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GRF Board Highlights

At its nearly five-hour meeting on March 22, the GRF Board tackled a long list of priorities, including authorizing funds for an emergency sewer line repair on El Dorado Road and paving the way for left-turn signals at St. Andrews and Golden Rain to make LW’s main intersection safer for residents.

In its largest expenditure, the board approved $307,100 for three new Minibuses to replace the fleet’s oldest models. Those 1990s-era relics collectively racked up 1 million miles tooling around LW for 30 years, and it’s past time for retirement. 

The board also considered Clubhouse 6 doors,  library fees, woodshop 1 improvements and the Amphitheater lighting and sound contract, among many other topics.

Highlights included:

• Mask Mandate

The board discontinued a mandate requiring residents to wear masks in Trust business buildings and at meetings where GRF staff are present. 

On March 23, the GRF management team also lifted the mask mandate for employees. 

 Residents and employees are no longer required to wear masks in Leisure World, but the GRF supports the recommendation that masks are strongly encouraged. Those who elect to wear masks shall, under no circumstances, experience retaliation from co-workers or residents. It is the expectation that individual preferences be respected and supported for either choice.

• Left Turn Signals—Emergency Item

The board amended the agenda to add an emergency item to start the process to install left turn traffic signals at LW’s only intersection with a traffic light. 

The action was precipitated by an accident on Oct. 15 at Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive. A LW resident on a scooter was injured in a collision with a car that was on Golden Rain turning onto St. Andrews. A lawsuit was served naming the driver and GRF. The driver’s insurance company paid $1.5 million to settle. Although the driver was found to be at fault by the SBPD investigation, the GRF insurance company settled for $1 million because of a potential jury verdict ranging from $1-$3.5 million.

The board voted to have the Physical Property Committee begin the process of obtaining costs for an engineering report and the installation of turn signals at its next meeting, which is scheduled for April 6 at 1 p.m. in the Administration Conference Room. 

•Sewer Line Repair—Request for Funds

The board approved the emergency expenditure of $21,800 to cover the repair of an 8-inch sewer line on El Dorado Road near Golden Rain Road on Feb. 20. The failure caused a blockage to 24 apartments that weekend. After GRF staff and Empire Pipe and Equipment attempted to clear the line, it was discovered that the pipe was broken. MJ Jurado was called to dig up the street and replace the pipe and fittings. The expenditure allocates $1,380 to Empire Pipe and Equipment and $20,420 to MJ Jurado.

GRF President Susan Hopewell thanked Physical Property Manager Kevin Black, Service Maintenance Facilities Manager Ruben Gonzalez and service maintenance staff for their quick response even though it was a holiday weekend. 

Facilities Director Mark Weaver noted that sewer pipes are annually cleaned and inspected with underground cameras to pinpoint potential trouble spots.

• Three New Minibuses 

Upon the recommendation of the Security Bus and Traffic Committee, the board approved the expenditure of no more than $307,100 for three new Minibuses, two with wheelchair lifts, from AZ Bus Sales, which was the lowest of three bidders. 

The new buses, which can seat up to 14 people depending on the whether they have a wheelchair lift, have a three- to six-month delivery window. 

“The buses have been wonderfully maintained, but they are 30 years old. As a former bus driver, I’m very excited for the drivers,” said GRF Director Donna Gambol.

• Woodshop Improvements 

At the recommendation of the Physical Property Committee, the board approved expanding and renovating the woodshop in Clubhouse 1 in the amount of $306,600.

The upgrade and expansion will compensate for the recent closing of the Clubhouse 2 woodshop. The Clubhouse 1 amenity will be entirely renovated, with electrical and safety upgrades, cabinets, windows, doors, and tools and equipment. Construction is set to start April 18.

The board also voted to spend $10,000 in capital funding to hire an electrical engineer to make sure the existing electrical system can handle the proposed improvements.

One resident spoke against the upgrade, saying it was not worth spending that much on a facility that has an estimated 50 users a month. The board addressed that concern by pointing out that the safety upgrades were necessary to minimize liability risk, the upgrade would likely attract more users and NOCE, LW’s senior university, is actively recruiting a certified woodworking instructor to spur interest in the hobby.

“I think this will be a great amenity,” said GRF Treasurer Janet Isom. “I’m excited to expand it and make it into a pleasant new facility that people will enjoy using.” 

The vacated space in Clubhouse 2 will make way for another amenity, to be decided, which will benefit other groups of people, noted GRF Vice President Marsha Gerber.

• Amphitheater Sound and Lighting Contract

LW’s first full season of Amphitheater shows and movies since the COVID-19 shutdown is set for this summer. In an effort to provide the best sound and lighting for LW’s specialized entertainment venue, the board approved a recommendation by the Recreation Committee to approve a three-year contract with TM AV Consulting & Integration, Inc., in the amount of $113,202. The Amphitheater sound and lighting contract was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.  

• Library Fees

The board gave tentative approval to amend GRF Policy  70-2504-2, Library Fees, updating the rules concerning lost or damaged materials. The new policy, if approved, would discontinue late fines. That is in keeping with a national trend toward fine-free libraries. If passed, residents would still be responsible for cost of damaged or lost items, and they would not be able to check out materials until accounts were settled in full. 

According to Forbes magazine, “Research has shown that fines are not effective in getting materials returned on time, and libraries that have eliminated fines have found that long overdue items come back, and patrons who avoided the library for years start visiting again.” 

A final decision on the policy will be made at the May 24 GRF Board meeting pending the 28-day notification to residents.

• LED Lighted Stop Signs

Upon a recommendation from the Security Bus and Traffic Committee, the GRF Board has approved the purchase of 14 solar LED light stop signs, not to exceed $22,264. Service Maintenance will install the flashing signs as follows:

• Six at Tam O’Shanter and St. Andrews Drive.

• Three at Interlachen and St. Andrews Drive.

• Three at Oakmont and El Dorado Drive. 

• Clubhouse 6 Door Openers

Some LW residents who use mobility aids reported having difficulty  opening the restroom doors at Clubhouse 6. In answer to the problem, the board voted to approve a Physical Property Committee recommendation to install easy access single automatic door operators at the four restrooms there. It allocated $11,822 in capital funding for the purchase.

April Fool’s Day is Coming

On April 1, 1700, English pranksters began popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other.

Although the day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.

Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. 

People who failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to Jan. 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March became the butt of jokes, according to history.com.

These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d’avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, “easily hooked” fish and a gullible person.

April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played by pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on people’s backsides.

LW has some legendary pranksters who will be on the prowl tomorrow, Friday, April 1. 

Be on the look out for them.

GRF Amenities Update

by Kathy Thayer

recreation manager

To mask or not to mask? With apologies to the Bard, that has been the question since the pandemic-induced shutdown two years ago, with regular adjustments, according to the guidelines taken from the state, Orange County, Cal/OSHA and the GRF Board.

On Feb. 28 the California Department of Public Health suspended the mask mandate that required most workers to wear masks indoors with other remaining restrictions lifted after March 11.

The restrictions were already removed for the general public indoors, except in certain specific locations. At that time, GRF had removed the requirement for residents except when in Mutual or GRF meetings, in GRF offices, or when in the presence of staff.

At the GRF Board Meeting held on March 22, two motions were passed that removed the mask mandate that was still in force which required masking at all meetings and in GRF offices. Subsequent to that, GRF announced staff was no longer required to mask up; however, in both decisions emphasized it was strongly recommended, following the stance of the various governmental agencies.

Masking has been a polarizing issue for some time, and GRF has always striven to err on the side of caution. The GRF looks to the cooperation of the community in respecting each other’s personal decision regarding masking. As always, people who don’t feel safe in an environment where others are not masked may choose to stay away.

Now that most amenities have reopened, the Recreation Department is busy planning special events, preparing for the Amphitheater season, and hiring and training staff for the Aquatic Center. 

Next on the calendar is the Cinco de Mayo party, held in Clubhouse 6. Tentatively, the plan is to have a joint celebration with a grand opening for the Aquatic Center, pending final approval of the facility. Plan on joining the fun on May 5 with live music, tacos, and virgin margaritas even if the pool opening is moved to another date. Look for updates in the LW Weekly.

The 4th of July Classic Car Show and BBQ will feature the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Parade, more cars than ever coordinated by the Silver Fox Classic Car Club, food trucks, and a craft club show, also at Clubhouse 6 and the Administration parking lot. Live entertainment will have you dancing in the aisles so mark your calendar and invite your family to celebrate our Independence Day here.

For further information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

KACMA to host benefit concert for Ukraine

The Korean American Classical Music Academy (KACMA) will host a special concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Clubhouse 4. The opera will benefit Ukrainian refugees. Doors open at 1:30.

The concert is free to all residents and their invited guests; all donations are voluntary. For further information, call Grace Kim, KACMA president, at (562) 431-3039 or contact kathyt@lwsb.com. 

“So many people have been wondering what they could do to help but didn’t know where to start,” said Kim. “We decided to produce this concert with a wonderful ensemble of opera singers from Los Angeles, who are performing at no charge, so that the LWSB community could safely donate to this cause and know the money is going to get to the people who need it.”

Kim recommends donations be made by check to the order of UNICEF for Ukraine Refugees, but will accept cash payments if necessary.

Several LW residents from the Ukraine and other areas of eastern Europe impacted by the Russian invasion Feb. 24 will be helping to collect funds at the event. Leisure World clubs that are anxious to do their part will also be volunteering to facilitate the benefit.

As of Monday, Russian forces were continuing their attempted push through Ukraine from multiple directions, while Ukrainians, led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, are putting up “stiff resistance,” according to U.S. officials.

The attack began Feb. 24, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation.”

Russian forces moving from neighboring Belarus toward Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, have advanced closer to the city center in recent days despite the resistance. Heavy shelling and missile attacks, many on civilian buildings, continue in Kyiv, as well as major cities like Kharkiv and Mariupol. Russia also bombed western cities for the first time last week, targeting Lviv and a military base near the Poland border.

Russia has been met by sanctions from the United States, Canada and countries throughout Europe, targeting the Russian economy as well as Putin himself.

The invasion has created one of the biggest refugee crises of modern times. A month into the war, more than 3.7 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries—the sixth-largest refugee outflow over the past 60-plus years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of United Nations data.

Honoring LW Centenarians—Robert Lynch

This is one story in an occasional series profiling some of LW’s most long-lived residents, those who have reached the enviable age of 100 years or more. The series is running in connection with the Golden Age Foundation centenarian event on April 20, which will celebrate these milestones. In most cases, a family member or friend has written the stories. 

by Rita Farnsworth 

special to the LW Weekly

Robert Lynch  is the first born child of Charles C. and  Nellie Dale Lynch. He was born on August 29, 1918, and had two sisters, Lillian and Dorothy. He is the only surviving sibling.

He is the grandson of Charles E. Lynch and Mary Brannigan, with a very Irish background and John C. Dale (Irish decent) and Wilhemina Peterson, who was born in Sweden.

Bob’s father Charles served in the Spanish American War as part of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, called the “Rough Riders,” under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt. 

His mother Nellie was a midwife. 

Bob’s early life was spent in Brockton, Massachusetts, where he attended and graduated from Brockton High School. He played football and especially liked playing baseball. One of his friends who also played baseball, was Rocky Marciano, who later became an American professional boxer, winning the heavyweight title from 1952-1956. He is the only heavyweight champion to have completed an undefeated career, which included a fight with Mohammed Ali. He was certainly a “hometown hero.” 

When President Roosevelt came to Brockton, Bob and his friends were watching the motorcade when they were approached by the Secret Service, who questioned them on how to get to Quincy. Of course they knew, so they were invited to ride in the motorcade directing the way. When Bob passed his family on the corner of Winter Street and waved to them, they were quite surprised and shocked. They only wished they had a camera, but no one could afford a camera at that time.  

Bob has fond memories of the in-the-street political campaigning  done in those days. Candidates would literally stand on the corner  giving speeches as people gathered round. After the speech, everyone was given coffee and a doughnut. 

After high school, Bob worked at the Rubber Factory in Stoughton,  making heels for shoes. The city of Brockton was known as “Shoe City” in those days. After leaving the Rubber Factory, Bob went to work at the shipyard in Quincy known as Bethlehem Steel Co. 

Bob eventually met Rosalie (Ro) Pecoraro. The couple met through a graduation picture he saw of her. Bob went to a Halloween party with his good friend Chet and Chet’s girlfriend when he noticed a picture of a beautiful young woman displayed on the piano. Chet’s girlfriend gave Bob Ro’s telephone number, and one year later, he contacted her.  They were married on Aug. 31, 1941, after a two-and-one-half-year courtship. Chet was the best man at their wedding.  

When Bob married Ro, he married into a very large Italian family that included a culture of tradition. There were Sunday family gatherings at the home of Ro’s parents, Gaetano and Rita Pecoraro. Traditional Italian foods were at the center of the gatherings, and so began his love for Italian food! 

The early years of their marriage were spent in Brockton.  In 1943 Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Pacific Theater during World War II. 

He was sent to Long Beach for deployment. Ro traveled alone by train to see him and fell in love with California.

When she returned to Massachusetts, she did her “sales pitch” to her family to move to California. Bob served overseas from 1943-1946. When he returned to Long Beach, he called his aunt who lived in Glendale. During their conversation his aunt told him that Ro and her family were living in Long Beach. 

The “sales pitch” worked!

 Bob embarked on a career with the U.S. Postal Service, where he served for 36 years. He retired from the postal service on Aug. 29, 1980, as director of customer service. He has been retired for 42 years.

Ro retired from North American Aviation Corporation in 1975.

The traditional family dinners continued after their move to California and just got bigger. 

Ro had five brothers who also had families, so this made the family gatherings rather large, and he loved it. After a huge meal, the men would sit around the table and play cards while sipping on wine. The women would drink coffee and eat Italian pastries while talking and, of course, all those kids were having a wonderful time with their cousins.

After his in-laws passed, Bob and Ro had their once-a-week spaghetti night also—with perhaps a glass of wine for Bob. Family gatherings and those traditional foods—including corn beef and cabbage for the Irish in him—are still a part of Bob’s family life. 

Bob and Ro were married for 79 years during which they had two daughters, Rita and Patti, who were raised in Long Beach, four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren (three of which are a set of triplets).

Bob and Ro were active in every activity their daughters were participated in. Bob was always the girls’ biggest fan and was there for all of it—dance, baton, music lessons and more. Then came the four grandchildren, Stacey, Scott, Tony and Danny, and this same support was bestowed on them. 

On the weekends, you could find him on a soccer field cheering for the boys, by the pool cheering for Stacey as she did her water ballet, and, of course, on the beach cheering for Scott as he competed in surf contests. 

He and Ro shared a deep love for family, enjoyed traveling and always enjoyed the company of the many friends they made. When Bob retired from the U.S. Postal Service, it was on a Friday. 

He and Ro left to “see the world” that Monday. Their first trip was to Europe and they visited all the European countries. Over the next few years, they traveled to China, Japan, Russia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland and, of course, many areas in the United States.

This was a dream come true for both of them, and they enjoyed every minute of it.  

Bob and Rosalie moved into Leisure World, Mutual 15, March 17, 1999, on St. Patrick’s Day. That made St. Patrick’s Day even more special for Bob since this holiday is a favorite! 

They have always enjoyed spending time with friends, and enjoyed all the activities in Leisure World. The Amphitheater shows, the day trips and the Christmas show each year in La Mirada to see “The Young Americans.” They also enjoyed hosting fun bunco parties and the wonderful people they met over the years.

In 1996, they became  great-grandparents and were thrilled. As each great-grandchild was born, they never missed a birth—yes, they were at each hospital for all 11 great grandchildren.  It didn’t matter what time of the night it was, Bob and Ro were there. While awaiting the birth of  great-grand Dylan, Bob called the front gate  at Leisure World to clear the way for Rita to come in the gate.  

Bob said, “WE’RE HAVING A BABY,” the guard said, WHAT???  When Rita arrived at the gate at 2 a.m. on a rainy night, Security was at its best “ushering” her through to get Bob and Ro. When they exited the gate, the guard yelled “BABY?

Security was just as excited as we were! The last birth was especially exciting for the family because the family was blessed with a set of triplets.

 As the great-grands grew up, Bob and Ro attended those soccer games, dance recitals, dive meets, volleyball games and baseball games. Chloe, Haley, Dylan, Cami, Madi, Parker, Hanna, Marco, Victoria, Clarisse and Jameson are now being loved by Bob, and every milestone in their lives he celebrates with them. Graduations, birthdays, awards and holidays find Bob with them, and they are grateful.

 Last April, Cami got married, and what a thrill for Bob to have attended to see this very special occasion. It’s not often that a great-grandparent is able to attend the wedding of one of his great-granddaughters. Bob also attended the third birthday party for the triplets in September and realized that he was born 100 years before they were. Triplet Victoria is pictured with Bob. All of the great-grandchildren know how blessed they are to have him.

In 2020, Ro passed away, and that was a very difficult time for Bob and his entire family. Bob was also Ro’s biggest fan, encouraging her and supporting her in everything she was involved in. 

The pandemic was quite bad at that time, which made things a little more complicated, but his family pulled together and was able to honor Ro for “A Life So Beautifully Lived.” His family always stays close and visits often. The phone calls and visits from LW friends and neighbors have been appreciated and always show him the love and respect he is so deserving of.  

Bob is looking forward to celebrating his 104th birthday on Aug. 29, 2022 with family and friends this year.   

Happy birthday to Bob Lynch!

Barbecue Safety Tips

by Eloy Gomez

safety/emergency coordinator

A barbecue that is too close to flammable material is a fire hazard. 

Here are a few tips to help people stay safe and avoid fires ignited by grilling:

• Propane barbecue grills should be used outdoors only.

• Grills should be placed at a minimum of 10 feet away from LW apartments, tables, overhanging branches, combustible material and areas where people gather. 

• Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area. 

• Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in the trays below the grill. 

• Never leave a heated grill, lighter or matches unattended.

• People who smell gas while cooking should immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

Charcoal grills are not allowed in Leisure World.

Propane Grills 

• Check the gas tank hose, valve and gas regulator for leaks before grilling.

Inspect the burners for excessive rust or worn-out heat shields. Replace if needed.   

• If the grill has a gas leak, it should be serviced by a professional before using it again. If a leak occurs while grilling, call the fire department. 

• If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 10,600 home structure and outdoor fires involving grills per year between 2014-2018, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

These fires caused an average of 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries, and $149 million in direct property damage annually. 

About 89 percent of the fires were started by gas grills and 57 percent of those occur between May and August.

OC Sanitation District Construction Update

Construction on the Los Alamitos Trunk Sewer Project continues. Daytime work started March 28 on northbound Los Alamitos Boulevard at Bradbury Road in the City of Los Alamitos.

The manhole rehabilitation project will require lane closures. Drivers are cautioned to allow enough time to reach their destination and follow all posted traffic signs. 

Construction work is scheduled weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through early April.

Night work is ongoing for line cleaning and chemical grouting on the southbound lanes of Los Alamitos Boulevard from Katella Avenue into Seal Beach.

The work is ongoing for the next month from Sunday-Thursday from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. 

Dates and times are subject to change due to operational factors or inclement weather.

What to Expect:

• Periodic traffic delays as a result of lane reductions and turn restrictions

• Increased noise level

• Certain bus stops along the route may be affected. Watch for posted signs and visit www.OCTA.net for more information. 

As a reminder, this project is cleaning the existing sewer line, reinforcing the pipe joints with chemical grout, and repairing/rehabilitating/replacing the manholes.  

For more information, contact the construction hotline at (714) 378-2965 or ConstructionHotline@ocsan.gov.

SBPD Volunteer in Police Services Academy

The Seal Beach Police Department will host a Volunteer in Police Services (VIPS) Academy.

• Are you retired and would like to spend some time giving back to your community?

• Are you a younger person who is looking for some work experience?

• Do you have a few hours a week to help the Seal Beach Police Department?

• Are you a parent with some time to give after you drop your kids off at school?

The Seal Beach Police Department will host its  VIPS Academy starting Thursday, May 5, and concluding on Thursday, June 9. Academy classes will be from 8 a.m.-noon on Thursdays at the Seal Beach Police Department, 911 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach. Every session is mandatory to complete the course.

Academy Schedule

• May 5

• May 12 

• May 19 

• May 26 

• (Skip the week of June 2)

• June 9

VIPS participate in various functions at the police department including volunteer patrols, records, property, fleet services, special events and more. Volunteers are an important part of the department and have been serving with distinction since 1997.

Anyone who is interested in participating in this exciting volunteer program can go to go the Seal Beach Police Department website at https://sealbeachpd.com/vips/ for more information and to obtain an application, or call (562) 799-4100, ext. 1128, or stop in at 911 Seal Beach Boulevard and ask for an application. An application can also be obtained by emailing Captain Michael Henderson at mhenderson@sealbeachca.gov.

For more information about the Seal Beach Police Department, follow it on social media @sealbeachpolice.

Stock Transfer has a new mail slot

The Stock Transfer office is making it easier for shareholders to submit documents with the addition of a mail slot. 

The new  slot will allow for shareholders to quickly and easily drop off documents at their convenience regardless of the Stock Transfer office hours.  

Shareholders should include their name, phone number, Mutual and unit number along with a brief explanation of business action needed in a sealed envelope. No postage is needed.

The slot is located on the outside wall between Stock Transfer windows and sliding glass door of the Administration building.

Smartphone training offered

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

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

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

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


Member Column

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

Have you ever wakened from a dream, amazed that just minutes before you were visiting with a long past loved one? These types of dreams are so encouraging. Once again reunited with someone you have longed to see, sitting in casual conversation as if their passing had never occurred. 

My brother passed seven years ago, and since that day I have regretted not having spoken with him as often as I might. Just as I woke this morning, I was coming out of a dream with the two of us riding a tram into Disneyland, talking matter-of-factly, as if he were still here. Though a short dream that ended before our ride did, I was amazed that this seemingly real and sweet meeting could occur. I had to thank God for that brief but precious visit.

In the Old and New Testament, there are recorded visitations, dreams, and visions given to men and women while still asleep. God did then, and still does today find it easier to communicate with us when we are doing nothing else. And thank goodness for such times! 

Shortly after his passing, my wife’s father appeared to her in a dream to reassure her that he was fine and not to worry about him. This was a blessing that calmed her grieving heart and assured her that all life’s experiences—traumatic or otherwise— can be overcome, in this life or the next.

A year after his passing, friends and family of George Harrison held a memorial concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Harrison’s wife Olivia, and son Dhani with Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and others celebrated their departed friend by performing much of the beautiful music he had composed. 

In the final act, longtime friend Joe Brown sang “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” the 1924 song written by Guss Kahn and Isham Jones. With simple words and a reassuring tune, the song speaks to all who have lost a loved one.

Tho’ the days are long, twilight sings a song,

Of the happiness that used to be,

Soon my eyes will close, soon I’ll find repose,

And in dreams you’re always near to me.

An article titled “The Importance of Dreams and What They Can Represent,” by integrative therapist Joshua Miles, points out that, “dreams can give clues to areas of our lives which require attention, our significant relationships or aspects of ourselves which we are concerned about. The importance of dreams should not be underestimated, nor should we dismiss reoccurring themes.”

Granted, the world we live in can engender nightmares, but we have in our dreams and mediations opportunities to travel beyond our fears. 

Deep in our hearts and minds we have an intimate connection to our Creator and all that he has created. 

And those creations include our loved ones. They and we are eternal, and though we cannot see them in our waking moments they can return to us in our dreams. 

Letters to the Editor


In the March 24 LW Weekly, there were articles from the Democratic Club, which told about upcoming events and websites and policy. 

Then I read the Republican article, which mansplained to us old folks how elections work and advised the reader that even if you don’t like the Republican candidate, you need to vote Republican, or a Democrat will take the seat.

When do we stop thinking of the other side as the enemy and think as Americans?  

What’s best for America is to vote for the person who best matches what you feel is best for the country, not the party

True patriots never put party over country and certainly should not make people fearful of the other side.

Kindness starts with each of us; let’s not instill hate and fear but do what is right for America.

Adrianne Rosenfeld

Mutual 14


We have lived in Leisure World for eight years now. We love it, especially the social activities and the kindness of our neighbors. It is truly our home. 

This is a plea to our directors to be a bit flexible in enforcing “the rules.”

Our 9 year-old granddaughter made us a little-bitty wooden birdfeeder. 

We hung it in the tree in front of our porch. It was hardly noticeable. 

We were shortly cited for this. The rule is no hanging things from trees.  We were told to remove it or it would be taken down for us.  

We have complied.

Of course we need rules.  We’re not in favor of anarchy.  But sometimes it would be kind to look the other way when there is a technical violation of the rules. Have a heart!

Mary and John Newport

Mutual 11


I have to give credit to the costume-clad speaker in the Republican Club story (March 24) for doing away with the hypocrisy that usually accompanies political campaigns. A prime example is the school choice initiative. 

Club members are exhorted to vote for a Republican who does not always support Republican values because winning power is more important. 

That policy was formalized in a low-key announcement at the Republican Party nominating convention of 2020, when it stated there would be no party platform, but people would simply follow the nominee’s wishes. 

And then we saw, on Jan. 6, 2021, how a powerful regime without established values or principles, will use such power. 

And today, in the Ukraine, also.

Lee Hoyt

Mutual 11

Arts & Leisure

Pickleball Club awards winners of March tournament

The LW Pickleball Players Club hosted its first tournament of the year on March 19-20. There were 48 players vying for medals in six divisions. The winners in each of the skill level groups received medals for first-, second- and third-place finishes in the two-day round-robin tournament. 

The tournament was dedicated to Tim Linehan, one of the founding members of the club and its tournament organizer; he passed away Dec. 3. 

The winners in each skill level group are:

2.5 Group: Hal Ferber, first; Joe Doan, second; Bill Denton, third.

3.0 Group: Mike Hung, first; Anne Potter, second; Kathryn Ewell, third.

3.5 Group A: Anne Caivo, first; Chinh Ngo, second; Jesus Sosa, third.

3.5 Group B: Ric Enge, first; Sue Burkschab, second; Sandy Mitchell, third.

4.0 Group A: Sue Visbal, first; Tom Young, second; Bobby Pham, third.

4.0 Group B: Mark Riddle, first; Sam Chua and Daniel Do, tied for second.

The Pickleball Players Club holds free beginner lessons on the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. on the pickleball courts at Mission Park behind Clubhouse 2. The next workshop will be April 12. 

For more information, contact club President Linda Evenson at (561) 577-3283 or email lwsbpickleball@gmail.com.

Debbi Fudge of Mutual 1 recently saw the Tennessee Williams classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Long Beach Playhouse’s Mainstage Theater. “Gaelyn Wilkie’s portrayal of Maggie could only be described as a ‘wow’ performance,” she said. Anyone interested in checking out what the local theater has to offer should visit lbplayhouse.org.

Dancers & Mixers

Dancers & Mixers Club will celebrate the abundance of flowers in the local hills at its Spring Fling on Tuesday, April 5, in Clubhouse 4 from 7-9 p.m. The theme for the event is wildflowers and springtime. Partners are not needed, as the club is small enough that newbies are soon on the dance floor. 

Linda Herman will provide live music, and everyone is welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages. For more information, call (562) 431-1257.

Leisure Time Dancers

LWers are invited to join the Leisure Time Dancers as they learn new dances every Monday in Clubhouse 6. From 2-3 p.m., the focus will be on waltzing, while from 3-4 p.m., dancers will learn to cha-cha. Singles and couples of all skill levels are welcome. One hour of dancing costs $7, while two is $11. For more information, call Richard Sharrard at (562) 305-5359.

Grapevine Line Dance

After a long break, the Grapevine Line Dance club will resume classes. Beginning April 7, the group will meet every Thursday from 2-5 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The instructor will contact all current members. For more information, call (562) 596-8273.


The Yahtzee Club winners from March 18 are: Lois True for most yahtzees (five) and Michael Strout for highest score (1,596). Barbara Robarge won the door prize. 

Beginning April 1, Yahtzee Club will meet every Friday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, from 12:30-4 p.m. The cost to play is $2, which goes toward prizes. 

Leisure World residents are welcome to join if they know how to play Yahtzee and can keep their own scores. Dues for 2022 are $3 for existing and new members. 

Anyone who would like a yahtzee lesson or has questions can call Kathy Rose at (714) 309-6873.

Women’s Golf Club

On a beautiful, warm Tuesday, 44 Women’s Golf Club members participated in weekly tournament play. On March 22, they competed for low gross, low net and chip-ins, with eight golfers able to chip the ball from the fairway directly into the hole.

The winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 28; low net: tie between Ann Tran and Zoe Pickell, 25; chip-ins: Devora Kim, Tran, Jane Song and Soo Choi.

Flight B: Low gross: Bert Thompson, 29; low net: tie between Karen Mendon and Yvonne Yim, 24; chip-ins: Thompson, ChongHee Kim, Judy Kim and Yim.

Flight C: Low gross: Jessica Choi, 31; low net: Elizabeth Butterfield, 23.

Flight D: Low gross; tie between Donna Cooper and Lisa Kim, 33; low net: Patty Littrell, 23.

The club’s general meeting is Tuesday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3. The Spring Tournament winners will be announced, and Elizabeth Butterfield, social chairman, will lead attendees in games (with prizes) at the end of the meeting.

—Dale Quinn

Duplicate Bridge 

Leisure World Duplicate Bridge is played on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. All games start at 12:30 p.m. and end about 3:30. On March 18, there were nine tables playing. In first place, setting north-south and earning 2.08 master points, were Linda Nye and Adair Paul; setting east-west and earning .88 master points were Russell Gray and Ellen Kice.
Coming in second were Kay Tseng and Alan Olschwang, who were setting east-west and earned 2.77 master points.

For reservations, contact Linda Nye at (562) 453-6678 or yuelingnye@yahoo.com. For all other information, contact Sharon Beran at (562) 308-7838 or hbsharonb2gmail.com.

Donna Gambol of Mutual 1 recommends “Bitter Harvest,” a 2017 film set in Ukraine in the early 1930s. “It’s compelling (and) worth viewing in light of current events,” she said. The romantic drama focuses on the Holodomor, or Terror-Famine, which is now widely recognized as a genocidal famine orchestrated by Joseph Stalin’s regime while the country was under Soviet rule. Almost 4 million Ukrainian people died during the famine. The film is currently available via Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime, among other streaming services.

Hui O Hula celebrates 18 years of aloha

Hui O Hula celebrated its 18-year history at Leisure World with a photo recreating the one members took in 2012. The Hawaiian dance club started meeting for hula lessons in 2004, a few months after instructor Jojo Weingart (reclining) moved to Seal Beach from Honolulu.  

With much kokua (“help” in Hawaiian) from Event Coordinator Kaye Huff, Secretary Susan Cucci and Treasurer Yo Kishi, the Hui O Hula has been meeting twice a week and entertaining communities inside and outside the gates. Some years, Hui O Hula gave more than 100 performances, with its record at 118 in one year. The club appreciates everyone who attends its events, as well as the Recreation Department for helping with scheduling classroom space and the LW Weekly for publicizing performance and class information. 

The Hawaiian dancers invite LW’s vibrant community to join in the fun of staying active as they look forward to continuing to share their aloha with hula. All LWers are welcome to classes upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and at Veterans Plaza at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Beginners should arrive at the start of class on Tuesdays to learn basic steps.  

Anyone with questions should contact Hui O Hula at (562) 431-2242 or Jojo@JojoJoe.com.

Pool Club

On March 21, the Pool Club played its fifth of 14 rounds in the Spring League. Jokers Wild lost to the Pocket Rockets 8-5, but the team is still clinging to a one-game lead, with a season record of 38 and 27. Connie Adkins won six games for Pocket Rockets, losing only an eight ball doubles match.

The big winner of the night was the Favorites, who won 11-2 over Side Pocket. Gary Snow won all seven of his matches for the Favorites, while Shery Wells and Dave Silva each won six games. Wells won the final eight ball game by making the eight ball on a long corner shot with the cue ball on the rail.

Beat the House won against Ticket to Ride 8-5. This put Beat the House one game over .500 and only five games out of first place. Eunis “Wildfire!” Christensen was the star for Beat the House, winning six games, including both of her singles matches.

The Ball Breakers took Team Five by an 8-5 margin. Glenn Evensen won five games for the Ball Breakers, including both of his singles.

In league play, each team plays every other team twice, and every match consists of 13 games. Each player plays two games of eight ball and two games of nine ball with each partner. 

They also play one game each of singles in eight ball and nine ball against their corresponding opponent on the other team (i.e., the A player is matched against the other team’s A player). Every match concludes with all three players on each team playing a final game of eight ball.

—Dave Silva

Community Karaoke

On March 23, many of the 28 singers chose hits from a favorite artist. Ric Dizon is known for selecting Elvis Presley tunes, and Don Sunday sang the beautiful Barbra Streisand hit “The Way We Were.” 

The smooth, silky voice of Tino Tupas is always appreciated; some have said he could be called the club’s in-house Frank Sinatra crooner.

Bev Adams, Ellen Brannigan, Nina Todorov and Vito Villamor all sang popular gospel numbers. And country and western numbers sung by Elizabeth Butterfield, Gerry Tagaloa, Pat Paternoster, Julie Nulad and Barbie May perked up the audience.

Anyone who wants to try out a new tune is welcome to join the group’s practice sessions on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, then perform for an enthusiastic crowd in Clubhouse 1 on Wednesdays starting at 5:30 p.m. 

—Margie Thompson

Saturday Social Bunco

The Saturday Social Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The next meeting is on April 9 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-ups start at 1 p.m., with play starting at 1:30. 

The winners from the March 12 meeting are: Most Buncos: Sue Holbrook; Most Wins: Susan Rose; Most Babies: Doris Dack; Most Losses: Pam Kelly; Door Prize: Nancy Floyd.

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

Party Bridge

Everyone is invited to play Party Bridge on the first and second Fridays of April in Clubhouse 1 at noon. Pizza will be served, and then play will begin whenever each foursome is ready. Cards and score sheets will be furnished.

People must RSVP to Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240, so enough pizza can be ordered. The club is paying for the food, but everyone should bring their own drinks. 

For more information, contact Kriehbiel.

Astronomy Club

The LW Astronomy Club will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. At the previous meeting, members viewed Lesson 1 of “Black Holes Explained.” This month, the video for Lesson 2 will be screened, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Also covered will be Albert Einstein’s famous equation (E=mc2) and how it relates to the sun’s life-giving radiant energy. 

After the meeting, if the sky is clear, members and guests may set up their own telescopes or use their binoculars for viewing.

 For additional information, contact John Rogers at (562) 431-7240.

Pinochle Club

Pinochle is played in Clubhouse 1 every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The warmup game starts at 11:30 a.m., with the regular game beginning at 12:30 p.m. It costs $2 per person to play, and the top four scorers of each day win cash prizes. 

The following are the winning scores from recent games.

March 17: First place: Bobbi Olsen, 10,860; second: Ruth Bonnema, 10,580; third: Peggy Kasper, 10,330; fourth: Suzanne Parks, 10,110.

March 19: First place: Diana Lambert, 10,310; second: Joan Taylor, 10,050; third: Peggy Kasper, 9.980; fourth: Tony Dodero, 9,870.

March 21: First place: Charlotte Westcott, 12,240; second: Delores Cook, 12,100; third: Marilyn Allred, 11,050; fourth: Joan Taylor, 10,740.

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

Dancing Feet Club

Dancing Feet Club meets every Monday from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Social ballroom dancing is on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6-9:30 p.m. 

Everyone is welcome and can bring their own snacks. 

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

Played by Robert Dufney, attorney Larry Snarly of Snarly and Marly is the lawyer in charge of the Count of Torrenzio’s will in the Theater Club’s original production “Regarding the Inheritance.” The one-night-only performance promises music, comedy, drama and a few surprises. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, in Clubhouse 2, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The show is free and BYOB, but donations are cheerfully accepted.

Men’s Golf Club

Mike Carlson aces No. 8

On March 23, two groups of three flights of variously skilled golfers vied for best net score, plus two circle holes and two closest-to-the-pin challenges for the Men’s Golf Club. LW’s Turtle Lake Golf Course is a 1,658-yard, 18-hole, par-54 course that has great fairways and greens. The club thanks Liz Meripol for making coffee and Bob Turner for picking up doughnuts for each tournament.

A total of 49 golfers teed off. The morning started out sunny and warmed up fast, and there was no wind. The course continues to be in relatively good condition.

Mike Carlson hit a hole-in-one, thus coming closest to the pin, on the 85-yard, par-3 eighth hole. While only 29 of the golfers were net at or under par, there were 12 circle holes and 54 birdies. Closest to the pin on the 17th hole was Bill Smith.

All scores are net (gross minus handicap). A Flight handicaps are 0-7, while B Flight are 8-11 and C Flight 12-18. The winners were:

A Flight: First place: tie between Fujio Norihiro and Kyoo Choi, an outstanding 4 under 50; second: between Jae H. Lee, Mike Mayfield and Bill Lyons, a very good 2 under 52; third: tie between Young Lee and Bob Barnum, a hard-earned 1 under 53; fourth: John Kolthoff, 1 over 55.

B Flight: First place: tie between Kap Son and Ron Jackson, a super 6 under 48; second: tie between Richard Jun and Bob Johnston, an excellent 4 under 50; third: tie between Jong Lee and Jun Um, a sweet 3 under 51; fourth: Won Song, a well-played 2 under 52; fifth: tie between Hyon Shin and Bill Long, a nice 1 under 53; sixth: Ryan Hong, at even par 54.

C Flight: First place: Rolando Ramirez, a tournament-best 8 under 46; second: tie between Bill Smith, Sam Williamson and Gary Newhall, an outstanding 5 under 49; third: tie between Paul Shellenberger, Dennis Jensen and Jim Bassett, an excellent 4 under 50; fourth: Byron Schweitzer, a terrific 2 under 52; fifth: Suk Im, a terrific 1 under 53; sixth: tie between Steven Kang and Manny Miranda, even par 54.

The next Men’s Golf Club Tournament will be on April 13. Golfers are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and be ready to play. Anyone who had signed up to play and cannot should contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as they know. 

—Dave LaCascia

Cribbage Club

The first-place winner for the Cribbage Club on March 22 was Margaret Smith, with a total score of 838 out of a possible 847. Gene Smith took second place with 835, and Don Kramer placed third with 834. Ron Jackson and Jesus Sosa tied for fourth with 831. 

Evelyn Ingram treated the 47 players present to cake and ice cream to celebrate her birthday; Carrie Kistner and Margaret Smith served.

New members are always welcome when Cribbage Club meets every Tuesday in Clubhouse 1. Refreshments are served at noon, then seven games are played beginning at 12:30 p.m. Anyone interested in extra assistance in learning or brushing up on the game should call Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.

—Marilyn Chelsvig

Silver Fox Classic Car Club members Ron Lee (clockwise from left), Patti Green, Ted Green, Jeanne Lovgren, Karl Lovgren and Sue Lee attended the Garden Grove Car Show on March 18.’’

Tournament Poker

Jon Jones was the Tournament Poker Club winner on March 19, beating Linda Stone with two pair. Jones, who works as an attendant at the Fitness Center, has won final table six times in his seven years as a club member. The third- and fourth-place finishers were Harry Sera and Roy Mittelsteadt.

High hand was won by John Burns with AAA66, and Tony Canfora won second highest hand with KKK88. The promotional hand of 10-3 was won by Stone.

The club will hold lessons on how to play Texas Hold ’Em during the month of April at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse 6. Regular games are played the first three Saturdays of every month in Clubhouse 6; players must be seated by noon to play. There are no late entries. Games costs $5 to play, and membership is $10 per year.

—Judy Jasmin

Book Club

When the LWSB Book Club met on March 17, 13 people, including four newcomers to the group, discussed with flair and gusto the books “Snow Falling on Cedars,” by David Guterson; “I Am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzie; and “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Dela Owens.

The book chosen to be read in April was “Hillbilly Elegy,” an autobiography by J.D. Vance, thanks to a recommendation by Kathy Yamamoto. For May, Dody Polinski suggested the thriller/suspense novel “Look Again,” by Lisa Scottoline. And June’s selection, recommended by Cynthia Stone, is the true-crime biography “A Woman of No Importance,” by Sonia Parnell. 

The club thanks its president, Thomas Gan, for the “reader books” from the library that were giveaways. “His hard work and generosity to the club is above and beyond,” says Secretary Pamela Emmons. 

The group will meet again on April 21 from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Anyone who has questions, comments, concerns or suggestions regarding the club should contact Gan at gltjiook@gmail.com or (562) 248-8711.

Genealogy Club

LWers are invited to contact the Leisure World Genealogy Workshop at LWGW@gmail.com for information on how to build a family tree and
make exciting discoveries
about their family.

Join Connie Peck (front) and the Joyful Line Dance Club every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Everyone is invited to join the classes, which are currently limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Exercise shoes are recommended, and face masks are recommended. For more information, text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Golf League Results for March 18 & 21

On March 18, 14 men, including two guests, of the Leisure World Golf League tackled the very challenging Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Water hazards, difficult pin placements and deviously placed sand traps made club selection and driving accuracy paramount. Course conditions were excellent, resulting in only seven scores at or below par, but there were six birdies.

All scores are net. A Flight handicap is 0-19, and B Flight is over 19.

A Flight: First place: Chris Lankford, a well-played 10 under 60, plus a birdie; second: Fujio Norihiro, a hard-earned 7 under 63, plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the 100-yard ninth hole; third: Dave LaCascia, a nice 6 under 64, plus a birdie and fewest putts; fourth: Bill McKusky, a sweet 5 under 65; fifth: Larry Hillhouse, a very good 1 under 69, plus a birdie; sixth: tie between Jim Goltra and Sam Choi; seventh: Clay Fischer. Choi also had a birdie.

B Flight: First place: Bob Munn, a remarkable 7 under 63; second: Lowell Goltra, a really fine 2 under 68, plus closest to the pin on the 150-yard second hole; third: Gene Vesely, at even par 70, plus fewest putts; fourth: Ron Sommer, plus a birdie.

On March 21, 15 golfers, including two guests, confronted the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. Water hazards and strategically placed sand traps, plus narrow, tree-lined fairways always make Meadowlark a challenge. The back nine is significantly uphill and downhill, with numerous elevated tees and greens. The course was being aerated and sanded and had several temporary greens. Playing conditions kept scores generally higher, and only five of the 15 scores were at or under par, with just three birdies.

A Flight: First place: LaCascia, a well-played 4 under 66, plus fewest putts and closest to the pin on the 130-yard 16th hole; second: tie between Lankford and McKusky, a very good 3 under 67; third: Hillhouse, a hard-earned even par 70, plus a birdie; fourth: Choi; fifth: Norihiro.

B Flight: First place: Vesely, a very nice 8 under 62, plus fewest putts; second: Goltra, a nice 4 under 66 , plus closest to the pin on the 130-yard seventh hole; third: Pat Paternoster, at 1 over 71, plus two birdies; fourth: Bill Zurn, at 2 over 72; fifth: Mike Looney; sixth: Liz Meripol.

The Golf League plays at four local courses, all within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. The courses are often full, so sign-up sheets for advance reservations are 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 and fewest putts in each flight, birdies and closest to the pin on two par-3 holes. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

Opera Club presents viewing of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ April 4-5

The Opera Club invites everyone to watch a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen” on Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. This tale of love gone wrong is an ideal way for newcomers to become acquainted with the lure and passion of music that has withstood the test of hundreds of years and is destined for perpetuity.

Based on a story by Prosper Merimee, composer Georges Bizet created an unforgettable score that highlights how young military corporal Jose fell in love with the very attractive, free-living, free-loving cigarette factory worker Carmen. 

Act 1 depicts the flirtatious beginning of a relationship that excludes the rival love of a faithful Micaela for her corporal. Carmen is a fiery personality who tangles with her co-workers and gets arrested but manages to convince the guard, Jose, to let her escape. In Act 2, after the story has first introduced the glamorous character of a bullfighter named Escamillo, Carmen convinces Jose, who has served 30 days in prison for his neglect, to flee to a mountain encampment of gypsies. 

Act 3 finds Carmen reading tarot cards that foretell doom for both herself and Jose. Escamillo arrives to declare his love for Carmen and gets into a fight with Jose. but they settle with Escamillo inviting them to his upcoming bullfight. Micaela also arrives to tell Jose that his mother is dying, but Jose rejects her. In Act 4, at the bullfighting stadium, Escamillo declares his love for Carmen, who then rejects Jose by throwing down the ring he gave her. Jose flies into a rage, stabs Carmen and stands over her dead body as he gives himself up. 

The music heightens the emotions of the story and solidified Bizet’s reputation. The opera is presented in French with English subtitles. The club requests everyone wear a mask. No dues or fees will be collected. 

For more information, contact Opera Club President Beverly Emus at (562) 206-5586 or beverly90740@gmail.com.


Upcoming trips with Janet Karter

Janet Karter is offering an English Tea and Brass Rubbing event on Oct. 22. Anyone interested will meet at the Weingart Senior Center in Lakewood at 9:45 a.m., with an expected return after 2 p.m. The cost is $42 per person.

The Laughlin Getaway is scheduled for Nov. 13-15, with a stay at the Edgewater Hotel. Travelers pay $280 (includes a double-occupancy room) or $295 (single); cost includes bus fare, snacks, water, Oatman and tip. A deposit of $50 is due now, with the final payment due Oct. 24; no cancellations will be refunded after Oct. 25.

Ring in 2023 with a 10-day cruise to the Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez from Dec. 28-Jan. 7. Balcony, suite and interior cabins are available starting at $1,419 per person. (There’s an additional fee of $172 for insurance protection.) Karter is now accepting deposits of $200 per person. 

For more information, contact Karter at  (562) 924-1938 or 562-715-0520.

Drone Club members recently met at Mar Vista Park in Long Beach. New members are welcome to join the club, which is designed for recreational and photographic purposes. For more information, contact Joseph Valentinetti at 0501042@gmail.com.

The Gloria Autoharp Club meets Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Led by Monica Yoo, a longtime volunteer performer for Orange County nursing homes and churches, the group is currently practicing “Red Wing,” “Oh Susanna,” “Because He Lives” and “Arirang.” Anyone interested in learning autoharp skills or seeking more information can contact club President Heeja Almeida at halameida@att.net or (661) 706-3399.

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 White queen moves from b8 to g3, then Black pawn to g3, followed by White king to g1 and Black pawn to h4. The next move by White is checkmate.

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

Weekend Dances

Rock the nights away this month

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra will be back in action on Sunday, April 3, from 6-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Leisure World’s own professional big band plays swing and jazz standards, music perfect for dreaming and dancing. Though the band usually plays on the first and third Sundays of the month, it will not perform on April 17 because of the Easter holiday.

Vinyl Rock will return to Clubhouse 4 on April 9 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers, the nine-piece Orange County-based band passionately perform classic rock, Motown and pop tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Everyone will be smiling, swinging and swaying, as they sing along to songs they grew up listening to. Doors open at 6:30.

On April 23, Clubhouse 2 will be rocking thanks to Abilene, LW’s No. 1 country rock band for nearly 20 years. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer, while guitarist Rod Anderson, guitar synthesizer player Jim Long, bassist Mike Simpson and drummer Jim Greer round out the group. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for this 7 p.m. show.

Guests must be accompanied by the resident who invited them. Masks are no longer required regardless of vaccination status but are strongly recommended. Table saving is not allowed. People may bring their own snacks. The GRF asks everyone to sign in, either as a resident or guest, to help determine the popularity of the bands.

—Kathy Thayer
Recreation Manager

Sliders and Shufflers Tie

When the dust settled at the Clubhouse 1 shuffleboard courts on March 18, the Sliders and Shufflers were tied at 9-9. The Sliders’ all-game winners were Harshad Patel and Sally Fowler, while the Shufflers’ all-game winner was Kay Mount. After 12 games, the Shufflers are in first place for the Shuffleboard League, with Hot Shots second and Sliders third.

On March 12, the club hosted its annual potluck St. Paddy’s Day dinner, where 24 people were treated to homemade Italian and Korean pasta dishes, salads, Irish soda bread, and corned beef. After the meal, several rousing games of Left-Center-Right were played. The night’s big winners were Sal LaScala, Doris Morton and Ellie West. Other winners were Patty Peterson, Dave LaCascia, Red Ryals, Darlene Meyers, Jack O’Brien, Anita Giroud, Carrie Kistner, Chandra Patel, Sally Fowler and Penny Wright.

The annual Ham Shoot, which will include a test of players’ accuracy, finesse and skill, is scheduled for April 8. And the first Joan LaCascia Tournament will be held on May 27. It will be an elimination event, with the top three players rewarded. Sign-ups for both will be at the Clubhouse 1 courts.

The next general meeting is on May 11 at 5 p.m. at the Clubhouse 1 courts. All club members are encouraged to attend, as nominations and elections for new and/or returning officers will be held. 

Shuffleboard is an entertaining and challenging game of skill and strategy. No partners are necessary, and all equipment is provided; the only requirement is closed-toed shoes with non-skid soles. Practice times are Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Starting time for League play is 8:30 a.m. on Fridays. Players should arrive on time to get a starting position. BYOB practice nights, tournaments and other social events are planned throughout the year. To use the shuffleboard courts, a person must be trained in court setup, maintenance and play, with the goal of becoming a participating club member.

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

—Dave LaCascia

Health & Fitness

Celebrate spring with these HCC activities

by CJ Blomquist

Optum Health Care Center

Join the Health Care Center in celebrating spring with the following fun activities, all of which are in Conference Room 1. 

Spring Giveaway. SCAN shares its enthusiasm for the season by offering a free gift to anyone who stops by on Tuesday, April 5, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Spring Rolls Cooking Demo. Whether a snack or a meal, spring rolls are delicious and easy to make. Find out how on April 7 from 10-11 a.m. at this in-person cooking demonstration sponsored by Anthem. RSVP at Krystal.Spindler@anthem.com.

Keep Those Teeth Sparkling. Dental health can affect a person’s overall health. Learn more at this informative session sponsored by Humana on April 7 from 2-3 p.m. RSVP at rsvpoptumhcc@optum.com.

SCAN Sales Meeting. Learn the basics of Medicare and find out whether a Medicare Advantage plan is the right fit on April 12 from 10-11 a.m.

Let’s Taco ’Bout Medicare. Medicare can be complicated, but it’s worth learning about—especially when a voucher for a free taco is involved. Grecia Nunez, the HCC’s senior ambassador, will answer questions on April 12 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. RSVP at rsvpoptumhcc@optum.com.

Who Wants Ice Cream? Celebrate the start of spring with friends and neighbors by stopping by for a sweet treat sponsored by Alignment on April 13 from noon-1 p.m.

Laughter Yoga. Keep the laughs going after the ice cream social by sticking around for laughter yoga with Beverly Bender from 1:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, call (562) 594-9148.

Questions About Medicare? It’s a confusing topic, but Anthem will answer everyone’s questions to help make sense of it on April 14 from 10-11 a.m.

Red Cross Blood Drive. Do some good for the community at this quarterly blood drive held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, April 22. Schedule a required appointment at 1-800-733-2767 or redcrossblood.org (use sponsor code leisure).

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

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

Thursday, March 31: Oven-roasted turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing and Brussels sprouts; cheesecake; roast beef and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus creamy coleslaw.

Friday, April 1: Chili relleno casserole, Spanish rice and pinto beans; apple crumb cake; taco salad, with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro and salsa dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, April 4: Beef teriyaki, brown rice and Oriental vegetables; applesauce with cinnamon; chicken salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus homemade macaroni salad.

Tuesday, April 5: Oven-baked chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, and cauliflower; vanilla-chocolate swirl pudding; entrée Greek chicken salad, with tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, April 6: Stuffed bell peppers, garlic-and-chives mashed potatoes, and green beans with pimentos; fresh pear; ham, turkey and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus creamy cucumber salad.


The next meeting of the Wa-rite weight-loss club is on Friday, April 1, at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. No weigh-in is required. The main topic of discussion will be whether Wa-rite meetings should continue. For more information, contact Carol Chambers at carol.chambers60@yahoo.com.

Religion, 16, 22

Community Church

It’s not too late to visit Polly’s Pies today, March 31 to support Community Church’s missions team fundraiser. Make sure to pick up a flyer from the church office to bring to Polly’s. 

The missions team is also sponsoring a drive-through food drive on Wednesday, April 6, from 10 a.m.-noon.  People can bring nonperishable food donations to the front of the church, and a missions team member will take the donation from their car.

Community Church has recently been called “the friendly church” and is honored to live up to that title. This week, Community Church will take a challenging look at Judas, one of the first disciples, who never made the shift from a me to we mentality.  Today, it is far easier to be like Judas and be self-focused. Jesus offered the world a different way of living that is actually “kin-dom” focused. 

Everyone is welcome to join Community Church on Sundays at 9:50 a.m., with a time of fellowship and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the service.

Online worship will continue for those who cannot attend in person on Facebook @communitychurchleisureworld.  Those who don’t have Facebook can join via Zoom by calling the church office or emailing  leisurewccsue@yahoo.com. 

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

Redeemer Lutheran

“Preparing for a Resurrected Life” will be the theme of Redeemer Lutheran’s worship service on Sunday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m.  in the  sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive (on the golf course, across from the administration building).  The  council leadership team welcomes all as Redeemer Lutheran continues the journey to the cross on the way to Easter on April 17.   

Sunday and Wednesday services are at 10:30 a.m. There will be a special Maundy Thursday service on April 14 at 10:30 a.m. Redeemer will also participate in the LW Interfaith Council’s Good Friday/Passover service in the Amphitheater from noon-1:30   p.m. on April 15.  

For more information about the upcoming services or the church, call (562) 598-8697.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors.  People are welcome to worship and explore God’s word together.  

The Message

1 Thessalonians 5:2 says, “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.” The day of the Lord is when God intervenes to judge his enemies, deliver his people, and set up his earthly kingdom. It will come when unbelieving folks least expect it, like a thief in the night. In verse 3 it says, “For when they say, ‘Peace and safety,’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”

The people in verse 3 are those who are in unbelief, living in relative peace, comfort and perceived safety, who have left themselves vulnerable.

How can one move from  unbelief to light? John 12:46 answers,  “I (Jesus) have come as a light unto the world, that whoever believes in me should not abide (live) in darkness.”

Weekend Services

  Sunday services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. are traditional, with hymnal music led by Pat Kogak at the piano. Kogak will also sing a special selection for the congregation. 

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


Mid-Week Studies

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

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

Friday’s prayer and Bible Study, led by Pastor Bruce Humes, is held from 6-7 p.m.   

   Scripture of the Week

“And they crucified him in the third hour. When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour Jesus cried out and breathed his last.  And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  When the centurion, who was standing right in front of him, saw the way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God’” (Mark 15:25,33, 37-39; NASB).


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

Assembly of God

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

Sermon for this week:  There is no more helpless feeling than being forgotten. Remember the plight of Kevin in the movie “Home Alone,” as he awakens in the morning and realizes his family has forgotten him at home in their mad rush to get to the airport? There was the moment of panicked realization that he was truly alone and had to fend for himself. In real life, that moment of panic can sometimes become a constant state of being. People can be overcome by feelings of isolation, abandonment  or even being forgotten by God.  Pastor Chuck Franco will bring a message titled “Has God Forgotten Me?” from Psalm 13 on Sunday, April 3.

Bible Study: “Easter” is the subject of the Wednesday morning Bible study. Finding oneself in the story will bring the biblical account alive and give new meaning to the most important event for Christians. The study will end with the session on April 6.

Contact:  More information about LW Assembly of God can be found at lwassemblyofgod.com.

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

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

LW Baptist

LW Baptist will hold a Communion Sunday service on April 3 with the theme “The Open Door” from the Lord’s promise to the church in Revelation 3:8, “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.” The promise is fulfilled in an unexpected way for Peter and the apostles who are jailed for teaching about Jesus in Acts 5. The church choir will sing “Blessed Redeemer.” 

The men’s Bible study group meets Mondays at 10 a.m. The midweek Energizers group meets on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. This week, the group will read Psalm 13 about God’s loving kindness. 

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

Faith Christian Assembly

Easter is just a few weeks away, falling on Sunday, April 17, this year. It’s time to start thinking about who to invite to church for  this special holiday. Faith Christian Assembly invites those who don’t have a church to come to its Easter Sunday service. 

Faith Christian Assembly  believes Easter is a great time to invite neighbors, friends, coworkers and family to hear a great salvation message highlighting the joy of Jesus’ resurrection.

Weekly Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (there will be no evening service on Easter Sunday). The Wednesday morning Bible Study, taught by Pastor Sheri Leming, is at 11 a.m. 

To receive a free newsletter or for more information on the church, contact the church by calling (562) 598-9010, emailing   contact@fcachurch.net or visiting www.FCAchurch.net. 

Congregation Sholom

Rabbi Eric Dangott will lead services on Friday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Rabbi Mike Mymon will lead a hybrid service on Saturday, April 2, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, call or text Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122. 

This week’s Torah portion is Tazriah from the Book of Leviticus. In this portion, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy.

Congregation Sholom has boxes of 20 KN95 masks for sale for $18, which includes delivery. Call Murray Pollack at (562) 331-3949 to place an order.  

Congregation Sholom will hold an in-person Passover dinner and Seder on Friday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. The catered kosher dinner will include mango chutney brisket or roast chicken, matzah ball soup, salad, potato, lemonade, dessert and Passover wine. A vegetarian option is also available. The cost is $36 per person. RSVP to Pollack at (562) 331-3949 or murrjet@yahoo.com before April 1.  Checks can be mailed to Congregation Sholom, P.O. Box 2901, Seal Beach, CA 90740.  

Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of Congregation Sholom can call Howard Brass at (714) 396-0121 for a membership packet.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following statement:

“We are heartbroken and deeply concerned by the armed conflict now raging. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has members in each of the affected areas and throughout the world. Our minds and hearts have been turned toward them and all our brothers and sisters.

“We continue to pray for peace. We know that enduring peace can be found through Jesus Christ. He can calm and comfort our souls even in the midst of terrible conflicts. He taught us to love God and our neighbors.

“We pray that this armed conflict will end quickly… and that peace will prevail among nations and our own hearts. We plead with world leaders to seek for such resolutions and peace.”

The course of study for the week of April 4-10 is Exodus 14-17.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Fifth Sunday of Lent on April 3.

Stations of the Cross

Join Holy Family for a weekly devotion and prayers for peace during Lent on Fridays at 11 a.m.

Lenten Fish Fry

Holy Family will hold a Lenten fish fry for a cost of $10 per person after the Stations of the Cross on Fridays. Signups for the lunch are available after Sunday masses or by calling the rectory office at (562) 430-8170.

Diaper Drive

Holy Family is organizing a diaper drive for the Life Center of Santa Ana. From now until April 15, Holy Family will accept donations of diapers and various baby care products at the parish office or at  the Our Lady of Guadalupe donation table.


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

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.

Buddha Circle

The Buddha Circle will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30-11 a.m. The venerable Kusala Bhikshu. He presents Buddhism in a simple way and teaches people how they can suffer less.

Buddha Circle is an interactive group, so those who attend are encouraged to ask questions. 

Donations will support Kusala in his teachings. For more information, call (714) 468-6887 or visit www.Kusala.org.

Community, pages 17-18

LW Resident receives Kimi Sugiyama Human Service Award

LW resident Grace Kim was one of five people to receive the 2021-22 Kimi Sugiyama Human Service Awards from Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach. 

Kim received the award for  her diligent work to free an innocent Korean immigrant convicted of murder and continues to demonstrate the importance of speaking out against wrong over the past six years.

In loving memory of their mother, Kimi Sugiyama’s children established the Kimi Sugiyama Human Service Award, which is presented annually to a member of the community in recognition of outstanding creativity and self-sacrifice in extending God’s love to others.  Sugiyama was a pioneer member of the Japanese Presbyterian Church in Long Beach and a pivotal figure in the Japanese American community in Long Beach, where she was instrumental in helping many Japanese workers who had little or no understanding of the English language and of American labor rights.

Each morning, Gary Ho and Zoe, Kathie Tretter and Penn, Mary Thomsic and Cece, Donna O’Gara with Whitey and Geri Canty and Angel take a group walk admiring the resident’s beautiful yards.

Women’s Club

The Women’s Club will host the talented Elvis impersonator, Robert “Elvis” Hund  on Tuesday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Women are invited to wear their poodle skirts and penny loafers to the raffle and ice cream social. 

Hund specializes in the concert years of the late ,60s and throughout the ‘70s, with a few ‘50s.

Visitors are welcome to attend one meeting without membership, and this meeting is the one not to miss. Residents are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat.

Sunshine Club

Learn about the OC Community Action Partnership

Tracey Chhuor from Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC) will be the Sunshine Club’s speaker on Friday, April 1, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be first-come, first-served, maximum of 50 people. 

Chhuor is the donor relations coordinator for CAP OC. She connects and works with individuals within all facets of the organization, from donors and volunteers to participants, as well as colleagues within the different programs. One of the things she enjoys most about her position is being able to connect donors, volunteers and anyone in between with a cause that speaks to them.

Born of the War on Poverty, CAP OC has worked to enhance the quality of life since 1965. CAP boldly addresses the root causes of poverty and advocates for change through systemic reforms, social justice and racial equity. The people live and work in the neighborhoods they so passionately serve—coming together from all backgrounds and experiences to stabilize, sustain and empower individuals and families to build stronger communities.

CAP OC’s programs and resources work to do just that, with a whole family approach, aiming to create multigenerational change. Chhuor looks forward to the opportunity to speak with the Sunshine Club on CAP  OC’s vast programs and network of support, including senior Food Boxes, Farm-to-Family/Farm-to-Senior Program, Cal Fresh Program and Family Resource Centers.

This month the Sunshine club will host five speakers: Chhuor on Friday; Patty Barnett Mouton from Alzheimer’s Orange County will speak on April 8; Jackie Wiley from the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation for CA, on  April 15; Tina Schaffer from Computer Image Plus on April 22; and author and historian Larry Strawther on April 29.

The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation will be announced  in the LW Weekly. For more information, text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Mei Crozier (l) and Bruce Keough danced to bluegrass music played as a community service by the “BulaLife” group during Taco Tuesday Night on March 22.

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary will host bingo on April 3 in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 1 p.m., and play begins at 1:30. 

It is almost time for the election of officers for the upcoming year. All members should consider a position as an officer or as chairman for  committee. 

Guests are always welcome at the Auxiliary’s regular meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.  

For more information, call Auxiliary President Jean Sudbeck at (562) 594-0209.

American Latino Club

The American Latino Club will meet for lunch on April 14 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11:30 a.m. 

For a fee of $8, each person will receive one submarine sandwich with a choice of pepperoni, turkey, corned-beef, or salami, on wheat or white bread,  plus Doritos or potato chips with a white macadamia nut or chocolate chip cookie. The club will provide  soft drinks for free. The last day to RSVP is April 11. People can pay Carmen Edwards by calling (562) 431-4257.

Filipino Association of Leisure World

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) held its monthly meeting on March 13 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The agenda primarily discussed forthcoming events of the association. The annual Veterans Picnic was set for July 2. FALW’s anniversary luau dinner dance was scheduled for Sept. 3. 

The treasurer of the club reported that the association is financially stable, for which members applauded.

Vice President Essee Hicks asked all members to get more involved in the projects of the association. FALW needs more volunteers for its bingo games on the third Sunday of each month for the duration of the game.  There will be no bingo on April 17 due to Easter Sunday.

The next meeting will be on April 1. Food group three will be in charge of the food. Members of the group should coordinate with the leader for their assignment.

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor 

The LW Republican Club recently received a letter from Assembly member Janet Nguyen about designating a portion of State Highway Route 39 in Huntington Beach as the Officer Nicholas Vella Memorial Highway.

    The letter reads, “Our community has come together alongside the police departments throughout the region to mourn the loss of HBPD Officer Nicholas Vella, a 14-year veteran of the department, his presence will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the men and women he served within our community.”

Vella died in the line of duty at the age of 44 on Feb. 19 in a helicopter crash in Newport Beach. Vella and the pilot were responding to a disturbance call in neighboring Newport Beach when surveillance video from a home captured the helicopter as it went down in the frigid water. Vella grew up in Southern California and spent 14 years of his life serving the people of Huntington Beach as a police officer and four years with the Laguna Beach Police Department.

“I’m honored to be able to designate this memorial highway in Officer Vella’s name so that we may never forget his sacrifice or the sacrifices that the men and women in the Huntington Beach Police Department and our law enforcement officers make every day for our community,” Nguyen said.

Vella is survived by his wife, Kristi; his daughter Dylan, his parents John and Marcella Vella, and his brother John Arthur Vella. 

Nguyen has previously been a speaker at LW Republican Club meetings and her aide, George Boutros, spoke briefly at the club’s last meeting. 

The main topics discussed at club meetings and  booth have included what the Constitution means, the state of public education, the school choice initiative, government deficits, inflation and Ukraine.

Club president David Harlow speaks for the whole club when he says that their hearts go out to the people of Ukraine. 


The GOP club booth is open every Monday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside Clubhouse 6. Volunteers continue to collect signatures for the school choice initiative. This ballot proposition, if passed, will make it possible for parents of all income groups to send their children to the school of their choice, whether it be a secular private school, religious school, charter school or home school  by providing up to $14,000 per child. 

    The LW Republican Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Club membership is free. To join the club, volunteer or receive more information, residents can call (714) 928-1950.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

The Democratic Club meeting on April 20 will be held via Zoom. Login information is available in the club’s newsletter or by calling (562) 296-8521. The featured speaker will be Judie Mancuso, who is running for election in the newly configured 72nd Assembly District. Mancuso’s candidacy has been endorsed by the California Democratic Party.   More information about her can be found at www.judiemancuso.com.

An effort to remove Council Members Carlos Manzo and Kimberly Ho from leadership in Westminster by recall  failed. Proponents fell short by more than 200 petition signatures in both attempts.

Many people who backed the failed  2021 effort to recall three members of the Los Alamitos school board are now involved in a new campaign. This time, the recall effort is directed against Area 4 Trustee Scott Fayette.

 In its request to the Registrar of Voters for certification to circulate petitions, the campaign argues for the removal of Fayette because he “does not represent our values.” The issues listed in the proposal to recall include “social justice standards and critical race theory, gender pronouns, as well as vaccine and mask mandates.”

The Democratic Club asks  LW voters who live in Fayette’s Area 4 not to sign this petition if it is certified for distribution.

The club also urges voters not to sign petitions currently being circulated that would place a school voucher proposition on the ballot. If adopted by the voters in the November General Election, this proposition—as currently written—would require the state of California to provide yearly $14,000 voucher payments for each student attending religious or private schools, regardless of family income. Supporters of such a proposition have until April 11 to obtain the required 997,137 signatures to get it on the ballot.

Club members are busy working on voter outreach relating to the Primary election of Democratic candidates.  Anyone who wants to help should call Kathy Moran at (562) 596-0450.


Beginning April 5, The LW Democratic Club’s Hospitality and Information Booth located outside Clubhouse 6 will be open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. until after the Primary Election in June.

LW Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter for more in-depth political information  by calling editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521 or emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com. People are asked  include their full name, address, phone number and party affiliation. 

GAF celebrates group’s efforts and recognition

The Gold Age Foundation (GAF) Board gathered to celebrate President Anna Derby for being honored as one of Orange County’s Outstanding Women of Year. 

During the GAF’s Board meeting in March, the group took time to celebrate the team efforts to help the community over the last two years.

The Bbard recognized the people who made face masks for the community at the beginning of the pandemic and those who helped in the donation and distribution of disposable face masks for the entire community and GRF offices. The board also recognized the GAF volunteers who participated in the GRF’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and the Meals On Wheels volunteers.

Without their contributions, Derby said, receiving the OC Women of Distinction award wouldn’t have been possible,  and thanked them for their contribution.

Hands and Hearts United in Giving

Hands and Hearts United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels and new, unopened travel-size shampoo, soap, lotion and disposable razors. The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women.

To donate, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 or Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. People may also leave donations on the patio in Mutual 6, 62A or Mutual 2, 48A. Donations are delivered to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families.

Mutual 12 Luncheon

Mutual 12 will hold a luncheon on April 29 in Clubhouse 4 starting at noon. The luncheon will feature a country-western-style  box lunch. Tickets may be purchased from residents’ building captains starting April 4 for $8 per resident and $16 per guest/caregiver. 

Residents are invited to join their neighbors for a chance to catch up while listening to themes from western movies and TV shows. Winners must be present for drawings and door prizes.

Purchase a MiraFiber Cloth from the Y Service Club to help send a kid to camp

The  Y Service Club is selling  MiraFiber cloths to raise funds to send kids to camp. The cloth plus water will clean any surface without chemicals.  The cost is $6 each or five for $25. This is an ongoing fundraiser for the Y Service Club.

To purchase a cloth, call Glenna Hoff at (562) 296-5040.

Lw humanist Association

Sadaf Rahmani will present on Planned Parenthood

The Leisure World Humanist Association will meet Sunday, April 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Sadaf Rahmani from Planned Parenthood.

Rahmani is the new public affairs director at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. In her role, she works to protect and advance people’s sexual and reproductive rights through grassroots organizing, public education, strategic partnerships  and political campaigning.

Sadaf has spent most of her career in policy and grassroots organizing and was a legislative assistant for former Congressman Keith Ellison. Most recently, Sadaf was the director of special projects at the Office of Minnesota Attorney General, where she was in charge of creating spaces for community members and organizations, elected officials and academics to come together to find solutions to issues that impact a person’s ability to afford their lives and live with dignity and respect. Most notably, she led the Minnesota Attorney General’s Advisory Task Force on Lowering Pharmaceutical Drug Prices, which resulted in an award-winning report that continues to serve as a blueprint for state and federal legislators looking for innovative ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

Sadaf received a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of London and a bachelor’s in International Business and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

Humanists believe the basic rights of people should not be subject to restrictions based on religious beliefs.  There will be a handout on the abortion issue written by Robert Richert from his soon-to-be-published book.

obituaries, page 19

Karen Aileen Merkel


Karen Merkel will be missed by many friends and family. Karen passed away at Los Alamitos Medical Center on July 24, 2020, of non-COVID related reasons. Karen was born along with her “womb-mate” Kurtis on June 18, 1943, in Bismarck, North Dakota. She said that it was fun growing up with a twin brother, giving “double-trouble” to their mother who often said, “What one twin didn’t think of doing mischievously, the other one did!” At the age of 15, while attending her second confirmation class at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Bismarck, North Dakota, a miracle and a mystery happened simultaneously: Karen received Jesus into her heart as her Lord and savior, which truly was a miracle. When the pastor asked Karen to read the three Scripture texts in that confirmation class (Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 10:13-17 and Matthew 28:16-20), a mystery happened, and she immediately received a missionary calling. 

After finishing her formal education which included Bismarck High School, Bismarck Junior College, Dickinson State College and attending Northern Illinois University and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, she was ready to begin her missionary career, which spanned over 50 years. On March 31, 1968, Karen was commissioned at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Bismarck, North Dakota to serve as a Lutheran missionary in South America. She studied Spanish in Costa Rica, spent four years in Uruguay with the former Lutheran Church in America and nine years in Bolivia with the World Mission Prayer League. 

In November 1976, at the age of 33, while serving in Bolivia, Karen was stricken with breast cancer, which resulted in a radical mastectomy that was performed in Bismarck. Four months to the day after her surgery, she returned to Bolivia with her chemotherapy in her suitcase. That year, she wrote a book about her cancer experience titled, “Jesus Can Put it all Together.” Karen worked five more years in Bolivia, and then, because of declining health, she returned to the U.S. 

After doing parish ministry in Central California, Emanuel Lutheran Church in San Jose and St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sunnyvale, where she met her best friend, Sue Hutchins, Karen returned to missionary service in October 1987. She set up an office in Anaheim and became the Pacific Southwest (PSW) regional coordinator for the World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) for 30 years. At the time, Karen became a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, where the beloved Paul Johnsen, a former missionary to Japan, was pastor. After moving to Leisure World in 2012, Karen often attended Redeemer Lutheran Church of Leisure World and enjoyed their Wednesday Bible studies.  She was also honored to occasionally be invited to preach at Redeemer.   

One of Karen’s favorite ministries serving as PSW coordinator was to travel around the world, visiting the work of the WMPL, ministering to and encouraging the missionaries.  Her friend Sue was always her traveling companion, helping the missionaries and the nationals with their computer needs. In 1995, Karen was diagnosed with heart disease that included two open heart surgeries and a 45 minute cardiac arrest. By 1996, she was heading toward a heart transplant until she received a second opinion, changed cardiologists, and started a new regimen of medications and cardiac rehab.  She never let her heart condition deter her from her ministry with the WMPL. Some of her favorite activities were nurturing her friends, preaching, visiting U.S. national parks, photography and watching baseball.  

Karen would ask you a question today: “Now that I am in heaven, who will take my place to share God’s love around the world?  If not YOU, then WHO, if not NOW, then WHEN?”

Karen was preceded in death by her father, Chris Merkel; her mother, Esther Zeiszler; her sister and brother-in-law Marlene and Richard Mallett; her “womb-mate” twin brother, Kurtis Merkel, and her brother-in-law Ralph Eck. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Lorna and Paul Wohnoutka;  sister Bernice Eck; her sister-in-law Lois Merkel; and her special friend Sue Hutchins.  Her Service of Committal was held on Dec. 18, 2020 ,at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sunnyvale.  The service was held outside with social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her ashes are stored in a niche of a columbarium at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Sunnyvale.  A memorial service for Karen will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the World Mission Prayer League at www.wmpl.org in memory of Karen Merkel.

—Paid obituary


Lois Campbell

Celebration of Life

All are invited to Lois Campbell’s celebration of life service on Sunday, April 10, from noon-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

The family requests people wear bright, colorful clothes at the service to celebrate Lois’ bright and cheerful spirit. 

People are invited to write something about Lois, what she taught them or a special memory about her with their name on it to share. 

For more information, contact Jim Campbell at (562) 619-2462.


In Memoriam

Rosemary Meejom 92

Peggy Cornwell 96

Serafina Palma Guzman 73

Sondra Mazor 88

Diane Kert 76

James Gwin 88

Charles Schutz 88

Jean Powell 79

Margaret Cowie 88

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

(562) 961-9301

—Paid obituary



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Affordable – Professional, Licensed-and-Insured. Interior/Exterior Drywall Repairs/Texturing/Pressure-Washing/Cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License 1049257.  5/26


562-596-0559 LEISURE WORLD INC. LICENSE 723262

Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames. Kitchen/bath, doors, trim. Prime only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. 40+ Years in LW.  5/12


Bel-Rich Painting.   Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131.  4/28



CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002. 5/12


SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B.  12/29/2022

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors License 578194.  6/16




Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes.  5/12

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. (585) 703-5606, (562) 296-8782.


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



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


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands. 949-899-7770. Available 24×7. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006.  6/16



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. 6/16


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 30-years  LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English.  Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License HYC0001. 6/02



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003  5/19


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Licensed by the state Seal Beach RAZ0002.  6/09


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006. 5/26


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. (714)-425-4198.  5/05


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 4/07


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

HEL0006.  6/16



WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. 4/21



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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.  5/05


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Call Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach License RAZ002.  6/09


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.  6/09


MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/Call anytime! Complete-cleaning. Seal Beach Business License M0001A.  Call/562-505-1613.   5/26


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.  4/14


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001  5/26


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus-Removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW-Resident  SB License FUH0001.  6/09



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.  5/05


Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/29/2022


2021 PRIDE Raptor Scooter. 8-months old. 27-miles/rarely-used. Paid $2,800. Asking $1,750/OBO.  323-889-9020.


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258  4/07


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.  4/21

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.  6/16


ORIGINAL OWNER. 1998 Buick Century. Beige, 4-Door, V6. 74,000/miles. $2,000.00  Call 562-760-5668.


2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprint Chassis Winnebago. 24G Model (2-side-slide-out). 54,964/miles with/portable 120 Watt Solar. $64,995/make-an-offer. Gas-miles: 16-18/miles. Turbo-diesel V6.  951-500-6870.



No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787: Dan.  2/17  5/12



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618.  5/19


Singer will buy Karaoke-Equipment/CDs/Microphone/etc in good-condition for outdoor-concerts/(ALL for St. Jude).



“Want to Buy: old currency including $500 & $1,000 bills and old coins”. Eric/(949)-355-9562


Used-Teeter EP-860 Inversion Table. Like-new condition. Check it out https://www.home-fit.com/products/teeter-hang-ups/teeter-ep-860-inversion-table  $200.00   714-381-2401.


Estate Sale – Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1. 8:30-2:00pm. 13151 Shawnee Lane, Mutual 11 – 266K. Sectional sofa, electric recliner, corner dining nook, trundle bed, dressers. Red kitchen, costume jewelry, patio chairs, and more. Estate Sales by Docia Drake 714-514-8232, PO Box 427, Seal Beach Bus. Lic. ESD0001.


Yard Sale. Thursday, March 31st  (9:00-3:00). 1421 Golden Rain Road. Mutual-4/Apartment-87G.


Costway Portable Freezer-&-Refridgerator. AC/DC-hookup to cigarette lighter. 55-quart, new with/box. $280/NEVER-USED  for Car/RV use. 951-500-6870.


Ping golf-clubs with/bag. Graphite Shaft. Good condition/$70.00  951-500-6870.