Page 1, General April 25 2019

by Cindy Tostado

GRF member resources and assistance liaison


As a social worker with over 20 years experience, I have seen my share of homes and apartments that are cluttered, unsanitary, infested and/or in general disrepair. 

Disordered living can be a safety hazard to you, family, friends and even first responders who come to help in times of emergency. Hoarding causes significant distress in overall functioning, but there is a big difference between hoarding, clutter, collecting and squalor. 

As a social worker, my top priority is client safety and well-being. The information provided is intended to help people decide if they or loved ones are living in unsafe conditions and give resources to help resolve the situation.

In the last 10-15 years, I have heard the term “hoarder” used to describe all manner of people, including those who merely have extensive collections of objects in their homes. But hoarding goes far beyond this. 

It is a mental health disorder marked by overwhelming disorganized clutter that encroaches on everyday living spaces. The illness is now recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. People who hoard express shame, sadness, guilt, remorse and embarrassment at how their illness negatively impacts their lives and those they love.

With HD, people cannot easily move through their homes. Removing or discarding items causes them significant distress. Exits are blocked, and normal routines, making breakfast, washing dishes, etc., are difficult.  

A person with hoarding disorder often suffers from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The symptoms cause a significant level of distress or impairment in social, occupational and/or other important areas of functioning, including the ability to maintain a safe environment for themselves and others.

There are a lot of myths surrounding this disorder. Collectors and the cluttered are often mistakenly labeled as horders. They are not.

• Clutter is defined as large disorganized groups of possessions  accumulated around living areas. But the clutter does not take over living spaces; people are able to move freely about their homes; and the removal or discarding of items does not cause distress.   

• Collecting is the acquisition of new possessions that are part of a larger set of items. The displays do not impede active living areas in the home. Collectors typically keep their possessions well-organized, and each item differs from other items to form interesting and often valuable groupings. Collecting is organized and systematic. Collectors can have as many possessions as someone with HD, but they do not allow the disorganization or experience the distress or impairment that someone with HD does. Displayed collections do not affect the overall living in the home.

• Squalor refers to unsanitary conditions in the home. Squalor can sometimes occur as the result of HD, and sometimes occurs without HD. Squalor is most often found in the homes of elderly people who have mental or physical challenges. Squalor can occur because of spoiled food and/or as a result of poor pet care. In many cases, squalor results from the absence of routine cleaning routines.

Other myths that surround persons with HD include:

• Hoarded homes are filthy, and the people who live in them are dirty.

• People who hoard are lazy and choose to live the way they do.

• Living through an experience like the Great Depression causes hoarding.

• A mass clean-out involving garbage bags, shovels and dumpsters is the best way to solve a hoarding problem.

In fact, the term “hoarding” refers to the volume of objects and clutter in a given space, not cleanliness. It is possible and quite common to have a space filled with clutter that is relatively clean. 

Hoarding has many factors that contribute to the onset and course of the illness. They can include genetic predisposition, neurobiological factors, cognitive processing difficulties, problematic thinking and strong emotions. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that deprivation or trauma alone cause hoarding.

A mass clean-out most often results in feelings of helplessness, violation and resentment, which can lead to further hoarding behavior or serious mental health problems. A better way of helping a person with HD is through a slow, systematic exposure to sorting and discarding possessions and resisting the acquisition of new items.

The bottom line is that hoarding causes significant distress in overall functioning and creates conditions that are unsafe for the person with HD, their families, first responders and neighbors. A “harm reduction” approach (seems to be a better way) to address issues of hoarding and/or squalor. The primary goal of this approach is the person’s health and safety (and the community’s), not the reduction of the belongings. 

Help is available. There are county resources, professional organizers, clean-up services and support groups. Call the message line of the Orange County Hoarding Task Force at (657) 234-3574 or visit www.ochoardingtaskforce.org for more information.  

LW residents can also contact me, GRF Member Resource & Assistance Liaison Cindy Tostado, LCSW, for more information at 431-6586, ext. 317. 

The following sources were used in this article: 

• “Beyond the Sensationalism: Professional Responses to Hoarding Disorder in the Omaha Community,” University of Nebraska at Omaha, Grace Abbott School of Social Work. 2014

• “Hoarding Intervention Resource Guide,” April 2018, Orange County Task Force on Hoarding

• “Is it Hoarding, Clutter, Collecting or Squalor?” 2019; https://hoarding.iocdf.org/about-hoarding/is-it-hoarding-clutter-collecting-or-squalor/.

LW Dines Out

The Monday Night Restaurant will be hosted by Naples Rib Co. on May 6 in Clubhouse 1 from 4-6 p.m. The dining room is open until 7. 

Reservations are required by calling 439-7427 or at http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Reservations must be received before noon on the Mondays that they serve here. 

Those who book through the website will receive a special treat.  

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be in Leisure World on Monday, May 13. 

The menu will be published in the LW News and on LW Live! Owner Joseph Barbara is asking for suggestions from residents for items they would like to see offered. 

Send suggestions to events@lwsb.com or drop them off at Clubhouse 1 while dining on Monday. There will be no service April 29.

Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

The Seal Beach Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) host a pill disposal event from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. on April 27.

 It’s a chance to rid your homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring pills for disposal to Leisure World’s Security building at the Main Gate. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous.

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs that year. 

The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  

Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

For more information, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html. 

Directions for 


• Driving: Stay on the left exit lane on Golden Rain Road, make a left turn onto the driveway between the Security building and the LW Globe. After dropping off unused medications, make a left turn to re-enter the community.

• Walking: Take the LW bus, walk or ride your bicycle to the Main gate, walk outside to the OCTA bus waiting area. 

I-405 lanes to be closed

Partial demolition of the Bolsa Avenue bridge over northbound and southbound I-405 will start on Saturday, April 27. The freeway will be closed from 11 p.m.-8 a.m. in both directions between Beach Boulevard and Goldenwest Street. Detours will be posted. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes if possible. 

SCE Construction Alert

Southern California Edison will remove a power pole on El Dorado Drive by Clubhouse 2 on April 24 and 25. Because of the construction, only one lane will be open for the duration of the project. 

It will take about a one-and-a-half days to complete. 

The job is not expected to interrupt electric service. 

Drivers are asked to use caution in this area.

GRF newsletter available monthly

The GRF Recreation Department, in conjunction with the LW Library, has just published its May-June newsletter. See all the upcoming events for the month at a glance. 

Stop by the Library or the Recreation Office in Building 5 for a free copy. 

Library Clerk Rachel Fountain designed the newsletter, which features a section outlining new acquisitions at the LW Library, ticket information on GRF events such as the upcoming Mother’s Day brunch and the Clubhouse 4 movie schedule.

The publication also covers LW Library events through December and the May and June GRF Saturday Night Dance schedule.

Hometown to serve brunch in LW
Hometown Buffet will serve an all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 28 in Clubhouse 1.

Brunch is $11, including tax. Plans are underway for brunch to be served on two Sundays a month in the near future.

Hometown Buffet is also in Leisure World on the fourth Mondays to serve dinner for $11. It’s all you can eat on site from 4-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. The next service date is May 27. Take-out is available; there is a $2 charge for a container for the soup of the day. Cash and checks are accepted (see menu page 13).

Senior Patriots program is May 14

All are welcome to attend the Senior Patriots program on Tuesday, May 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 2:30 p.m. Carl Mariz will talk about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how they are related to the Global Goals of the United Nations.

Mariz is a retired chemical engineer having worked in that field for nearly 50 years after receiving a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1957. He and his family moved to Whitter in 1968 to join the Fluor Corporation. As a result he spent seven years outside the U.S. —in the Netherlands, Abu Dhabi and Japan, England, South Africa and Arabia. His foreign travels led to his active involvement in the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). He has held several offices in the organization including the president of the local Coastline Chapter and later of the Orange County Chapter.

Mariz moved to Irvine in 1979 where he presently resides. He served as president of the Southern California Division of UNA-USA from 2007-2009. 

His professional career involved extensive work on greenhouse gas abatement, and he attended the Climate Reality Project training in Los Angeles in August 2018. 

In his talk, he will connect human rights with global goals. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document drafted by representatives from different backgrounds from all over the world. It was proclaimed by the General Assembly on Dec- cember 10, 1948, setting out for the first time a common standard of fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

Contact Dorothy Kemeny at 296-8554 for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary

The members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 are preparing for Poppy Month which is coming up in May. The ladies will be out in the community distributing remembrance poppies symbolizing the sacrifice of service made by U.S. veterans. Donations given for the poppies will be used to fund service projects that benefit local veterans.

The poppy has been the symbol of the American Legion Auxiliary since its inception in 1919. 

Around Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in local communities. 

The Auxiliary women of Leisure World Unit 327 make about 10,000 poppies every year that are distributed all over California.

Auxiliary members should call Geri McNulty, 673-1725, to schedule times for poppy distribution. 

Auxiliary members are invited to attend the district meeting on May 11 at 9 a.m.  People can call President Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209 for carpool information.


Children A Priority (CAP) will host Cynthia Tostado,  GRF member resources and assistance liaison, at its meeting May 2 in Clubhouse 4. 

A luncheon will be served at noon; doors open at 11:45 a.m. 

Cynthia will discuss community resources and how residents can access them. 

She is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from CSULB with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work.

She has over 20 years experience working with older adult populations in the areas of hospice and active senior living (see page 1 for more on Cynthia).  

To make luncheon reservations, $12, call Maria Swift at 493-1924 or Rosemarie Brannon at (714) 345-5314.

Learn how Children A Priority helps local under-privileged kids look forward to a brighter future through partnership with successful local charities and organizations.

Y Service Club rummage sale is June 1

The Y Service Club rummage sale, canceled in March due to rain, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. The sale runs from 8 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 2. 

The postponement means there will be a huge selection of personal and household items, including jewelry, glassware, china, shoes, purses, linens, books, lamps, pictures, small appliances and tools. 

Come early for the best selection. People are welcome to bring shopping bags to take their bargains home. Proceeds from the rummage sale will benefit the Los Altos YMCA Kids-to-Camp program and other Y Service Club projects. 

Y Service pancake breakfast is May 18

The Y Service Club’s pancake breakfast originally scheduled for May 11 will be held May 18 from 8-10:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 2. A hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and tea will be served until 10:30.

Tickets are $5. 

Proceeds from the breakfast help fund the Kids-to-Camp program through the Los Altos YMCA and other community projects. 

Earthquake prep talk is May 9

The Emergency Information Council will host an earthquake presentation called “Earthquakes Threaten Southern California—Are You Prepared?” All are welcome to attend.

Speaker Margaret Vinci from the Caltech Office of Earthquake Programs will speak on May 9 from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Vinci will share the latest information on earthquake hazards and potential losses, and provide earthquake preparedness resources for home, work and business.

All are invited to empower themselves to be ready for the next disaster.

With 22 million people living and working in Southern California, a major earthquake in the region could cause an unprecedented catastrophe. What people do now, before a big earthquake, can help mitigate the damage.

The presentation will be focused on the science of earthquakes,  and the risks and hazards particular to Southern California, including a scenario involving a 7.8 magnitude along the San Andreas fault. 

The presentation will include a realistic portrayal of what could happen in a major earthquake on the southern end of that fault.


watch your step

California 14th in the country for the most robocall tax scams

by Jim Breen


 A new study shows that California consumers rank 14th in the country for most at-risk states for robocall tax scams through April 28. 

 AllAreaCodes.com analyzed 15 million consumer complaints released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the last three years. California ranked No. 14 with 1,891 FTC complaints per 100,000 people.

 The website  revealed that phone scams peaked last week (April 15-21.)

The IRS says repeatedly that its representatives will never call to demand immediate payment, will not ask for credit or debit card numbers by phone and will not threaten with the police or lawsuits. 

For residents who suspect the call is a scam, call the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040 to make a report.

The IRS welcomes the call because like the rest of us, its representatives are anxious to track down these scammers.


To learn about recent scams and how to recognize the warning signs, see the FTC’s most recent alerts or browse scams by topic at www.consumer.ftc.org.


Janet Nordine-Hurd of Mutual got a call from Sheridan, Indiana, from a woman who wanted to discuss her federal loan.

“She said that we’re in arrears and wanted to talk about the  repayment options open to us,” said Mrs. Nordine-Hurd.

So the resident picked up the phone, effectively interrupting the recording.  

“I knew it was a robo call, because she never stopped talking,” she said.

 Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send details to Jim Breen at the email  address above or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday- Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Letters to the Editor


The April 9 Centenarian luncheon was a huge success- entertaining, enlightening,heartwarming and inspirational. The joyous smiles on the faces of these wonderful folks who have achieved the 100-year and plus milestone was priceless. 

Their well-deserved recognition was enjoyed by all. Living to that ripe old age certainly has its challenges and there is much to be learned from their life experiences. My friends and I came away feeling blessed and proud to have shared in the event.

Thank you to the Golden Age Foundation and Anna Derby and her hard-working crew whose efforts in putting this together deserve applause. 

The tables were nicely decorated with flowers donated by the City of Seal Beach and the entertainment was fun and lively. The 9-year old boy who very professional, sang “Rainbow Connections,” which touched our hearts.

 Such an inspiring event and congratulations to the centenarians.

To see the world’s longest longevity regions, Google “Blue Zones” on your computer. 

Len Diamond

Mutual 8

Editor :

In response to the traffic enforcement safety program for Leisure World (LW Weekly, March 21) pedestrian safety is of the utmost importance here where many folks are older, sometimes slow, hard of hearing, and/or have limited vision.  

Despite some of the dissent regarding the new program to allow the Seal Beach Police Dept. into LW for traffic control, the GRF has previously tried in every way possible to get people to stop at stop signs and slow down.

Newspapers, town halls, etc., nothing has worked.  We see it every  day.  We’ve had drivers look right at us and step on the gas anyway, and routinely see folks run the stop sign at Interlachen Road, or not make a complete stop.  

The only way to get someone’s attention is to start taking action: too many tickets, and there goes the license. All you have to do to avoid a ticket is what we all must do outside these walls: don’t speed, stop at all stop signs and keep it on the road.

We appreciate the efforts of the GRF to make this a safe pedestrian zone, and to help keep vehicles from running into ditches, buildings, center dividers and other vehicles.

Dennis and Pat Repasi

Mutual 7

Credits& Kudos 

 Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.

Carl Kennedy, GAF Hospitality chair, thanks the RV Club for all the goodies brought to the Hospitality Center. These are always a wonderful treat for the hospitality patrons to enjoy.  Also, thanks to Gail and Michael Levitt for delivering them.   


Pat Kruger of Mutual 9 thanks her mutual inspector, Robert Swordes, along with Kathleen McCormick and Oscar Romero of  Security for finding her lost dog Bunny. Cathleen sent a car to meet her in the RV Park, where the pet was last seen. When Mrs. Kruger returned to the lot the dog was there. The LWer feels fortunate to have them looking after residents.

Remember When

Editor’s note: Remember When is presented by the Leisure World Historical Society. Help make history live, tell your story, donate memorabilia, join the Historical Society. For more information, call Linda Johnson, vice president, at 594-9274, or visit the LW Museum in Clubhouse 1 from 2-4 p.m., Thursdays. 

April 29, 1979 – According to The News, security in LW was being tightened with the completion of a pedestrian gate, part of the St. Andrew’s entrance. A card activated system had been installed to better regulate pedestrian traffic.

April 27, 1989 – A picture on the cover of the special Health and Fitness section of The News showed 40 women and two men exercising. They were members of Val Kurtze’s Feeling Good Club, then in its 11th year in LW.

April 29, 1999 – A plane did not crash in the central park area of Mutual 7,  but a number of volunteers took part in a staged exercise to handle such an emergency. The exercise was part of a continuing program to prepare directors and staff for such disasters.

JUST A COMMENT: For more information on the Leisure World Historical Society, go to www.lwhistory.org.

Setting It Straight

The I-405 Freeway at the Bolsa Chica Bridge will be closed between 11 p.m.-8 a.m.  on April 27. The time of the closure was inadvertently omitted in the April 18 edition

Perspectives Policy

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Publications Manager. 

 Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to the Golden Rain News by email (preferred), regular mail, deposited in a white GRF drop box, or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments, and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any Foundation employee directly or indirectly.

Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.

Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.


Recap of Golden Rain Foundation Board 

Activity of April 23, 2019

Approved Minutes

MOVED and duly approved the minutes of the March 26, 2019 Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD) meeting were approved, as presented. 

General – Adopt Policy 20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services (TENTATIVE VOTE)

MOVED and duly approved to tentatively adopt 20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services, as presented, pending a 30-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on May 28, 2019.

General – Approve April GRF Board Report

MOVED and duly approved the April GRF Board Report, as presented.

Executive Committee – Approve Amended Employee Handbook

MOVED and duly approved the GRF Employee Handbook, as presented, and authorize the Executive Director to distribute the amended document  as soon as administratively feasible.

Executive Committee – Rescind Position Description 3491.6, Parking Enforcement Specialist

MOVED and duly approved to rescind position description 3491.6, Parking Enforcement Specialist.

Executive Committee – Non-budgeted Operating Funding Request – Approve Applicant Tracking System

MOVED and duly approved a contract with Clear Solutions ATS and authorized the President to sign the agreement and cancel the subscription with ZipRecruiter.

Finance Committee – Accept March Financial Statements

MOVED and duly approved to accept the financial statements March 2019, for audit, as presented by the Director of Finance.

Finance Committee – Approve Funds Transfer Request – Reserve Funds

MOVED and duly approved a transfer of $500,000 of reserve funds, from First Foundation Bank to Morgan Stanley, following the maturity of a $500,000 CDAR on May 2, 2019, for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest in higher yielding investments with Morgan Stanley.

Finance Committee – Approve CD Purchase – Reserve Funds

MOVED and duly approved the purchase of brokered CDs from Morgan Stanley totaling $1,000,000 of reserve funds, using funds from the US Bank money market account and proceeds from a maturing CDAR on May 2, 2019, at First Foundation Bank, with 12-month and 18-month terms at the prevailing interest rates at the time of purchase.

Finance Committee – Approve CD Purchase – Capital Improvement Funds

MOVED and duly approved the purchase of brokered CDs from US Bancorp, totaling $500,000 of Capital Improvement funds, with 12-month and 18-month terms, at the prevailing interest rates at the time of purchase.

Finance Committee – Adopt 20-1450-1, Guidelines for Exclusive Leasing of Trust Property

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 20-1450-1, Guidelines for Exclusive Leasing of Trust Property, as presented.

Finance Committee – Amend Policy 40-5061-2, Fees

MOVED and duly approved to amend Policy 40-5061-2, Fees, amended the fee for additional Leisure World maps (excluding shareholders) from $5 to $1, as presented.

Mutual Administration Committee – Approve the Seal Beach Leisure World Buying and Selling Handout

MOVED and duly approved to accept the revisions to the Leisure World Seal Beach Buying and Selling Handout, approve distribution of the Handout, by the Stock Transfer Office, to realtors, and post on the Leisure World Seal Beach website.

Mutual Administration Committee – Authorize the Mind Booster Workshops

MOVED and duly approved to accept the revisions to the Leisure World Seal Beach Buying and Selling Handout, approve distribution of the Handout, by the Stock Transfer Office, to realtors, and post on the Leisure World Seal Beach website.

Physical Property Committee – Capital Funding Request – Replacement of Fountain, Golf Course Lake

MOVED and duly approved the purchase and installation of three floating fountains at the Golf Course Lake, Capital funds, at a cost not to exceed $6,815, and authorize the Executive Director initiate the purchase.

Recreation Committee – Amend Policy 1445-52, Mission Park Programs

MOVED and duly approved to amend Policy 1445-52, Mission Park Programs, advising that Mission Park programs are to be reserved through the Recreation Reservations Office, that guest usage of Mission Park is eliminated, that trainers engaged by clubs must be approved, of an update of prohibited items in Mission Park, and that abuse of custodial staff may be cause for temporary or permanent loss of privileges.

Security Corner

Frauds and scams that target seniors

There are many different types of scams that directly target seniors.  You may receive an official looking document in the mail telling you to send money “right away” or a phone call where a variety of stories are told, that always end up with requests for personal information or money.

There are ways to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of by someone who wants your personal information or money:

• Never give personal information over the phone to anyone you don’t know.  This includes your social security number, credit card numbers, bank information, etc.

• Don’t fall for anything that sounds too good to be true, such as you won a “free vacation,” or a special sweepstakes prize

• Don’t get pressured into signing a contract for any services.

• Never agree to pay for products or services in advance.  

• It is never rude to hang up on a suspicious caller.

If you are a victim of any type of scam or fraud, it is important that you contact the Seal Beach Police Department immediately.

GRF Board Executive Session

1 p.m., May 3, 2019 Administration Conference Room

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

A. Call to Order – President Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Legal

D. Contracts

E.  Member Disciplinary Actions

F. Personnel

G. Adjournment

“Agenda is Subject to Change”

Replace expired decals at CH 5

Expiring resident decals are replaced in the satellite Security Office, downstairs in Clubhouse 5. Bring a resident ID card, valid driver’s license, current car registration and insurance card when applying. 

Decals are issued 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, unless the weather is damp.

GRF Committee Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The Administration Conference Room is upstairs in the Administration Building. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:

Friday, April 26 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1 Physical Property

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, May 3 GRF Board Executive Session 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 6 Recreation Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 7 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Conference Room B (rescheduled) 1 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 8 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 9 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, May 10 Executive Committee 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

Mutual meetings are listed below. Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards as follows:

Thursday, April 25 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, April 26 Mutual  6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, May 1 CFO Council

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 2 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7 Mutual  16

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7 Mutual 17

Administration 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 9 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, May 10 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday May 15 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, May 15 Annual Meeting Mutual 10

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Mutuals  4, 7, 8, 9 and 11 have canceled regular meetings in May.

Notice of Proposed Policy 20-2841-2 Graphic Design Service

Per the action of the GRF Board on April 23, 2018, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Tentative Approval of Adoption of 20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of proposed amendment.

20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services

Graphic Design Services are available if individuals or organizations if do not have artwork that meets the requirements of the LW Weekly news.

1. The fee for graphic design services is $40 per hour; one hour minimum is required. Additional fees may apply for the purchasing of stock images.

2. The estimated design time will be provided at the start of the service.

3. Express Design (1-2 hour)

a. Simple layout and typesetting

b. Vector-based/high resolution graphics

4. Custom Design (3-4 hours)

a. Layout and typesetting

b. Simple photo editing (including cropping and color adjusting)

5. Custom Design (5-7 hours)

a. Layout and typesetting

b. Photo editing (including cropping, color adjusting and cloning)

c. Creating vector elements

All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com;  include in the subject line “20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services” or

• Mailing comments to: Golden Rain Foundation

P. O. Box 2069

Seal Beach, CA 90740 

Attn: Proposed Document Revisions, or

• Dropping off written comments to the receptionist located on the second floor of the Administration Building. 

Reference 20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services on any correspondence you submit.  

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration.  The Board will take final action relative to 20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services at its May 28, 2019 meeting.


Honor LW vets with banners

Golden Rain Foundation, in conjunction with the Recreation Department, will offer Veterans Honor Banners for sale again. 

Banners will be posted throughout the community on trust streets and may honor current or former GRF members in good standing. 

The name used will be the full legal name, used on the stock certificate of Golden Rain Foundation or deed, in the case of Mutual 17.  GRF membership will be verified by the Stock Transfer and Recreation offices.  The banner will also include the mutual and military branch under which they served. The cost is $150 and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis while the limited supply lasts.  

The banners will be displayed for Memorial Day. If you have previously purchased a banner you can opt to pick it up from Recreation or donate it and have it redisplayed, subject to space available. All sales are final, and no refunds will be given. 

For more information, call 431-6586, ext. 324, or email to thomasf@lwsb.com or www.lwsb.com/veteranbanners.


Former Cypress mayor addressed practical strategies

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

The 2018 election should be a major wake up call for Republicans, according to Leroy Miles, the former mayor of Cypress,and  a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel spoke at the LW GOP Club April 17. He  covered a wide range of topics stressing practical strategy and tactics for winning elections.

While making it clear that he strongly supports a conservative Republican point of view, Miles pointed out that the candidate to vote for is not necessarily the most conservative candidate.

Referring to the past election contest for governor as an example, Miles said that supporting a strong conservative like Travis Allen who had virtually no chance of winning was counterproductive, since John Cox, although less conservative, had a better chance of actually being elected.

Miles said that in order to win in 2020, Republicans will have to get used to the new realities of political campaigning. These include: ballot harvesting; same day voter registration; DMV “motor voter” registration; Robo calling and the transition to voter “call centers” where people will have 10 days prior to the election to cast their ballots.

“Republicans must refine and re-brand the party and knock off the civil wars,” Miles said. “Having many Republicans in a race dilutes our votes and can result in the Democrat winning,” he said. 

Miles pointed to the recent OC Supervisor race in which five Republicans opposed Don Wagner and none of the five received more than 10 percent of the vote. Loretta Sanchez had no opposition from Democratic candidates. Wagner won anyway with 42.9 percent of the vote to 37.4 percent for Sanchez, as it turned out.

“We need to clear the field like the democrats do,” he said.

The LW Republican Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Everyone is welcome.

Democrats will look at Human Rights

The next general meeting of the Leisure World Democratic Club will be held May 29 at noon in Clubhouse 4.  Members and guests are encouraged to arrive early at 11:30 a.m. with their “brown bag” lunch to allow time to socialize before the meeting begins. The program will venture around the recent revival of the Equal Rights Amendment.

The program on April 17 featured Alyssa Napuir, field representative for Representative Harley Rouda, who provided an update on his priorities and accomplishments.

Rouda serves on a number of committees including Transportation and Infrastructure and Oversight Reform. Subcommittes include Highway and Water, Coastal Zone and the Environment.  He is also available to handle constituent cases with Federal agencies like Veterans’ Affairs, Social Security, Medicare, IRS, Citizenship and FHA Loans.  He has averaged more than one case per day since he took office.

“That’s the work I came here to do,” Rouda says.



President Linda Stone called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) to order at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Clubhouse Four.


Janet Isom, newly elected GRF Director, representing Mutual Sixteen, led the Pledge of Allegiance. 


Following the roll call, the Corporate Secretary reported that Directors Perrotti, R. Stone, Snowden, Pratt, L. Stone, Gerber, Gould, Hopewell, Rapp, Fekjar, Dodero, Winkler, Heinrichs, Friedman, Isom, and Moore were present. The Executive Director and the Director of Finance were also present.  Directors Findlay and Lukoff were absent. 

Sixteen Directors were present, with a quorum of the voting majority.


First, I would like to thank the 500-plus members who showed up for the Facilities and Amenities (FAR) Town Hall last Wednesday. What a great turnout. I’m sure US Congressman Harley Rouda realizes he picked the wrong day to visit Leisure World! He probably thought everyone one was there for him.

Mark your calendar, the next meeting for FAR will be held on Friday, April 26th, at 1 p.m., here in Clubhouse Four. We are anticipating another large attendance. At that time, you will hear the results of the petitions, and a summary of the comments and concerns that were voiced at the Town Hall meeting and recorded by the two secretaries in attendance.

This Thursday, March 28, is a Security Town Hall beginning at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse Four. Please attend to hear the latest information regarding your security. Your comments, concerns and helpful suggestions for solutions are very welcome and encouraged.

At every one of the GRF meetings, all comments are taken into consideration. But remember that of the 6,608 members, there will most likely be 6,608 different opinions! Actually, we have over 9,000 residents so maybe I should say 9,000 opinions! All Board debate, and, hopefully decisions, start with the question: what is the best solution for the majority of all members?

Please note that in your agenda package, on pages 23-24, under Section 10, New Business, item ii, there is a motion to the GRF BOD requesting the City of Seal Beach and the City Council to pass a resolution designating Leisure World Trust streets for combined use for golf carts and vehicles if the Seal Beach Police Department were to begin enforcing traffic laws within Leisure World.

On March 29, at 10 a.m., in the Administration Conference Room, there will be an informal meeting for all members considering running for the GRF Board of Directors. This is the perfect time for all of those pesky questions to be answered by current and knowledgeable Directors. Mutuals 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11,15 and 17 have seats open for election. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m., Stock Transfer Office. So, please give considerable thought to running as a GRF Director for your Mutual.

On May 28, the GRF Monthly Board Meeting will be held at night, at 6 p.m. Please mark your calendars! This will be the last evening meeting of the 2018-2019 term.

And now to the business at hand.


The President introduced the new Security Services Manager, Ginni Houck. The GRF Board of Directors met in Executive Session on February 26 and March 1, 2019, to discuss legal and contractual matters.


Two employees were recognized with a service award.

Taylor Greene Library 5 years

Anne Walshe Recreation 5 years


Seal Beach Council Member Sandra Massa Lavitt was unavailable to attend today’s meeting. 


In accordance with Policy 5610, Participation by Foundation Members, members may enter into a comment period prior to the beginning of business.  NOTE:  Foundation members are permitted to make comments before the business of the Board begins.  Requests must be registered in advance of the meeting. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to:

4  minute limit per speaker, when there are no more than 15 speakers

3  minute limit per speaker, 16 – 25 speakers

2  minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers

Three members offered comments.


In accordance with Civil Code 4090, the Foundation will make available a summary of the meetings where a quorum of the Board was present.  A quorum of the Board was present at the following Committee meetings: 

• Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting of February 4, 2019

• Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting of February 8, 2019

• Minutes of the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee Board Meeting of February 13, 2019

• Minutes of the Strategic Planning Ad hoc Committee Board Meeting of February 

  19, 2019


The minutes of the February 26, 2019 meeting and the March 18, 2019 Special meeting were approved, as presented.


The Chair of the Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) Ad hoc Committee presented a report on the progress of the Ad hoc Committee.

The Chair of the Management Services Review Ad hoc Committee presented a report on the progress of the Ad hoc Committee.

The Chair of the Strategic Planning Ad hoc Committee presented a report on the progress of the Ad hoc Committee.

The Health Care Center Advisory Board advised that the Board did not meet last month.



Rescind GRF Board of Directors’ Action of August 28, 2018 re: Main Gate Delineators

At the regularly scheduled August 8, 2018 meeting of the Security Bus and Traffic Committee, the Committee reviewed a proposal for gate delineators to replace existing traffic cones and unanimously moved to forward a request to the Finance Committee for available Capital funding, in the amount of $5,5000, and, upon securing funding, forward a request to the GRF Board.

The current main gate delineators consist of several types of construction type cones, free standing post and delineators. These are subject to being blown over, and appear, unless new, dirty and inconsistent with the general appearance of the front entrance. The Committee recommended replacing with yellow Poly Guide Post Delineators, with reflective materials. 

At its regularly scheduled meeting of the Security, Bus and Traffic, on March 13, 2019, it was the consensus of the Committee to recommend the GRF Board rescind the action of August 28, 2018, for installation of main gate delineators due to the fact that this equipment is no longer needed due to the proposed new access system.

Ms. Stone MOVED, seconded by Ms. Snowden and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO rescind the GRF Board of August 28, 2018, approving installation of Main Gate delineators due to the fact that this equipment is no longer needed due to the proposed new access system.

Supplemental Request to the City of Seal Beach re: Exemption for Golf Carts

The Board of Directors received numerous communications from residents sharing their concerns regarding traffic and pedestrian safety inside the community.  Concerns included all types of violations, from red light violations to non-compliance with posted stop signs and excessive speed.  After careful deliberation, a proposal was made by the GRF Board to review the possibility of having Seal Beach Police Department enforce traffic laws within the community.  Before this could possibly occur, the streets within Leisure World would have to be certified to meet the same standard as any public street outside the community.  This would entail having a Certified Traffic Engineer certify that LWSB streets meet the standards of the California Manual on Uniformed Traffic Control Devices (CAMUTCD). On February 14, 2019, the Certificate of Compliance was received (approximate cost – $200,0000).

The Seal Beach Police Department have stated that if they were to enforce traffic laws inside the community, they would be required to enforce all traffic laws, including those laws regarding golf carts.  Over 450 golf carts are registered at Leisure World; these golf cart users have expressed concern over the possibility of Seal Beach PD enforcing traffic laws inside the community since this would mean that certain golf carts would have to be registered and licensed by the DMV, have proper insurance, and the operator of the golf cart would need a driver license (this does not apply to two seater golf carts that are under 1300 pounds and go 15 miles or less).  Many of the golf carts used in Leisure World hold more than two people and weigh more than 1300 pounds.

Some California Vehicle Code sections may exempt Seal Beach Police from enforcing golf cart laws inside of the community. If the City Council makes a determination that city police resources be sent into Leisure World for traffic enforcement, we believe that we meet or exceed all required laws and regulations regarding golf carts.

Mr. Gould MOVED, seconded by Mrs. Perrotti –

TO pass a resolution designating trust streets for combined use for golf carts and vehicles and request Trust streets be posted, pursuit to CVC 21115(a).

Eight Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

Mr. Gould withdrew his motion.   Mrs. Perrotti withdrew her second. 

Ms. Snowden MOVED, seconded by Ms. Gerber and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO refer this item back to the Security, Bus and Traffic Committee, including the determination of vehicles within the community that would not qualify as “cart.s”

Approve March GRF Board Report

The monthly GRF Board report shall contain the GRF BOD meeting recap, GRF Committee and Ad hoc Committee monthly summaries of action and the Financial Recap page, as established by the Executive Committee on February 9, 2019.

Mr. Stone MOVED, seconded by Mr. Friedman and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO approve the March GRF Board Report, as presented.

Ratification of Emergency Action, by the Executive Director, re: Water Heater Replacement, Clubhouse Four

On March 1, 2019, the 250-gallon hot water heater located in front of Clubhouse Four (asset ID 332) incurred a substantial failure, requiring emergency actions to replace the water heater to maintain operations of Clubhouse Four, in accordance with Orange County Health Department regulations. 

The emergency service expenses, including replacement of water heater and associate’s materials and fittings was $6,284 (see attachments in the agenda packet).  

Ms. Winkler MOVED, seconded by Mr. Dodero and carried unanimously by the Board members present –

TO ratify the emergency actions and related Reserves expenditures, taken by the Executive Director, to replace the Clubhouse Four water heater, Reserve Asset ID 332.

Executive Committee

Non-budgeted Operating Funds Request – Employee Recognition Plaque

At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 8, 2019,  the Executive Committee (EC) duly moved and approved to recommend to the GRF Board of Directors approval of non-budgeted operational expense, in an amount not to exceed $3,000, for the purchase of a wall plaque for an Employee Recognition Wall Display, pending final design approval by the ADRC, after review by the Finance Committee for funding.

At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 18, 2019, the Finance Committee indicated that there are sufficient non-budgeted Operating funds available for this expense.

At its regularly scheduled meeting on February 27, 2019, the Architectual Design and Review Committee approved the plaque selection to be placed in the Administration buiilding, first floor.

Mr. Dodero MOVED, seconded by Ms. Fekjar and carried unanimously by the Board  Directors present-

TO approve non-budgeted Operating funding, cost center 20, Human Resources, not to exceed $3,000, to purchase the materials for creating an Employee Recognition Display.

Finance Committee

Accept February Financial Statements

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee on March 18, 2019, the Committee duly moved to recommend to the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors acceptance of the February 2019 financial statements for audit.

Mr. Friedman MOVED, seconded by Ms. Rapp and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO accept the February 2019 financial statements for audit.

Approve Funds Transfer Request – Reserve Funds

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee on March 18, 2019, the members discussed the liquid funds held in various financial institutions and noted a maturing CDAR that, at the time of maturity, will cause the total balances at that financial institution to exceed the FDIC insurance limit and therefore would not be in compliance with Policy 5520-31 – Reserves.

The Committee passed a motion to recommend the GRF Board authorize the transfer of $800,000 of reserve funds, from First Foundation Bank to US Bank, following the maturity of a $800,000 CDAR on April 4, 2019, for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest in higher yielding CDs with US Bancorp.

Ms. Hopewell MOVED, seconded by Mr. Friedman and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO approve a transfer of $800,000 of reserve funds, from First Foundation Bank to US Bank, following the maturity of a $800,000 CDAR on April 4, 2019, for the purposes of maximizing insured funds and to invest in higher yielding CDs with US Bancorp.

Acceptance of the 2018 Audited Finance Statements and Excess Income

At the regular scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee, the members reviewed the 2018 draft audited financial statements of the Golden Rain Foundation and the excess income reported herein. See Exhibit A in the agenda packet. The Committee passed a motion to recommend the Board accept the 2018 audited financial statements and, pursuant to Policy 5528-31 – Refund of Excess Income, to distribute the entire amount of the excess income of $41,026 to the Mutuals.

Ms. Rapp MOVED, seconded by Ms Hopewell-

TO accept the final draft 2018 Golden Rain Foundation Financial Statements as of December 31, 2018, for the year then ended, and the proposed Independent Auditors’ Report, as submitted by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, hereby accepting the above mentioned Financial Statements and reports therein (Exhibit A in the agenda packet), reflecting excess income of $41,026 to be distributed in its entirety to the Mutual Corporations, pursuant to Policy 5528-31, Refund of Excess Income, and to authorize the President to sign the management representation letter (Exhibit B in the agenda packet).

The motion was carried with one no vote (R. Stone).

Approve Investment Advisor

During the month of March, members of the Finance Committee met with The Shadden Group, Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley, to discuss providing investment advisory services to the Golden Rain Foundation with respect to Reserve and Capital funds. The Managing Director of Wealth Management and two Vice Presidents also spoke at two previous Finance Committee meetings to discuss investment alternatives.

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee on March 18, 2019, the Committee passed a motion to recommend the GRF Board of Directors authorize the Finance Department to open an account in the name of the Golden Rain Foundation with the Shadden Group/Morgan Stanley to invest reserve funds from CDARs held at First Foundation Bank, as they mature.

Ms. Winkler MOVED, seconded by Ms. Rapp-

TO authorize the Finance Department to open an account in the name of the Golden Rain Foundation with Morgan Stanley, as represented by the Shadden Group, to invest reserve funds from CDARs held at First Foundation Bank, as they mature.

Six Directors and a representative from the Shadden Group spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried with one no vote (R. Stone).

Mutual Administration Committee

Amend 5-2115-4, Copy and Supply Center Fees

At its meeting on March 11, 2019, the Mutual Administration Committee requested Form 5-2115-4 be amended to include passport photos fees, at a cost of $10, for two passport photos (no changes are needed to Policy 2115-44, Copy and Supply Center Business Services). 

Ms. Snowden MOVED, seconded by Ms. Heinrich and carried unanimously by the Board members present-

TO amend Form 5-2115-4 to include passport photos fees, at a cost of $10, for two passport photos.

FINAL VOTE: Amend Policy 1201-33, GRF Identification Cards

At its meeting on October 8, 2018, the Mutual Administration Committee recommended the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD) amend Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards.

At its meeting of October 23, 2018, the Board of Directors voted to tentatively amend this policy, pending a 30-day notice period to Foundation members. The policy draft was published in the November 2nd edition on the Golden Rain News. Members were welcomed to submit their comments or questions to the Board Office on this matter. Printed copies were also available to shareholders/members in the News Office, the Library and the Reception desk, second floor of the Administration building. This process is recommended in accordance of the Davis-Stirling Act, Civil Code §4360. 

No correspondence was received, regarding amendment of Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards, during the 30-day notification to the membership period.

At its meeting of December 18, 2018, the Board of Directors voted to refer the Policy back to the Mutual Administration Committee, for further review.

At its meeting on January 14, 2019, the Mutual Administration Committee recommended the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD) further amend Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards.

At its meeting of January 29, 2018, the Board of Directors voted to tentatively amend this policy, pending a 30-day notice period to Foundation members. The policy draft was published in the February 7, 2019 edition on the Leisure World Weekly. As in November 2018, members were welcomed to submit their comments or questions to the Board Office on this matter. 

One item of correspondence was received, regarding amendment of Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards, during the 30-day notification to the membership period.

Ms. Hopewell MOVED, seconded by Mr. Moore-

TO amend  Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards, changing the title of the policy to “GRF Identification Cards”, increasing the fee for second and subsequent losses of ID cards to $50, removing the reference to Policy 1801-33, amending the term “renter” to “renter/tenant”, and stating that the non-surrender fee “may” be waived, rather than “will” be waived in the case of a deceased member.

Two Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Board members present. 

Physical Property Committee

Capital Funding Request – Reconfiguration, Building Five

The Physical Property Department was tasked with providing cost at Building Five for the improvements and enhancements to the Security Office and Copy & Supply Center. The scope of work includes installing a service counter for the issuance of decals, relocating the Director’s office into the area formerly used by Counsel on Aging, and the expansion of the Copy & Supply Center where a display area will provide a showroom of standard appliances available to members (exhibit A in agenda packet).

Cost was provided by Custom Glass for window and door installations and Service Maintenance provided an estimate for closing off a door and window, opening up the store front area in the Copy & Supply Center, installation of cabinets for the display area, modifications in the former Council on Aging area to accommodate Security, installation of LED lighting and T-bar ceiling and painting as needed. Cost for work stations in the proposed Security and Decal Center are proposed by Talimar. Costs are as follows: Service Maintenance – $4,800, Custom Glass – $4,925, Talimar – $5,998, contingency – $1,500 for a total cost of $17,223.

The Physical Property Committee, at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 6, 2019, reviewed the scope of work and contractors’ costs and unanimously recommended the Board award contracts to Custom Glass for window and door installations, Talimar for work stations and the Service Maintenance Department to prep and finish the project, as described above. 

At its regular meeting on March 18, 2019, the Finance Committee reviewed available Capital funding for these projects and resolved funding is available.

Ms. Rapp MOVED, seconded by Mr. Dodero-

TO move to award a contract to Custom Glass, for the installation of doors and windows as proposed on estimate #11718, at a cost of $4,925, and authorize the Service Maintenance Department, to prep and finish the project, as proposed on two estimates dated 2-4-19, for a cost of  $4,800, (materials)  and Talimar for work stations, as proposed on estimate dated 3-1-2019, for cost of   $5,998,   adding a contingency of $1,500, for a total cost not to exceed $17,223, and authorize the President to sign any contracts and the Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds.

Three Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried one no vote (R. Stone).

Capital Funding Request – Improvements, Clubhouse Four

The Physical Property Department was tasked with providing cost at Clubhouse Four for the removal and replacement of lockers in the hallway, installation of two display cases, and the replacement of two hallway side doors. Custom Glass provided a total cost of $3,450 to replace both side doors. The Service Maintenance Department provided an estimate of $15,900 to replace the lockers and install two display cabinets. 

The Physical Property Committee, at its regular scheduled meeting on March 6, 2019, reviewed the scope of work, cost, adding a contingency of $1,500, and unanimously recommended the Board award a contract to Custom Glass and approve Service Maintenance for these repairs/replacements, after review by the Finance Committee, for a total cost not to exceed $20,850.

At its regular meeting on March 18, 2019, the Finance Committee reviewed available Capital funding for this project, and resolved funding is available.

Mrs. Perrotti MOVED, seconded by Ms. Heinrich –

TO award a contract to Custom Glass, for the replacement of two side doors in the Clubhouse Four hallway, at a cost of $3,450, and approve the purchase and installation of lockers and display cabinets, through the Service Maintenance Department, for a cost of $15,900, adding a contingency of $1,500, for a total cost not to exceed $20,850, Capital funding, and authorize the President to sign the contract and the Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds.

Two Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried with one no vote (R. Stone).

Reserve Funding Request – Phase 1 and 2, Slurry Seal and Crack Fill, Trust Streets

Several Trust Property streets are scheduled for Slurry Seal Coat and Crack Fill; an RFP was sent to MJ Jurado to request cost and break down (see attached exhibit A) on the below list of streets under Phase One and Two.  At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Physical Property Committee (PPC), on March 6, 2019, the Committee unanimously moved to request the GRF Board award a contract to MJ Jurado to complete Phase One and Two, for a total cost not to exceed $300,000, pending review by the Finance Committee, and requests variance to Policy 5506-31, Request for Proposal:

Proposals in Excess of $100,000

Except as otherwise provided in this policy, all proposals to award contracts in excess of $100,000 shall call for sealed proposals unless authorized by committee and/or board.  

All proposals for contracts where the estimated expenditure for construction work is in excess of $100,000 shall include the cost for performance and completion bonds. 

Note: Due to the addition of concrete on Weeburn, no slurry will be needed, and funding can be used as contingency funds.

At its regular meeting on March 18, 2019, the Finance Committee reviewed available funding for this Reserve project, and unanimously resolved funding is available.

Ms. Gerber MOVED, seconded by Mr. Dodero –

TO award a contract to MJ Jurado, to slurry seal and crack fill Phase One and Two of Trust Streets, and requests variance to Policy 5506-31, Request for Proposal, section 2.3, Proposals in Excess of $100,000, for a cost not to exceed $300,000, Reserve Funds, and authorize the President to sign the contract, and the Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds.

Four Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Directors present.

Capital/Operating Funding Request – Automatic Door, News Building

The Physical Property Department was tasked with providing cost at Clubhouse Four for the removal and replacement of lockers in the hallway, installation of two display cases, and the replacement of two hallway side doors. Custom Glass provided a total cost of $3,450 to replace both side doors. The Service Maintenance Department provided an estimate of $15,900 to replace the lockers and install two display cabinets. 

The Physical Property Committee, at its regular scheduled meeting on March 6, 2019, reviewed the scope of work, cost, adding a contingency of $1,500, and unanimously recommended the Board award a contract to Custom Glass and approve Service Maintenance for these repairs/replacements, after review by the Finance Committee, for a total cost not to exceed $20,850.

At its regular meeting on March 18, 2019, the Finance Committee reviewed available Capital funding for this project, and resolved funding is available.

Mr. Gould MOVED, seconded by Ms. Fekjar-

TO award a contract to Axxess Doors, for the installation of an automatic door opener at the News Office, for a cost not to exceed $3,626, including $500 contingencies, Capital/Operating funding, and authorize the President sign the contract.

Three Directors, the Executive Director and the Facilities Directors spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Directors present.

Reserve Funding Request – Replacement of Asphalt/Concrete, Trust Property

Due to above seasonal normal rainfall, asphalt failures have been noticed at the parking lots in front of Building Five, Clubhouse One and Fresh Meadows Lane requiring repair. The Physical Property Department was tasked with providing cost for the repair/replacement of the existing asphalt and concrete at these locations; furthermore, Mutual One is in the process of approving replacement of Mutual property sidewalks which are shared with Trust Property also in need of replacement (pending Mutual Approval). 

Costs were obtained from MJ Jurado (attached in agenda packet) for both asphalt and concrete replacement and are as follows: Building Five, 2” grind and overlay – $9,407, Clubhouse One, 2” grind and overlay – $14,965, Fresh Meadow Lane, R/R with concrete – $21,914, Trust Property adjacent to Mutual One (pending Mutual approval) – $19,230.

The Physical Property Committee, at its regular scheduled meeting on March 6, 2019, reviewed the scope of work, contractors’ cost, adding a contingency of $4,000, and unanimously recommended the Board award a contract to MJ Jurado for the repairs after review by the Finance Committee and requests variance to Policy 5506-31, Request for Proposal:

2.2 Proposals from $25,000 to $100,000

Proposals to award contracts where the estimated expenditure is greater than $25,000 and less than $100,000 shall call for written competitive proposals, either sealed or open.

At its regular meeting on March 18, 2019, the Finance Committee reviewed available Reserve funding for this project, and resolved funding is available.

Ms. Gerber MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell-

TO  award a contract to  MJ Jurado, for the repair and replacement of the existing asphalt at the Building Five and Clubhouse One locations, Fresh Meadow Lane area, and replace portions of Trust property in conjunction with the Mutual One project, pending Mutual approval,  and request variance to Policy 5506-31, Request for Proposal, section 2.2, Proposals from $25,000 to $100,000,  for a cost not to exceed $ 69,516,  including $4,000 contingencies, and authorize the President to sign the contract and the Physical Property Chair authorize any contingency funds.

Six Directors, the Executive Director and the Facilities Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Directors present.

Operating Funding Request – Approve Elevator Maintenance Contract

The Preventitive Maintenance Elevator Service Contracts at Building 5, Clubhouse 6 and the  Administration Buildings will soon expire. The Physical Property Department sent out a RFP for this service to three vendors; two bids were received (no bid was received from Performance Elevator Contractors), for a five-year contract, and are as follows: 

                                                            Per Month, for 3 elevators    Annually, for 3 elevators

ThyssenKrupp Elevator                                 $ 690                                   $8,280

Amthech Elevator Service                             $ 765                                   $9,180

The current cost for this service, with ThyssenKrupp Elevator, is $857 per month and is included in the 2019 bugets separately under cost centers 29, 55 and 56.

At the regular scheduled meeting of the Physical Property Committee (PPC), on March 6, 2019, the Committee unanimously moved to request the GRF Board award a contract to ThyssenKrupp Elevato

Mr. Pratt MOVED, seconded by Mr. Stone and –

TO award a contract to ThyssenKrupp elevator to service and maintain elevators at Building Five, Clubhouse Six and the Administration Building, for a five-year period, at an annual cost of $8,280, and authorize the President to sign the contract. 

Four Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Directors present.

Recreation Committee

Reserve Funding Request – Window Blinds Replacement, Clubhouse Three

The Recreation Committee, at its meeting on March 4, 2019, approved the replacement of all the blinds in all the rooms in Clubhouse Three (with the exception of the sliding glass doors), using the same style of roller blinds used in the Clubhouse Three sewing room and other Clubhouses within the community, approved by the ADRC. The existing blinds used in Clubhouse Three need constant repairs by staff to replace the slats and the head rails are starting to require repairs also. 

 Coast Factory Blinds has provided a quote to complete the replacement of all the remaining window blinds in Clubhouse Three, in an amount not to exceed $8,296.23.

At its March 18, 2019 meeting, the Finance Committee approved funding for the purchase and installation of new blinds, for Clubhouse Three, in an amount not to exceed $8,296.23, Reserve funding.

Mr. Moore MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell- 

TO approve the purchase and installation of new blinds, from Coast Factory Blinds, in all the rooms in Clubhouse Three, in an amount not to exceed $8,296.23, Reserve funding, and to authorize the President to sign any applicable contracts.

Two Directors spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Directors present.

Operating Funding Request – Approve Janitorial Contract

The janitorial contract is expiring on April 30, 2019. The Recreation Department sent out the attached request for proposal (RFP) to eight contractors, and held a bidder’s conference on February 8, 2019, with four bidders in attendance. At its March 4, 2019 meeting, the Recreation Committee reviewed the bids from four contractors (presented in the agenda packet).

Following a discussion on the incumbent contractor’s performance, the Committee unanimously agreed to recommend the Board award a contract to Innovative Cleaning Services, for a three-year term, in the amount of $4,586,544.00, Operating funding.

Mrs. Perrotti MOVED, seconded by Mr. Moore-

TO award a contract to Innovative Cleaning Services to provide community cleaning Services, for a cost not to exceed $4,586,544.00, for a three-year period, Operating funding, and to authorize the President sign the contract.

Four Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously by the Directors present.

Operating Funding Request – Contract for eBook Content

At its regularly scheduled meeting on March 4, 2019, the Recreation Committee (RC) reviewed the addition of eBook content to the library catalogue. Staff recommended OverDrive, a content distribution service, to provide eBook content to the library catalogue, at a cost not to exceed $6,000, which had been budgeted for the project in 2019, Operating funding. 

Ms. Heinrichs MOVED, seconded by Mr. Friedman- 

TO recommend the GRF Board approve a contract with OverDrive, to add eBook content to the Library catalogue, at a cost not to exceed $6,000, Operating funding budgeted in 2019, and authorize the GRF President to sign all applicable contracts.

Nine Directors and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion failed to carry unanimously.


The Finance Director provided a financial report earlier in the meeting.


The Executive Director provided a written report for the Board.  


Fourteen Board members spoke on the meeting proceedings.


The meeting was adjourned was at 12:33 p.m.


Suzanne Fekjar

GRF Corporate Secretary


Health & Fitness

health care center

Support is available in LW for residents with diabetes  

by Carson J. Blomquist

Monarch Health Care

A condition like diabetes can be frustrating to manage, whether you’ve had it a long time or have just been diagnosed. But there are groups and classes available at the Health Care Center to help residents navigate the condition. They are free and open to all residents:

• Support group. Open to anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or is caring for someone with the condition. It’s a way to learn from others’ experiences and create new friendships. The support group is held at the HCC the first Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is on May 7 in the HCC’s Conference Room 1 at 11 a.m.

• Education classes. Every month, pharmacists from Monarch Health Care provide free classes on important health topics. They are usually held the first Tuesday of each month. At 10 a.m. on May 28, there will be a class in Conference Room 1 on managing glucose and controlling diabetes.

• Specialists:  A diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) is an important part of the care for those with the disease. The doctor can help understand medications, changes in diet and lifestyle and find resources. A primary care doctor can refer a patient to a diabetes doctor.

Most importantly, support comes from loved ones. If you have diabetes or know someone with it, being open and supportive of the condition can help. It can be challenging to change eating habits or learn new medications, but support from loved ones and friends, it can be easier.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization that delivers a variety of freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee is $8.25 for a complete hot dinner, lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of low-fat milk. Meals with a “friendly visit” are delivered weekdays between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To start a new client application online at www.mowlb.org or call Caron Adler at 433-0232.

Monday, April 29: Herb rubbed roasted pork with honey and garlic sauce, wild rice pilaf, peas and onions, pears with cinnamon, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, carrot and raisin slaw.

Tuesday, April  30: Curry chicken, brown rice, oriental vegetables, chocolate pudding, chopped chicken pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, garbanzo beans and feta cheese.

   Wednesday, May 1: Chicken cheddar macaroni, rice pilaf, zucchini and tomato with lemon and garlic, fresh banana, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, coleslaw with carrots.

Thursday, May 2: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, green beans with herbs, ambrosia salad, chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, German potato salad. 

Friday, May 3: Steak picado, Spanish rice, pinto beans, tortilla, Mandarin oranges with jicama, chicken pasta salad with red and yellow bell peppers, black olives, feta cheese, dressing and crackers.

Senior Meals

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m.  Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Reservations not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request, including water packed fruit to accommodate diabetics. One percent milk served daily. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, April 29: Homemade beef stew with potato and vegetables, biscuit with Promise, melon.

Tuesday, April 30: Pasta primavera with broccoli and white bean salad, 50/50 salad mix with red wine vinaigrette, breadstick with Promise, fruited gelatin.

 Wednesday, May 1: orange chicken with glaze sauce, brown rice, Brussel sprouts, regular and diet pudding

Thursday,  May 2: Egg drop soup with salt-free crackers, Chinese chicken salad with Napa cabbage, red cabbage, shredded carrots, Mandarin oranges, slivered almonds and sesame dressing,wheat dinner roll with  Promise, canned pineapple.

Friday, May 3: Albondigas soup (Spanish rice, beef meatballs and vegetables), cheese enchiladas, Mexican corn 50/50 salad with dressing, churros, fresh fruit.

Wa-Rite Club

Member shared how to maintain weight-loss

Danette McCloud, a degree holder for three years, presented the program at the Wa-Rite Club last week. 

Having suffered with IBS she knew she needed to make some dietary changes. After going on a special diet for six weeks, she lost six pounds and no longer had IBS. For support and accountability she joined Wa-Rite and utilized the information she received. One recommendation that has helped her tremendously is portion control. 

Danette lost 10 pounds in three months to meet her short term goal and received the Bachelor of Goal Weight Certificate. After maintaining her weight for a year, she received the Master of Goal Weight and again, after maintaining for another year, received the Doctor of Goal Weight Certificate. No easy feat. She’s been able to stay steady and hold the course by using the “Calorie King” book and trying to stay on a 1,200-calorie-a-day food plan. This is what it looks like, breakfast approximately 300 calories, cereal and some fruit. Lunch, 440 calories, a sandwich with two ounces of meat. A piece of fruit for a midday snack for another 100 calories. Dinner is usually four ounces of protein and a vegetable for approximately 360 calories. Nothing after dinner. If she craves anything she’ll talk herself out of it and have a cup of tea. 

Danette stays very active by working out at the gym, bicycling, swimming and taking long walks. She’s done well and continues to inspire others in Wa-Rite by her commitment, determination and staying focused.

The top loser was Marshia Larsen with a 1-1/2 pound loss. She would eat an apple when she wanted to snack at night and she also cut back her eating this week.

Food for Thought: What is the trigger that turns you from eating healthy to eating out of control? Do I hear chocolate? Stay away from it.

Wa-Rite is a support group of women needing to lose 10 pounds or more.

Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9-10 a.m.

Weighing is from 7:45-8:45. Annual dues are $10.

To join you must be a Leisure World resident, bring GRF ID.

For more information, call or text Diana Goins at 760-1293.


Grief group series will begin on May 1

One of the best ways to deal with grief is to be surrounded by a supportive community. The Journeys support program will provide a safe place to process those feelings with others who have experienced similar losses.

All residents invited to the eight-week group sponsored by Pathways.  The series of meetings will start on Wednesday, May 1, from 1-2:30 p.m., through June 19.

A new topic will  be introduced at each session. Group members will learn valuable tools to help them move forward in their grief journey.

For more information about this free program or any other supportive services, contact Cindy Tostado, member resource and assistance liaison, at 431-6586 ext. 317.

Those who plan to attend should call for details before attending. 

Exercise classes for Parkinson’s patients offered

PD Fit for Parkinson’s classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon at Recreation Fitness, 4234 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach 90807

PD Fit classes are designed specifically for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease. Not only can exercise help slow the progression of the disease, but it can dramatically improve quality of life. PD Fit is a fun mix of PD-specific exercises, yoga, boxing drills, core conditioning, and balance training for all levels. Everyone is challenged at their own level, and no one is left behind. Feel better, move better, and live better.

The cost is $165 for four weeks. The first class is free.

For more information and registration, call 243-2221 or visit  www.recreationfitness.com.


Holistic approach presented by pharmacist May 7

Dr. Leyla Ali will be the speaker at the LW Wellness Cub meeting  on Tuesday, May 7. 

Dr. Ali has been a pharmacist for 20 years and learned a variety of alternative and natural ways to treat health conditions. Now her goal is to help others learn the limitations of pharmaceutical drugs and inspire people to try holistic and natural healthcare solutions. Her fresh perspective on healthcare is enlightening and empowering. 

LW Wellness Club meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4. There are no dues or fees, and everyone is welcome. 

For more information, contact Mark Harrington, 889-9101, or Charla Gae, 446-0005.



Video producer interviewed responsive group

by Mary Apte

LW contributor

The month preceding the GAF Centenarian Luncheon several centenarians told parts of their life stories before video cameras. It was my privilege to conduct some of these interviews to help comprehend how such long lives developed.

They were responsive, alert, contented and eager to share.

All born from 1917-1919, have strong memories about surviving a tough time during the “Great Depression.”  Each had  accounts of families, work, love and loss. 

Robert Lynch  greeted me with his wife of 78 years in their Leisure World unit. 

Only one, Victor Kambe, was born a Californian. As a first generation American, he was also the only one to face a challenge of his loyalty to our country twice. First when his family was sent to internment camp at outset of WWII, and again, when he was released from the camp and dismissed from a civil service job he had acquired to help the nation ?ght the war. 

Three spent parts of their early years in Oklahoma. Several were Methodists. All had educations above the average of cohorts. 

I enjoyed these conversations. All are now somewhat frail, but use humor and strong voices to recount experiences. 

A lady rode horseback for recreation. Another wondered if trips to Las Vegas could be considered an activity. Lois McMindes has a lifelong focus on helping indigenous people on reservations that led to having one she calls her son. 

It is impressive to listen to what they have to tell of lives 10 times 10 years long.

The value of life story writing was first impressed on me in Leisure World.

I took a course with Thelma Kramar. She advertised in LW News to teach her to use a computer in exchange for helping with transcription of student stories. It was an interesting and enriching experience.

Thelma recruited two of the class to become “public access producers” attending classes offered by Seal Beach Community TV, Robin Forte-Linke. Use of Video to record life stories was the aim. It is very rewarding so I have continued an interest in this activity for many years as a member of LW Video Producers Club.


Pathways manager is guest tomorrow

Tammie Ottenad, Pathways program manager, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club, tomorrow, April 26, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

Isolation/loneliness has the same health risk as someone who smokes 15 cigarettes a day.

According to the findings in a recent AARP report, the most prominent risk factors for older adults are living alone, having a physical impairment, losing a partner and/or close friend and losing an important role such as employment.

Pathways comes alongside older adults and provides companionship and assistance to help them remain safe, independent and living well.  During this work shop  topics include the effects of isolation/loneliness and some simple steps to ensure that people have somewhere to go or someone to talk to.

Ottenad brings 20 years of program management skills to Pathways.  She started her career in the field of human resources, specializing in training and development, and then moved into the non-profit sector to help families grow stronger; physically, mentally and spiritually in a large church setting.  

After walking with her parents through chronic illness and hospice care, she decided to change fields and assist the frail-elderly and their families to receive the services necessary to navigate this difficult, but rewarding, stage of life.  She has been with Pathways for the past three years.

The club appreciates shareholders bringing their own coffee mugs to participate in the club’s “Save The Earth” program. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting.

The club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (except the first Friday in Room 9). All shareholders are welcome to attend; membership is not required.

For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.


Used vehicle sale is Saturday, CH 6

Each fourth Saturday Shareholders/Members have the opportunity to sell used motorized vehicles in the Administration Parking Lot from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vehicles must have current DMV registrations and GRF decals as well as be insured.  In addition to cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, golf carts, bikes, trikes and scooters may be sold.  The owner or representative does not need to be present but is allowed to display a single “for sale” sign no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches on the vehicle, to include a phone number.

The sale is open to Leisure World residents only and the guests they call in. The public will not be able to sell at the events.  

For more information, contact Recreation at 431-6586 ext., 398.


Shuttles available to SB Car Show

The Golden Rain Transportation Department will provide a  free shuttle to the 32nd annual Seal Beach Car Show on Main Street, Saturday, April 27. The free car show is open to the public from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The GRF shuttle will run in a continuous loop at approximately the top and bottom of the hour. 

The first bus will leave the Amphitheater Hub at 9 a.m. The last shuttle from the event will leave Main Street and Electric Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Leisure World ID cards are required for return trips.

Over 500 vintage, hot rod, antique, custom and special interest cars will be showcased. Five local bands will play on three separate stages throughout the day. At 2:30 p.m. at the foot of the pier,  trophies will be awarded in 29 different categories.

The Seal Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show runs concurrently with the car show, featuring bikes from 1979 and older.

Main Street will be closed to traffic, but the shops and restaurants will be open for business. 

Main Street will be closed between Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue. Ocean, Central and Electric avenues will also be closed  between 10th and 8th streets. The streets will close at 5 a.m., on the day of the show. The cars will enter the show via Ocean Avenue, Central Avenue and Electric Avenue starting at 6 a.m. When the show is over, the streets will reopen.

Parking for the general public will be on the grounds of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. Entry to the Naval Weapons Station parking area is on Seal Beach Boulevard, south of Pacific Coast Highway. Do not go to the Main Gate or to the gate on Westminster Boulevard.

Monthly orientations introduce LWers to GRF Minibus system ins and outs

The Golden Rain Transportation Department conducts informational meetings on using the Minibus service from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The next orientation is May 2.

The sessions are for shareholders who want to learn about Minibus system routes and timetables. Information on the Golden Rain Access Bus service, the GRF shuttles and updated information on the Seal Beach Senior Service to the Rossmoor shopping areas is provided. 

“Learn the Route,” a special ride-along session, immediately follows the 10 a.m. meeting. This month Route “A” will be featured. Shareholders are invited to ride a Minibus to become better acquainted with the various routes. Information on short-cuts, transfers between routes and how to navigate the time tables will be presented from a “seat-on-the-bus” perspective. 

For more information, call Fleet Manager Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372.


Today’s meeting is moved to CH4

by Mike Supple

LW contributor

The Concerned Shareholders meeting on Thursday, April 25, has been moved to Clubhouse 4 at 1 p.m.  

Members will discuss newly amended bylaws that all Mutual shareholders will vote for or against at the annual Mutual meetings. Shareholders from different Mutuals will speak about problems with proposed bylaws prepared by the Roseman Law Firm. Changes will take away shareholders’ rights that are supported by the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act. 

Both Golden Rain Foundation and all the Mutuals are subject to the Davis-Stirling Act by court order. If the bylaw problems are resolved before the meeting shareholders will be informed. 

Everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions and give options in open discussion.


El Mariachi Espectular returns May 5

The GRF Cinco de Mayo event arrives Sunday, May 5. Come out and enjoy a Koffel’s Mexican food truck with its famous virgin margaritas and a variety of Mexican and American food.  

El Mariachi Espectacular will return for 2019. The band is one of the most popular singing groups of the genre in Southern California. It has performed at Disney California Adventure among other well-known venues.  

The dancing and fun start at 5 p.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot, as well as inside, so save the date, and come ready to party.  

The first floor of the clubhouse will be closed to normal activities, including table tennis. The second floor will remain open as normal.      

This is one of the most popular events of the year and the space is always filled to capacity, both inside and outside the clubhouse, so residents only, for this free festival.

Since parking is extremely limited a free shuttle from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot will run continuously from 4:30 p.m., so take advantage of this Park and Ride service, provided by GRF Transportation Department.

‘Egg’cellence exhibited at Library contest

Shareholders wandered around Veterans Plaza  enjoying cookies and coffee while judging creative displays entered in the second annual LW Library Easter Egg Contest on April 18.

There were two categories.  Nine shareholders and 11 staff  participated. 

Shareholders were invited to vote for their favorite three shareholder entries and one staff entry. Staff were only allowed to vote for three shareholder entries.

Erik and Marian Soderholm, Mutual 14, won a $100 gift card for their first-place entry,  a western town with egg people. Second- place, $50 gift card,  went to  Laura Garcia who decoupaged blown eggs with Japanese paper, and  a $25  gift card was awarded to third- place winner Connie Fearrand, Mutual 1, who decorated her eggs in metallic colors.

The staff award went to the Service Maintenance Department. Each department was given a goose egg to base their entry around.

Happy Mother’s Day

The GRF Recreation Department will host a special brunch to honor Leisure World mothers at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in Clubhouse 4. Country Gardens Caterers will provide an elegant repast of egg and sausage strata, strawberry crepes, fresh fruit, pastry platters, sparkling cider and more. 

Moms and guests will be serenaded by classical harpist Peggy Skomal, who will play Irish, Scottish and Welsh songs. 

Reservations are on sale for $26 at the Recreation Office in Building 5. People who want to buy a table for $208 or sit with a group should inform the events coordinator when purchasing tickets. Seating will be assigned if no request is made.

The event is expected to sell out this year, so now is the time to  make reservations. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at events@lwsb.com or call 431-6586, ext. 326.


Club hosts tea for Mother’s Day

The Italian-American Club will host a Mother’s Day tea on Wednesday, May 1, in Clubhouse 4  at noon. 

Members, $8,  are allowed one guest, $12 non-members. 

Call President Sunny Beech at  355-2918 for reservations.


Musicians gathered to celebrate 95th birthday

Dorothea Metcalf celebrated her 95th birthday with members of the LW Orchestra at Polly’s Pies April 17. She has been a member of the orchestra many years and plays the violin.  

After Wednesday’s rehearsal, most of the orchestra, approximately 20 members, gathered for refreshments. Dorothea was asked during the festivities what her favorite note was. She was not sure, but one of the members suggested “B#, B sharp!” It is a rare note but a wonderful thought.   

Rehearsals are for the next concert which is Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  The orchestra promises to “Be Sharp” and provide great entertainment for all who attend.  After the concert refreshments will be served and there will be time to mingle with the orchestra members and Conductor Rae Boeving.  

Admission is free and all are encouraged to attend.

Make appointment for bike service

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) in collaboration with the Golden Rain Foundation will host another on-site bike repair service, provided by Jax Bicycles, on May 1 from 1-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot.

Appointment groupings will be scheduled every half hour from 1-3 p.m. to improve the wait time. The objective is to have everyone seen by 4 p.m. Everyone who wants service must call and schedule an appointment.

Dave Hanson, president of Jax Bicycles, came to LW on April 3 and provided minor on-site bike service. He also took bikes back to his shop for more extensive repairs. 

The response was overwhelming with over 125 residents showing up with their bikes. Countless bike tires were filled, chains lubed, and seats/handlebars adjusted. In addition, Dave thoroughly assessed the bikes needing more extensive repairs and took 13 back to the shop for service. 

While the event showcased the need for on-site bike service, it also highlighted the need for improved organization and scheduling to reduce wait times and better meet the needs of residents. Dave will bring in more technicians based on the number of appointments. Those who were turned away on April 3 are encouraged to call early to have priority. 

Sharon Kohn of the Golden Age Foundation will be taking appointments.  Call her Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 596-1969 for the May 1 schedule. Once the schedule is full, people may not be able to get an appointment.  

The objective is to see everyone in the community having fun riding safe bicycles.


Volunteers needed for Hospitality

Monday-Friday each week from 9-11 a.m. the Golden Age Foundation sponsors the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 where coffee, tea and cookies are served to residents who drop by on their morning walk or bike ride or just stop by for sociability. New residents are especially urged to come and make friends. All will be welcomed by the Golden Age Foundation hostesses who staff the project.

In order to operate five days-a-week, two hours a day serving coffee, tea and cookies to guests, the Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 needs substitutes and regular volunteers to help provide this service to guests. A friendly attitude is the only requirement. Male and female applicants are welcome to call Carl Kennedy at (661) 810-9410 and leave a message.

Charitable organizations help each other support LWers

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) donated $1,000 to the Golden Age Foundation during the FALW meeting on April 14. 

FALW was established in August 2009 as a non-profit charitable organization geared to support the needs of the Leisure World community. The association’s mission is to build a better relationship in a diverse community. 

One of its main objectives is to help Golden Age Foundation programs assist the needs of the community. 

At present, there are 63 paid and active members of the association. Members must be bona fide residents of Leisure World. 

FALW has two fundraising events in a year, the annual luau-dinner dance in September and the Valentine’s ball in February. FALW supports and hosts an annual picnic for all veterans residing in LW. It sponsored a health and medical mission after the worst weather calamity in the Philippines in 2014. FALW renounces violence as an instrument of organizational policy and adheres to a policy of peace, justice, freedom, cooperation and unity with all organizations and individuals.

The Golden Age Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to serving the special needs of shareholders and residents. The Foundation was established in 1973 by members of the Board of Directors of the Golden Rain Foundation.


Purchase tickets to Angels game, receive Trout cooler

The Recreation Department has tickets on sale for the Angels vs. Oakland A’s game on June 27 at 7:07 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Mike Trout No. 27 backpack cooler. 

Tickets will be pre-sold at the Recreation Office for $40, which includes transportation. A hot dog and beverage may be purchased for an additional $6.50, and a ball cap may be added for $3.  

Mike Trout is the face of the Angels and recently signed a $426.5 million, 12-year contract extension, making him the highest paid athlete in North America. He  came to the Angels through the farm system and was promoted to the  big team at age 19. When he  okayed the new contract his agent said that Trout will be  an Angel for life.

Trout is a perennial candidate for the league’s most valuable player award and is a three-time Gold Glove finalist in center field. He is a seven-time All-Star and finished in the top two in AL MVP balloting six of the last seven seasons. 

Two-way player Shohei Ohtani is limited to designated hitting this year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm at the end of the season. His rehab is going well and  he should be back in the line-up in May. He is projected to be in the line-up every day except when pitching rehab interferes. The Angels are intent on having him ready to pitch for the 2020 season. He won the AL Rookie of the Year award last year.

Interested parties should come to the Recreation Office, in Building 5, lower level to make their purchase. The first game sold out quickly, so don’t put it off.

Participants need to complete a release form, also available at the Recreation Office. The bus leaves at 5 p.m. from the Amphitheater parking lot, but those going must arrive by 4:30 to be processed.  Accessible seating is available if requested at the time of ticket purchase. 

The tickets are non-refundable.

One more excursion is planned for July 21, so mark your calendar.

For more information, contact Tommy Fileto at 431-6586, ext. 324, or email thomasf@lwsb.com.


Bocce’s medal-round tournament played April 28

The 10-week round robin bocce tournament concluded on April 18 with the following teams moving into the finals of the Leisure World Olympics medal round. Congratulations to Robert Berry and Terry Thrift winners of the Sunday league.  Roger and Carolyn Bennett won the Tuesday league while Red Ryals and Milly Larsen from the Thursday league will be advancing into the medal round. The second place finishers from the three leagues had a play off to determine which team would enter the finals as the wild card. Congratulations to Dennis Jensen and Tommy Hoang Vu for securing the fourth and final spot. The medal round will be held on Sunday, April 28, 1-5 pm.

Special mention goes to Bill and Peggy Hamilton who won the most games in the Thursday league but will not be in town to vie for the medals on April 28.  The other second-place finishers who put up a good fight to win the wild card spot were Maria Swift and Rose Reets of the Tuesday league and Kathryn Ewell and Beth Mayer from the Thursday league. Kathryn and Beth played four games in their attempt to earn the wildcard spot but came up just short losing to Dennis and Tommy.

The finals on Sunday, April 28, from 1-5 p.m. will determine the winners of the gold, silver and bronze medals in the Leisure World Olympics. Medal presentations will be made on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. All are welcome to attend and celebrate the medal winners from all participating sports clubs.  

Bocce tournament organizers encourage all bocce players to come out to the finals on April 28 to support their favorite team.  And for people interested in learning about bocce, plan on coming to the finals and learn about the game from the players themselves. Bring a folding chair, water, snacks and an interest in meeting fun loving people. 

Bocce is played on the court behind Clubhouse 2 in Mission Park. This will be the final day for sign ups for the new 7 week tournament beginning the week of May 19 and finishing the first week of July. There will also be a one day tournament on Saturday, June 15 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for people new to bocce.  

For more information on the upcoming tournaments, contact Tournament Director Dennis Jensen at djensen323@gmail.com or Joy Kolesky at Jkolesky7@yahoo.com.


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.

• An obituary with or without photo is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.

• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $12 for the first 12 words and 25 cents for each additional word. 

• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.

• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the GRF Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.

• A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the classified section of LW Weekly at the member classified advertising rate, $8 for the first 12 words and 25¢ per word thereafter, for persons wanting to express their thanks for help during bereavement, sickness, etc.


In Memoriam 

Donald  Lewis  69

Leona Smith  100

Jonathan Allison  35

Kenneth Halzle  74

Linda Chavez  62

Robert Medina  Jr  54

William Dzenowagis  71

Rodger Williams  58

Benson Ahumibe  74

Jose Sotelo  72

Patricia Bumpas  94

Shirley McDavid  72

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary 


On the Go

Day Trips 

Jewels of the Inland Empire – April 30, $69 or $99 with optional tea lunch, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

The Colorful Songs Revue, Come Fly With Me: A Sinatra Tribute- May 9, $109 with, wine, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Stars on Ice, Honda Center – Saturday, May 11, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

The Huntington Library & Gardens – May 15, $69, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Huntington Library – May 22,  $58, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Solvang – Thursday, May 23, $26, LW Garden Club, Dee Neri 431-5889 or Gail Levitt  596-1346

Pala Casino —Thursday, May 30, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

Beauty and the Beast, La Mirada Theater – Thursday, June 6, $85, Children-A-Priority, Juanita Townsend, 431-4026

Tibbies Cabaret Theatre, Rockin’ the Keys: Music of Icons – June 9, $109 with dinner, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

L.A. Opera, “La Traviata” – Sunday, June 16, $33 ticket lottery, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326 

Anaheim Angels vs. A’s – June 27, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326 

Harrah’s Rincon – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457

Pala Casino – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., (714) 985-9555

Pechanga Casino – Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579

Valley View Casino – Sunday-Tuesday, Amphitheater, 7 a.m., free

Overnight Trips 

California Eight Missions – May 14, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

San Francisco…By The Bay – Five days, May 27-31, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Boston, Cape Cod & Newport – seven days, June 7-13, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Historic Cities of Eastern Canada – seven days, July 12-18, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Canadian Rockies & Glacier Park–Sept. 8-14, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849


Tickets for ‘La Traviata’ will be distributed by lottery

The Recreation Department, in conjunction with the L.A. Opera will host a matinee performance of Verdi’s La Traviata on Sunday, June 16.

Tickets to the performance are normally $105, not including transportation, however the GRF Recreation Department has been able to secure tickets with transportation for only $33 per person.  Since only 38 tickets were made available for this bargain, the Recreation Department will hold a lottery.  

Those who want to go may submit their name, phone number, Mutual and apartment number to the Recreation Department to enter.  If going as a couple, both names must be submitted as one unit.  The drawing will be held on May 15, and winners notified by phone.  Due to the limited number of tickets, only GRF members may enter the lottery.

Experience the glamour and romance of Verdi’s essential opera in the L. A. Opera production.

  In the face of certain death, a beautiful courtesan dedicates her remaining days to decadent pleasures, dazzling parties and wealthy admirers. But when a devoted suitor declares his true love, she must pay for the sins of her past with a heart-breaking sacrifice. 

With soaring arias and passionate duets performed against a beautiful background updated to the Art Deco era, this Verdi work is emotionally devastating and deeply and unforgettably human. 

Soprano Adela Zaharia, the 2017 winner of Operalia, stars as Violetta.

Running time: approximately two hours and 55 minutes, including two intermissions.

For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 431-6586, ext. 326, or email events@lwsb.com.

Around Town

Sunrise Senior Living in Seal Beach is looking for classic and custom cars to display at its car show on June 9, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. 

The event is a fundraiser for  Alzheimer’s, OC. Entry fees will be donated and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place.

All car entries will receive  complimentary barbecue and concessions.

To participate, RSVP by  May 31 to Tess Berry, 594-5788.

Sunrise Senior Living is located at 3840 Lampson Ave., Seal Beach.

Sports & Games

Cards and Games Scoreboard

Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners April 20: Irene Perkins, 12,700; Richard Van Wasshnova, 11,320; Sylvia Clinton, 10,770; Diana Lambert, 10,250. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

    –Bert Sellers


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners for April 20: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; Gary Paugh-Marilyn McClintock; Hanefi Erten-Mike Nielsen; Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; Cooie Dampman-Chie Wickham; Linda Nye-Dan Frank. E/W: Fred Reker-Joan Tschirki; Ellen Kice-Mark Singer; Ann Croul-Arnie Lier; Tom and Bill Dilks. April 19: N/S: George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Sibyl Smith-Judy Carter-Johnson; Russ Grey-Ellen Kice. E/W: Lavonne McQuilkin-Carol Murakoshi; George Koehm-Dorothy Favre; Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Howard Smith-Sue Boswell. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15 p.m. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is Friday April 26 Spring Pizza. 

    – Fred Reker 


Friendly Pinochle Club winners April 18: Jim Dix 12,780; Jerry Hore 12,750; Sharon Foote, 12,660; Marge Dodero, 11,920. The club meets on Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners in the game on April 18, were: N/S: First in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Joan and Ted Wieber; third in Strat A, second in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Tony and Miranda Reddy; fifth in Strat A: Sybil Smith-Marilyn McClintock; sixth in Strat A: Midge Dunagan-Dorothy Favre; fourth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Bill Dilks-Barbara Wallace. E/W: First in Strats A, B, and C: Joan Berg-Don Vallens; second in Strat A: Ann Croul-Audrey Ellis; third in Strat A, second in Strat B: Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Jerry and Melanie Smith; fifth in Strat A: Judy Jones-Al Appel; sixth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Donna and Jim Shaffer. Winners in the game on Monday, April 15, were: N/S: First in Strats A and B: Bettyanne Houts-Shirley Knopf; second in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Fay Beckerman; third in Strat A, second in Strat B: Midge Dungan-Lynn Danielson; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Alan Olschwang-Chie Wickham; first in Strat C: Lynne Finley-Kay Hayland. E/W: First in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; second in Strat A: Judy Jones-Al Appel; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Bud Parish-Howard Smith; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Nancy Lichter-LaVonne McQuilkin; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis; fourth in Strat B: George Koehm-Dorothy Favre; first in Strat C: Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson. Games are played Monday and Thursday afternoons beginning at 12:30 in Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays, call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays, call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her, no later than 10:30 a.m. on day of game at hbsharonb@gmail.com. With a maximum of 18 tables available, players without reservations should arrive by noon and check in with the director of the day; they will be accommodated on a first come first served basis if there is space. Players needing a partner should arrive by noon and check with the club manager; every effort will be made to find a partner. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report running late, call (636) 579-1357 between noon-1 p.m.                          

—Gene Yaffee


Monday Bridge Club winners April 22: Tom Gates, Pauline Fitzsimons and Nancy Meader. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Pauline Fitzsimons, 296-8363.

—Pauline Fitzsimons


Fun Time Pinochle Club winners April 22: Barry Brideau, 12,340; Amy Kassuyama, 10,840; Antonia Zupancich, 10,820; Jim Kaspar, 10,610. The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers

bowling club

Very Striking wins the 2019 championship

The Leisure World Bowling League brought the curtain down on another season with the annual sweepstakes on April 23, where teams and individuals tried bowling their best to win some money. 

Last week, Very Striking won the 2019 championship,finishing with an 89-31 record.

 Ron Marcus of Very Striking held the high average for men of 209 and high series with 782.  

 In the qualifying event for Leisure World Olympics held on the last regular day of the season, Linda Peters won for the ladies with a 494 series. 

All series were scratch and were restricted to Leisure World residents.

        –Dave Silva

Pickleball tourney will be discussed at meeting May 5

The next Pickleball Players meeting is Sunday, May 5, at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. A potluck will precede the meeting and all interested in participating may attend.

The upcoming round robin tournament on May 19 at Mission Park behind Clubhouse 2 will be discussed. The tournament begins at 9:30 a.m. with warm ups at 9. The winners will receive medals at the Leisure World 2019 Olympics event. The levels for the tournament are 2.5; 3 and 3.5. 

This is a doubles game where each person plays all the other players in his or her group level. The levels are designed so that all players are playing against people with approximately the same ability. This makes playing pickleball fun with a competitive edge for the players.

Members of the Pickleball Players Club invite Leisure World residents to sign up for this LW Round Robin Olympics tournament. For any questions regarding this tournament or joining the club, call Darlene Boyce at (310) 713-6696.

The LW pickleball courts are open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Anyone playing must sign in. In the month of March approximately 791 signed the players book.

Ladies Q POOL Club

Sally Mansis wins Funday

Sally Mansis won the Funday Tournament in Ladies’ Q Pool Club on April 10 in Clubhouse 1.

Other members in attendance were Guta Basner, who finished second; Connie Terry, Sandy Bird, Susan Shaver and Zelma Berkenkamp.

A continental breakfast was served before the games. 

Members meet at 10 a.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1 for their regular play. 

Funday tournaments are held on the second Wednesday of the month.

All residents are welcome, regardless of experience. Annual dues are $5.

Other activities include a potluck luncheon in August and holiday luncheon in December.

Membership is required to participate in the Leisure World Olympics on May 6-8.

                 – Kathy Engelhardt


Black, Wells win mixed tournament

Following the end of the Leisure World Pool Club’s League season, the first Ladies and Gents mixed doubles 8-ball tournament was held in Clubhouse 2.

It was a perfect match with eight ladies and eight men. Each team played five matches of  8-ball with alternating shots.  

After the first two rounds, Russ Black and Sheri Wells were the only team with two wins. They lost their third game, resulting in a four-way tie for first place.

 At the end of the fifth round, Russ and Sheri’s team was tied with Sandy Bird and Gary Monahan, who lost their first game, but won the last four.

  To determine the first-place finisher, Sandy Bird lagged the cue ball to the end rail and back to see who could get it closest to the rail.  

Sandy froze the cue ball on the cushion, but both players lagged at the same time, and Sandy still won.

The next tournament will be May 20 at 6:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Chess Club Puzzle

This week’s puzzle: White moves first and for any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate. 


Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 2-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.  Beginners are welcome for free lessons.


Solution to this week’s puzzle:  Nb1. The white Knight moves from d2  to b1.  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate.

tournament poker club

Houck wins tourney with pair of 5s

Richard Houck won the final table on April 13 with a pair of fives.  

Second place was Susan Rose, followed by Bill Clawson, Chuck Burnett, Nina DeRosa, and Trai Nguyen.  

A retired surveyor, Houck has won at the final table four times, and was one of the original members when the club was founded.  

A Mutual 10 resident with wife, Barbara for 25 years, he is still actively involved with the Video Producers, Drone, Genealogy, and Collectors Clubs.

Al Mategorin won high hand with a straight diamond flush.

 Drew Sargent had second best with four kings and won the promotional hand with a jack and six.

 For club information, call Wendy Wu at (714) 366-0940.

– Susan Dodson


Bert Sellers tops players with 838

Bert Sellers had the high score of 838 on April 16 followed by Fred Reker, 836; Bob Berry, 830; and Eileen Dohl, 829. Jerry Hore and Janet Wade each won six games of 121.  Unfortunately Jorge Moy had no wins.  There were 56 players.

Kathleen Morrison celebrated her birthday, and players enjoyed chocolate cake, orange swirl ice cream and cookies.  Alma Zamzow wished everyone a Happy Easter and brought in chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies. Kathleen Morrison and Margaret Smith served.  Thank you to all.

Come and join members on Tuesdays at noon in Clubhouse 1. To learn to play Cribbage or for a brush up, call Patti Smith at 242-4674, and she will arrange for lessons. Partners are not required and play is usually finished by 3:30 p.m. Players, arrive by noon to be assured of a table.

guys,gals golf

Lyons and Krug card tournament low score of 43

by Dave LaCascia

LW contributor

The Guys and Gals golf tournament was played on April 17 at the local course. A cool morning turned into a sunny and pleasant day for golf.

Thirty co-ed teams competed over 18 holes in three flights.

For the second straight month, Bill Lyons and Pam Krug had the low score of the day, a 43.

All scores are net.

There were seven circle hole winners.

Flight winners:

A: Bill Lyons-Pam Krug, 43; tie among Paul Alloway-Ann Tran, Jay Kim-Myung Kim and Walt Bier-Margie Thompson, 47; Bob Barnum-Kyung Cho, 48.

B: Tie between Young Lee-Hae Lee and Jae H. Lee-Sun Lee, 44; John Koltoff-Anne Walshe, 45.

C: Tie between James and Grace Choi and Lee Broadbent-Joann Lim 48; Sang Kim-Soo Kim, 49.

Closest to the pin on the eighthhole were Alan Sewell at 3 ft.4 in. and Marilyn Hewitt, 5-6. On  the 17th hole, it was Steven Ro, 4-6 and Soo Choi, 5-6.


Guys and Gals tournaments are held on the third and fifth Wednesdays of the month.

The next tournament is scheduled on May 16.

Arts and Leisure, April 25 2019

Authorspeak! hosts Donna Todd

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the Leisure World Library will host author Donna Todd, who will speak about her book, “Mommalogues: Tales of Humor between Generations.” 

All are welcome to attend at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Veterans Plaza, located next to the library, to hear Donna discuss her book and the writing process. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

Some believe laughter is the best medicine. If so, Donna Todd’s “Mommalogues” is the ideal prescription—especially if you’ve ever had a mother.

“Mommalogues” is a witty collection of short stories that follow the dynamic duo of a mother and daughter through relatable, everyday situations. The daughter, wrestling with the concept of middle-age onset, sometimes finds herself at odds with her energetic and outspoken mother while the humorous moments of life are revealed through their adventures.

Whether Mom is taking her dreaded DMV renewal test, using modern technology or joining three generations on a field trip, each of the 13 tales in Mommalogues uncovers the comical side of a mother-daughter relationship.

 Donna Todd, a native of Southern California, says the idea for this book came from having a mom, sisters and a handful of aunts in her life as inspiration. A mother of two boys, she’s found that a hefty dose of humor goes a long way.  She is currently at work on the second book in the “Mommalogue” series.

Astronomy Club

The Astronomy Club will meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in  Clubhouse 3, Room 3. “Enjoying Our Night Sky” will be the topic of this month’s meeting. 

After a video presentation and discussion, people will go outside to view the night sky through telescopes and binoculars.

Coffee and cookies will be served. 

Remember to dress warmly and bring binoculars if you have them.

Everyone is welcome. 

Quilting Bees Spring Lunch

The Leisure World Quilting Bees will host its annual spring luncheon fund raiser on Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2.  Tickets are $20 and include six door prize tickets. Call (949) 574-2884 or 493-3645 for luncheon tickets.

Hometown Buffet Brunch Menu

Hometown Buffet will have Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28; $11 per person, cash or check (card services are coming). 

Hot Pot



Salad Table


Coleslaw Salad

Juice Bar

Orange Juice

Toast Bar


Corn Bread

White Bread

Hot Bars

Biscuits & Country Gravy

Scrambled Eggs

Crispy Bacon

Savory Sausage Links


O’Brien Potatoes

Baked Chicken Rotisserie

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Vegetable Rice

Grilled Parmesan Tomatoes 

Omelet Station

Omelets made to order

Dessert Station

Strawberry Glazed Bananas

Fruit Platter

Chocolate Pudding

Whipped Cream


Honey and Butter


Breakfast Syrup

Strawberry Glaze

Brown Sugar


Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Leisure World Library raises funds to support the library through the sale of donations at the Friends Bookstore next to the Leisure World Library. People are welcome to browse for bargains in books, cards, puzzles and more. A boutique sells gently used collectibles and gift items. 

The bookstore welcomes donations.  

The bookstore is in need of volunteers. Interested persons should go to the store and fill out an application. It is open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Community Karaoke

Donna Burr, with a soothing alto voice, celebrated her birthday with the karaoke folks along with her husband, Ron. Donna sang a terrific “Beneath Still Waters.” Since it was Easter Holy Week, several people several chose gospel hits like “Why Me, Lord?” from Rosemary Freman and Janice Chapman, “Oh Say but I’m Glad” from Pat Kogok, “One Day at a Time” from Ellen Brannigan, “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from Culley Eaby and “Precious Lord” from Helen Schultz.

It was a treat to welcome newcomers Ritchie and Sandy Hymann, who are new to LW.  Sue and Walter Piippo brought four grandkids who anxiously awaited their turn to sing. They weren’t a bit shy doing “Sugar Sugar” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?”

Forty-one karaoke performers picked up a microphone and did their best singing their selected songs. Regular members who practice in Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. are ready to perform. Everyone is welcome each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  

Clubhouse Lockers

Clubs that removed the contents from lockers in Clubhouse 1, which was undergoing a deep cleaning, may reclaim lockers on a temporary basis by going to the Recreation Office and signing a Temporary Access Agreement.

People will also need to provide a copy of the locker key.

For more information, email kathyt@lwsb.com.

Creative Writers

Everyone is welcome to attend the Creative Writers Club Prose Workshop at 1:30 p.m. on April 26 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

The Prose Workshop features and showcases original prose by members of the Creative Writer’s Club of Leisure World and other GRF members.

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to the Community Sing Monday, April 29, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 at 6:30 p.m. People who want to participate in Opening Acts should come at 6 p.m. and  sign in with the emcee Nancy Maggio, bringing music for the pianist as needed.

After Opening Acts, Nancy will lead group singing until she introduces half-time guest, soprano Anita Ragole (who will be accompanied on the piano by Pat Kogok).  

On April 15 Carmen Edwards was the emcee. Opening Acts began with Ethel Carter singing “Who Will Buy?,” followed by Chuck Zeman singing “Secret Love” (a capella); Byong Choi, “Don’t Forget to Remember”; and Bruce Dupont, “The Apple Tree” (a capella). Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied two of the opening acts.  

Carmen led group singing until she introduced half-time guest, singer and ukulele player Sam Calderon, who performed “Back in Your Own Back Yard,” “St. Louis Blues,” “Shine,” “Slow Boat to China” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  

Audience members showed their appreciation by loudly cheering and applauding after each number.

After half-time Carmen wrapped up group singing and led the audience in singing “Kumbaya,” thus ending the musical evening.  

Thanks to pianist Pat Kogok  and book transporter, Vito Villamor.

Joyful Line Dance

Beginning May 1, Justin Manalad will be the new dance instructor for the Joyful Line Dance Club, which meets from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Everyone is welcome to join the fun.

Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour. 

Manalad has been teaching ballroom and line dance since 2000 and is well known to Leisure World shareholders through the Filippino Association of Leisure World Valentine’s and Luau parties.

He became a dance instructor after his doctor advised him to exercise regularly. He learned swing ballroom dance and went on to master salsa, tango, cha-cha, Bolero, fox trot, rumba, boogie, waltz, cumbia and merengue.   

His mission for the Joyful Line Dance Club is help people get  healthier, stronger, happier and younger in mind and body. That’s what mastering dance has done for him.

He has a repertoire of over 60 songs he will be teaching in class.

Selections include “Ackey Breaky Heart,” “Bahama Mama,” “Balikbayan Slide,” “The Biker’s Shuffle,” “Black Velvet,” “Hello Dolly” and more.

Cost is $2 per 90-minute class.

For more information, call Anna Derby at 301-5339.

GRF Weekly Dance

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

The Now and Then Trio (40’s through 60’s) will play April 27.

The Recreation Department asks residents and their guests attending the GRF Saturday Dances in Clubhouse 1 to cooperate in adhering to a few, simple rules:

• Do not park on the east side of Clubhouse 1. Parking for the clubhouse is across Golden Rain Road at the golf course or on Burning Tree Lane. 

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to set up for the next group.

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

• Clubhouse lighting and audiovisual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given

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

• Guests must be accompanied by the GRF member who invites them as all passes and ID’s are subject to inspection.

Ad Hoc Sing-Along

The LW Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour. All are welcome to come and sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites, Broadway tunes and songs made famous in movies. 

Helene Onu is the song leader, and singers are encouraged to become song leaders. Song sheets are furnished. Reading music is not required.

Piano accompaniment is provided by Barbara McIlhaney. 

For more information, call Chuck Burnett at 493-0176.

Leisure Whirlers

The Leisure Whirlers Square  and Round Dance Club will have a party on Friday, May 3, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The theme will be “Cinco de Mayo.”

There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. 

Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. 

Square and round dances are alternated from 7-9 p.m., when the potluck and socializing start. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Cost is $7 per person. 

For more information call Lenore Velky at 237-2682.

 Experienced dancers are always needed to help support the new students who are learning the 110 square dance steps used in square dances. The class takes nine months, from March-December.

Singles and couples are welcome. Classes are held at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove.  

For more information call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250. 

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

The following is a partial list of dance classes and clubs available in Leisure World:

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Rumba is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; nightclub two-step, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; $5 per session. Singles and couple are welcome. For information, call (559) 403-8974.

•Ballet: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor; no experience required. Classes are $3. 

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate cha cha is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate fox trot is taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. In March, beginning waltz will be taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate cha cha will be taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. For information, call dance instructor Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269, who has 20-plus years of professional dance experience.

•Dancing Feet Club: Ballroom and line dancing are held in Clubhouse 2 on the fourth Sunday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Admission is free. Guests may bring drinks and snacks. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223. 

•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and the third Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 2. Young-Ah Ko is the instructor. For more information, call (310) 658-0379 or 296-8068.

•Fun Exercise Line Dance Club: Intermediate line dance meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C; membership, $10 a year. For information, call Suzanne Ahn, 810-1614.

•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes, Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. (beginners, first hour, advanced, second hour) at Clubhouse 6, Room C; and beginner level only on Fridays, 2:30-4 p.m., Clubhouse 3, lobby. Newcomers should have general knowledge of line dance and basic dance steps. For more information, e-mail grapevinelinedance@gmail.com or inquire in classes.

•Hui O Hula: Beginners meet on Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m., upstairs in Clubhouse 6, followed by an intermediate and advanced class. The Tuesday class starts at 1:15 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All levels are welcome. For more information, call 252-9676 or email jojo@huiohula.com.

•Leisure Time Dancers: The waltz will be taught at 2 p.m. and big band swing at 3 p.m.  in Clubhouse 6. Richard Sharrard is  the instructor. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call  434-6334.

•Leisure World Cloggers:Advanced and intermediate students meet at 8:30 a.m. and beginners at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: The club hosts themed dances with a potluck on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682. 

•Line Dance, beginning: Fridays except the first Friday of the month, 10 a.m., Clubhouse 3 lobby and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Classes are free. For more information, call Barbara Magie, 858-8485.

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Bolero is taught from 9-10 a.m.; quick step, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays for a class upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor. 

•Velvetones Jazz Club Dance: The big band plays dance music at 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month in Clubhouse 4. 

•Zumba Club: Stef Sullivan teaches the class with dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cha-cha, raggaeton, Cumbia, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop and disco. Classes, $3, are held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

LBSO Pops!

The Long Beach Symphony POPS! will present Cirque Musica: Heroes & Villains on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in the Pacific Ballroom of Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. The unique performance features dynamic cirque choreography combined with some of the greatest superhero and classical music. This vibrant performance is sure to appeal to the entire family. 

The talented cast of Cirque Musica will bring the music to life with incredible displays of circus and aerial performers “taking to the sky” for a truly unique performance. Classical repertoire includes “The Planets,” “Night on Bald Mountain,” “Danse Macabre” and an aerial violin performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” Popular superhero and sci-fi pieces include music from “The Avengers,” “Batman,” “Star Wars” and others. 

The winner of the 2019 Lexus Opportunity Drawing will also be announced at the concert where one lucky winner will receive the keys to a brand new 2019 Lexus 350 F Sport donated by Lexus Motor Sales, USA! Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Single tickets are $100, seven tickets for $500 or 15 tickets for $1,000. Visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org/Lexus for tickets and additional information. 

“We want to thank Lexus for making this drawing, which directly supports our education and community engagement programs, possible” explained the Symphony’s President, Kelly Lucera. “These programs are offered in partnership with the LB Unified School District and serve more than 30,000 adults and children in our community.” 

Tickets to a Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert include options for seats at 10-top tables or more intimate Bistro seating at 4-top tables. For the budget-conscious, loge seating is available for $29 (student tickets $10 with ID). Jumbo screens on each side of the stage bring the action to life for everyone, regardless of seating preference, and all patrons are invited to bring their own picnics and libations or to purchase dinner from a list of preferred local caterers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for dining and mingling with friends; concert begins at 8.  

For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions, visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call 436-3203, ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster. 

 For classical music lovers, the Symphony will wrap up the season with Beethoven’s legendary Ninth Symphony on June 8 in the Terrace Theater of the Performing Arts Center, alongside Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music.  

The Entertainers

The Entertainers will present a show at “Club Ooh La La” on Saturday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.  Come to the intimate Paris nightclub and sit at tables lit by soft candlelight and be entertained. 

Talented vocalists and instrumentalists will perform song medleys of French cabaret songs and “April in Paris.” The show will include songs and dances from “A Chorus Line” and “Chicago.” The talented cast includes Vickie Van Ert, Sandra Nelson, Eric Nelson, Paul Shivers and Jeanine Greb. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bring favorite snacks and refreshments. Admission is free.

Good News Singers

With the theme “keep on praying,” the Good News Singers will present a concert on Saturday, May 4, featuring songs to lift your spirits. 

The concert starts at noon (a new time), and a full lunch will be served afterward.

The Good News Singers will present songs of peace, hope  and love.

Life can bring uncertain times with illness or accidents. The concert will comfort and encourage people who are struggling. Old favorites such as “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “In the Garden” and the ever popular “Lord’s Prayer” will be sung.

Besides the choir, the Spiritones and the Messengers and two soloists sing songs of prayer. Carmen Edwards and Susan Kelleghan are practicing in preparation for the concert. 

LW Poetry

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

Ode to a Japanese Garden

Sunlight dapples the water of a quiet pool I know,

reflections cast shades of bamboo canes. 

Three ancient rocks grace the shore nearby.

The noble Koi rule this domain. 

This gracefully ordered garden is restful to my soul.

My eyes rejoice in its design. 

Fragrance of the flowers enhances every sense

It frees me from the urgency or time. 

This gift of planning gardens comes from far away

it’s a treasure prized by every hand.

I’m thankful for its beauty, its restful gentleness.

I’d not trade it for a garden more grand. 

-—Phyllis Poper

LW Library Trip to Huntington

The LW Library will host a bus trip to The Huntington Library on May 22. The first bus  sold out quickly, so a second bus has been added. Tickets are selling briskly.

The Huntington is celebrating its centennial year and is considered one of the world’s great cultural, research and educational centers.

The property features 120 acres of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the Japanese Garden, the Desert Garden and the Chinese Garden. The center also boasts an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th-mid-20th-century American art. 

On this 90-minute outdoor walking tour, guests will explore some of the magnificent gardens and learn how Henry and Arabella Huntington’s San Marino Ranch was transformed into the world-famous cultural landmark that it is today.

Guests will be guided by expert docents through the elements of The Huntington and more than a dozen themed gardens. The tour will depart from Clubhouse 4 at 8:30 a.m. on May 22. Tickets are $58 and include bus fare and the admission ticket for museum with an hour-and-a-half docent tour. 

For tickets and information, call the Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 326.

LW Theater Club

The Leisure World Theater Club will meet Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in the Loft. Membership dues of $5 are now overdue. People can pay them at the meeting by seeing Tosca Lies. 

Since all the bills were finally turned in, there will be information regarding the country-western fund raiser. 

Members are asked to sign in when attending any function in the Loft. The club needs to justify using the space.

New members are encouraged to join the club for shows and assorted activities. If you don’t sing, act or dance, the club can use help in other backstage areas.  

Its accomplished pianist Eric Nelson and his group, The Entertainers, will put on a show Saturday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 5:30. Come and support these talented members.

Embroiderers Guild

The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, Inc., meets at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 26, at Long Beach City College’s Lifetime Learning Center Building QQ, Room 122.

Vicki Young will demonstrate how to make a beaded red, white and blue “Patriotic Bracelet” from noon-2 p.m. The college is located at 1305 Pacific Coast Highway.

Parking permits are available for $2 per day or $5 per semester. Parking is free in any space with a handicapped placard.

The chapter meets of the fourth Friday of the month (dark in December.) Guests are welcome. 

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club will offer a workshop called “Ancestry.Com/Ancestry DNA” on Thursday, May 2, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10. There is no charge for these workshops and everyone is welcome.

Security Report

On April 19 at about 5:50 p.m., a driver reversed his vehicle into a fire hydrant, shearing it at the base, according to a Security report. A 20-foot-high water geyser erupted on Thunderbird Drive in front of Building 61 in Mutual 1. GRF Service Maintenance shut off the water for about 10 minutes. The City of Seal Beach Public Works responded at 6:20 p.m. to ensure that water to the hydrant was diverted. The hydrant will be replaced early next week. Witness Joy Kolesky said the street flooded, and traffic was diverted.

community church

Community Church will continue the Easter season on Sunday with the presentation of “The Song Everlasting.”

Everyone is invited to attend the special service at 9:50 a.m. in the Sanctuary, followed by refreshments and coffee in Edgar Hall. 

The sacred Cantata  incorporates hymns, spirituals and folk songs with the story of Christ’s ministry on earth.  

The Scripture Lesson is Zephaniah 3:14-17.   

Pastor Johan Dodge will provide the reflections that are incorporated into the Cantata.

Lay liturgist will be Kelly Frankiewicz. 

Featured will be the church’s music staff, directed by Renee Cortez, and the Chancel Choir.


The church office will be closed on Monday, April 29.

Assembly of God  

Several meetings and activities are available to members and friends of the Assembly of God this week.

It begins with the worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Dan Ballinger, associate pastor, will open the service with praise and prayer, followed by worship songs led by Denise Smith.

That will be interspersed with the message, “When Hope Meets Depression,” by Pastor Sam Pawlak.  

The offering and update of church activities will be led by Diana Mushagian.

The offertory music will be “Some Golden Daybreak,” an organ and piano duet by Marge McDonald and Norma Ballinger.

The hymn sing is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

 Pastors Sam and Pat Pawlak and Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will provide special music.

 Ruth Olson will lead two  choruses at the hymn sings.  

Fellowship time concludes the evening.


On Tuesday, April 30, those who signed up will carpool to Knott’s Berry Farm Chicken Restaurant for food and fellowship.


The weekly Bible study begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. 

Pastor Sam will begin the study of the book of James.

Several churches will be represented. 

All are invited to attend.


Under the leadership of Denise Smith, a team representing  the church will minister at Seal Beach Rehabilitation Center at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2.

Familiar songs of praise, special music and sharing from the Bible are planned.

beit halev  

The Torah reading for Shabbat and the eighth day of Passover is from Deuteronomy, Chapter 14:22-16:17. 

In this special holiday Torah portion, members of Beit HaLev and others will learn the regulations on tithing, the laws of release of slaves after seven years of servitude, adjustments to the rules of inheritance in favor of women with no brothers and the laws concerning pilgrimage festivals.

Beit HaLev’s services are accessed online at Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov.

In addition to the Sabbath services, Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater  conducts a short weekday Ma’ariv  service on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on SimShalom.com. It includes a Torah reading, a D’var Torah, a prayer for healing and the Mourners Kaddish.


Beginners Hebrew class continues on Wednesday afternoons. To learn Prayerbook Hebrew or Modern (conversational) Hebrew, contact Rabbi-Cantor Galit at  715-0888 /or  duets@icloud.com for information regarding day and time.


On this last Sunday of his ministry as pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church Pastor Gil Moore has titled his sermon “The Final Word” and is using as his text the Gospel lesson, John 20:19-31. 

Reader is Flo Nesland and prayer leader is Juanita Townsend. The choir sings “Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks.” Altar flowers are from Sandy Langdale in remembrance of her husband’s birthday.

The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes the participation of the Pacifica Synod Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. Andy Taylor. 

A luncheon commemorating the ministry of Pastor Moore will follow the service.

The Wednesday morning Bible class meets in the fellowship hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. under the leadership of Pastor Lynda Elmer. The class is beginning the study of the Letter to the Romans. All are welcome.

 A Navigating through Grief group meets from 10-11 a.m. in the conference room, today, Thursday.

 The Respite Center meets on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 596-1209 for information about registration and volunteering.

Website for the congregation is available at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com.

lw baptist

All are invited to Leisure World Baptist Church this week   in Clubhouse 4.

Sunday school is scheduled from 8:40-9:10 a.m.

Gather with friends at the round table for coffee and a sweet treat until the morning worship service begins at 9:45.

All join in singing the call to worship, “Bless the Lord.”

Jean Davidson has chosen as her solo to sing “More of You.”

Under the direction of Darlene Harris, the choir will sing “Our God Reigns,” written in 1973 by Lenny Smith.

Congregational hymns will include “Jesus Loves Even Me,” “The Savior is Waiting” and “Trust and Obey.”

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play the offertory selection.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message from Romans 3:25-31 is titled “Faith in Christ Glorifies God.”

The closing hymn will be “To God be the Glory.”

The prayer room, attended by friends from the congregation, will be  open following the service. 


On Wednesday, May 1, the Energizers meet at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call 430-2920.

first christian  

First Christian Church has undergone a face-lift recently.

A large concrete patio has been added for convenient parking and easy front door access for those driving golf-carts or motor powered scooters and bicycles. 

Plants, palms, climbers and flowers have all been added and thoroughly watered by the  recent rains.

All are invited to join members at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for Bible study. Services begin at 5:15 p.m. on  Saturday and 10:15 a.m. Sundays.

On Saturday, the Hospitality Room opens at 4:30 p.m. 

Sunday begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. in the book of Exodus.

At 9:30 a.m., the Hospitality Room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with co-hosts Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture.

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns “I Am Thine, O Lord,” “When We See Christ” and “I’ll Fly Away.” 

The communion hymn will be “He Took My Sins Away.”   

Our church choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “Were You There?”

 Pastor Bruce Humes will present the Communion meditation and service. For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing, “Beloved, Let Us Love One Another.”

Pat Kogok will sing, “Temporary Home” followed by Linda Benevento, who will read from the Gospel of Matthew 22:34-40.

Pastor Gene’ Cherryholmes’ message will be “Greatest Commandment” based on Matthew 22:34-46.

Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes both at 9:30 a.m. 

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. 

For more information, call 431-8810 and leave a message.

faith christian  

There is a great quote from a missionary that says, “The Bible is not the basis of missions, missions is the basis of the Bible.”   

It is that spirit that prompted Pastor Sheri and Gary Leming to accept an invitation to speak at a leadership conference in Trinidad.  

Pastor Sheri will teach at the conference and Gary will conduct a business seminar.  

They return this week and will share all that God accomplished through their time in Trinidad.  

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room and Grief-Share meets at 2 p.m. Fridays, same location.

Pastor Sheri Leming will teach Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesfays in the Garden Room.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information, call 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net. 

congregation sholom  

Friday services at Congregation Sholom will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow i n Clubhouse 3, Room 2 led by Cantor Marla Barugel. 

All are invited on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, for services with Rabbi Karen Isenberg. 

A potluck dairy lunch will follow services at noon. During lunch the Rabbi will discuss the Torah portion.

On Friday, May 3, Sharon Kenigsberg will discuss her experience visiting several concentration camps. 

Ms. Kenigsberg is director of endowments in Community Development for the Jewish Federation.


On May 10, Carol Levine will make a presentation titled  “Israel Through Jewish Eyes.” She will discuss her recent trip to Israel, which included visits to some unusual places not often seen by tourists.


The Lag B’Omer picnic will be on May 19 at 11 a.m. in the picnic area near Clubhouse 1. 


  To provide a ride to services, or to get one, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122 or Maria Bogart at 594-4362.

Buddha Circle

The Buddha Circle will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, in Clubhouse 4.

Another lesson in Buddhism will be discussed by Ven. Vui Mung from Desert Zen Center. He presents Buddhism in a simple way, how to suffer less and become happier.

It’s an interactive group, so those who attend are encouraged to ask questions.

Ven. Vui Mung will begin the session in a guided meditation.

 Check the website at LWSB.com under Religion, Buddha Circle for more information. 

There is no membership. All residents are welcome.

Donations are welcome and will support Ven. Vui Mung’s teachings.

For more information, call    (714) 933-5122.


The Rev. Nicole Von Atzingen’s talk at The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living (SBCSL) on April 28 is titled, “This Changes Everything.” The 9 and 11 a.m. services will be highlighted by the musical talents of Harold Payne and Alan Busteed. 

For information on the Center’s upcoming events and classes, visit www.sbcsl.org or call 598-3325.

holy family catholic  

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter this week, April 28.

The readings: 

First Reading: Acts 5:12-16; Responsorial Psalm: 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-23; Second Reading: Revelations 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19; Alleluia: John 20:29; Gospel: John 20:19-31

A spiritual bouquet for all mothers, living and deceased, will be  available at a Novena of Masses from May 12-20. 

It will be offered  for all mothers whose names are submitted in envelopes in the pews.

The church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 and 10 a.m. and noon; the Vigil Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday; daily Mass, 8:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday.  

Confessions are Saturdays and the eves of Holy Days, 4-4:45 p.m.; First Fridays, 9:15 a.m.


Gamechangers, an interactive Bible study for men and women will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in Leisure World. Sessions are held on the first and third Fridays of the month.

Course topics include what identifies people as followers of Jesus and how to live a Christian life.

For the location and more information, call 343-8066.

Aglow International  

Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday,  May 10, at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.

Men and women are welcome.

Reservations should be made by May 6 by calling 631-729