10-seat tables.

The Long Beach Symphony Holiday Pops will perform on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena. Doors open at 6:30 for picnicking. Tickets and savings are available at LongBeachSymphony.org or by calling 562-436-3203, ext. 1. 

Upcoming Pops Series concerts include The Music of ABBA on Feb. 25, BRAVO! Broadway on March 23, and A Night of Symphonic Rock Dance Party on May 20.

Upcoming Classical Series performances include The Four Seasons on Feb. 4, Carmina Burana on March 11, and An American in Paris on June 3. 

The LBSO  schedules bus rides to and back from their concerts.     For group discount price concert and bus tickets through the LW Opera Club, available to all,  contact Frieda at GeoH.Davis@gmail.com. For further information about the concert and bus rides, contact Beverly at Beverly 90740@gmail.com or 562-296-5586.

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Photo Arts Club Holiday Party

The Photo Arts Club will hold a holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Residents are encouraged to get to know their fellow photographers and bring holiday photos to share. Sandwiches, chips, drinks and desserts will be served. Everyone is welcome. People should RSVP by Dec. 2 by contacting Regine Schumacher at 562-430-7978.

Art League

Brand new Art League member Leslie Parker (l) of Mutual 2 won the raffle prize gift donated by artist Tom Balderas (r) at the Nov. 8 Art League meeting. The gift was a print of Balderas’ watercolor painting and a CD of links to his demonstration videos. There will be no Art League meeting in December. Regular meetings will resume in January.

NOCE registration: Spring 2023

The spring 2023 Leisure World NOCE semester begins on Jan. 13 and ends on May 27. Before the semester begins, students will need to register for classes beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 6. New and returning students will be able to register for the spring semester one of two ways:

1. Attend NOCE’s in-person registration event at the Clubhouse 3 Learning Center on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m.-noon.

2. Beginning Dec. 6 at 8 a.m., people can register themselves online at myGateway, by visiting mg.nocccd.edu. Use the CRN numbers listed on the class list to add each class. If a class has two CRN numbers, people must register with both numbers to stay enrolled in the class for the full semester.

No matter which method people choose to register for classes, they must already have their Banner ID and password to access their online account before registration day on Dec. 6.

Students who are currently enrolled in Fall 2022 classes should visit mg.nocccd.edu before Dec. 6 to ensure they have all their correct log-in information by logging into myGateway successfully.

Prospective students will need to apply on a computer and will need access to their personal email account to complete the application.

People who have issues logging into myGateway or applying to become a student should call NOCE Star Help at 714-808-4679 or visit the library, where GRF staff will do their best to troubleshoot issues. More information regarding registration is available at the library.

Opera Club will watch imaginative ‘Magic Flute’

Residents are invited to come and watch the highly imaginative musical “The Magic Flute” on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Learning Center of Clubhouse 3. The piece is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera from 1791, based on the allegorical libretto of Emanuel Schikaneder, wherein musicologists have been trying to decipher its meaning for over 200 years. The club’s own Beverly Emus will introduce this sing-spiel and tender an explanation for the audience to consider when listening to humanity’s greatest composer’s work with its mystical and spiritual undertones.

Act 1 introduces the audience to the heroic protagonist Tamino, who is being attacked by a monstrous snake but is rescued by three ladies-in-waiting to the Queen of the Night. Simultaneously, he is befriended by the Queen’s bird-catcher, Papageno, who initially takes credit for dispatching the snake, but who is swiftly brought to correct his false assertions. Most importantly however, Tamino gets asked to rescue the Queen’s beautiful daughter, Pamina, who was snatched by a powerful man, Sarastro, who apparently intends to marry her.

Tamino and Papageno get strangely armed with a magic flute and silver bells and set out to find and bring back the beautiful Pamina. No sooner than arriving in Sarastro’s Egyptian compound, they find themselves in a religious cult where they are to be tested—in silence—under demanding conditions of fire and water, along with the threatening presence of Sarastro’s bodyguard, Monostatos.

Act 2 finds Tamino is to be judged by a panel of Egyptian priests for his worthiness to merit the beautiful Pamina. However, Pamina is herself near despair because of Tamino’s vow of silence throughout his testing ordeal, and she is further sent a dangerous knife by her mother, the Queen of the Night, and told to kill Sarastro. 

Amid this tension, there is comic relief as the bird-catcher Papageno is confronted by a figure alleged to be his future wife. In any case, Tamino succeeds in aceing all his tests earning the right to claim Pamina as his bride, and his sidekick Papageno is rewarded with an adorable and attractive wife.

The production is in German with English subtitles. People are encouraged to wear masks indoors—if desired. No dues or fees are collected. 

For more information contact the newly elected Opera Club President Margaret Gillon at MargaretGi@yahoo.com or 562-370-3844

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament on Dec. 17
Three tables of nine players enjoyed a great time at a Nov. 18 tournament. The holders of the two highest hands of the day each won $10. The winners were Mike Gass (AAA66) and Harry Sera (JJJ77). By playing and winning the promotional hand of 9-2, Lee Pfeifer won $5. 

The final table players were Susan Dodson, Guta Basner, and Mike Gass. These three table winners made short work of the final hands. Gass went out first in third place, leaving Dodson and Basner to play for first. 

In the winning hand, Dodson had Q9 and Basner had A5. Dodson went all-in before the flop and Basner called. The flop came A47, The turn was an 8, and the river brought a King. That meant Basner won the tournament with a pair of aces and Dodson came in second. 

Basner has lived in Leisure World for several years. She is active member of Leisure World playing pool and pickleball as well as poker. She is currently the president of the Tournament Poker Club. 

To play a fun and friendly game of Texas Hold ‘Em, make plans to join the club on the first three Saturdays of each month at 11:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse 6 lobby.

The Poker Club will host a Texas Hold ‘Em Casino Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 17, in Clubhouse 6 at noon. Advance entry for club members is $20 at the door, $25 for guests. Advance registrations are accepted on all regular tournament days. 

The tournament is limited to 50 players, so people are ured to register early. Lunch, check-in and registration will begin at 11 a.m., and play will begin at noon. No late seating will be allowed.

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NOCE Senior Chorus will perform Dec. 8 and 12

The NOCE LW Senior Chorus will perform a holiday concert twice. The first performance will be held at the Cerritos Public Library at 18025 Bloomfield on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The LW chorus will be joined by the NOCE Senior Chorus from the Cypress Senior Center. This concert is free to the public. 

Sixty-five voices from the combined choirs will join in bringing holiday cheer with songs by John Rutter, traditional carols and songs celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. 

The second concert will be in Clubhouse 4 on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. Students will put on a 90-minute performance. Instructor Lee Lassetter has been preparing students all year for this concert. People are encouraged to arrive early for optimal seating.

Yahtzee Club

On Nov. 18, the club had two winners for most Yahtzees: Pat Wilson and Marilyn Moody. The winner for the highest score was Mary Milhone. Winner for the lowest score was Joyce Ingram. The door prize went to Julie Milburn. 

The next meeting will be held Dec. 2 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 1 p.m. There will be a halftime social. 

The club meets the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month. 

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

—Diane Seegar


The winners on Nov. 15 were: Marge Dodero, first, 11,930; Nancy Wheeler, second, 10,530; Marilyn Allred, third, 10,350; and Gene Smith, fourth, 10,340.

The winners on Nov. 17 were: Ruth Bonnema, first, 12,440; Marilyn Allred, second, 11,970; Curt Rogers, third, 11,200; and Lynn Roum, fourth, 10,830.

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Men’s Golf Results Nov. 18 and 21

Friday Golf

On Nov. 18, eight golfers from the Leisure World Men’s Golf League braved the cool, damp morning and played at the 5,600-yard, par 70 Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. The course is celebrating its 100th year in business with special events and upgraded facilities.

Although cold, the day was sunny at the 7 a.m. tee time. As the morning progressed, temperatures rose nicely, and the wind was not an issue until the last four holes. 

The course has been in great condition for a long time and continues to be maintained with recently seeded fairways, plus new cups and flags with the 100-year anniversary logo.

Even with the good playing conditions, the challenging course, not surprisingly, allowed only one of the eight golfers to shoot par. Dave LaCascia was closest to the pin on the 140-yard par 3 seventh hole; Bill McKusky and Bob Munn had fewest putts; and there were no birdies.


A Flight (handicaps (0-19): First place: Bill McKusky, a well-played even par 70; second: LaCascia, a nice 2 over 72; third: Gary Stivers; fourth: Sam Choi.

B Flight (handicaps 20 and over): First place: Munn, an excellent 4 over 74; second: Digna Vesely; third: Gene Vesely; fourth: Liz Meripol.

Monday Golf

Fourteen golfers from the Leisure World Men’s Golf League played Nov. 21 at the 4,000-yard, par 62 David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley adjacent to the Mile Square complex. Baker has significant water hazards, and narrow, tree-lined fairways to test the golfers. The weather was very cool but sunny at the 7 a.m. tee time. By mid-round, clothing layers were being shed as the temperatures rose nicely.

With the teeing off area set toward the front of the tee boxes, the golfers were in position to attack the flag sticks. Accordingly, scores were extremely low with every golfer below par, and there were 10 birdies.

Bill McKusky and Clay Fischer were closest to the pins on the third and twelfth par 3’s respectively, and Gene Vesely and McKusky had fewest putts.


A Flight (handicaps 0-19): First place: tie between Fujio Norihiro (with two birdies) and Dave LaCascia, a very well-played 8 under 54; second: Chris Lankford (with two birdies) and McKusky (with two birdies), a very nice 5 under 57; third: Sam Choi, a hard earned 2 under 60; fourth: tie between Clay Fischer (with two birdies) and Gary Stivers, a good 1 under 61.

B Flight (handicaps 20 and over): First place: Digna Vesely, a terrific 11 under 51; second: tie between Gene Vesely (with a birdie) and Liz Meripol, an excellent 10 under 52; third: tie between Tom Ross and Bill Zurn (with a birdie), a nice 9 under 53; fourth: Bob Munn, a super 8 under 54; fifth: Lowell Goltra, a sweet 2 under 60.

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

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net in each flight, birdies, closest to the pin on two par threes, and for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and Eagles (2 over par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. 

Those interested should contact Gary Stivers at 714-313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

Shuffleboard forming winter league teams, deadline nears

Now is the time for Shuffleboard members and interested LW residents to sign up for  upcoming winter league teams. Many have already signed up but there are still a few slots available. Friday, Dec. 2, is the sign-up deadline as winter league teams will be assigned before Christmas. The Friday morning winter league will begin Jan. 6 and the Tuesday evening winter league begins Jan. 9.

The ongoing fall league teams played a total of 48 games during the first half of November. The Friday league teams have just two more Friday contests to determine the champion, while the Tuesday league has three more contests before ending the fall league competition.

After six evenings of competition since Oct. 4, the Tuesday evening league teams are in a tight race for the fall team winner: The Night Shufflers have an earned win average of 521 with the Hot Shots close behind with an average wins of 479. The Evening Sliders average is 438. Throughout November, each team had a variety of all-game winners: Carol Johnson and Zoe Pickell led the Hot Shots, while Chandra Patel led the Night Sliders. Roger Bennett and Karen Mendon were all-game winners for the Evening Shufflers.

The Friday Morning League teams have an even tighter race for the fall team winner. The Hot Rods lead the contest with an earned win average of 521 while the Smashers are close with average wins of 517. The Bumpers average is 467. 

Harshad Patel, playing for the Bumpers, holds the November record among both leagues for games won with a score of four wins out of four played. Red Ryals, Rod Osgood, Enrique Gracia, Eileen Kotechi, Jack O’Brien, Roger Bennett, Milly Larsen and Sung Yi were all-game winners on their days of play.

Part of the beauty of league play is that teams are assigned by similar talent and so a wide variety of players have an opportunity to win. The mostly even contests are often fun and fulfilling at the same time. The environment fosters friendly competition with encouragement for all levels of players.

Open-court practice times continue Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11. In addition, two open lanes for practice are available adjacent to league play on Friday mornings from 9-11 and Tuesday evenings from 6-8. Closed-toe shoes are required to play. All equipment is provided. 

For additional information, call or text Kay Mount at 775-527-0426.

Pool League

The Leisure World Fall Pool League ended its season on Nov. 21, with a sweepstakes event, where every team played every other team one game of eight ball. 

Before groups started playin, members elected officers for the new year. Steve Edrich was elected president; Dave Silva was elected vice president; Eunis “Wildfire” Chistensen was elected secretary-treasurer; and Connie Adkins and Barry Brideau will be board members.

 Since there were 10 teams, each team played nine games and all three players played every game and alternated shots. 

There was a tie for first place between the Rockin’ Rollers and the Bank Bandits at six wins and three losses. The Rockin Rollers, George Gordon, Bill Clawson and Denise Scott, only had two wins and three losses after its first five games, but came on strong to win the last four games. 

The Bank Bandits, Connie Adkins, Dave Mackinder and Dave Silva, won its first four games, but lost the next two. They needed to win their last game to tie for first place. 

Connie Adkins of the Bank Bandits made the eight ball on a long cut shot, shooting over a ball to win her team’s final game. The competition was very close. Four teams were tied for third place with five wins each.

 The club will take a break for the holidays and will resume league play on Monday, Jan. 23. 

Those interested in playing in that league as a regular, or as a substitute, should contact Eunis Christensen at cashfit8@gmail.com or 562-879-1954, or Dave Silva at davesilva165@gmail.com or 562-209-3183.

—Dave Silva

Bocce Ball Club will hold sign-up event for next year’s leagues

There will be a sign-up meeting on Saturday, Dec. 10, at noon at the bocce court behind Clubhouse 2.

All interested individuals who would like to play in team-league bocce tournaments are encouraged to attend.

Both new and returning players must sign up at this meeting if they’d like to participate in the league. 

The dues for the year are $5. Those who pay their dues at the meeting will get first selection of the day they want to play. The options are:

• Tuesday mornings (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. schedules)

• Thursday afternoons (11:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m. schedules)

• Saturday mornings (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. schedules)

• Sunday afternoons (11:45 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. schedules)

People should bring a lawn chair for seating. 

For more information, call Bocce Club President Dennis Bedford at 562-756-9170.

—Dennis Bedford

Pickleball players will battle it out in December tournament

The Pickleball Players Club round-robin mixed doubles tournament will be held Dec. 10 and 11. Over 50 players will compete over the two days. Level 3.0 will compete on Saturday, while the more advanced 3.5 and 4.0 players will play on Sunday. Everyone is welcome to watch the action. Play starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday.

The club’s holiday dinner will be held Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 immediately following the conclusion of the tournament. The winners of the tournament will be presented with their medals and club members will enjoy entertainment from the “Pickletones,” with new verses to its 2021 holiday song, and a festive Italian dinner. 

The Pickleball Players Club will also offer a free beginner lesson on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. on the pickleball courts behind Clubhouse 2. Jim Thomason will provide  instruction to new players, and the club will loan out paddles and balls. The free classes are held on the second Tuesday of each month. 

For more information, contact Peggy Beste at 310-489-2390 or email lwsbpickleball@gmail.com.

Women’s Golf

Forty-three women in the Leisure World Women’s Golf Club competed for low gross, low net, and chip-ins on Tuesday Nov. 22. The winners were:

Flight A—Low Gross Devora Kim 26; Low Net: tie between Grace Choi and Janice Turner, 23.

Flight B—Low Gross: Theresa Lim 29; Low Net: Young Suk 22; Chip-in at holes No. 5, 6, 7 and 9 by Joann Lim.

Flight C—Low Gross Mary Greig 31; Low Net: tie between Sue Elliott and Soo Kim, 23.

Flight D—Low Gross: Anne Walshe 34; Low Net: tie between Emiko Uchiyama and Sandra deDubovay 21; Chip-in at Hole No. 1 by Anne Walshe.

Men’s Golf Christmas party will be held this Saturday

The Leisure World Men’s Golf Club Christmas party will be held on Dec. 3 in Clubhouse 2 starting with happy hour at 5 p.m., and dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the installation of new club officers. There will be dancing to a live band playing rock and roll hits.

Only Men’s and Ladies Golf Club members—and guests —can attend. Tickets are available from Joann Lim at 909-762-5393. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 

Tickets cost $20 per person and include a choice of one of three Finbars pastas with the trimmings, plus salad and dessert with free beer, wine, water, and soda.

Raffle tickets will be sold at 10 tickets for $5. Winners receive $25 until cash runs out. It is expected there will be some donated merchant gifts included in the raffle. 

There will be a final door prize drawing with one table winning $5 for each person at the table.

For more information, contact Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975.


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Premium-Paints. Interiors/Cabinets/Ceilings/Exterior-Windows/Frames. Our Own Painting-Crew. 40+/Years in LW. Business License 723262.  Exp 2/08/2023


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

Exp 2/22/2023



Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539. Interior paint,  speciality-finishes, cabinets, murals and MORE! License 1033927.  Exp 1/04/23



CLEAN AND REPAIR. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002.  Exp 1/25/2023


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

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194.   Exp 12/07


562-596-0559, Leisure World Decorators. Shutters/Blinds/Shades/Drapes/New Windows.  Exp 2/08/2023

Window Washing

BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.  PHIL (562)-881-2093.  Seal Beach Business License  AB0001. Exp 12/07

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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



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



(562) 516-3339 – WWW.MEDEXUCC.COM


Next door to Ralph’s in the Old Ranch Towne Center

Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm / Saturday-Sunday 9:00am-2:00pm  Exp 12/21

Seal Beach Business License 14206467


LOOKING FOR CAREGIVER ASAP.  Assist my 92-year-old Mom with meals/medicine/etc. Monday-Friday (morning-through-afternoon). Other days-and-hours also POSSIBLE. Call/Text Mari at 818-324-5772.


Experienced Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7.  949-899-7770.    SB Business License HEL0006  Exp 1/18/23



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


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with/optimum service, 30-years LW experience. Licensed Reliable, Honest Caregivers. 24-hours/Part-Time/Doctor-Appointments. References, Fluent English.  Ann /714-624-1911 and 562-277-3650 /Heide.  SB Business License HYC0001.  Exp 2/15/2023



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003.   Exp 2/01/2023


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach Business License RAZ0002.   Exp 2/22/2023


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. SB Business License License CAM0006.   Exp 5/03/2023


Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student 714-605-6869. SB Business License 14206319.  Exp 12/21


Albert & Patricia Caregiver Services.  Daily Care, Errands/Medication/Doctor-Appointments/Honey-Do-List.  (562)-397-4659,(323)-413-0830  Seal Beach License14206409.  Exp 1/11/2023


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. Tammy Nguyen/(714)-425-4198.   Exp 1/18/2023


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36Years+. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538.  Exp 12/21


Experienced Housekeeper providing Weekly-and-Monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. SB Business License HEL0006  Exp  1/18/2023


MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT, WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING.  CALL PHIL at 562-881-2093.  Over 30 Years Experience! SB Business License AB0001.  Exp 12/07



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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.   Exp 1/18/2023


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach License RAZ002.  Exp 2/22/2023


Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008.   Exp 2/22/2023


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659, (323)-413-0830.  Seal Beach License14206409. Exp 1/11/2023


LeeGee Cleaning Services.  Move-In, Move-Out. Deep Cleaning and/or Recurring. General Housecleaning,Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly.  7-Days Call/Text Lisa/714-916-7796. SB  Business License LEE0004.  Exp 12/07


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001   Exp 5/03/2023


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus-Removal/Internet Security Repair, Training, Wireless and Smart-TV Setup. LW Resident.  SB License FUH0001.



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.   CA Business License 046854. Exp 1/18/2023


Irish Student/Grandson needs Transportation (Car/Truck). Call 562-571-9559/Dillon or 707-774-4097/Tony.  Exp 12/14


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


Red 3-Wheel Scooter (Model Shoprider) in Good Condition! $650/OBO, call 909-322-2175 Exp 12/07


Golf Cart Tires in Leisure-World with “SPECIALTY TIRES”.  All-standard-sizes and MORE!  1-800-847-9593. SB Business License SPE0007.  Exp 12/21


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 12/21


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB Business License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.   Exp 12/07

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 12/21


2014 Honda CR-V Tow Car 96,800 miles. New Tires. $15,900/OBO. 714-743-7000  Exp 12/14



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 1/25/2023 



Your moving service, any size job.  Call/310-387-2618.  Business License RO263644. Exp 2/01/2023


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE. Looking to buy Mid-Century Modern-Furniture, Art Deco/French-Furnishings, Unique-Items/Uranium-Glass/Vintage-Hawaiian/ETC.  562-243-7229  Exp 12/07


Friday/December-2nd, 9:00am-1:00pm. 1300 Weeburn Road, Mutual-3/Apartment-30L. Decorative-Items/Costume-Jewelry/Kitchen-Gadgets/Garden-Pots, Some Plants, Frames and Chotskies.


Estate Sale. Thursday/December-1st and Friday/December-2nd, 9:00am-2:00pm. 1121 Northwood Road, Mutual-9/Apartment-237A. Beautiful home filled with Vintage and more Vintage! Vintage-Clothes/Purses/Tablecloths/Lamps/Capodimonte/Chairs/Safe(s)/Dining-Table-Set/Queen-Bedroom-Set/Sofa-Sleeper/Vacuum/Lots-of-Christmas/Lots-of-Collectibles-and-MORE.Estate Sales by Jennifer and Denise. PO Box 427, Seal Beach, 90740. SB Business License 14206514. For entry through Leisure-World main-gate, call-or-text Denise/714-234-8842 by Wednesday, PLEASE bring your own boxes/bags!


Leisure World Community Church located by St. Andrews Gate. Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00am-2:30pm. Christmas Bazaar Sale. Lots of Goodies •  Lots of Bargains!  Grandma’s Attic • some might call  it rummage. Various gently used items, decorations, household, jewelry, etc. Bake Sale • homemade jam. Homemade lap rugs (these have been blessed), perfect gift for someone needing Christmas comfort also hats, etc.  Handmade Christmas Tree Decorations representing Christ in Christmas. Homemade Soup and a Roll for lunch, cookie and a beverage (11:30am) $7.00


Estate Sale – 13190 Seaview Lane,  Mutual 10 – 249B. Thursday Dec. 1 and Friday Dec. 2 from 8:30-2:00. Solid wood furniture and lots of collectibles. Sofa, glass tables, game table/chairs, dining table/6 chairs, 68″ lawyer’s bench, hutch, buffet, tea cart, lamps. Demilune table, hope chest. Mason’s china, tea pots, egg cups, mustard pots, Blue Danube dishes, and more. Costume jewelry, ladies clothing (size L/XL). Kitchen appliances, Fisher stereo/speakers, tons of holiday decor. Estate Sales by Docia Drake, 714-514-8232, POB 427, Seal Beach. Business License ESD0001.


Multi-Family Yard Sale. 13121 Oak Hills Drive, Mutual-9/Unit-233. Friday/December-2nd, 8:00am-1:00pm.


I specialize in improving strength, balance, posture, flexibility, and mobility • shoulders • back • hips • legs • core muscles. Call Howard • 516-659-3314.  SB Business License 14206682  Exp 12/07


Unit available for lease (Mutual-9/Apartment-226H) $1,995/monthly. Call/805-428-2063. Income and Cash Reserves REQUIRED!