July 9 2020
Page 1-3, General News
SB Blvd NB off-ramp closed
The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605.The project is improving 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line. Construction updates are as follows:
• I-405 Northbound Seal Beach Boulevard Off-ramp to Close
The northbound I-405 off-ramp to Seal Beach Boulevard was scheduled to close for approximately one month, starting June 29, to reconstruct the ramp as part of the freeway widening.
Work includes demolition, excavation, grading, draining, electrical system installation, concrete pours and asphalt paving.
The ramp is scheduled to open July 29. Dates and times may change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.
Closures are set for 9:30 p.m.-6 a.m.
The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule, closure and detour information in future alerts at www.octa.net or call (888) 400-8994.
Los Al Food Giveaway
Starting July 7, the City of Los Alamitos Senior Grocery Program sponsored by Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America will be held at the American Legion Post 716 parking lot, 3252 Florista Street, Los Alamitos. Distribution is every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. to the first 200 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to protect public health, participants will drive through and should not arrive early due to space constraints.
The line to receive groceries will begin on Oak Street outside the Community Center, 10911 Oak St., Los Alamitos, and upon arrival, city staff will direct people to the American Legion Post 716 parking lot.
The Senior Grocery Program, sponsored by Second Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America, provides free groceries to adults 60 years and older. Grocery items consist of fresh produce and when available, non-perishable food items; information: www.cityoflosalamitos.org.
Work has resumed on LW Pool
Work resumed on building the new Leisure World Pool and Spa on June 25 as crews pumped out water from a hole that is the only reminder left of the 1960s-era facility.
The pool was drained early this year, but ocean intrusion due to a high-water table meant more water had to be pumped out before the hole could be filled. That happened June 25.
Once the water was gone, the hole was lined with a special geotextile soil cloth, in keeping with the soils engineer’s recommendation (see photo lower left). Crews filled the hole with gravel and dirt, and compacted the ground for grading, leaving the site ready for construction of the new pool and spa, according to GRF Physical Property Manager David Rudge.
The facility will boast a pool with five swimming lanes, a 30-by-30-foot activity area with a volleyball net, a 9-by-25-foot spa, new locker rooms and a lounge area in a reconfigured space to maximize potential.
The project is expected to be finished in late September.
COVID-19 has delayed the project as engineered plans and permits stalled amid virus lockdowns and employee reductions. The process is moving forward through video meetings, phone calls and emails.
Work onsite resumed in earnest last week. Now that the grading is finished, the new pool is being excavated; the dig process is expected to move quickly.
The next steps involve installing a steel rebar cage around the pool, pouring concrete to form pool walls, and installing tile and coping. Once this is accomplished the deck will be poured and finally topsoil regraded.
The plumbing, sewer and electric will be installed once the pool is excavated. Coordination with the architect and engineers is ongoing, and permits are on the way.
Hydraulic engineers have designed pumps to handle 96,000 gallons of pool water that has to be filtered and recycled completely every six hours—and the spa every half hour—to meet the commercial pool code section 3124B.
Construction on the locker rooms will soon begin with sandblasting to remove paint on the interior locker room walls.
From the GRF Finance Department
The Orange County Tax Collector collects property tax based on the assessed value of your unit. Property values are reviewed and assessed by the Assessor’s Office every year, as of Jan. 1. The property taxes you will be paying in 2021 are based on the assessed value as of Jan. 1, 2020, as required by state law.
For Mutual 1-16, the assessed values are made available to GRF by the end of July.
If you are a shareholder in Mutual 1-16, and you would like to know the assessed value of your unit for 2021, you may email Kim Ngo at email@example.com starting Aug. 1. Kim will respond to your emails in the order in which they are received.
The Golden Rain Foundation Finance Department anticipates many requests so patience is requested; she will reply to all inquiries as quickly as possible. Do not submit more than one request, as this will only delay the response to other shareholders.
If you disagree with the assessed value, you have the option of filing an appeal with the Orange County Assessor’s office.
More information on how to file an appeal of your assessed value is available online at www.ocgov.com/cob.
Questions regarding the appeal process should be directed to the county’s website or to the Orange County Assessor’s Office at (714) 834-2727. The Finance Department can only provide the assessed value and your parcel number. It is unable to help you with filing your appeal.
To challenge the assessed value, you must submit a complete Assessment Appeal Application with the County by Nov. 30. You can file the Assessment Appeal Application by mailing it to:
OC Assessment Appeals Board
PO Box 22023
Santa Ana, CA, 92702-2023
Or you can submit it in person to:
The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
333 W. Santa Ana Blvd, Ste 100
Santa Ana, CA, 92701
Do not submit supporting documentation with your appeal. However, be prepared to provide documents showing comparable sales that closed escrow as close to Jan. 1 as possible, but before April 1, 2020. The sales data should show that the property’s Market Value was lower than the Assessor’s assessed taxable value for Jan. 1, 2020.
Filing an appeal does not relieve your obligation to pay the taxes as billed by the Assessor’s office. The appeals board has two years from the date an application is filed to hear and render a decision. Based on the evidence submitted at the hearing, the appeals board may increase, decrease or not change an assessment. If the appeals board grants a reduction, a proportionate refund of taxes paid will be processed. Additional information and answers to frequently asked questions can be obtained from the Orange County Assessor’s website.
• Market Value is what the property would sell for (the unconditional sales price).
• Prop. 13 Value is established when the property changes ownership. The Assessor makes a CPI inflation adjustment of up to 2 percent per year, as required by California laws.
• Prop. 8 Value reductions are temporary and are based on the Market Value of property each Jan. 1 (lien date).
• Taxable Value for a specific year is the Market Value or the Prop. 13 Value, whichever is lower. Following a value reduction (Prop. 8), if the Market Value increases, the Taxable Value may be adjusted upward by more than 2 percent but may not exceed the Prop.13 Value you established at the time your property was acquired, plus any new construction, plus an annual inflation rate of no more than 2 percent per year.
—GRF Finance Manager Barbara Shuler
LW donates 2,000 masks
To be a part of the “Community Strong” program to help shareholders to protect others from spreading the COVID 19 virus, the Golden Age Foundation has had two mask giveaways, distributing thousands of free masks to residents.
GAF volunteers made most of the masks, and many were donated by people who wanted to help LWers stay safe amid the pandemic. One of the biggest donations came from Mutual 1 shareholder Tina Furey, who donated over 2,000 masks that were given away to all 16 mutuals.
She works with a group of volunteers from the Phat To Temple (Goota Temple) in Long Beach. These volunteers stitched thousands of masks to give away to seniors in area assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Then Tina and her sister collected 2,000 more from them to share with Leisure World shareholders during the lockdown to protect others from the virus.
On behalf Golden Age Foundation and Diana Harrison, who co-chaired the mask-giveaways with Anna Derby, thank you to all 50 volunteer sewers, fabric cutters, elastic cutters, runners and mask baggers.
“These three months have been very strange,” said Anna Derby, “but helping support the community has given it some purpose. Without volunteers contributing their precious time, these events wouldn’t be able to happen, and that shows community can rise the occasion when necessary.”
The Golden Age Foundation is nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Seal Beach, Leisure World shareholders. Its purpose is to make the community a better and happier place in which to live. Contributions made to the GAF qualify for exemption from income taxes in most cases.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Vaping prohibited in Seal Beach
On June 22, the Seal Beach City Council passed Ordinance 1685, which amends the Seal Beach Municipal Code prohibiting smoking in certain public locations.
The use of electronic smoking devices (such as electronic cigarettes and vape pens) is now prohibited anywhere that conventional smoking has been prohibited such as the Seal Beach Pier, city parks and beaches.
The use of tobacco products, and the resultant exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco byproducts, cause death and disease and impose great social and economic costs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has preliminarily found that the use of electronic smoking devices (commonly called “vaping”) can also harmfully affect human health, and that, because electronic smoking devices are often marketed in appealing flavors, the use of such devices can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead to their use of conventional tobacco products.
Electronic cigarettes, electronic cigars, electronic cigarillos, electronic pipes, electronic hookahs, vape pens, and similar electronic smoking devices are generally designed to look like or be used in the same manner as conventional tobacco products.
As a result, the City Council voted to amend Seal Beach Municipal Code §7.55.010 and §9.05.060 to expand the definition of the term “smoke.”
Smoking that is prohibited now includes both the use of conventional tobacco products and “Electronic Smoking Devices.” Those devices are defined as an electronic or battery operated device, the use of which may resemble smoking and may be referred to as “vaping,” that can be used to deliver an inhaled dose of nicotine or other substances.” The use of Electronic Smoking Devices is now prohibited in City parks, beaches and on the Pier. For full details visit http://qcode.us/codes/sealbeach/?view=desktop.
The Seal Beach Police Department will begin enforcing these new rules on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Until then, a community outreach and tobacco retailer education campaign will be conducted to inform the public of these changes.
For questions about this new ordinance or the tobacco-related enforcement efforts of the Seal Beach Police Department, contact Sgt. Nicholas at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1160, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Testing: Where to get it
The outbreak of COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus was first detected in China late last year. Updated information from the CDC and other authorities, in addition to the latest guidance and reminders of how residents can protect themselves, will be provided in this column.
What Is It?
The World Health Organization describes the novel coronavirus as a member of “a large family of viruses” that cause everything from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover. State and local officials have put social distancing policies in place to slow the spread of the virus. Seal Beach has 127 reported cases as of presstime, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
OC Health Care Agency Testing Information
Orange County residents can go to ochealthinfo.com/covidtest or call the HCA’s Health Referral Line at 1(800) 564-8448 to make an appointment at a nearby test site. Next day or, in some cases, same day appointments are available.
In Orange County, testing priority is given to people with symptoms as well as asymptomatic individuals who are health care workers, first responders, social service employees, or those who are a may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
COVID-19 Testing at Home
If you’re interested in taking a free COVID-19 test in your home in Leisure World by licensed, trained lab personnel, contact Reddy Urgent Care in Huntington Beach by email at Reddyurgentcare@gmail mail.com, attention: Helen and Minerva, who will send you information. Required is a copy of your ID card and insurance information, and they will schedule an appointment at your home.
Insurance will be billed if it covers the test; if not, there is no charge. Usha Rani K. Reddy, M.D., is a board-certified emergency room physician working with Long Beach Emergency Medical Group. His group provides physician services at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach and Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro.
He also owns and runs three urgent care centers that provide medical services comparable to an emergency room visit. Currently COVID-19 testing and blood draws for the anti-body test are being done at all the centers; for general information, visit reddyuc.com.
Reddy Urgent Care Centers are located at 123 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 90802, (562) 726-1383; 4237 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 90807, (562) 336-1656; 7772 Warner Ave., Suite 103, Huntington Beach, 92647; (714) 916-0241.
Thank you to LWer Donna Sprow for providing this information.
CVS on PCH has COVID-19 Testing
CVS, 921 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, now offers limited testing for the COVID-19 virus.
Go online and schedule an appointment time. At the drive through, you will be given a self test to take and then return it to a kiosk outside the store.
People must follow online instructions, register, schedule a time for the drive through and then follow instructions for the self test.
Limited appointments are available to patients who qualify. Patients being tested are required to stay in their vehicles and surfaces are sanitized after each visit.
To learn more, visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.
COVID-19 Order Amendments
On July 6, Acting County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau issued new Amended Orders and Strong Recommendations, effective immediately in support of directives made earlier this week by the California Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office.
The amendments came in light of the recent increased COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization rate in Orange County, the placement of Orange County on the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) County Monitoring List, and further CDPH directives applicable to the County of Orange,
The Amended Orders replace the July 1 version and includes the mandatory closure of bars (with certain exceptions) while also closes indoor operations of certain sectors including:
• Dine-in restaurants
• Wineries and tasting rooms
• Movie theaters
• Family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, miniature golf, etc.)
• Zoos and museums
The order not apply to outdoor or pick-up operations of the above-listed sectors, provided the establishment/business operates in accordance with its respective industry or sector guidance including appropriate physical distancing and face coverings practices.
For specific industry or sector guidance, see the following link: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#top. To read the Order in its entirely, visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/article/oc-health-officers-orders-recommendations.
This Order shall remain in effect until at least July 22 and may be extended further by the County Health Officer based on his assessment and evaluation of local epidemiological indicators.
Any extension shall be posted on the Orange County Health Care Agency website, available at www.ochealthinfo.com.
Wear a Cloth Face-Covering
To help prevent the spread of droplets containing COVID-19, all county residents and visitors shall wear face coverings in certain high-risk situations, as required by the Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings issued by California Department of Public Health on June 18. For more information, see www.cdph.ca.gov, Guidance for Face Coverings issued by California Department of Public Health on June 18.
For more information, see www.cdph.ca.gov, Guidance for Face Coverings, which includes a list of high-risk situations wherein county residents and visitors shall wear a face covering, and for a list of individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Effective immediately, and continuing until further notice, the following shall be in effect in unincorporated and incorporated territories in Orange County, California:
• Maintain Six Feet of Physical Distancing: All Orange County residents and visitors should maintain at least six feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or live in the same living unit, when in a public place; visiting a retail, commercial or other place of business; or at work.
• For Vulnerable Population: All Orange County residents who are 65 years old or older; have serious underlying medical conditions (for example, chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, liver disease); or have a compromised immune system should remain at home consistent with guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) available at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/PublicHealthGuidanceSelfIsolationforOlderAdultsandThoseWhoHaveElevatedRisk.aspx
• Other Recommendations: All Orange County residents should avoid contact with people who are sick; not gather in groups; stay out of crowded places; avoid mass gatherings; wash hands frequently; wash face coverings frequently; cover coughs and sneezes; and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
These Amended Orders and Strong Recommendations shall not supersede any conflicting or more restrictive orders issued by the State of California or federal government, according to the California Department of Public Health release.
On Feb. 26, the County of Orange Health Officer declared a Local Health Emergency based on a threat to public health from the introduction of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Orange County.
Shredding Event is Today
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will sponsor a free shredding service in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot today, Thursday, July 9, at from 10 a.m.-noon. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the following requirements are in place:
• People must be prepared to social distance and wear masks when dropping off materials to be shredded.
• Shareholders will drop their papers and go; there will be no waiting.
• No cardboard boxes can to dropped off; put papers in plastic or brown paper bags.
• There will be no chairs to sit on; no line will be allowed to form.
• GAF volunteers will monitor bags until truck arrives to pick them up.
For better shredding service, shareholders should:
• Remove staples and paper clips.
• Bring only papers to be shredded, no electronic devices will be accepted.
• Contaminated bags will be turned away.
Shareholders can also dispose of used household batteries at this event.
The GAF is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the residents of Leisure World. The GAF was established in 1973 and is not affiliated with the Golden Rain Foundation.
All GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World shareholders.
The GAF is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs.
The generous support of shareholders, residents, clubs organizations and businesses is the main source of income.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Perspectives Page 4
Letter to Editor
The attitudes regarding race, formed over the past 400 years, die slowly and with lots of resistance. An example of resistance is the idea of white privilege. “I am not privileged,” I say. “Haven’t I worked hard to secure what I have?” Yet I have discovered the privileges of white people like me are subtle, silent, hidden, deceiving. Usually, I’m not aware of my privilege.
As a white American and a person who marched in Selma with Dr. King, I cannot be completely free of racism. It is a part of American culture. I grew up with an unspoken but pervasive attitude that Blacks were somehow inferior, even dangerous. I was raised in a Christian home and became a Lutheran pastor. I did not realize that being white allowed me to walk to a movie while someone who was Black was suspect, questioned or even refused. In my heart, that is just the way life is. Jon Stewart said on The View (June 29, 2020) that “fish don’t know that they are wet.” That is true for me when it comes to my experience of white privilege.
I cannot be outraged that some police dishonor and even kill Black people. Maybe their behavior and the attitudes should instead cause me to pause and look deep into myself. Because, in the deepest place that is me, I have that same disease.
I cannot simply think about the reality of white privilege. I need to ponder on it.
Credits and Kudos
Joan Shramek of Mutual 12 writes: As a 32-year resident of Leisure World, I would like to thank our local Leisure World Pharmacy and staff. We are so blessed to have caring and concerned professionals in our community to serve us.
A Leisure World resident received a call allegedly from Publishers Clearing House last week, telling her that she have won $2.5 million and a C Class Mercedes, both of which would be delivered by UPS that day.
All she had to do was provide her identification information for verification and purchase a $100 cash card from Walmart, which would be donated to charity because “it would be appropriate after winning so much money.”
For 20 minutes she asked how she could win a contest she didn’t enter and refused to give personal information. The caller told her to call the company and gave a (912) number, which is a private phone number in Tyne Island, Georgia, and then hung up.
According to the Fraud Protection section of the Publishers Clearing House (PCH) website, you never have to pay to claim a prize. If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH, and tells you that you’ve won a prize—then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize, STOP! You have not heard from the real PCH.
Here are tips to help you spot PCH scams:
• PCH Doesn’t Email or Call Its Big Winners
If you receive an email, a telephone call, or a bulk mail letter saying that you’ve won a big prize from PCH, it’s a scam. According to the PCH website: “All PCH prizes of $500 or greater are awarded by either certified or express letter or in person by our famous Prize Patrol at our option.” So if you receive a prize notification by any other method than certified mail or an in-person award, you know you are being scammed.
• You Never Have to Pay to Receive a Legitimate PCH Win
Scammers extort money from you in exchange for a promise of a prize that never materializes. The truth is you never have to pay to receive a sweepstakes prize from Publishers Clearing House or any other company.
• No Confidential Information Required
You don’t have to give Publishers Clearing House your address, bank account number, driver’s license number, or any other confidential information when you first enter. You may have to fill out an affidavit to verify eligibility if you win, but not when you enter. If the entry form is asking for this kind of personal information, it’s a sign you are on a spoofed website.
• A Check Doesn’t Mean You’ve Won
Scammers sometimes make it appear that you’re not “really” paying for your prize by handing over a check and asking you to send back some of the money. After all, they’re providing the funds, right? Wrong. Those checks aren’t legitimate, and you’ll be left holding the bill. Read about check scams for more information.]
Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Communications and Technical Director.
Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly 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.
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Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome.
Government, page 5
Mutual Meeting Schedule
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change).
Thurs., July 9 Mutual 12
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Fri., July 10 Mutual 3
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Mon., July 13 Mutual 9
Canceled 9 a.m.
Wed., July 15 Mutual 5
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Wed., July 15 Mutual 7
Canceled 1 p.m.
Thurs., July 16 Mutual 2
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Thurs., July 16 Mutual 11
Canceled 1:30 p.m.
Mon., July 20 Mutual 15
Zoom conference call 1 p.m.
Tues., July 21 Mutual 14
Zoom conference call 1 p.m.
Wed., July 22 Mutual 10
Canceled 9 a.m.
Thurs., July 23 Mutual 1, open forum, 9 a.m.
Zoom conference call 9:15 a.m.
Fri., July 24 Mutual 6
Canceled 9:30 a.m.
GRF Committee Meetings
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule (meetings are dependent on orders related to COVID-19; check schedules for latest information):
Fri., July 17 ARDC
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Mon., July 20 Finance Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Tues., July 21 Website Ad Hoc Committee
virtual 1 p.m.
Tues., July 28 GRF Monthly Meeting
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
GRF ID Replacements
Residents of Mutuals 2, 10, 16, 17 must renew ID cards during their birth months. GRF ID cards expire in 2020 for members in Mutuals 2, 10, 16 and 17.
Residents in these Mutuals need to stop by Stock Transfer during the month of their birthday to obtain a replacement card.
The expiration date for all ID cards is in the right bottom corner of the ID card. Shareholders in other Mutuals should look at their ID card to see what year their cards expire.
New ID cards will be replaced upon surrender of an old card. If a member has lost his/her card there will be a $20 fee charged.
Per Policy 50-1201-1, GRF ID cards will be renewed every five years for all shareholders. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask is required for service.
Arts and Leisure, pages 8, 10-11
Healthy Not High class starts July 10
Holly Weber, RN, LCSW, psychoanalyst and certified brain nutrition counselor, will teach the course “Healthy Not High” through the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Long Beach, on Wednesdays, July l0 -Aug. 12, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (six weeks).
Using the solid research of Bonni Goldstein, M.D., Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., and many others, this course will highlight the details of cannabis history and cover marijuana research that has been done in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Historically, recorded as early as 2350 B.C., cannabis (marijuana) was used to successfully treat a myriad of medical and psychological conditions. Unfortunately it became illegal in the United States in the 1930s.
Class topics include the endocannabinoid system present in your body; demystifying the plant, anti-viral properties of cannabis (especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic); and vaping cannabis
Weber will also discuss when cannabis should not be used and give specific conditions for which research demonstrates cannabis to be beneficial.
Weber provides customized wellness consultations and counseling. She may be reached for an appointment at (562) 430-8245.
Grab n Go Meals Schedule
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck – Chicken or meat kabobs, Gyros, Falafel, loaded fries, 4-6 p.m., www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696 for preorders or buy onsite. Mention LWSB, cash/cards.
• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no pre-orders
• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 4-6 p.m., pre-order by calling (323) 833-1213; cash/cards
• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza – Call ahead for special orders; wings and salads offered; 3-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212; Mandi’s Candies Ice Cream Truck, 4-7 p.m.
• Friday: Katella Deli, extensive menu—appetizers, salads, hot entrees, 4-6 p.m. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611 or order online www.katellabakery.com, specials of the day available onsite, cash/cards.
• Saturday: Naples Rib Company, barbecue, salads, sandwiches —order ahead online for faster service, www.ribcompany.com/LW or (562) 439-RIBS; cash/cards; 3:30-5 p.m.
•Sunday: Berg Catering—Freshly prepared meals with a healthy gourmet touch, 3:30-5:30 p.m., pre-order at (562) 663-2038 or online at www.bergcatering.com (LW Menu) or buy onsite, PayPal, checks, cash, cards.
All Grab ‘n’ Go events will take place, rain or shine. If it rains or is too hot, people line up inside Clubhouse 6. People should keep a six-foot distance and wear a mask. For information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
On-call bus service available from 4:30 p.m. when regular service ends. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
For more information or to make a suggestion, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.
Gentle Flow Yoga
Join Monarch Healthcare and Alignment Healthcare for a virtual Gentle Flow Yoga series via Zoom. Certified yoga instructor Holly Robinson will guide participants through a series of poses and stretches to help feel more at ease. This class is suitable for all levels and abilities. All you need is a mat and an open mind.
Classes will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Mondays, July 13, July 20 and July 27.
All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend at no cost.
RSVP for Gentle Flow Yoga by emailing Grecia Nunez, senior ambassador at the Health Care Center, at email@example.com. Include the day you would like to attend and we will send you your Zoom link.
Balance and Stability Class
A Landmark Balance and Stability class is offered on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Zoom
Adrianne Rosenfeld teaches the free 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities.
She is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and a ACE Group exercise certificate.
To join email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the link to join to group.
Or people can join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the Meeting ID is 849 8252 2530.
Learn How to Zoom
A Zoom Q & A class will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14. Instructors Bob Cohen, Bonnie Cooper, Fred Carpenter, Joseph Valentinetti and hostesss Miryam Fernandez will conduct the session.
They will answer questions about using Zoom on all devices. The class is open to people of all technological backgrounds and experiences.
If you have something valuable to contribute about your Zoom experience, you will be given the chance to share it.
Participants are encouraged to email their questions in advance to email@example.com.
For connectivity issues, contact Bonnie Z. Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before the meeting begins.
Radio Club Drills
Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World—the Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. Use the following guidelines.
• Call-in time is from 9:30-9:45 a.m.
• Use Channel 13/0.
• Be sure to wait until the radio is clear and call in stating your first name, last name initial and mutual, example “John S., Mutual 13, checking in.” Remember to press the side button to speak and release when finished.
If you are not sure how to call in and would like additional instruction on use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
Bored at home? Not getting enough exercise? Join the Leisure Bicyclists Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9 a.m. at the North Gate for a ride to Long Beach, Huntington Beach or Eldorado Park. Ride at your own safe speed and use any make of bicycle: Treks, recumbents and electric bicycles, etc., are all welcome.
Helmets and safe shoes are a must. Safe distancing and masks are required. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for further details.
—Mary M. Romero
July is Parks Make Life Better Month
The Los Alamitos Recreation & Community Services Department are celebrating Parks Make Life Better month in July.The following activities are planned:
• Pop-Up Dog Park: July 3-31 at Laurel Park from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The dog park is divided into a small dog section and large dog section. Make sure to wear masks, adhere to social distancing and do not pet dogs other than your own.
• Parks Photography Contest: Send favorite landscape photos of a park by July 15. Winners will be announced on July 30 for each division: youth and adult.
• Low Cost Vet Care Drive up Clinic- July 12 from 8-10 am. Stop by the Los Alamitos Community Center to receive low cost veterinary care and vaccines from the convenience of your own vehicle.
• Senior Surprise Giveaway: July 21 at 1 p.m., drive by the American Legion, 3252 Florista St. in Los Alamitos, during the Senior Grocery Program to pick up a surprise giveaway.
• Yoga in the Park- July 25 from 8-9 a.m. at Little Cottonwood Park. Masks are required and mats will be distanced throughout the park for a free hour of yoga.
• Virtual Parks Run-A virtual 3K run will be held throughout city parks. Tag us on your run and share you pics so we can highlight your hard work.
• Plant a Marigold Flower- Stop by the Los Alamitos Community Center during business hours in the month of July to pick up a packet of marigold flower seeds to plant in your garden.
This fast-growing and colorful plant is sure to be a crowd pleaser in your home. The Community Center is open from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
• DIY Flower Arrangement- Join Recreation staff in creating a flower arrangement from the convenience of your own garden. Follow its Facebook @losalrecreation to make sure you don’t miss it.
• Social Media Contests & Prizes- Follow us on facebook, Instagram, twitter, and tik tok to participate in fun contests. Prizes will be awarded throughout July.
The Los Alamitos Community Center is located at 10911 Oak Street in Los Alamitos. Visit www.cityoflosalamitos.org/recreation for more detailed information on each activity or contact the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department at (562) 430-1073.
Community Action Partnership Food Distribution
Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4.
The next food distribution will be July 16.
Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.
Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).
People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.
OC Library Cards
The Orange County Library System has an entire electronic library to offer digitized resources to its patrons and that includes Leisure World residents.
All you need is a library card.
Go to ocpl.org and complete the online library card application or download the application.
Once you have a library card, there are ebooks and audiobooks galore to choose from.
OC County Fair is virtual this year
The 2020 OC Fair is going virtual. While fairgoers may not be able to hop on their favorite carnival ride or enjoy crazy Fair food in person, the spirit of the Fair is alive on social media and ocfair.com.
Starting July 17, several Virtual OC Fair elements will be highlighted each day on social media through July 27, with lots of fun content on ocfair.com all summer long.
Videos of your favorite performers, photo galleries of summer memories, family activities, special contests and more will bring that OC Fair connection to people no matter where they are. Even the OC Fair Fun Run 5K is going virtual, with prizes.
Virtual fairgoers can learn how to create fair-style crafts at home, get the skinny on making deep-fried Oreos, take a tour of Centennial Farm, decipher a magic trick, get the best garden pesto recipe and more from OC Fair staff and partners. There is even a virtual dance party in the works.
We Care Wednesday will be held July 22 with the nonprofit partner Goodwill of Orange County. Participants can donate gently used clothing items at specific Goodwill locations instead of at the fairgrounds. Donors will receive a ticket to the 2021 OC Fair and a coupon for a free Wahoo’s taco as thanks for giving back to the community.
Through this year’s Virtual Market Livestock Show, 49 agriculture students who raised 82 animals to show at the Fair had the opportunity to be matched with buyers. Usually 4-H and FFA students can sell their animal projects at the Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction, but with that not possible this year, OC Fair staff wanted to help the students recoup costs and devised a virtual way to make that happen.
For more information on the 2020 Virtual OC Fair, visit ocfair.com or follow @ocfair on Facebook and @oc_fair on Instagram; fairgrounds are located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626.
Drive-in Concert features a Beatles Tribute
OC Fair and Autosonic Concerts have announced a two-night summer drive-in concert experience featuring The Fab Four, a local favorite that pays tribute to The Beatles, on July 31 and Aug. 1.
Both nights will feature two one-hour showtimes: 7 and 9 p.m. The drive-in concert experience is an Autosonic Concerts production and will take place at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
The live band will be set up on a stage, and two large video screens will also be available for viewing. See a map of the stage and vehicle setup at autosonicconcerts.com.
How it works:
• Arrive at Gate 1 off Fair Drive. Gates will open one hour prior to show time; staff will scan guests’ mobile devices for contact-free entry.
• Park. Vehicles will be positioned on a first-come, first-served basis in the general admission area. Oversized vehicles will be directed to designated areas.
• Enjoy the concert from the car. Vehicles will be spaced apart to promote social distancing. Guests will tune in through their FM radio for audio sent directly from the stage. (A pre-show presentation will inform ticketholders of the station and instructions, as well as sound advisories.)
• Guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks and refreshments as no concessions will be available on the fairgrounds. Restrooms will be available with social distancing protocols in place.
• Masks are required for guests who choose to roll down their vehicle windows or use the restrooms.
Tickets went on sale July 1 at autosonicconcerts.com for $75-$150 per vehicle (up to four guests allowed per vehicle). Pricing: $150 front row, $125 premium oversized vehicle, $125 premium general admission, $100 general admission (behind video screens), $75 back row oversized vehicle.
OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa is home to the annual OC Fair and Imaginology. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the Fairgrounds. For more information, visit ocfair.com. The center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
From the SBPD
The Seal Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with locating a suspect who brandished a handgun and fired shots into the air.
On Sunday, June 28, at about 7:14 p.m., the Seal Beach Police Department received a call of shots fired in the First Street Municipal Beach Parking Lot located at 15 Ocean Ave.
Witnesses told officers that two men were seen in a blue pick-up truck driving around the parking lot. At one point, one of the men brandished a handgun, holding it out of the window. As the truck drove out of the parking lot, one of the men fired several rounds up into the air.
After an extensive area check, officers were unable to locate the suspects or their vehicle.
No one was injured as a result of the shooting.
The two men were described as Hispanic males, in their 20-30s. One was described as having a black beard with several tattoos, and wearing a black tank top and black shorts. The other man was wearing a white tank top and a hat with what appeared to be a Mexican flag on the side. He also had several tattoos.
The vehicle was described as a royal blue, Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It is believed the truck was lifted. Officer located a surveillance camera in the area that captured the suspects’ vehicle.
“We are very interested in identifying and locating these two men,” said Chief of Police Philip Gonshak. “These two suspects acted with no regard for anyone but themselves. I hate to think about what could have happened if someone was in the wrong place when those rounds fell back to the ground.”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Officer B. Balderrama at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1628 or email@example.com.
This poetry feature showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members.
High School Classmates
my memories of our high school time are keen
Cheeks blushing like ripe apples
eyes shining like stars***
now i search my albums
to find pictures of classmates
there’s frost on the rooftop
our steps our waddling like ducks
when people greet me “grandma”
i turn around to see where she is
carved within our hearts is
a motto from a very famous school;
be honest, be good, be beautiful in spirit
may these words still flow in our hearts
and through our lives everlasting
we gather and share our precious memories
forgetting our pains and sorrows
and look forward to meeting again
with lighter hearts and joys.
—Cho Heah Lee
LW News Contact Information
The Leisure World Weekly office is closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Staff is working on-site and remotely to produce the LW Weekly. See page 4 of any edition for editors’ addresses or send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Producers Club
The Video Producers Club is offering free weekly Zoom classes at 10 a.m. and a Zoom Party Social on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Classes are as follows:
•Monday, 10 a.m., intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Joe Osuna, host. For an invite to his class, email email@example.com.
•Monday, 2 p.m., Zoom class for iPad and Mac users with Fred Carpenter, host. For an invite to his class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Wednesday, 10 a.m., beginners Zoom class Windows and Android users with Joe Osuna, host. For an invite to his class, email email@example.com.
• Thursday, 10 a.m., beginner’s Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with Joseph Valentinetti, host. For an invite to his clas, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Friday, 10 a.m., guest lecturer Bob Cohen in Friday Morning Tech Talk; learn more about technology each week. Email email@example.com for an invite or visit the calendar at www.bobology.com.
• Saturdays, 5 p.m., Zoom Party Social, hour open to all residents, hosted by Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to the party, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Senior Shopping Shuttle to Ralphs, Target and Sprouts has been canceled until further notice.
Dial-A-Ride service is available for shopping rides to any location within the City of Seal Beach.
Service is available at no cost Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Advance reservations are required by calling (877) 224-8294. For eligibility information, call California Yellow Cab (714) 427-2555 and ask for Melissa Gomez or Cristina Valle.
For additional Information, contact Iris Lee at Seal Beach City Hall, (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, email@example.com or AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.
Bathroom Accessibility Grant
The City of Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program has been approved for another cycle of funding.
This means that from July 2020-June 2021, the City can spend $145,000 on grants to Leisure World residents to continue the Bathroom Accessibility Program.
For over 14 years, the City of Seal Beach has offered the Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program to help residents in Leisure World modify their bathrooms for safer access.
For the 2020-2023 funding cycle there have been some exciting changes. Residents who have more than one bathroom are now eligible. Furthermore, in special circumstances, a bench can be added to the fiberglass unit.
Due to the threats of COVID-19, CivicStone, the administration of the program, will be changing the way it operates. It will not hold a workshop in any clubhouse for Leisure World residents this year. Instead, individual appointments can be made via phone, FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts to ask questions and get individualized advice on how to complete applications. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Residents can also call (909) 364-9000, but email is preferred. All information is kept strictly confidential.
Any Leisure World resident who has trouble stepping into the shower for any reason is likely eligible for a free bathroom upgrade.
The Leisure World Bathroom Accessibility Grant converts the tub/shower combination into a shower-only unit for safer access. The fiberglass is refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed. Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models and grab bars may be added as needed.
The program is made possible through a grant from HUD, Orange County and the City of Seal Beach. To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have an annual income as follows: One person, $71,750; two people, $82,000; and three people, $92,920.
The City of Seal Beach hired CivicStone 14 years ago to administer this program.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (909) 364-9000.
By Johan Dodge
June ended in a gloomy drizzle and light rain and July came in with some of June’s gloom — still drizzling. Being a native of these parts, I love the rain because I know we have had many years of drought. I also know that after our long hot summers that now seem to stretch into November we almost forget how great the rain is when it finally comes. I share all of that, even as this week is likely warmer, because I came across an article the other day that describes the exhaustion many of feel when we venture out beyond the wall to the larger Orange County community. The article is from a blog on Facebook called “The Subversive Lens” and while I don’t confess to know its origins, I found this article helpful. It says:
“Aspects of our COVID exhaustion are due to the reality that many of us are carrying the weight of other’s irresponsibility. Many go about their lives, unencumbered with any feeling of social responsibility; they feel justified in their carelessness, at least partially protected by the herculean efforts of others. Not only are we carefully navigating a context foreign to us, sacrificially bearing a collective burden, we have to watch those efforts devalued by those who pretend their carelessness is justified. We’re holding a societal umbrella in a downpour; they’re laughing and pretending it’s not raining because they’re not wet yet. It’s exhausting.”
When COVID-19 first began, it was hitting folks like us here in Leisure World, but now it is our grandchildren and great grandchildren who have often chosen to pretend it’s not raining only to find themselves drowning from the deluge soon after. There has been a lot of talk of freedom lately, freedom to decide whether or not to wear a mask. The virus doesn’t care about freedom and this isn’t about freedom. This is about responsibility. We are our sister’s keeper. We are our brother’s keeper. It is easier to hold the umbrella when there are many hands to share the burden. I am writing this before July 4, which by all estimations will be the most subdued celebration in a generation. Let us use this moment as a teaching moment and a learning moment. Let us accept that again, to celebrate freedom first takes responsibility.
As always, if you are in need without another way to address that need, you may call the church office to leave me a message (562) 431-2503
I invite you to tune into worship Sunday morning at 9:50 on Facebook live. @communitychurchleisureworld. If you don’t have a computer or Facebook, you can still call in to our phone system at (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening as it takes me a minute to edit and post the audio.
By Rolland Coburn
We all wonder about suffering, and why fine people go through it. Many are hurting and see no value in or from it at all. They can make no sense of it.
The Bible records the faith of three Hebrew youths who were facing extreme and immediate suffering. They said, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, and he will. But if not, we will go through it,” (Daniel 3:17).
What about the “if not?” What then? What is the “going through it?” The Lord himself explains, “The righteous perishes, and no one takes it to heart. Devout people are taken away, no one understanding that the righteous is taken away from evil. The righteous enters into peace. They rest in their beds, each one who walked in the upright way,” (Isaiah 57:1).
Writing to suffering believers all over the Roman empire, Peter spoke of a fellowship of suffering together with one another and in common with their Savior, who suffered before them. “Inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed,” (1 Peter 4:13).
Scripture remarks on this faith. “Your perseverance and faith amid all your persecutions and afflictions you endure plainly indicate God’s righteous judgment and your worthiness in God’s eyes for his kingdom for which you are suffering,” (2 Thessalonians 1:4).
Joseph, the Old Testament patriarch, likewise endured 20 years of suffering. Astounding the perpetrators, his own brothers who feared reprisal, Joseph eased their panic. “As for you, you meant it for evil against me. God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result and save many people alive,” (Genesis 50:20).
One apostle suffered chronic pain and asked the Lord repeatedly to take it away. The Lord answered, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul responds astonishingly: “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me,” (2 Cor 12:9). Those who suffer according to God’s will get to know their Lord better and draw ever closer to him.
We need to minister to hurting people all around us. The Lord calls to us: “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God,” (Isaiah 40:1). Indeed may he comfort and strengthen your hearts, as you do his purpose.
First Christian Church
By Bruce Humes
In Titus 2:11, the Apostle Paul writes to Titus, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (humanity).” What an informative verse of scripture. The grace of God, the unmerited favor of God, something we do not warrant, why?
Paul tells us in Romans 3:23, “We (humanity) have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Notice that all have sinned, or missed the mark that God has set for us. We may not believe or accept that statement, but that doesn’t make it untrue. So what, we might say, or we all have sinned, big deal. Well, in Romans 6:23 the apostle Paul tells us that, “The wages (payment for) of sin is death, (eternal separation from God) but, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The apostle Paul writing in his first letter to Timothy in 2:5-6, explains it like this, “For there is one mediator between God and men, (humanity) the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as ransom for all, (God’s grace) to be testified (made evident, appear) in due time.” In 1 Timothy 4:10 Paul writes, “For this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the savior of all men, (made provision for salvation) especially of those who believe (who accept the provision for salvation).”
We get the same message in the apostle John’s gospel, in the very familiar John 3:16 scripture, “For God so loved the world (humanity) that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish (eternal separation from God) but have eternal life (eternity with God).” In this verse we see the grace or unmerited favor of God, better understood as the tremendous love God has for humanity in full bloom. The next verse says, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, (humanity, you and me) but that the world might be saved.”
The apostle Paul writing to the Romans put it like this in chapter 5, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense, judgement came to all men resulting in condemnation, even so through one man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
If you wish to speak to someone at the church or if you have a need, call the First Christian Church office at (562) 431-8810.
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly believes it is important for both men and women to have a ministry where they can connect with other men and women in the church. Both the men’s ministry and the women’s ministry groups will begin meeting this week. The Women’s Ministry, Touch of Love, will meet on Thursday, July 16 at 1 p.m. in the Garden Room under the direction of Linda Hernandez. The Men’s Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. at Denny’s in Seal Beach under the direction of Gary Leming. Members are encouraged to take advantage of these special ministries that are devoted to men and women.
Out of an abundance of caution, as Faith Christian Assembly meets in person, all who attend have their temperature taken and are asked to wear a mask while sitting socially distant from others. Those who are uncomfortable venturing out can participate in the conference calls, during service times. To participate call (425) 436-6371, access code: 576671#.
Due to Covid-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not currently having its regular ministries at this time.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.
Church of Jesus Christ
By Jim Greer
In his March 3 BYU devotional, Elder M. Russell Ballard reminded us of our primary identity as children of our heavenly father. He assured us that our knowledge of this heavenly parentage brings with it a sense of immeasurable value and infinite worth. Each of us should know that we each have a divine, noble and worthy purpose. And that knowledge further enhances our love for the Lord.
Ballard testified that our savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, loves each of us. When we covenanted to follow and love him with all our heart, soul and mind, we also committed to showing that love by obeying his commandments.
The second great commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves further commits us to act and live as he does. We can rest assured that as we take upon us sacred ordinances and covenants, keep the commandments, and love our neighbor, we can become sanctified.
In the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus taught that our neighbor may be someone from a different group—even an enemy. So, loving and showing compassion for our neighbor, those from different groups, even our enemies, is no small commitment.
As believers, we are part of a larger group whose members have committed to living a saint’s life. Saints are merely disciples of Jesus, whose gospel of peace has changed hearts and minds for good. Being part of this and other inspired groups is an integral part of our identity.
Unfortunately, some “group identities” are based on false and incorrect ideologies that can harm or marginalize others. For instance, a great divide has grown between political parties. Belonging to a political party can be a good thing. And while not all belonging to the same party, we must never forget that we are all citizens or residents of the same country. For this very reason, we pray for our country, its citizens, and its leaders.
The same is true in relationships between nations and their peoples. Identifying with one’s country is appropriate. Remember, however, that we are first and foremost children of God, brothers, and sisters in God’s eternal family, all living as such in this world.
Dr. Martin Luther King dreamed of a day when people would look beyond the narrow categories that separate us. Through discrimination, racism, sexism, and other social ills, we impose false identities on others that keep us all from progressing. This can stop when we view all people as children of God, brothers, and sisters bound by a common divine heritage.
We are assured of this truth as we recall the apostle Paul’s sentiment, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”
Elder Ballard continued, “Let me assure you that the Lord is aware of you. He is concerned about you individually. He is anxious to heal any ‘wounded souls’ and to bring together each and every one of you in love and peace. We can help in the process as we love, seek forgiveness, offer forgiveness, and seek to build bridges of understanding.”
At different times in the savior’s life, he took opportunities to be alone to ponder and pray. Elder Ballard invites us to spend time alone in a quiet place to commune with our heavenly father. That is when we will receive his assurance of our divine lineage and receive personal revelation to learn how to better serve our eternal brothers and sisters.
By Lisa Rotchford
Per the Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, prayer is defined as “the relating of the self or soul to God in trust, penitence, praise, petition, and purpose, either individually or corporately.”
As we are called to be at home for the safety of ourselves and others, the Episcopal/Anglican church has “biddings” that remind us we can spiritually “go out” and be in communication with our Creator at all times. Prayer transcends all boundaries.
In this time of trial, let us remember God is with us always, and as close as a prayer.
“Let us pray for the world, and let us thank God for all God’s goodness. In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to God.
“From the rising of the sun to its setting, let us pray to the Lord.”
SB Cornerstone Church
In response to growing concerns and state mandates regarding COVID-19, Seal Beach Cornerstone Church is providing an online service every Sunday at 10 a.m.
Anyone is invited to join the service online every Sunday at 10 a.m. on YouTube. The service is in Korean, however, one can use translated captions to worship in other languages.
To join, type in “Seal Beach Cornerstone Church” on YouTube. While physically gathering to worship together in the sanctuary is missed, this online worship helps the well-being of all the members. If you would like to contact Seal Beach Cornerstone Church or Pastor Kang, call (714) 402-9874 or (562) 331-6104.
Rabbi Eric Dangott will stream Friday night services at 6:30 on July 10 on The Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Facebook page. To join, select the “Rooms” tab, then click on “Jewish Activities” and “Join to Restart.” Rabbi Dangott will be on Facebook for the Saturday morning services at 9:30 on July 11.
On Sunday, July 12, there will be an online game night run by Sandy Gefner at 4 p.m. To join, search for Congregation Sholom on Facebook, click on rooms, then click on Bingo.
The book club is reading “The Weight of Ink,” by Rachel Kadish. It is a very long book, which is the perfect companion to help pass the time during the COVID-19 restrictions to finish it. Readers can also go to the discussion questions in the back and look up the answers. The book club will meet on July 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the book club room on Congregation Sholom’s Facebook page to discuss this book.
Congregation Sholom will have a membership drive in August. Masks and hand sanitizers will be handed out for those who wish to join.
To participate in the live streamed services on the Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Group Facebook page, call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.
Assembly of God
Many people in Leisure World look forward to Pastor Sam Pawlak’s devotions on Facebook each Sunday at 10 a.m. Pastor Sam will bring the videotaped message this Sunday with special music by Carol Darnell and her daughter, Valerie Buterbaugh. On Monday, members of the congregation will receive the DVD along with the weekly bulletin and song sheet, thanks to Daina Mushagian and Denise Smith.
Psalm 62:7-8 is a comfort during these ever-present days of uncertainty: “On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” David wrote these words when he was surrounded by enemies (v.3,4) and still he waited patiently (v.5). God’s unfailing love is greater (v.12) then any of the struggles a person may face.
What are the struggles/enemies today? Many face physical health challenges or personal injury as well as worry over the current rules of social distancing and face masks. In those times of struggle, it is important to return to these verses in Psalm 62 – God is our refuge and our strength. Read his world and commune with him daily.
Beit HaLev is now conducting services on Zoom. The coronavirus has opened up a new method of communication for those of us who are sheltering in place. To join the Beit HaLev Zoom community for services and Hebrew lessons, contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888 for access and instructions on how to use Zoom.
Beit HaLev is continuing to livestream on Facebook and YouTube as well. To attend, go to Facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube.com (Shabbat Shalom LIVE! channel). Evening services begin at 6 and morning services begin at 10:30. A link to the PDF version of each prayerbook is provided at each service.
At the end aof last week’s Torah portion, Balak sent beautiful Midianite women into the Israeli camp to seduce the Israelite men and entice them to worship their idols. The result was a divinely-sent plague.
In the midst of this, Pinchas, Aaron’s grandson, assuages the wrath of HaShem in an impassioned act of double homicide. Why? On the Tabernacle grounds, in public view, an Israeli man, Zimri, and Cozbi, a Midianite temptress (and princess) engage in an act of idolatry. Pinchas grabs a spear and drives it through both of them. God not only stops the plague, but is so pleased with the religious zeal of the Pinchas, that he and his future generations are gifted with a covenant of priesthood in perpetuity.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To count the Omer, say Kaddish, pray for healing or to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.
Rabbi Galit Shirah also teaches (currently) online Hebrew (Prayerbook and Conversational) and Cantillation (Torah chanting) for anyone who wants to learn something new. Contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, July 12.
The First Reading is Isaiah 55:10-11 and the Second Reading is Romans 8:18-23. The Gospel reading will be from Matthew 13:1-23 .
Holy Family Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon; the Vigil Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday; daily Mass is 8:30 a.m., Monday–Saturday.
Confessions are Saturdays and eves of Holy Days: 4–4:45 p.m. First Fridays start at 9:15 a.m.
By Lisa Rotchford
Out of abundance of caution, we regret to announce that our “Pick-up Communion” is unable to occur in July due to updated state and local closures due to the coronavirus.
Joining together in Communion and community is vital to all of our spirits, especially during times of trial. This pandemic has challenged all of us as we learn new ways of being, staying safe and taking care of ourselves and one another. The irony is that while we are called to stay home and stay safe, our spirits yearn to be with one another even more.
The safest way of truly letting our spirits be together is by prayer. Prayer, often seen as an act between God and God’s creation, is also the binding force of our religious communities. And in this time when so many things in our world as we know have been closed, prayer is the one element that is still “open.” It still works to bind us in community and bind us to the Lord who “knows and keeps our coming out and going in, from this time forth forever more.” (Psalm 121:8)
So stay connected to the One Lord God who loves you, to your community that shares that eternal love, and prayerfully we will be with one another always.
Harold and Marion Weinger will celebrate 66 years together
Harold and Marion Weinger of Mutual 14, will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary on July 14. Harold and Marion are from Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Seal Beach Leisure World in 2000 to enjoy the warmer weather and their west coast family.
Harold married Marion in 1954, and they have two children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren with a fourth great grandchild coming in September.
Harold spent several years in the Army serving the military and earned the exclusive privilege to protect President Truman. Harold managed many groceries stores and bakeries and was also a food broker throughout his career. Harold and Marion enjoyed raising their children and helped to raise their grandchildren as well.
Harold and Marion enjoy visiting with friends and family regularly, talking with their Michigan family weekly, as well playing with their GoldenDoodle grand-dog who only lives a couple of miles away at their daughter’s home.
A 66th wedding anniversary dinner is planned with their family at their daughter’s home in Rossmoor.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, July 9
4 pm Beginning of LW
4:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club
4:30 pm LW Entertainment
4:41 pm Lyon Air Musuem
5 pm Life and Times:
Seal Beach Police Department
6:30 pm The History of Seal Beach
7 pm The Spirit of Seal Beach
7:30 pm World’s Fair Newsreel
7:45 pm Wally Schirra
8 pm On Q—8bit Jazz Heroes
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Friday, July 10
4 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:30 pm Lyon Air Museum
4:45 pm Wally Schirra
5 pm Beginning of Leisure World
5:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club
6 pm Harmonn Islanders
6:30 pm Back to Bourbon Street
7:10 pm Velvetones
8 pm Life and Times:
Seal Beach Police Department
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
10:37 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
Saturday, July 11
4 pm Wally Schirra
4:15 pm Lyon Air Museum
4:30 pm Harmonn Islanders
5 pm McGaugh Patriotic Show
5:45 pm McGaugh 1st Grade Show
6:30 pm McGaugh Go West!
7:15 pm Back to Bourbon Street
7 pm LAUSD
10 pm Cerritos Center–
Sunday, July 12
4 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1
5 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2
6 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
7 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
7:30 pm History of Seal Beach
8 pm Wally Shirra/Newsreel 1964
8:30 pm Cerritos Center:
Riders in the Sky
10:15 pm Abilene Ampitheater
11:35 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Monday, July 13
4 pm LW Entertainment
4:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club
5 pm Vintage Vehicles
6 pm McGaugh’s 3rd Grade Show
7 pm History of Seal Beach
7:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
8 pm World’s Fair Newsreel
8:15 pm Beginning of LW
8:30 pm Life and Times:
Seal Beach Police Department
9:30 pm Cerritos Center-
In the Mood
11:40 pm National Parks/Drone Club
Tuesday, July 14
4 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:15 pm World’s Fair Newsreel 1964
4:30 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
5:15 pm McGaugh – Go West!
7 pm Back to Bourbon Street
7:40 pm Velvetones
8:30 pm Cerritos Center:
10:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Wednesday, July 15
4 pm LW’s Special Olmpics
4:15 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:30 pm World’s Fair Newsreel
4:45 pm Lyon Air Museum
5 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1
6 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2
7 pm Seal Beach City Limits:
Seal Beach Police department
8 pm Cerritos Center:
Golden Dragon Acrobatics
9:37 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
*All programming is subject to change.
Paws, Claws and Beaks
Brandy is July’s pet of the month
Brandy is a cocker spaniel who belongs to shareholder Marilyn Jonas. Marilyn traveled from Arlington, Texas, where Brandy was born, to bring her back to California. Brandy is 12 years old and loves people and other dogs. She is sweet and loving as she interacts with other dogs on her walks, with lots of kisses.
Her favorite things to do are eating and sleeping, while stalking bunnies and squirrels comes in a close second. With fur so soft and silky, those beautiful ears and eyes, you just can’t help, but to fall in love with her!
american red cross
Ridgecrest Earthquake Anniversary is reminder to prepare for the big one
Last week marked one year since a series of strong earthquakes rocked the Searles Valley area from July 4-5. The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region was on the ground helping neighbors affected in its aftermath and reminds Angelenos to review and adjust their emergency plans. The earthquakes were two of the biggest temblors to hit California in nearly a decade.
“The one-year anniversary of the Ridgecrest earthquakes and its many aftershocks, including the magnitude 5.5 aftershock felt just four weeks ago, serve as a reminder that earthquakes are an unavoidable fact of life here in California,” said Joselito Garcia-Ruiz, Regional Disaster Program Officer at American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “The next earthquake could be even more devastating and being prepared is crucial. Ready yourself and your loved ones now by taking three simple actions: get a kit, make a plan and be informed.”
After a major disaster, families should be prepared with enough food, water, and emergency supplies to last up to two weeks until help can arrive. The Red Cross recommends three basic steps:
Get a Kit – Build an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you if you must evacuate. Include items such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, first aid kit and medications. Be sure to also include a cloth face covering for everyone in your household.
Make a plan – Talk with members of your household about what to do during emergencies. Plan what to do in case everyone is separated and choose two places to meet; one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency and another outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
Be informed – Know what kinds of emergency situations may occur where you live, where you work and where you go to school. Because of COVID-19, stay current on advice and restrictions from your state and local public health authorities as it may affect your actions and available resources and facilities.
The Red Cross offers these safety steps you should follow during an earthquake:
Avoid moving around. Drop, cover and hold on.
Try to protect your head and torso. If you are sitting at a desk or table, get under it. Otherwise, drop wherever you are.
If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.
Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.
If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
If you smell gas, get out of the building and move as far away as possible.
Before you leave any building check to make sure that there is no debris from the building that could fall on you.
If you are outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, power lines, trees and streetlights. Drop to the ground and stay there until the shaking stops.
If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
After an earthquake, expect and prepare for potential aftershocks.
Anytime you feel an aftershock, drop, cover and hold on.
Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
Also prepare for potential landslides, or a tsunami if you live in a coastal area.
For free virtual disaster preparedness classes open to the community and presented in English and Spanish, visit redcross.org/la-virtual.
– American Red Cross
Vet Clinic still on for next Thursday
Leisure World Community Church, 14000 Church St., is hosting its Vet Care Clinic on Thursday, July 16, from 9–11 a.m. The clinic is first-come-first-serve and is a low-cost dog and cat vaccination clinic. Other services such as nail trim, glands, blood work, heart guard, flea and tick medicine will be available. Residents must wear a mask, gloves and stay six feet apart from each other. For more information, contact Elaine Miller at (925) 997-3412
By Mary Larson
The Democratic Club is in the process of reestablishing membership meetings via Zoom. The monthly meetings will begin at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Club members who do not have access to computers or who do not receive the club’s electronic newsletter on a regular basis should email email@example.com or phone Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 for information as to how to join the meetings.
Plans are also underway for the possibility of holding neighborhood gatherings by Zoom to let LW Democrats and their supporters know how they can be involved in getting out the vote for the November General Election. Club leaders are currently finalizing other plans to encourage as close to a 100 percent turnout of LW Democratic votes in that election as possible. These plans will be submitted to board members for consideration during the club’s July 14 meeting. Club members who want to participate in any of these or other efforts should call (562) 596-0450 or email the club at the above address.
As this press release is being written, news has arrived that Gov. Newson has reinstated the closure of bars in seven counties, including Orange. Southern California restaurants must also shut down indoor dining for three weeks. The requirement mandating mask wearing stays in effect. Congressman Harley Rouda has been involved in organizing a PPE drive in Orange County.
Next week’s Democratic Club article will address, among other things, the damages being incurred by the campaign to discredit the safety of voting by mail, which is being circulated both nationally and locally.
Those who want to stay informed and are interested in receiving the Democratic Club’s electronic newsletter on a regular basis, email the editor Mary Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 96-8521 with your contact information.
By Brian Harmon
The LW Republican Club believes that the pandemic should be faced by all of us together, united against a common foe.
Since March 26, the front page of every LW Weekly has contained encouraging, unifying and even inspirational messages. Each issue displays a banner headline setting the theme. Some of these include:
Together We Can
Safe at Home
Safely Stepping to Recovery
On the Road to Recovery
All of these editions are completely free from any indication that the pandemic is a political issue. And it should stay that way, just as Independence Day–an American holiday we just celebrated last week–is a day when Americans celebrate what we have in common, a free but imperfect country that strives for opportunity and justice for all.
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes who holds a non-partisan job, but is a registered Republican and many other elected officials and medical experts believe that wearing masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Barnes encourages people to wear face coverings and has asked his officers to also encourage everyone to wear masks in public and to do so themselves as examples the public can look to. However, he said he will not ask his officers to enforce the governor’s mask-wearing edict as though it were a legitimate law or ordinance.
The LW Republican club will be manning their booth in the parking lot by building 6, where the food trucks are found, every Monday from 11-2. This week fresh homemade cookies will be provided, thanks to Elsa Gilder, club treasurer who provided the treats last week. Every Monday is Red, White and Blue Hat Day, so come on down and have a good time.
Masks will be given away as long as the supply lasts. Six hundred masks were donated by OC Board of Supervisors President and Congressional candidate Michelle Steel.
Anyone who wants to be added to the Republican Club email list to receive our monthly newsletter should send an email to email@example.com or call at (562) 335-0779.
AA Friends meetings are continuing in Leisure World during the shut down of its clubhouse meetings. Those who would like to recieve the online Zoom meeting codes, call (562) 500-5105 or (213) 248-0539.
Golden age foundation
Ralph’s Reward Program can now be completed over the phone
In order to provide services, the Golden Age Foundation needs to raise funds. There are two easy ways to donate funds to GAF without any cost to donors.
One of the ways that people can help GAF is through the Raph’s Community Rewards Program. Sign up on www.ralphs.com. People will need their Ralph’s Rewards Card number to register or the phone number associated with the account.
Those who don’t have access to the Internet can sign up by phone registration. Ralph’s Rewards registration number is (800) 443-4438. Be sure to let them know the GAF non-profit organization (NPO) number with Ralph’s is FS 519.
Ralphs has announced that it is committed to giving $2 million to NPOs over the next 12 months through its Community Contributions program. Just by signing up and doing their normal grocery shopping at Ralph’s, LWers can help GAF obtain a portion of these funds at no additional cost.
The Smile.Amazon.com program is another unique, charitable award program for qualified non-profit organizations like the GAF.
By enrolling in Smile.Amazon.com and indicating the charitable organization as the Golden Age Foundation Seal Beach, every time someone shops on Amazon, the company will donate a percentage of the purchase to GAF without any additional cost. Here’s how to sign up for the Smile.Amazon.com program:
Go to smile.amazon.com
Sign in with your existing Amazon account information. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can create one at www.amazon.com. It’s easy and free!
Type in Golden Age Foundation, Inc. as the charity you’d like to support.
Make sure the location is Seal Beach, CA.
Click save, and then you’re done!
Make sure to type in www.smileamazon.com each time you want to order something from Amazon when you shop.
For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Diana Harrison needs rested or new sewers to make fabric masks. She also has a need for no-sew knit masks. To help, call Sharon Koln at (562) 596-1969.
Families assisted by
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.
Health, page 14-15
Love and intmacy in the time of COVID-19
HCC senior ambassador
Whether it’s our spouse, a long-term partner, or a new crush, having feelings for another person during these times can feel stranger than normal. But there are some ways to keep your relationship engaging and meaningful – all while staying safe.
Sheri Shafie, a clinical pharmacist who will be leading a class on dating and intimacy later this month, for some useful tips on how to manage a romantic relationship these days. Her class will be held virtually on Thursday, July 16 at 3 p.m. RSVP is required.
“COVID-19 symptoms don’t show up right away, so there’s always a chance you could have the virus and not realize it,” Sheri said. “Pay attention to your health. If you’re notice any symptoms, let your partner know right away.”
Be honest. “This is a stressful time for everyone, but we don’t always want to admit it,” Sheri said. “If you are feeling overwhelmed, let your partner know. They may not be able to do anything, but at least they will understand what you are feeling and can listen.”
Be patient. “If you can’t see your sweetheart in person, find other ways to spend time together. Maybe it’s through a regular video call or telephone call,” Sheri said. “It’s hard to rush a relationship when you’re being socially distant, but use this time to discover more about each other.”
Being intimate can be challenging as well. Sheri offered some useful tips on how to enjoy time with that special someone and stay safe
`If you’d like to join Sheri’s class on dating and intimacy on Thursday, July 16, at 3 p.m., email Grecia Nunez, senior ambassador for the Health Care Center. She’ll send you the Zoom link and a reminder of the class.You can email her at GNunez@mhealth.com.
Kosher Meals on Wheels
Pirchei Kosher is serving through Orange County’s Great Plates program Kosher meal delivery for those who qualify. This is a meal delivery service providing three meals a day for the duration of the program. To enroll, call Pirchei at (949) 215-9995.
Other programs may be available for those who may not be able to qualify for this program. Contact us for more information or visit www.ypsshul.com/kosher.
Those who are over 65 may qualify for the Kosher meal service. This is a limited time program and to enroll you must contact us as soon as possible. Those who are 60-64 and have exposure to COVID-19, you may qualify under potential other categories.
This program is funded in part through a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services, as allocated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and administered by the office of aging.
Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless in our community.
HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels, new, unopened travel size shampoo, soap or lotion. New socks are the only clothing donation that HHUG accepts.
Those who wish to donate can contact Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. Donations can also be left on her patio at Mutual 2-48A.
The donations are delivered to the Long Beach Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families, including shower services.
To learn more about HHUG, visit www.hhug.org.
Suggestions for healthy living during the pandemic
Editors note: Joan Rose from Mutual 12 shares some of her funny insights and reactions to the suggestions and articles that center around healthy living during the pandemic and what is actually happening during her daily routine.
By Joan Rose
Suggested Morning Schedule: 6 a.m. – Wake up and greet the day, then lay in bed and stretch your whole body luxuriously.
What I Do: 6 a.m.- I wake up, remember where I am, check body parts to see which one is hurting this morning. Throw back the covers and slowly raise myself into a sitting position, then dangle legs over the edge. Sit there for a minute until the room stops spinning then slowly heave myself out of bed to a standing position.
Suggestion: 6:30 a.m. – Meditation is wonderful, try to practice it in the morning to create a general sense of well being.
What I Do: Once I tried Meditation before getting up, but fell asleep. I had to wake up all over again.
Suggestion: 7 a.m.–Don’t take a hot shower, try taking a cold shower, since experts say that is better for your body.
What I Do: Are you kidding?
Suggestion: Having two breakfasts a few hours apart in the morning decreases the odds of being overweight.
What I Do: I always have a good breakfast at 7 a.m. and then coffee and a chocolate doughnut or bear claw at 10. Haven’t lost a pound.
Suggestion:Do something fun in the morning.
What I Do: Define fun. Simply getting up, taking a hot (never cold) shower, getting dressed and eating breakfast exhausts me. Then I collapse into my recliner, turn on the morning TV news, try to recover from my shock at the latest death tally, and fall asleep…again.Naps are underrated, by the way.
Years ago, I would jump out of bed in the morning, get a shower, get dressed and have a quick breakfast, then I would bound out of the house, get into the car and drive to the office. There, I would work all day at a stressful job. Never had much time for fun. If I had that job now, of course, I wouldn’t be going anywhere because of our current stay-at-home orders. It’s nice that I can stay home. I’m loving retirement more every day.
Suggestion: Go for a walk.
What I Do: I try to walk to the mailbox and back before lunch everyday. It has been suggested that we wear masks while walking, but if I do, I have trouble breathing, so I have decided to tough it out by just avoiding anything that looks human. Others out walking are dutifully wearing their masks, and I always give them a wide berth or just cross the street.
Suggestion: Do something fun in the afternoon.
What I Do: Now that I’m in my retirement years, fun is relative. I haven’t actually changed my schedule that much during the pandemic. Just watching my favorite TV programs, painting, playing computer Scrabble and Words with Friends keeps me occupied. Of course, actual visits with my kids, grandkids, and my kindly neighbors are now out of the question, but I keep in touch with my family daily by text or email, and I have managed to keep busy.
In the words of someone famous, this too shall pass.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), delivers freshly cooked meals daily, Monday thru Friday, between 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Deliveries include a hot dinner, cold lunch, dessert and 8oz. carton of one percent milk. The cold lunch may be an entree salad or a sandwich with a small side salad. A diabetic dessert is available for those in need. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2 or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Caron before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, July 9: Turkey chili with beans, baked potato wedges, green beans with pimentos, cubed watermelon, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, creamy cole slaw.
Friday, July 10: Breaded oven-baked fish with tarter sauce, potatoes au gratin, herbed carrots, carrot cake, entree chef’s salad with turkey, ham, egg, tomato, bacon, blue cheese dressing and crackers.
Monday, July 13: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, Waldorf salad, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, marinated confetti salad.
Tuesday, July 14: Tuna noodle casserole, seasoned carrots, Brussels sprouts, fresh cantaloupe, entree cobb salad with turkey, ham, egg, cheese, bacon tomato wit blue cheese dressing and crackers.
Wednesday, July 15: Lemon pepper baked chicken leg and thigh, barley pilaf, mixed vegetables, Mandarin orange, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, creamy cucumber salad.
Assistance Liasion Group
The Member Resource and Assistance Liaison is dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents. The Member Resource Liaison is available for crisis intervention, linkages to community resources, and support. To receive the confidential and free service, contact this department if you are:
Grieving the loss of a loved one
Caring for an ill or aging relative
Coping with a life changing diagnosis
Making long-term care arrangements
Feeling overwhelmed and stressed
In need of assistance in your home
Interested in a volunteer opportunity
Homebound and in need of a friendly visitor
Contact Cynthia Tostado, LCSW Member Resource and Assistance Liaison, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317 by appointment only.
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 12/31/20
LW Resident. (562) 419-3557
Hand sanitizers available.
Business License #WEL0015. 07/09
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22
LW DECOR INC.
New triple pane windows,
laminate flooring, carpet patio
tile/carpet. Painting ceilings
made smooth, ceiling lights.
refaced kitchen cabinets,
refaced granite quartz countertops.
Lic. #723262. 07/02
LW DECOR INC.
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.
Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
Serving LW since 1999. 09/17
Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.
CA State License #675336. 08/06
LW DECOR INC.
Only premium paints,
Ceilings made smooth.
Cown moulding installed.
LW DECOR INC
40 years in LW.
LW Decor Inc.
Laminate, Vinyl, Plank, Patio tile and Patio carpet.
40 years in Leisure World.
Interior Flooring Solutions
Hardwood floors, carpet,
laminate, vinyl planks.
25 years experience.
Contractor License 1043763. 12/24
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning
We just cleaned your neighbor’s house in Leisure World…
Would you like yours cleaned too?
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.
State Contractors Lic. #578194.07/30
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 09/24
LW DECOR INC.
Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262.
LW DECOR INC.
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?
I Clean Inside & Outside Or…
Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.
(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,
Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach
Business License #LIV0004. 07/23
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.
Maria’s experieced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 12/31/20
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 12/10/20
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 09/24
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state.
Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd, #116. (714) 425-4198. 09/03
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 07/16
Get the beautiful hair at home. Countless happy clients with good referrals. Gabriel (562)708-3170 License #B50551. 08/06
CALL PHIL AT
Over 30 years Experience!
Seal Beach Business
License #AB0001. 07/02
Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal
Beach License LUC0001.07/16
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17
Maria House Cleaning
We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly. Deep cleaning.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 07/16
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 09/17
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 08/20
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 07/30
AUTOS FOR SALE
1984 MonteCarlo. New paint, runs good, nice rims. Second owner. Leisure World Car. $7,500. OBO. (562) 743-1898. 07/09
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cart, Sales, parts and services. 714-292-9124. 05/13/2021
Pride Maxima 4-wheel scooter w/24” wide seat. New batteries. Asking $1,500. Make offer.
(562) 594-3808. 07/09
Black Invacare Wheelchair for sale: paid $300 selling for $160, 2 years old, little wear and tear on arm rest, brakes for wheels and hand brakes, removable headrest, removable leg rest – good working condition. Call Mary at (562) 810-4266. 07/09
Titan Raptor 3-wheel scooter. Like new, 2 yrs old. $1,300 OBO. Located in Seal Beach Leisure World.
(714) 504-6755. 07/09
Mobility power chair Jazzy 600ES. Excellent condition. 7 months old. Must sell. $1,500 OBO.
(909) 262-8036. 07/09
Inexpensive shuttle, airports,
markets, doctors, etc. 562-881-2093.
SB License #ABL0001. 07/02
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 07/23
Rides by Russ,
With the personal touch.
For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544. 07/16
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 07/09
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 09/24
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 09/17
Semi-retired mechanic doing small jobs – oil change, alternators, water pumps, starters & maintenance, air conditioning work done. Will not recommend work that is not needed. CA BAR #0262439. After 9: 00 a.m. Local. (562) 306-2686. 07/02
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
White shell shaped counter size bar stools, two lamps gold base, TV table with pull out shelf. Small George Foreman grill, various sizes of vases, 3 drawer plastic storage chest. 2 lane cedar chests, adult diapers.
Call (562) 843-6963. 07/09
For sale Jazzy Elite power chair, original price $5,750, must sacrifice, never used $850. Twin size extra long electric bed w/frame Tempur-pedic – medium firm, must sell $500, sheets & electric blanket also available. Call 714-745-1687. 07/09
Kitchen appliances – pots, handbags, Vitamix, lots more. Mutual 12-78B. (562) 588-3862. 07/06
Moving sale: Double Bedroom set:
Includes Dresser with mirror, Chester Drawers, and frame. $125.00. Large dining room set with 6 Chairs all Oak. $100.00. Couch 7 foot very good shape. $100.00. Everything in good condition. Collectibles and household items also. All items are negotiable. Call daily after 8:00am if interested 714-749-4932 for an appointment. 07/09
Beautiful oak hutch & dining room table. Hutch 6.5’ x 6.5’ feet w/etched glass doors. Table 14’ feet w/5 leaves & 10 chairs. $750 OBO.
(714) 615-0072. 07/09
Lift recliner. Honey color, $300. Wheelchair black, $100. Both like new. (562) 357-4749. 07/09
Black Invacare Wheelchair for sale: paid $300 selling for $160, 2 years old, little wear and tear on arm rest, brakes for wheels and hand brakes, removable headrest removable leg rest – good working condition. Call Mary at 562-810-4266. 07/09
Free TV console Brown wood and glass. Excellent Condition. 77”l, 22”d, 22”h. Free cherry wood laminate desk 71”l, 35 1/2”d, 29”h. Excellent Condition. Located in Leisure World. Must provide own transportation.
(310) 569-6712 or (310) 633-4937.