LWW Translate/Vie 09-08-22

Sept. 8 2022 

Message from the GRF President

by Marsha Gerber

GRF President

As your GRF president, I’ll tell you the straight news first. Come Jan. 1, get ready for higher assessments from both your Mutual and GRF.  

If you’ve listened to the past year’s news, you probably knew it was coming. Think about shopping at businesses that can immediately charge you a price reflecting their cost. Food costs up 11% this year. Filling your car’s gas tank?  That skyrocketed 60% between June 2021 and June 2022. 

California wildfires and Florida condominium building collapses cause our insurance rates to soar. Anticipated water shortages will drive our water bill 32% higher in December 2023 than in January 2022.  Worldwide supply chain problems? There are times we can’t buy certain items, and it drives up the prices of what we can get. 

We face another problem. It’s not easy to adjust to rapid inflation in a co-op, where we establish our budgets during summer of the previous year. In a gas station, raising prices involves changing your roadside sign. If a co-op faces any earthshaking change in the global environment after adopting its budget, it must live with its decision for the next 16 months.. 

The pricing pressures GRF and your Mutual face are worrisome, just like the ones you face. Take construction materials such as lumber, roofing and concrete. Those costs are expected to rise 14.1% by the end of 2022. Appliances, like replacement ovens, range tops and refrigerators, represent another huge cost for the Mutuals. GRF can’t find standard replacement appliances, even at prices averaging 20% more than a year ago.   

Our dedicated role in serving residents means Leisure World and the Mutuals are particularly affected by labor costs. In the 2021 GRF budget, labor represented 60% of the Foundation’s total costs. In Spring 2022, finding ourselves struggling to recruit and retain talented, dedicated workers, GRF made the same decision as many other employers: to raise salaries to levels competitive with our peers.  

After an internal study comparing GRF’s compensation with area companies vying for the same workers, GRF made long-overdue adjustments in wages. For several years before the pandemic-fueled inflation, we had not given any cost-of-living increases. We’ve had to try to catch up in a single year.  

As a result, GRF directors have been told that about 90% of next year’s GRF assessment increase will be devoted to increased salary and benefits that help our workers cope with their own inflationary woes.  

The bad news you see on television and experience in your shopping trips?  It’s the same state of affairs in which the GRF directors, and your own mutual directors, are operating (except with tons more plywood, and fewer quarts of milk).  

In the coming weeks, I’ll share how GRF is responding to keep your out-of-pocket costs as modest as possible, and offer encouraging news in coping with the current economic environment.

Mutuals/GRF enter new management agreement

The daughter of Leisure World Seal Beach’s founders highlighted the historic signing of a new management agreement binding the community’s mutual corporations and the Golden Rain Foundation. 

Heidi Cortese, whose parents Ross and Alona Cortese in 1961 started constructing in Seal Beach what would become the first of the Rossmoor Corporation’s seven Leisure Worlds throughout the United States, opened the Aug. 30 event. “I am pleased to join the present leadership of the community in celebrating the historic importance of Leisure World Seal Beach,” Cortese said, “and to renew the partnership between the mutual corporations and the Golden Rain Foundation, both of which my parents and their colleagues first envisioned 60 years ago.” 

Cortese observed 14 mutual presidents and GRF President Marsha Gerber as they inked a seven-page contract replacing agreements signed by each of the mutual corporations at their founding, primarily in the mid-1960s. The original agreement, which specified a one-year term, has been renewed annually ever since. 

A 48-page attachment to the new management agreement outlines approximately 420 services GRF offers to the mutuals. Most maintenance, finance, security, and mutual governance support are included in the annual payment paid through the mutual’s basic fee. Additionally, the management agreement also sets fees for additional special services used by only a few mutuals.  

The previous agreement has governed the mutual and GRF’s partnership since Mutual 1 signed the first agreement on Oct. 1, 1962. At the time, what was then called Rossmoor Leisure World was the world’s largest housing development for seniors and the nation’s largest cooperative housing development.  It would also feature many “firsts”: America’s first mass-marketed housing project, the first-ever walled senior community, the Nation’s first all-electric community.

Event emcee Courtney Lindsay, while guiding 14 mutual presidents through the signing ceremony, noted the longevity of Leisure World Seal Beach’s governance structure. Lindsay told 29 mutual officers and GRF directors that the scale of Leisure World’s cooperative governing experiment was unprecedented. While the co-op concept was used in apartment buildings, in Leisure World it would be tried in a community of over 6,000 residences. While many co-ops founded under federal rules abandoned citizen council management decades ago, Leisure World Seal Beach has successfully maintained the resident governance. 

After the signing was concluded, 15 of the community’s 16 mutuals had agreed to the new contract. Mutual 3 is the only mutual that has not agreed to the new terms. GRF President Gerber recognized the mutual officers and GRF directors present, stating that they “represent the thousands of resident volunteers who have labored to make this community work during the past 60 years.” 

Gerber ended the ceremony by thanking Cortese for her visit and her parents’ efforts. Gerber indicated that “the inspiration and foresight that created this environment in which senior adults can remain active, healthy and fulfilled has been a gift to us. The community leaders in this room are proud to be the keepers of this heritage as the oldest Leisure World, and to continuing enjoy the richness of life our predecessors’ energies, and now our own, have provided us.”  

—William Thompson

InterAct Solutions Town Hall is today

The contract that provides TV and Internet in Leisure World will end in December, so LW Mutuals are seeking a bulk service provider to bring discounted services to the community. To that end, a town hall will be held at 2 p.m., today, Sept. 8, in Clubhouse 4. 

Interact Solutions CEO Chuck Siemonsma will be there to answer questions and review the company’s proposal to provide TV and Internet service to LW residents. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Jackie Dunagan, (562) 431-7479.

2022 Amphitheater Show— The Long Run—Experience The Eagles 

The Long Run—Experience The Eagles will be featured at the Amphitheater tonight at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Guests must be accompanied by a LW resident. Minibus service is available before and after the show.

The Long Run (TLR) has earned its place among the top-drawing tribute acts in North America and is widely regarded as the finest Eagles tribute show working today.  

Marked by lush vocal harmonies and exceptional musical accuracy, TLR delivers a reverence for beloved Eagles’ recordings blended with The Long Run’s own live-concert personality. The band covers all the Eagles’ classic hits, including “Best of My Love,” “One of these Nights” (both in 1975), “New Kid in Town,” “Hotel California” (both in 1977) and “Heartache Tonight” (1979). 

The band includes Gary Grantham on guitars, keys and vocals.Raised by musicians, show people and arts professionals, Grantham was brought up on jazz, the philharmonic, opera, musical theater, choral music, movies, lots of TV and pretty much everything that wasn’t rock & roll. “I had to discover rock on my own. Now, it’s an everyday part of my professional life,” he said.

Award-winning guitarist, Chris Sobkowich, hails from Winnipeg, Canada. The product of a musical family, he began his formal study at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he excelled at classical guitar. Sobkowich moved to Los Angeles to study guitar at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and has traveled extensively with such acts as Flock of Seagulls, The Romantics, Tommy Tutone, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  

Berto Z cut his drumming teeth during the 1980s LA rock scene, playing in original bands in Sunset Boulevard clubs alongside acts like Ratt, Poison and Guns N Roses. But when it came time to dedicate his time to a tribute band, he chose a more classic avenue with the Eagles. 

Larry Hampton is a songwriter/guitarist with 40 years of experience in the Southern California music scene. He was a session player, recording artist and producer with Vineyard Music for many years and has also written and recorded with other independent labels. 

 Jim Wooten is featured on bass, guitar and vocals. His musical pedigree includes his dad, bassist Red Wooten, who played with  Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Glen Campbell and Frank Sinatra. Wooten’s uncle and aunt were the world-renowned Les Paul and Mary Ford. 

James Brown on keys, percussion, drums and vocals has a naturally flinty, sandpaper voice and is tasked with delivering the all-important Don Henley songs. A native of New Hampshire, Brown followed his passion to the West Coast to attend the Musicians Institute, studying drums and percussion. A member of TLR since late 2017, James brings his humor, warm smile, smoky vocals and sharp instrumental skills to the delight of TLR audiences.

Calling All Photographers

The LW Weekly is producing a 2023 wall calendar featuring the work of Leisure World photographers. Editors are looking for scenic vistas of Leisure World and Seal Beach. Photos of people are not eligible. Holiday or seasonal shots are welcome. 

Potential contributors should submit large, high-resolution, 300 dpi images in landscape format. Cell phone photos should be emailed in the “actual” or “original” size format. 

Email entries to stephenb_news@lwsb.com with name, address, phone number and a brief description of the photo. For information on technical requirements, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 392.

Mallorie Hall is new GRF Finance Director

In a carefully orchestrated transfer of leadership, Finance Director Carolyn Miller has handed over the reins of the department to corporate accounting executive Mallorie Hall, whose first day with the GRF was Sept. 5.

Hall brings to Leisure World a decade of experience in corporate accounting and operations. Miller, who will retire from the GRF on Sept. 26, will spend her final weeks acclimating Hall to GRF policy, procedures, processes and practices.

In her most recent role as senior vice president of corporate accounting and operations with Prescott Companies Real Estate, Hall has worked throughout internal management company departments to identify efficiencies that strengthen the organization, provide financial clarity and support the needs of clients. (Prescott, which is based in Carlsbad, provides a variety of homeower association management services.)

She understands all aspects of the business, having started as an assistant community manager. 

Hall has a master’s of management and a bachelor’s of science in business administration with a minor in information technology. She holds credentials as a Certified Manager of Community Management (CMCA) and an Association Management Specialist (AMS). 

Having worked in federal funding prior to joining the HOA industry, Hall will bring an emphasis on transparency, communication, education and standardization of financial systems.

She believes a cohesive team is one with shared values and celebrated successes.

“A team that learns and grows from mistakes and applies those lessons builds a strong foundation,” said Hall, who is passionate about leveraging resources and best practices with support, education and technology to create an environment conducive to client satisfaction, development, credibility and sustainability.

SB Animal Care Shelter is tonight

The Seal Beach Animal Care Center (SBACC) will have three tables to collect donations  at the Amphitheater show tonight, Sept. 8, featuring a tribute to the Eagles (see page 1 for more information). 

Volunteers from both SBACC and Leisure World’s Paws, Claws and Beaks club will be at Amphitheater entrances from 6-8 p.m. to receive residents’ contributions. 

All those who contribute will be eligible to win $25 gift cards to either Target, Home Goods or California Pizza Kitchen. 

Volunteers will also accept cash, which helps cover vet bills and other expenses. 

The following items are continually needed by the shelter:

• For dogs: toys, blankets, towels, large and small dog beds, leashes, poop bags, Science Diet Small Bites, Science Diet Original Dry, Science Diet Sensitive Stomach and Science Diet Canned Stew, baggies for medicines and food, plastic spray bottles, band-aids and Neosporin.

• For cats: toys, KMR Kitten Formula/Milk Replacement, litter box scoopers, Purina Sensitive systems or Purina One Kitten dry food, any flavor of pate or shreds from Friskies Kitten Fancy Feast, paper towels, toilet paper, Dawn dish soap, Scoop cat litter, AA-batteries and Advantage Flea treatment.

All proceeds cover the costs of feeding, housing and caring for the dogs and cats at this no kill, nonprofit shelter. 

The shelter is located at 1700 Adolfo Lopez Drive off Seal Beach Boulevard. It is open seven days a week.

For more information, call  (562) 430-4993. 

National Emergency Prep Month

by Eloy Gomez

GRF safety/emergency coodinator

National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and held annually in September, is a good reminder that natural and man-made disasters can strike at any time. It’s important to have a planned response when you’re home, at work, on vacation or on the road. 

In a disaster, local officials and first responders cannot reach everyone immediately. Help may not arrive for hours or days. You and members of the community need to be prepared.

Most disasters are natural, the result of some force of nature, such as earthquakes, fires,  extreme heat and floods. Some natural disasters can be predicted, such as severe winter storms, while others, such as earthquakes, happen with little or no warning. Some disasters are the cause of human actions, intentional or unintentional. A disaster plan will increase the chances navigating the crisis safely. Regardless of the type of disaster, there are things you can do to prepare.

General preparedness:

• Be sure to make a plan that includes the needs of your household. Remember to consider the needs of people with disabilities and pets. 

• Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food and water at home.

• Be sure to store all important documents—birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.-, in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box.

• Discuss with your family what to do in an evacuation. 

• When told by officials, immediately go to a shelter as instructed or to the home of a friend or relative who lives out of the area. Find out about your local shelters beforehand.

• Know evacuation routes. Pre-establish several different routes in case certain roads are blocked or closed.

• Family members can become separated during an emergency. Be prepared by creating a plan to communicate with one another. Establish an out-of-area contact (such as a relative or friend) who can coordinate family members’ locations and information should you become separated. Make sure every family member knows the phone numbers, addresses and the emergency plan.

• Decide how to take care of pets. Pets are not allowed in places where food is served, so you will need to have a place to take your pets if you have to go to a shelter.

For more information, visit Ready.gov or contact Eloy Gomez, safety and emergency coordinator, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 356.

Fall Fest is Oct. 15

After a two-year absence, the 2022 GRF Fall Festival will be held at Clubhouse 6 on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The LW Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Club, in conjunction with the GRF Security Department and several safety groups and vendors, will be there to demonstrate what is new in emergency preparedness.

Stone Soul, an eight-piece, horn-blowing, foot-stomping classic soul and Motown tribute band, will perform.

The band received rave reviews after a recent Amphitheater appearance and has  built a reputation as one of the most entertaining bands in the tribute genre. 

In their snazzy suits, band members belt out authentic renditions of memorable Soul and Motown hits.

Stone Soul will have people  dancing The Jerk, The Mashed Potato and The Twist to smash hits from Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Otis Redding, James Brown and more.

People will be able to purchase a variety of refreshing food and beverages from Koffel’s food truck at modest prices.

Theater Club members will offer complimentary face painting for everyone.

The Minibus will provide shuttle service from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot, so people can park and ride. Limited parking is available at the event.

For further information, contact events@lwsb.com. 

—Kathy Thayer

Letters to the Editor


My husband and I moved to Leisure World Seal Beach upon our retirement in 2006. Davis, California, was our home for 36 years. Our children grew up in Davis until they graduated from high school and left to attend college in other parts of the state.

My husband was teaching and treating patients at UCD Medical School and Hospital. I taught at Davis Senior High School, and we attended Davis Community Presbyterian Church.

During my tenure as president of the Korean American Community Association of Greater Sacramento, we organized the Korean American Chorale Society. 

The group held concerts, performed at many community events and became well known in the Sacramento area.

Shortly after moving to LW, several friends asked me to help organize a Korean choral group. They heard about the Sacramento Choral Society, so with the assistance of many individuals, we organized the Leisure World Korean American Chorale Society in April 2007. Dr. Whan Chul Park served as the first conductor, and the accompanist was Eun Kyung Jeon. Dr. Kyung Whan Paik became our second conductor in 2014.

The Korean American Chorale Society has emerged as a highly sought-out and popular choral group in LW. It has been an incredible blessing for Korean Americans to share their talents and enrich the lives of others through music. I would like to express by heartfelt congratulations to the group as it holds its 10th concert on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at Community Church.

Grace Kim

Mutual 14

Editor’s Note: See page 22 for complete information on the Sept. 17 concert of the Korean American Chorale.


It is time for our community to think green by making our own compost. If we can use a portion of the minifarm area for all Mutuals, we can become a more sustainable community. The cost to dump each ton of greenwaste is now $250, not including fuel, vehicle costs and labor. Roughly 1,000 square feet of semi-dry turf weighs a ton. Our nearest site is 16 miles north in Paramount.

Four items are needed to make compost: material to be composted, oxygen, water and heat. 

We can reduce our carbon footprint and put back the earth’s topsoil, improve soil structure, porosity and moisture retention, adding good microbes and bacteria back to the soil. 

Organic material sent to landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to the negative impact of our changing climate. By making compost, we can create a valuable soil amendment that can be used to benefit our landscape, boost plant growth and sequester carbon. 

We can compost food and yard waste, including grass clippings, tree and shrub trimmings, leaves, coffee grounds, kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps, cardboard, newspaper and sawdust (no meat or dairy).

If it smells, there is too little air, which means it needs more brown material or needs to be turned. The savings in dump fees would allow for hiring personnel to periodically manage the compost site. 

There is also the potential for grant funds from the county or state level for large scale recycling of organic waste at  https://oclandfills.com/environmental-programs/grant-program

Let’s get started!

Victoria Bowles

 Mutual 15

Letters Policy

Letters to the Editor should include your name, Mutual number and phone number, and be emailed to rutho_news@lwsb.com or typed and delivered to the LW Weekly office.

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.

Government, pg 5

Mutual Meetings 

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

Thurs., Sept. 8 Mutual  12

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  9 a.m.

Fri., Sept. 9 Mutual 3

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Mon., Sept. 12 Mutual 9

Conf. A/Zoom  9 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 13 Mutual 16

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.

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

Conf. A/Zoom  8:45 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 15 Mutual 2

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 15 Mutual 11

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 19 Mutual 15

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  1 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 20 Mutual 14

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 21 Mutual 5

Conf. Rm B/Zoom  9 a.m.

Wed., Sept. 21 Mutual 7

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 22 Mutual 1

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  9 a.m.

GRF Meetings 

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

Fri., Sept. 9 Architectural Design Review Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 12 Mutual Administration Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 14 Security Bus & Traffic Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 19 Finance Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 20 Website Redesign Ad Hoc Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 22 GRF Administration Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

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

Sports and Games Page 8

Pickleball Summer Dinking Tournament

The LW Pickleball Club summer “dinking” tournament came down to a playoff between finalists  Ching Ngo, Barry Chittem, Steve Damko, Lori Probert, Trai Nyguen and Ric Enge, who won the tournament. Second place went to Ching Ngo. There was a tie for third place with Lori Probert and Barry Chittem sharing the honors. Fourth place went to Steve Damko and Trai Nyguen placed fifth. Overall, there were six groups of eight players in the tournament. They played 12 games in their groups.

Pickleball Club will offer free lessons

The LW Pickleball Players Club will offer a free beginner lesson on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 am on the pickleball courts behind Clubhouse 2. Linda Evenson, president of the Pickleball Club, will provide instruction to new players. The club will loan paddles and balls to the players. The free classes are held on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Linda Evenson at (561) 577-3283 or email lwsbpickleball@gmail.com

Guys and Gals Golf Tournament Scores

The second August Guys and Gals Tournament was played on Aug. 31. Teams of various skilled golfers with one man and one woman vied for best net scores (gross score minus handicap), plus two circle holes (shots within a 5-foot radius are rewarded), and two closest to the pin challenges. The Turtle Lake Golf Course is a 1,658-yard, 18-hole par 54 course that tests all who play. 

A total of 28 teams (56 players) teed off and played 18 holes. The greens still have numerous weed patches, and the lack of dirt/seed-based divot-fix repair material continues to turn the once well-kept tees into sand traps.

There were only five circle holes winners but 48 birdies. Closest to the pin on the eighth hole was Glenn Barry and Devora Kim, and on the 17th hole Bob Barnum and Janice Turner. The lowest gross score was a tie between pair Bob Barnum and Kyung Ju and pair Glenn Barry and Karen Mendon at 1 under 53. The lowest net score was by Jae H. Lee and Sun Lee at 42 (12 under).

Winners: (All scores below are net equals gross score minus handicap)

“A” Flight (handicaps of 0–9): First place: Bob Barnum and Kyung Ju, a terrific 8 under 44; second: Glenn Barry and Karen Mendon, a well-played 6 under 46; third: Bob Turner and Janice Turner, a very nice 5 under 47; fourth: Bill Lyons and Pam Krug, a super 4 under 48; fifth: three-way tie between pair Gene Archambault and Stella Yoon and pair Walt Bier and Margie Thompson, and pair Won Song and Jane Song, a nice 3 under 49.

“B” Flight (handicaps of  10-12): First place: Jae H. Lee and Sun Lee, a terrific 12 under 42; second: Dave LaCascia and Liz Meripol, a well-played 6 under 48; third: Alan Sewell and Patti Smith, a very nice 5 under 49; fourth: five-way tie between pair James Farr and Sandy Derouin, pair Hyon Shin and Sang Shin, pair Dale Williamson and Mary Grieg, pair Joon Sup Yoon and Young Yoon, and pair Ron Jackson and Dale Quinn, a hard-earned 3 under 51.

“C” Flight (handicaps of 13-18): First place: Fujio Norihiro and Keiko Sekino, a very nice 8 under 46; second: James Choi and Grace Choi, a fine 5 under 49; third: Lee Broadbent and JoAnn Lim, a sweet 4 under 50.

The next Guys and Gals Tournament will be on Sept. 21. The next Men’s Tournament will be on Sept. 14 and then Sept. 28 plus every second and fourth Wednesday of the following months. Residents who planned to play in any tournament and cannot should contact Alan Sewell (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia (801) 674-5975 as soon as they know. Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled tee time.

The Men’s Club general meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., today, Sept. 8, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Nominations for next season’s officers will be taken at this meeting. Refreshments will be served, plus there will be door prizes.

-—David LaCascia

Bocce Ball: Report from the Court

After five weeks of competition, here are the teams from Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday leagues that have won at least four games. 

• Saturday: Team 1: Connie Adkins and Paul Shellenberger;  Team 5: Pat Fellers and Jack O’Brien; Team 7: Dave Crandall and Ash Vinson; and Team 10: Valerie Strong and Rod Osgood

• Sunday: Team 3: Irvene Bernstein and Kathy Conley; Team 10: Melli and and Sal Herrera; Team 11: Kristi Martin and Juan Melendez; and Team 14: Connie Terry and Jerry Wrenn

• Tuesday: Team 1: Ellie West and Roger Bennett; Team 2 Chandra and Harshad Patel; and Team 10: Doris Morton and Mary Jane Thome.

After four weeks of competition, here are the Thursday teams that have won at least three games: Team 1: Paul Alloway and Trai Nguyen; Team 2: Margie Thompson and Walt Bier; Team 8: Mary Greig and Dale Williamson; Team 9: Marilyn Hewitt and Marv Jones; Team 13: Elisha and Victor Wadel; and Team 14: Cindy and Bill Zurn.

—Terry Thrift

Sports and Games Page 9

LW Pool Club defeats Laguna Village Billiards Club 27-21

On Aug. 27, in Clubhouse 2, the long awaited pool tournament between Laguna Woods Village and Leisure World took place. After lunch, participants went over the rules of eight ball, so everyone would be on the same page. 

All matches played were eight ball doubles, with partners alternating shots. The match consisted of 48 games of eight rounds on six tables, so each player played eight games. The schedule was arranged so that each player had a different partner every game.

Since members of the LW Pool Club had never played any of the players from Laguna Village, they had no expectation of how the match would go.  Also, that was true for Laguna Village.  Laguna Village listed its players on the score sheet under “V” for village and LW Pool Club listed  “W” for world. 

The first round ended in a three to three tie, but in round two Laguna Village won four games to lead seven games to five. 

In round three, Leisure World won five games to lead 10 games to eight. After a tie in round five Leisure World took four games in round six to lead 21 games to 15.  After the seventh round split three games apiece that meant Leisure World had won 24 games and only needed to win one of the six remaining games to win the match. The final score was Leisure World, 27, and Laguna Village, 21. 

Most games were close and decided by great shots and occasionally blown opportunities.  The two players for Leisure World who stood out were Ruffy Ramos and John Burns. They each won seven games and lost only one. Tom Zimmerman and Dave Silva won five and lost three for the home team. Tommy Flaviano had five wins and three losses. 

This match, arranged by Eunis “Wildfire!” Christensen revived a rivalry that existed over 10 years ago, when LW residents would go to Laguna Village and the following year, they would come here.  

“Everyone thought it went well, and we are looking forward to playing their team sometime later this year,” LW Pool Club President Dave Silva wrote. 

Men’s Golf League Results for Aug. 26 and Aug. 29

Friday Golf

Twelve golfers from the Leisure World Men’s Golf League played Aug. 26 at the 5,600-yard par 70 Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. Meadowlark is a mid-size course with challenging elevation changes, lots of water, and narrow fairways. Tee boxes, fairways and greens are always well maintained although a bit overwatered for the early morning golfers.

The weather was overcast for the majority of the round with wet greens and such high humidity that the picking the right club for the distance was a constant challenge. Considering the reasonably acceptable playing conditions it was remarkable that the course permitted only three  of the 12 rounds to be at or under par and yielded just four birdies.


A Flight (handicaps 0 – 19): First place: tie between Larry Hillhouse (with a birdie and closest to the pin on the par 3- seventh and twelfth holes) and Tim Looney (with two birdies) a very nice 2 under 67; second: Clay Fischer, a hard-earned 1 over 71; third: Glenn Barry, a nice 2 over 72; fourth: tie between Dave LaCascia, and Gary Stivers (with fewest putts)

B Flight (handicaps 20 and over): First place: Fujio Norihiro, a spectacular 1 under 69, plus fewest putts; second: Liz Meripol, a very respectable 1 over 71; third: Mike Looney, a well-played 2 over 72; fourth: tie between Gene Vesely, Digna Vesely, and Bob Munn.

Monday Golf

Fourteen golfers from the Leisure World Men’s Golf League played Aug. 29 at the 4,000-yard par 62 David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. The weather was initially overcast and humid. Greens and fairways were very wet and choosing the right club for the approach shots was very important. For the first nine holes, putting was difficult due to slow greens. By mid-morning, the temperature increased, and the sun came out making it a better last half of the round. 

The course is being maintained decently with several newly spruced-up tees plus well-manicured greens. As has been the recent norm, the men’s tees were way back and the ladies’ tees way forward. 

With the initial difficult playing conditions, it was unexpected that the course would permit 11 of the 14 rounds to be at or under par and yielded only three birdies.


A Flight: (handicaps 0–19): First place: tie between Dave LaCascia (with fewest putts) and Larry Hillhouse (with a birdie and closest to the pin on the par 3 third hole), very nice 10 under 62; second: tie between Sam Choi (with a birdie) and Gary Stivers (closest to the pin on the par 3 fifteenth hole), a well-played 3 under 59; third: tie between Clay Fischer (with a birdie) and Chris Lankford (with a birdie), a sweet 2 under 60.

B Flight (handicaps 20 and over): First place: Fujio Norihiro, a terrific 11 under 51, plus a birdie and fewest putts; second: Mike Looney, a super 8 under 54, third: Liz Meripol, a very nice 6 under 56; fourth: tie between Gene Vesely and Tom Ross, a good 5 under 57; sixth: Ron Jackson, at 3 under 59; seventh: tie between Bob Munn and Digna Vesely.

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

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

If interested, contact, Gary Stivers, (714) 313-3697, or Dave LaCascia, (801) 674-5975.

-—David LaCascia

Women’s Golf Tournament

Since Aug. 30 was the fifth Tuesday of the month, golfers participated in a special nine-hole tournament round. Each player was only allowed to use a putter plus two clubs. 

Forty-two women competed for low net and prizes were awarded  to those who placed first and second in each flight.

The flight winners were:

Flight A—First place; Soo Choi, 24; Second Place; A tie between Judy Kim and Karen Mendon, 26.

Flight B—First Place: Jassca Choi, 21; Second Place: Chong Kim 22.

Flight C—First Place; Sun Lee, 22; Second Place; Helen Yoon, 25.

Flight D—First Place; Sue Elliott, 22; Second Place; Patti Smith, 24.

The annual President’s Trophy Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13, and Tuesday, Sept. 20. 

All women golfers who have completed six rounds of nine-hole tournament play within the last six months are encouraged to play by signing up for the regular Tuesday tournaments on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. 

Participants must play both days as the combined scores of the two days will determine the total low gross and total low net winners in each flight. 

Prizes will be awarded at the general meeting in October.

—Dale Quinn


Friday Morning and Tuesday Evening League team assignments will be announced Sept. 14 at the 10 a.m. monthly club meeting. All members and any potential members are invited to attend in the Shuffleboard Courts Building located behind Clubhouse 1 on Burning Tree Lane.

The Shuffleboard Club’s new evening activities have generated lots of interest. The Tuesday Evening League will start with four teams and begin play on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. and conclude on Oct. 25 after four games. The Courts Building now will be open each Tuesday in September from 6-8 p.m. for a new Open Play/Practice time. Mentors will be available to assist visitors who would like to know more about indoor shuffleboard.

The Friday Morning League begins Sept. 30 and will end Dec. 16 after nine games. Practicing/coaching sessions continue Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11. Winter league teams will be organized and announced toward the end of each leagues’ fall schedule. 

LW residents are invited to stop by the courts to experience a fun, low stress activity, where a friendly group can laugh and compete at the same time, on beautiful indoor courts.  Partners are not needed. Wear closed-toe shoes. Annual dues are $5. 

For more information, call or text Kay Mount at ( 775) 527-0426.

Health & Fitness


The Wa-Rite Club’s total weight loss for the week was 13 lbs. The biggest loser was Joyce Brannon (l), who is walking more and cutting back on food, with a loss of 3.5  lbs. Erna Durano (r) earned her doctorine certificate earlier this month. Club members also had the month-end announcements and discussions on various issues, concurring that the answer to problems is not in the fridge. The weekly weigh-in is from 8-8:45 a.m., and the meeting begins at 9. Everyone must present a GRF ID at the door to join the meeting.


Improve your balance through Joyful Line Dance

Joyful Line Dance has multiple leaders who take turns teaching, a concept that works well to avoid the burden of responsibilities for one person. Everyone is welcome to attend new instructor, Noly Anglo’s dance class, as well as learn the beautiful movements of Albert Comia, Gladys Comia, Jojo Weingart, Noly Anglo, Connie Peck, Caryn Lynn Stel, Kelly Johnson, Anna Derby, Chung Cha Lewis, George Pinada and Sunny Kim.

While Albert and Gladys Comia take time off from teaching, one of the leaders, Weingart, will fill in with her artistic style and beautiful personality for the next two weeks.

 For the safety and health concerns, classes are limited to 35, first come, first served. Face masks and exercise shoes are recommended for safety issues.  No sandals or flip flops.  Anyone wearing inappropriate footwear will be turned away. No fees or membership required.

 For more information, call (562) 301-5339.

—Anna Derby


Laughing for the Health of It Sept. 14

Everyone is invited to an hour-long session of positivity by laughing with others on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the HealthCare Center, Conference Room. 

People will leave de-stressed with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts. Best of all, it’s fun, free and non-fattening.

Masks are required. The instructor Bev Bender is a gerontologist and a certified Laugh Leader. “Healing powers in our lives is the ability to laugh.”

—Bev Bender


Senior Chair Exercise


A free seated group exercise class offered by Coastline Community College’s Special Programs Department helps to improve strength, flexibility, range of motion, postural control and coordination. Eligibility requirements include medical condition verification and completion of enrollment forms. 

Registration is open for a class on Friday, Sept. 9, at 11:30 a.m. Space is limited. To enroll, call Judy Aprile at (949) 697-8190 or email japrile@coastline.edu.

 —Judy Aprile


The Leisure World Bicycle Club invites everyone to join its weekly bike rides on Sundays (with breakfast), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, meeting at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Helmets and safe shoes are required. For more information, call Call Mary Romero or Lucy Cyza at (562) 810-4266.


Medicare Annual Notice of Change

The Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) is a notice people receive from their Medicare Advantage or Part D Plan in late September with the summary of any changes in the plan’s costs and coverage effective Jan. 1, 2023. Each insurance company will list the changes being made to your current Medicare Advantage or Part D Plan, which gives people the opportunity to make changes in the fall, on Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. This period of time is called the Annual Enrollment Period. If no changes are made during that time, your current Medicare coverage will automatically renew for the following year to ensure the continuing coverage.

Here are some things to look for in the Annual Notice of Change.

Are you getting more or less benefits?

Are there any changes to your monthly premium?

Are there any changes to your maximum out-of-pocket costs?

Did the co-pay amount to see your primary doctor or specialists change?

Did the cost of your prescriptions change?

Are there any changes in additional benefits such as dental, hearing, vision or over the counter credits?

For more information or questions, contact the Medicare Insurance Broker Sandra Teel at (657) 204-4224.

—Sandra Teel

Religion 12-13

Beit HaLev

The High Holy Days are a few weeks away. Beit HaLev is preparing for live, in-person services for the first time since before COVID-19. 

All services will be held for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah in Clubhouse 3, Room 4. 

•Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sunday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. 

•The First Day of Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.

•Kol Nidre: Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m.

•Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m.

• Erev Sukkot: Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m.

•First Day of Sukkot: Monday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.

•Erev Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m.

• Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Monday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.

Beit HaLev will livestream the Selichot service on Saturday, Sept. 17,  at 5 p.m. plus the second Days of Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot services on Facebook.com/galityomtov, YouTube.com (Beit HaLev LIVE! Channel) and Zoom. The link for the Zoom meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

Regular weekly, in-person Friday evening Shabbat services will return following the High Holy Day season; services will be held every Friday, beginning Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.

The Torah reading this week is “Kee Teitzei” (When you go out), from Deuteronomy 24:14-25:19. The reading is a listing of laws abjuring the Israelites to protect the stranger, the orphan and the widow.  Moses particularly stresses compassion toward women.  The last verses remind the people of the surprise attack on  the vulnerable by Amalek and tells them to remember what he did to them.

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

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

Contributions to Beit HaLev are welcome and can be sent to Beit HaLev, P.O. Box 2279, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Rabbi Galit-Shirah will need some assistance preparing for services. Those who can help should let her know beforehand.

Redeemer Lutheran

The theme for Redeemer Lutheran Church is “God’s Work, Our Hands.”  The  service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m.  

 Every second Sunday of September, LW Redeemer Lutheran Church joins with thousands of other Lutherans across the country to focus  on faith in service to others. This year, the our “God’s Work, Our Hands” service day falls on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The church will join with approximately 35 million Americans who observe 9/11 by engaging in some form of charitable service.

This week’s Scriptural readings emphasize that serving one another is a calling for all people. Every Sunday, people are encouraged to bring a few cans of nonperishable food the church to distribute to  neighbors in need.

LWers are invited to reflect, join the celebration and share the word and Communion at in the sanctuary at 13564 St.  Andrews Drive. 

Organist Sharon Heck, with Beverly Anderson, Lynda Elmer, Kay Pushman and Susan Sinner  of the choir quartet will lift spirits in song.   

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

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold  services via  Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Cantor  Fran Chalin will hold hybrid services on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m. To receive a Zoom invitation call or text Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122. 

This Saturday’s Torah portion is Ki Teitzei from the book of Deuteronomy. Moses delivers specific rules about proper family relationships. He continues with laws involving many aspects of daily living, justice, family responsibility, work and sexuality.  

Congregation Sholom’s High Holiday schedule is set. Rabbi Mymon will be the Rabbi for Congregation Sholom’s High Holidays services along with Cantor Chalin, who is a new member of the clergy. Services will be held via Zoom as well as in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. To receive a Zoom invitation contact Sacks.

The schedule for the High Holidays is as follows:

• Saturday, Sept. 17: Cantor Chalin will lead Selichot services at 7 p.m.

• Sunday,  Sept. 25: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Erev Rosh Hashanah services at 7 p.m. 

• Monday, Sept. 26: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Rosh Hashanah Day One services, with Shofar by Mel Chazen, at 9:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 27: Rabbi Mymon will lead Rosh Hashanah Day Two services with Shofar by Mel Chazen at 9:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 4: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Kol Nidre Services beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

• Wednesday, Oct. 5: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Yom Kippur Services starting at 9:30 a.m. Yizkor will begin between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Those who want to  become a member of Congregation Sholom should call Howard Brass at (714) 396-0121 for a membership packet.  

Assembly of God

Service/Gathering Times: Sunday morning at 10:30 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2; Wednesday morning Bible study at 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2; the Hymn Sing is held on the fourth Sunday night of the month at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

Sermon for this week: The second Sunday in September has come to be known as Grandparents Day. One of the most important things a grandparent can achieve is to pass along a legacy of strong, unswerving faith in God to the generations that follow and to lead by example in devotion, prayer, Bible reading and living out a dynamic relationship with Christ. Genesis 5:27 provides an excellent model in Methuselah, who was known for being the oldest man recorded in the Bible and also had an exemplary walk with God. Pastor Chuck Franco will deliever a sermon titled “A Methuselah Kind of Faith” on Grandparents Day, Sept. 11.

Bible Study: Pastor Chuck will lead the next session of the series, “Whisper,” by Mark Batterson.  This study trains the spiritual ear to hear God speaking. A short teaching video clip is followed by a focused discussion and student participation. 

Contact: More information can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com.

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

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

Community Church

This week, Community Church will study two parables concerning the divine quest to regain what has been lost. It is easy to focus on what has been lost both by as individuals and as a society; what is more difficult is seeing what has been gained as people are drawn together.  

Community Church is often called “the friendly church” and welcomes people of all backgrounds. Due to COVID safety concerns, people who want to attend the in-person worship service must provide proof of vaccination, but masking is optional. The church also offers online services for those who do not want to risk exposure.   

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

Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study

The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study group will meet on Sept. 12 and 26 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group is studying the book “Loving God with All Your Mind.”  All LWers are invited to attend.

For more information, call Jean Davidson at (562) 431-0597 or Margie Singleton at (562) 594-8100.

First Christian Church

 First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors. 

People are welcome to worship and explore God’s word together “that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:12).

Upcoming Events

First Christian Church will hold a movie night on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 2 and 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The film that will be screened is titled  “Is Genesis History?” It looks at the biblical, historical, and scientific evidence of creation and the flood. This movie is a perfect companion to the ongoing messages from Pastor Bruce Humes’ current series.

The new Women’s Bible Study begins on Monday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Melli Herrera will lead the women in a weekly study of “David and the Psalms” at the church. Women are asked to bring Bibles and prepare to get exciting insight into the Psalms and the man who penned them.  All women are invited.  

Message From the Pastor

God continues to speak forth his creation in Genesis 1:14-15, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night: and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years, and let them be for lights in the heavens to give light on the earth;’ and it was so.”

Genesis 1:16 says that “God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also.”

These verses reveal that God had a purpose for all his creation. Here the sun, moon, and stars provide light and help track time in days, months, years, and seasons.

It’s fascinating to contemplate the origin of all that exists, and the purpose and plans God had for it. Genesis 1:18b-19 says, “And God saw that it was good. So, the evening and morning were the fourth day.” 

Weekend Services

  Sunday services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. are traditional, with hymnal music led by Pat Kogak at the piano. This week the First Christian Choir will sing “We’ll Understand It Better By and By.”

Saturday services are more contemporary with Gregory Black leading in worship with guitar accompaniment. The Saturday service is held from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Midweek Studies

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

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

Friday’s prayer and Bible study is from 6-7 p.m.

Scripture of the Week

“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness and truth,” Psalm 86:15.  


First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125.

For more information, call (562) 431-8810. 

LW Baptist

Reaching people with the Gospel will be the focus for LW Baptist’s service on Sunday,  Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

Christ’s lighthouse in Ephesus and the surrounding province (now modern-day Turkey) so effectively evangelized the pagan world that Luke writes, “All the resi dents heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Gentiles,” and the Christian history of the area continued unbroken for 1,900 years. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Energizers group will study how God’s word prevails over all, a message based on of Psalm 29. The group will meet at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

The Christian Women’s Fellowship Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 12,  at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

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

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly offers a weekly Bible study on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. It provides believers a time to dive deeper into the word of God each week. This year, Pastor Sheri Leming is teaching a series on essential doctrines from the Bible that will impact daily life. 

Pastor Sheri will present the Doctrine of Justification during services this month. King Solomon, the biblical king known for his wisdom expressed it succinctly when he said “There is no new thing under the sun” in Ecclesiastes 1:9. With the realization of its relevance to today, the word of God will come alive. 

Faith Christian Assembly is a friendly group that welcomes new visitors. It is located on the corner of Seal Beach Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive. 

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

Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays; Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings  are on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour. 

Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at (562) 212-8681.

The course of study is the Old Testament. Personal reading should be those chapters in Isiah not covered in this study. The study for the week of Sept. 12 covers Isaiah, chapters 13,14, 24-30 and 35.  

Community, pages 18-19, 22-23

Rep. Katie Porter receives Social Security Champion Award in Leisure World

Congresswoman Katie Porter, who represents District 45 in Orange County and is running for the newly configured 47th District which includes parts of Leisure World, received the Social Security Champion Award from Jon “Bowzer” Bauman (bottom, left) who is the president of Social Security Works PAC. Bauman, who was in the Sha Na Na band of the 1970s and ‘80s emceed the event (top, left) and treated the crowd to a piano solo (bottom, right) before leading an open discussion with Porter on the future of Social Security (top, right).

American Latino Club

The American Latino Club will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Mariachi music, featuring Amy Walker’s dancing, and Mexican food on Sept. 23 in Clubhouse 4. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. 

Tickets are $20 per person. People should RSVP to club Treasurer Carmen Edwards at (562) 431-4257 before Friday, Sept. 9.

The menu for the evening will be a combination plate with rice, beans and corn tortillas with a choice of carne asada or al pastor (pork meat), carnitas (chile verde salsa with pork meat), Cabeza (pork meat), and/or chicken for the main dish. There will be pineapple empanadas for dessert and coffee, hibiscus drink and lemonade served for drinks. 

– Amy Walker

Sunshine Club

Learn about early Leisure World on Friday in Clubhouse 3 at 10 a.m.

Writer and producer Larry Strawther will be guest speaker at the Sunshine Club’s meeting on Friday, Sept. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m. 

Strawther will talk about Ross Cortese and the early development of Leisure World and other early large scale senior communities.  

All residents are welcome to join this meeting; refreshments will be served. The Sunshine Club requires no membership fees, but donations are welcome. Strawther has been writing professionally for over 40 years for newspapers, movies and television. His writing and producing credits include the television classics “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Night Court;” the cult comedy hit “Most Extreme Elimination Challenge,” the “Merv Griffin Show” and even the head writer on “Jeopardy!” in the late 1970s.  He has also written for movies “Without a Clue,” “Mighty Ducks” and been a sportswriter in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

In recent years, he has indulged his lifelong interest in local history by writing  three books on the histories of Los Alamitos and Rossmoor, Seal Beach and the Old Ranch Country Club. 

He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Rossmoor, where they raised their three children, Megan, Michael and Mallory.

The Sunshine Club frequently invites guest speakers to speak to residents on various topics to help enhance life in Leisure World. The club invites speakers from GRF as well as professionals from outside Leisure World to introduce their organizations. 

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

Holding up their end of Leisure World and celebrating Edward Jablonski’s (third from right) election to the GRF Board of Directors representing Mutual 11 are Peggy Beste, president (l-r); Beth Greeley, vice president; Vinny Correnti, landscape director;  Guta Basner, CFO, and Susan Shaver, physical properties director.

Paws, Claws and Beaks

Club will meet for picnic today at noon, cosponsor concert at 7:30 p.m

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club will meet today, Sept.  8, at noon in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. The meeting will include a potluck. Club members are asked to bring a dish for eight people. The guest speaker at the meeting will give a presentation about dog training.  

All LW pet owners are welcome to attend. Those with specific dog behavioral concerns who want the guest speaker to address them can email Bonnie Kaplan at craft.kaplan029@gmail.com or  text or call (714) 930-5314.  

The club will also help sponsor the Seal Beach Animal Care Shelter on the same night at the Ampitheater concert. (See page 2 for more details.)

Animal Care Services

Long Beach Animal Care Services provides animal control services to Seal Beach. To report coyote activities or other animal control issues, call the 24-hour animal services line at (562) 570-7387, or go online at www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife/coyote-report. Remember to not engage and give space to wild animals, strays and any sick or aggressive looking animal you come across.

SBTV-3 Listings

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, Sept. 8

4 pm LW NOCE Summer Concert

5 pm Black and White Knights Band

6:30  pm Velvetones or America’s Oldest City

7 pm Studio Cafe

7:30 pm McGaugh Go West 2022

9 pm SB City Limits:

Richard Hastings

10 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:

Hail to the King 

Friday, Sept. 9

4 pm LW NOCE Summer Concert

5 pm Napa Wine Train

5:15 pm LW FALW Picnic 2022

6 pm GRF Executive Director 

Jessica Sedgewick

7 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8 pm Studio Cafe

8:30 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:

Stone Soul Motown

10:10 pm Ronstadt Revival 

11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Saturday, Sept. 10

4 pm Black and White Knights Band

5 pm LW Community Orchestra Spring 2022

6:30 pm Studio Cafe

7  pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8 pm LAUSD

Sunday, Sept. 11

4 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:

Live and Let Die, McCartney

5:40 pm Velvetones 

6 pm LW Theater Club Face Painting

6:30 pm Safety Flags Installation

7  pm McGaugh Goes West 2022

7:30 pm Seal Beach Classic Car Show

8 pm Studio Cafe

8:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy 

9 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:


Monday, Sept. 12

4 pm LW FALW Picnic 2022

5:30 pm GRF Executive Director 

Jessica Sedgewich

6:30 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm Seal Beach City Council Meeting: LIVE

8 pm Seal Beach City Limits:

Richard Hastings

9 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:


10:45 pm LW Car Show

11 pm Black and White Knights Band

11:55 pm LW Theater Club Face Painting

Tuesday, Sept. 13

4 pm LW NOCE Summer Concert

5 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:

Hail to the King 

7 pm Studio Cafe

7:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8:30 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:

Stone Soul Motown

10 pm Ronstadt Revival

11:40 pm LW Car Show

Wednesday, Sept. 14

4 pm Life and Times in SB:

Lawhead Brothers

5 pm LW FALW Picnic 2022

6 pm LW Tribute Concert 2022:

Live and Let Die, McCartney

7:40 pm The Velvetones

8:30 pm McGaugh Go West 

9 pm W Tribute Concert 2022:

Stone Soul Motown

10:30 pm LW Cabaret Entertainers

*All programming is subject to change.

Nikkei Club

Club will play Bingo rounds

The Nikkei Club will meet on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11:30 a.m. Bingo will be the activity for this month.

The club will provide  bento boxes for lunch for $10. Each box  includes one bingo card. Members are welcome to bring their own desserts to share.  

Members will receive  calls from the club to secure their reservations for the meeting. 

For more information, call Michie Kimura at (714) 317-1102. 

Schmooze Club

After a long hiatus due to COVID, the Schmooze Club will resume meetings on Tuesday, Sept.13  in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The meeting will begin with sign-ins, refreshments and schmoozing ( socializing) from 10-10:30 a.m. Rabbi Shmuel Marcus of the Chabad of Los Alamitios/Cypress will blow the shofar and present a program titled “A New Year! Four Lessons From The Shofar” from 10:30-11:30.

He is a dynamic, energizing, engaging speaker and longtime friend of the Schmooze Club.

Rabbi Marcus will inspire and lift spirits as the community prepares for the Jewish High Holy Days. 

The Schmooze Club encourages everyone, especially new residents, to get acquainted with this friendly, welcoming group. People are welcome to bring friends to the meeting.

Throughout the year the Schmooze Club will present a variety of interesting and entertaining programs of Jewish and general interest at the monthly meetings. There are “no dues to schmooze,”  however donations are gratefully accepted at the meetings.

High Holiday refreshments will be served in a safe manner. People who are planning on attending the meeting are asked to wear masks for everyone’s safety. 

Those who plan to bring guests from outside LW to the meeting or who want to volunteer for shopping and refreshment set-up should contact  Darlene Rose at (562)-347-8088.

Korean American Chorale will return to the stage on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.

The Leisure World Korean American Chorale (LWKAC)  will hold its 10th annual concert  at LW Community Church on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. 

Music provides a sense of connection and communication that can span across all languages. LWKAC values the gift of music and is excited to share that gift with other LW residents. 

During the concert, the LWKAC will play Wolfgang Mozart’s “Gloria” (chorus), plus  Giuseppe Verdi’s “Blacksmith’s Chorus,”“Hebrew Slaves’ Chorus,” and “Triumph Chorus.”

The club was established in 2007 by people who enjoyed sharing music with others. The group has been invited to annual concerts and various performances inside and outside of Leisure World throughout the club’s history. 

LWKAC couldn’t hold annual concerts in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic and is excited to return to the stage for its annual concert.

Conductor Paik Kyunghwan, who graduated from the Peabody School of Music and has led the choir since 2014, leads pianist Cho Ae-Young and 70 choir members who perform every Friday from 9 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3 prepare for the performance. He has conducted many operas including “Chunhui,” “Faust,”  “Madame Butterfly,” “Messiah” (Oratorio), “Creation” and “Elijah.”

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

School board candidate Rona Goldberg held a meet-and-greet with voters on Sept.  1 and Sept. 6 in Clubhouse 3 with the LW Republican Club.

A former teacher, Goldberg has two children attending school in the district and one who recently graduated from Los Alamitos High School.

Her main issues in the campaign are parental rights and board transparency.

“Parents are much more willing to support board policies if they feel that they have had a chance to have their input,” she said. “And this requires that they know what the board is doing ahead of time.” 


The LW Republican Club meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen is slated to be the club’s guest speaker on Sept. 21.

The club also plans to hold a candidate forum in Clubhouse 4 on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. Speakers include Congressional candidate Scott Baugh, State Assembly candidate Diane Dixon, Goldberg, and City Council candidate Nathan Steele.

The club booth is open every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


The club recently received the following message from Nguyen:

“Veterans have risked so much to protect America and its freedoms. Tragically, military service is linked to increased risk for mental health conditions.

“The legislature is working hard to ensure veterans are heard when it comes to discussing mental health and wellness resources for all veterans.

Assembly Bill 738 does just that, requiring counties to appoint a veteran or veteran advocate to a local mental health board. The legislation will lead to better care for veterans.”


The LW Republican Club’s book of the month for September is “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt,” by Arthur C. Brooks. 

Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute the largest conservative public policy institute, or think tank, in the United States.

The author writes that most Americans are sick of the vicious political invective that is becoming so common, but the temperature of the conversation continues to rise.

In the book, Brooks points out that being nice makes one a happier person and extends one’s life. However, that can be hard when people do not hold the same moral beliefs.

They must change their attidutes about the person they disagree with, Brooks writes.

Brooks concludes the book with a chapter titled “The Five Rules to Subvert the Culture of Contempt.”

Those who want  to join the club or receive more information can contact Anne at lwrepubli-cans@yahoo.com, or visit the club’s website at   www.lwrepublicans.com.There is no charge to  join the club.

How to turn on closed captions

Loud televisions make up the majority of noise complaints in Leisure World each month. As people age and their hearing begins to change or diminish, watching TV and movies can become more difficult without turning the volume to its loudest setting, which then disturbs neighbors. For deaf individuals or people who are hard of hearing, satellite television, streaming services and more offer closed captions and subtitles to make watching television easier. 

XFinity: First, turn on the program you want to watch, then  press the Down arrow or OK button on the remote. Next, press the Left arrow to move to the “Closed Captioning CC” option and press OK with the remote. Choose to turn captions On, then you can customize the font size, color and formatting of your subtitles in the “Closed Captioning Options” menu.

Spectrum: Press the Menu button on the remote control, then scroll to “Settings & Support” and press OK/Select. Next, click on the Accessibility tab. Choose between Closed Captioning  or Descriptive Video Service to turn captions on. 

DirecTV: Press the Info button on the remote control, then  press the Right Arrow button to get to Closed Captioning (CC). Select CC, and captions will turn on. You can personalize caption options with the following steps: Press the Menu button, click on the Settings option, then press the Right Arrow button to get to the Accessibility option and press Select. Navigate using the Up and Down arrow buttons to the make the changes you need.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

During the LW Democratic Club meeting, members voted to endorse the following candidates running in the November General Election:

• Gavin Newsom for Governor

• Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Gov.

• Shirley Weber for California  Secretary of State

• Malia Cohen for California State Comptroller

• Fiona Ma for California State Treasurer

• Rob Bonta for California Attorney General

• Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner

• Alex Padilla both Partian and Full Term Senator 

• Tony Thurmond for California Public Education Supervisor

• Katie Porter for Congress District 47

• Judie Mancuso for California  Assembly District 72

•Kim Carr for California  Senate District 36

• Michele Bell for Superior Court Judge Office 30

•Jim Moreno for Coast Community College Trustee

Anyone interested in receiving information about these candidates should call (562) 412-0898 or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

Club members are reminded that Trustee Scott Fayette represents a significant portion of Leisure World on the Los Alamitos School Board. A recent attempt to recall Fayette failed. The campaign turned in 2,129 signatures but only 1,738 were deemed valid by the Registrar of Voters. This was 108 signatures short of what was needed to qualify for the ballot.  

Unfortunately, the cost to verify signatures has to be paid for by the school district. The Registrar of Voters will be sending the school board a bill for $7,238.60.


The LW Democratic Club’s  membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept.  28, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 1 p.m. It will include a presentation by the League of Women Voters on ballot measures that will be on General Election ballots. Members will also receive a report by Marlys Davidson on the current situation facing members of the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees. Club members and supporters can join the meeting in person or via Zoom.  

Weather permitting, the club’s Information and Hospitality Booth will be open in the parking lot outside Clubhouse 6 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Tuesday. In October, the booth will be open on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Yard signs and other material supporting the club’s endorsed candidates will be available, plus information about membership of the club. 

Club member volunteers are also currently involved in reaching out to Leisure World’s potential voters about the importance of reelecting Katie Porter to Congress. Porter is known for fighting corruption and for taking on special interests to protect taxpayers.  She has spent her career holding big banks and corporations accountable. As the mother of three children who go to school in Orange County, she also believes that quality public education is the bedrock of the American Dream. 


For more in-depth reporting about plans for the upcoming General Election, as well as information about the club’s upcoming programs, LW Democrats and no preferred party supporters can  subscribe to the club’s newsletter by emailing  democraticclubsblw@gmail.com. People are asked to  include their full name, address phone number, as well as party affiliation.

obituaries, page 23

Richard “Rick” 

Allen Riley   


Richard “Rick” Allen Riley was born on Feb. 10, 1936, in St. Louis, Missouri to Michael and Rose Riley. He rose up to meet his Maker on Aug. 15. He leaves behind three children and several grandchildren. He worked as a handyman for many years in Leisure World. 

On Dec. 7, 1941, young Rick and his mom were forced to leave their home in Honolulu as it was being bombed by the Japanese at the beginning of World War II. His father was the chief engineer at Hickman Field, Hawaii.

Rick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1954. After boot camp, he was sent to Camp Pendleton and told stories about his buddies in Oceanside. From there, he was sent into active duty in Korea during the freezing weather. He fired a 155-millimeter cannon thousands of times, receiving concussions and shattered eardrums from the noise. He was honorably discharged in 1957. 

Rick enjoyed many activities in Leisure World like poker, pool and country western dancing. He also enjoyed participating in the karaoke club, helping the LW Filippino club with its bingo events, and volunteering at the Save Our Beach clean up events. 

Rick had recently become a Catholic. 

A memorial Mass will beld on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in Holy Family Catholic Church in Leisure World. 

For more information, call  Ms. E at (310) 890-2368.



In Memoriam

Joseph Constantino 78

Brenda Knepper 67

Matthew Larson 78

Margarita Vincent 71

Carolina Linares 80

Peni Faletotasi 76

Vincent Amucha 75

Stephen Fisher 76

Monica Anderson 72

Lily Buenafe 79

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

(562) 961-9301

—Paid obituary


The obituaries deadline is Friday at 4 p.m., prior to the desired Thursday publication date. 

Obituaries that are received later than Friday will go in the following week’s issue.

Email obituary notices to laurieb@lwsb.com with photos attached as jpg files.

The first 250 words, plus one picture, are free to publish in the newspaper; each additional word is 25 cents. 

For more information, call (562) 430-0534, ext. 801, or email laurieb@lwsb.com.

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Hui O Hula perform in memory of late Leisure World resident

Big kudos the good neighbors and hula dancer Lori Chamberlin of Mutual 11 for helping with the celebration of Ellen Song’s life. 

A longtime LW resident, Ellen had many who loved and cherished her.  They celebrated her 92nd birthday in January with a feast and a hula program. Ellen passed away a few months later. Last week, daughter Elena Song remembered her mom with a touching speech and a big spread. 

A bench was put in a favorite spot in Ellen’s honor. Friends and neighbors gathered to dance and enjoy a big spread. The Hui O hula dancers danced “Aloha ‘Oe/Farewell to Thee”—may she rest in peace. 

Hui O Hula offers Hawaiian dance lessons twice a week.  All—including men—are welcome. Hula is a gentle dance.  It is good for the mind as dancers need to remember how to tell the story with their hands while dancing. 

Call (562) 252-9676 for class or performance schedule.

Upcoming at the Amphitheater

Summerlong Musical Festivals: The 2022 Amphitheater music festival started June 30 with a 12-show lineup at the 2,500-seat Amphitheater located behind the LW News Office in the GRF Administration compex. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident. Smoking is not permitted at the Amphitheater. 

No parking is allowed in front of the Amphitheater on St. Andrews Drive along the southbound lanes. This is a tow-away zone on Thursdays during Amphitheater season. 

Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows. Food trucks will provide options for pre-event dining. The free weekly concerts start at 7:30 p.m. (schedule is subject to change).

The next two performances will be: 

• Sept. 8: The Long Run, Experience the Eagles 

Sponsors: MemorialCare, Optum and United Healthcare (co-sponsors)

• Sept. 15: Walk Like a Man, a Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons 

Sponsors: MemorialCare, Optum and United Healthcare (co-sponsors)

Movie Nights: The final open-air movie night at the Amphitheater will be held on Sept. 16, starting at 8:30 p.m. Friends and family welcome. Minibus service will be available to take people home after the show.

• Sept. 16: Cyrano

Sponsors: Optum and SCAN 

Cyrano de Bergerac dazzles everyone with his ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay. However, he’s convinced his appearance renders him unworthy of the affections of the luminous Roxanne, a devoted friend who’s in love with someone else.

PG-13 | 2h 4min | drama-melodrama | 2021 |

Doo Wop Club

Doo Wop Club President Frank Destra and Vice President Lu DeSantis invite all residents to join in and “Let the Good Times Roll” at the upcoming “Sounds of the ‘70s” show that will be held on Sept. 17 in Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for early seating. 

The event will feature tunes from Travola to The Beatles, including music by Credence Clearwater Revival, Paul Simon, Olivia Newton John, Tony Orlando, Elvis and more ‘70s favorites.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and refreshments. More candid photos, communications and entertaining music clips can be found on the Facebook group page “Leisure World Seal Beach Let the Good Times Roll official Doo Wop Fan page.” 

Residents can join the fun and learn more about this group on Facebook. 

Saturday Social Bunco Results

At the Aug. 27 meeting of Saturday Social Bunco, Kay Hudnall had the most buncos; Rita Visloskie and Dina Navarro tied for most wins; Linda Payne had the most babies; Sue Holbrook had the most losses; and Susie Ralston was the door prize winner.

The club’s next meeting will be held on Sept. 10 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. Play begins at 1:30 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. For more information, call club president Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443. 

Cribbage Club

Marcy Locy treated 48 cribbage club members to cake and ice cream Aug. 30.  Candy Meyers and Carrie Kistner served refreshments.

Jack O’Brien and Alma Zamzow shared first place with a score of 842 while second place went to Don Kramer with a total of 840. Franca Yeske took third place with 833 while Hoppy Hopkins earned fourth place with a score of 831 of a possible 847.

Dues for the year are $5.  Donated refreshments are served at noon each week.  Members are encouraged to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to be guaranteed a place at the table. Partners are not needed.  To learn how to play cribbage, brush up on the game or to learn more about the club, call and leave a message with Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.

-—Marilyn Chelsvig

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves.  

White moves first and any answer by black the white’s third move is checkmate.

Solution to this week’s puzzle is first move is f7.

The white Queen moves from a2 to f7, black Knight to f7, white Bishop to f7, black King to d8, the next move by white is checkmate.

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

Garden Club

The Garden Club’s September meeting has been cancelled due to the scheduled painting of Clubhouse 2. Despite the club’s best efforts, no other meeting space could be secured, so the first club meeting after the summer break will be held on Oct. 17. 

“This was disappointing as everyone was looking forward to a very fun event in September, but the fun will just have to be postponed a month,” Nancy Goldstein wrote.

Membership renewal, which usually takes place in September, will be done in October, and tickets for the Annual Christmas Luncheon, which is now in the planning stages, should be available for purchase also in October. Plans are in the works for some very interesting programs and fun events during the coming year. Further information about the Oct.17 meeting will be in the paper as the date gets closer.

-—Nancy Goldstein

Photo Arts Club

The Photo Arts Club will meet on Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The assignment is to make two artistic photos of objects and their shadows.

People should also bring recent photos to share. Resource members will be available at the end of the meeting to help with specific camera or cell phone issues.

Everyone is welcome.

For information about the club, call Regine Schumacher at (562) 430-7978.

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Chorale and Entertainment Club

Don and Bev Sunday rehearse for LW Chorale & Entertainment Club show “Show Tunes Americana” Sept. 24 in Clubhouse 4 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Vinyl Rock returns this Saturday

Cabaret Entertainers presents Vinyl Rock on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m. All are welcome but guests must be accompanied by the resident who invites them. 

Vinyl Rock is an Orange County-based band consisting of eight members who passionately perform classic rock, pop and Motown tunes primarily from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The band keeps the audience engaged, inviting them to participate in sing-alongs and by mingling with them on the dance floor.  They’ll have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize. Vinyl Rock is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers and is free to GRF members and their guests (over 18).  Leisure suits, Fu Manchu ‘staches, mullets and big hair are welcome but not required.

Want to keep our bands coming back? Sign in. It’s the only way GRF can track their popularity. 

All concerts are free, but tips are accepted and appreciated. Questions? Contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

‘Duck Pond High’ comes alive in Theater Club performance

On Sept. 5, for one fleeting hour, Leisure World was host to a high school reunion in Clubhouse 2. The school, Duck Pond High, doesn’t actually exist, nor do the students—one would be shocked to see so many of their former classmates wearing costume wigs. 

The reunion was part of a performance of “The Class Reunion,” written and performed by LW Theater Club members.

“Remember all the people that bothered you in high school?” club president Taylor White asked the crowd. “Well, they’re all here.”  

In a preview of the play, White described the performance as a “rollicking comedy,” something that rang true as the clubhouse burst with laughter over the hijinks of class president-by-default Patty Wilcox and a cast of high school caricatures: the jock, the majorette, the washed-up popular girl with a  criminal record, the drop-out turned famous comedian, and the reformed nun who’s taken to baking the church’s cookies with a “secret ingredient.” 

“That was a crack up,” LW resident Karina Skoug said. “It was making me laugh so hard.”

The musical talents of the club’s participants, particularly Galit Shirah, Maxine Chavez, Carmen Edwards, Connie Farrand and Tosca Lies, were on full display. 

The Theater Club meets in  the Performing Arts Center  on the fourth Friday of each month from 10-11 a.m.

Community Karaoke Club

It was a hot  summer night but the karaoke singers were ready to go, with Tony Tupas launching the program with “Danny’s Song.” 

Ren Villaneauva did a fine rendition of “If Tomorrow Never Comes.” 

The New Chorale singers were perfecting their numbers for a Sept. 24 show in Clubhouse 4: Michelle Porter, Ray Geierman and Rob Illingsworth.  

Walter Piippo had fun with “North to Alaska” as did Sue Piippo with “You Beat Me to the Punch.” Ric Dizon changed the tempo with “Spanish Eyes.” Anna Le sang with passion “Our Day Will Come.” “Inka Dinka Do” was a rousing tune by David Noble. A lot of duet singing was so much fun for many  karaoke singers who dazzle the audience with their harmony.

Many thanks to Tony Tupas and others for hosting the Wednesday night karaoke party in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The club averages 33 singers each week. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call Margie Thompson, Mutual 11, at (562) 493-0484. 

Coin Club

The September Coin Club meeting has been cancelled. 

A colorful sunset beach car show

The Great Autos car club and Peter’s Landing Marina will hold the second annual “Rainbow Car Show” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Parking and general admission are free.

Organizers expect around 60 vintage cars to be on display, and they’ll be arranged according to the cars’ colors. There will be live jazz from the Sam Graham Trio, and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite car to win the People’s Choice trophy. 

The cars all belong to the members of Great Autos, the largest LGBTQ+ car club on the West Coast. Great Autos holds both local and statewide events, and donates thousands of dollars each year to worthy charities. For more information about the club, visit www.greatautos.org.

The Peter’s Landing Marina is at 16400 Pacific Coast Highway. It’s well known for fine dining, with most restaurants offering outdoor seating and scenic views of the marina. The car show will be in the south end of the parking lot, adjacent to Starbucks.

For more information, call Dave Weisbart at (714) 369-4043

Thursday Bingo in Los Alamitos

Bingo takes place every Thursday at the Los Alamitos Community Center located at 10911 Oak Street, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. Doors open at 9 a.m. and games begin at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is available for $5 and people are encouraged to bring a friend.

For more information, call Teri Nugent at (562) 446-0293 or Pat Farrell at (714) 337-4575. 

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Good News Singers

The Good News Singers are busy preparing for the Sept. 17 “Light the World” concert to be held in Clubhouse 4 at 2 p.m.

52nd Annual Arts & Crafts fest will return November

The 52nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, in Clubhouse 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  The Arts & Crafts Festival is held for the purpose of encouraging the creative talents of Leisure World Seal Beach GRF members.  While invited to exhibit their products, participants must adhere to guidelines established in GRF Policy 70-1480 – Arts and Crafts Festival; items for sale at the festival must have been made by the shareholder/member.  

No manufactured articles may be sold. Each seller must live in Leisure World and be a GRF member to qualify as an exhibitor of sale items at the festival. 

Artisans who want to participate can sign up at Clubhouse 2 on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7-9 a.m. A full table is $10 but may be shared with another participant for $5.

Napa Wine Train

“All aboard” as Video Club Producer Owen Hughes rides the Napa Valley Wine Train. You can see his video segment “Coastlines, Wines and Trains” this month, on SBTV – Spectrum (Ch 3), Frontier (Ch 37) and online (in HD) at SBTV3. Check dates/times in the LW Weekly and www.SBTV3.org/schedule.

Printmaking demonstration will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13

An Art League demonstration will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m. Local artist Carmen Leslie and Carol Levine will be the demonstrators. 

Levine will demonstrate monoprinting, which creates  a one-of-a-kind print. It can be accomplished in different mediums on a flat smooth surface.

Leslie will follow with Gelli printing, a similar form of monoprinting on a gelatin, mineral oil plate adding the use of stencil and found objects. She will use acrylic paint.

Levine taught art at Stanford Middle School in Long Beach after studying art at Arizona State University. She works in a variety of mediums including oil, watercolors, copper enameling and carboard.

Leslie studied at Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach. She was the owner and operator of Brush ‘n Palette in Bellflower through the 1970s while painting and teaching art. She later traveled to northern Nevada to teach and paint for Catholic Schools, Brewery Art Center and St. Mary’s Art Center. She returned to Southern California in 2000 and settled into life in Leisure World with brush and pastels in hand. Adding watercolor and mixed media to her work, she is still looking to new painting pleasures and discoveries in the years to come. 

Artists who want to enter the monthly membership art show should arrive by 6:30 p.m. with their art in hand. By popular vote, the subject theme is “landscape.” 

Local colleges release class schedules

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State Long Beach

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State Long Beach has announced its fall 2022 session. Registration begins on Sept. 6, and classes begin Oct. 3.

OLLI is offering over 100 classes this semester, including 20 new classes. Classes are available on campus, at several community satellite locations and online using Zoom. 

New classes cover topics such as the economics of sports, art history, Hispanic films, astronomy, photography, writing and fitness. 

An annual membership to OLLI costs $40 and most classes cost $15 each. Space is limited, so residents should enroll as soon as they identify which classes they would like to take. 

Residents who enroll are responsible for their own transportation to classes. 

More information can be found online at www.csulb.edu/olli or by calling the OLLI office at (562) 985-8237. 

Lifetime Learning Center at Long Beach City Colleege

Registration is open for classes on Zoom and in-person at the Lifetime Learning Center Senior Studies Program at Long Beach City College.

This semester, classes offered in person include “Musical Pagentry, Passion, Pratfalls & Politics,” “World Affairs & Current Affairs,” chair yoga and tai chi chuan. 

Classes are available to everyone. Those interested can register in person at LBCC Pacific Coast Campus, Room QQ-122 on Sept. 14 and 16 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Residents can also register online at www.lbcc.edu/lifetime-learning-center.

For more information, call Theresa Brunella at (562) 930-3047. 

Long Beach Symphony returns with classical concert series

Under the direction of Maestro Eckart Preu, Long Beach Symphony will be once again delighting audiences with its Classical Series with favorites including Beethoven’s Fifth, Vivaldi, Gershwin. 

The Classical Series opening night on Oct. 1, 2022 will present Beethoven’s Fifth. This season, people will introduce the ability to purchase wine in the lobby and bring it into the theater.

The Classical Series:

• Oct. 1: Beethoven’s Fifth-—Concertmaster Roger Wilkie will be sharing his virtuosity in Mendelssohn’s only Violin Concerto, following Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 “Classical.”

• Nov. 19: Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Late Suite—The expressive pianist Natasha Paremski will perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Tchaikovsky’s beautiful Swan Lake Suite and rousing 1812 Overture also on the program. 

• Feb. 4: Vivaldi’s The Fourt Seasons—The performance will spotlight Long Beach Symphony violinists Roger Wilkie, Agnes Gottschewski, Chloé Tardiff and Chyi-Yau Lee.

• March 11: Orff’s Carmina Burana—Soprano Anna Schubert, tenor Ashley Faatoalia, baritone James M. Schaefer, The Long Beach Camerata Singers, South Bay Children’s Choir and the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo will perform.

• June 3: Florence Price’s Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s An American in Paris—Pianist Michelle Cann will round out the Classical Series.

In addition to the traditional five-concert series subscription packages, another “new” this season is the ability to purchase a Three-Concert Sampler Pack that allows subscribers to buy any combination of three Classical and/or Pops series concerts for only $99. 

Five-concert Classical Series subscriptions start at $110. To purchase tickets, visit LongBeachSymphony.org or call the box office at (562) 436-3203, ext. 1. 

Leisure World residents can inquire about group discounts by emailing Freida Davis at geoh.davis@gmail.com. Transportation to the Terrace Theater can be coordinated with Beverly Emus at beverly90740@gmail.com.

Drone Club

The LW Drone Club is designed for recreational and photographic purposes. The club flies at local parks and near the ocean. Members are always available to answer questions. For information or to join the club, email Joseph Valentinetti at 0501042@gmail.com.-

Duplicate Bridge

North/South winners in the 8-table game on Aug. 25 were Joan Tschirki and Fred Reker with a 57.44% game; second were Louise Seifert and Stan Johnson with a 56.25% game. East/West winners were Larry Topper and April Berg with a 62.5% game; second were Shmuel Fisher and Larry Slutsky with a 52.68% game.

In the 9-table game on Aug. 26, North/South winners were Linda and Dick Stein with a 63.96% game; second were Larry Slutsky and Bob Goldstein with a 57.41% game. Thad Mikols and Marilyn McClintock were first East/West with a 62.96% game; second were Judy Jones and Al Appel with a 58.56% game.

Overall winners in the 4-table Howell game on Aug. 27 were Russ Gray and Fred Reker with a 67.26% game; second were Bud Parish and Sharon Beran with a 56.55% game.

In the 10-table game on Aug. 29, North/South winners were Linda Nye and Alan Olschwang with a 57.82% game; second were Joan Tschirki and Priscilla Caillouette with a 52.55% game. Emma Trepinski and Dave Carman were first East/West with a 57.87% game; second were Judy Jones and Al Appel with a 54.17% game.

Games are played on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Players are asked to arrive no later than noon to confirm their reservations. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets and/or by calling Dan Frank at (562) 739-6441 or by email at danfrankcpa@gmail.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day.



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. SB Business License BRN000.   Exp 1/04/2023


Workout-Buddy-Needed. Spot/Check-Form. Count/Track/Reps-Sets. 3-Sessions-Week/$25-Session. 40-Minute-Sessions. Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/2pm. LW-Resident ONLY. Contact Susan Bulloch/720-935-0165.


We refinish your SHOWER/TUB to look brand new. Convert to WALK IN SHOWER and/or raise seat. Nu Kote 562-833-3911  

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Vinyl Plank/Carpeting. Patio Carpet Tile. 40+/Years in LW. License 723262.  Exp 11/16



Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure-World since 1978. Planting/Clean-Ups/Fertilization. New Lawns, etc. Offering my services to every Mutual. Honest and Reliable. State Contractor’s License 779462. Call 562-863-7739, 

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.   Exp 9/28


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Premium-Paints. Interiors/Cabinets/Ceilings/Exterior-Windows/Frames. Our Own Painting-Crew. 40+/Years in LW. Business License 723262.  Exp 11/16


Bel-Rich Painting.   Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131.  10/19


Painting service for exterior or interior repairs, texture, drywall, cabinets, skylights, gates, frames. Joshua 714-267-6756. Contractor License 1081798.  Exp 11/16



CLEAN AND REPAIR. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002.  Exp 11/02


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

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194.   Exp 9/14


562-596-0559, Leisure World Decorators. Shutters/Blinds/Shades/Drapes/New Windows.  Exp 11/16

Window Washing


Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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



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


Computer Drafter WANTED for Spec-Sheets and Drawings. MAKE-YOUR-OWN-HOURS!   Raycon Technology/714-799-4100


ISO Personal Assistant/Organizer needed for LW-Resident to help with/chores (dishes/mail/organizing). Detail-oriented. 4-hours/week, $40/hour. Call/Text Patty 202-415-8746.


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands. 949-899-7770. Available 24×7. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006.   Exp 9/14



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


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



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003   Exp 11/09


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Licensed by the state Seal Beach RAZ0002.   Exp 11/30


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006.   Exp 11/16


Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student 714-605-6869. Business License 14206319.  Exp 9/21


CTC Home Care Inc. Caregivers are Trained/Licensed/Bonded/Insured/Honest and speak good English. Available to work Full-Time/Part-Time. Licensed to drive for Doctor-Appointments/Groceries. Contact Person Consuelo/714-820-0294. Seal Beach Business License 14206475.  Exp 9/21


Albert & Patricia Caregiver Services.  Daily Care, Errands/Medication/Doctor-Appointments.  (562)-397-4659,(323)-413-0830  Seal Beach License14206409.  Exp 10/19


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. Tammy Nguyen/(714)-425-4198.   Exp 10/26


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 10/12


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

HEL0006.  Exp 9/14





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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.   Exp 10/26


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach License RAZ002.  Exp 11/30


Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008.   Exp 11/30


MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/Call anytime! Complete-cleaning. Call/562-505-1613. Seal Beach Business License M0001A.  Exp 11/16


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659, (323)-413-0830.  Seal Beach License14206409. Exp 10/19


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001   Exp 11/16


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

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



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.  Exp 10/26


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


Pride Scooter Hardly Used 4-Wheel with changeable fender. $900/OBO, Shirlne/562-760-0905.   Exp 9/14


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 9/28


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB Business License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.   Exp 9/14

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 9/28



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 11/02



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call/310-387-2618.   Exp 11/09


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE. Looking to buy Mid-Century Furniture/“ETC”/Men-Women Sterling-Silver-Rings/Old-Jewelry/Men-Women Vintage Clothing. 562-243-7229.  Exp 10/12


Yard Sale. 1730 Sunningdale Road, Mutual-14/Apartment-17D. Friday/September-09 and Saturday/September-10/(10:00am-3:00pm). Kitchenware/Pots/Dishes/Bathroom-Items/Miscellaneous.


Curio-Cabinet/Sofa-Table/Rocking-Chair/Makeup-Table with/Mirror/Cedar-Chest/Small TV-Table/Walker/Candles/Yarn/Vases  Call Laurie at 562-843-6963.


Estate Sales by Jennifer and Denise.  Call Denise Garduno 714-234-8842. SB Business License EJD0001.

LEISURE WORLD Carport/Storage Wanted

Looking to rent a Carport Spot OR Carport-and-Storage in Mutual-12. Call 562-716-1547.  Exp 9/21