Arts and Leisure
ARTS and LEISURE Nov. 7, 2013 PLAY REVIEW “4000 Miles,” a play by Amy Herzog; now playing on the Segerstrom Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 92628-2197, through Nov. 17, (714) 708-5555, www.scr.org ; Ticket prices: $22-$72; running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, presented without an intermission. by Larry Blake LW contributor As many of us know, the entertainment industry tends to favor material about and for the young. The theater is slightly different. Yes, they have their youthful musicals. But the theater has always recognized the support they receive from the older generations. “4000 Miles,” now playing at South Coast Repertory (SCR), is one of the best plays in recent years dealing with problems unique to those of us in the autumn of our years. The story takes place in contemporary New York City in the flat of 91-year-old Vera Joseph (Jenny O’Hara). It is the middle of night, which is interrupted by the arrival of Vera’s grandson, Leo (Matt Caplan). Leo has just completed a 4,000-mile journey on bicycle from Seattle. He had planned to crash at the apartment of his girlfriend Bec (Rebecca Mozo), but she doesn’t want him. So it’s on to Grandma’s, if she’ll have him. The relationship between Vera and Leo is at first hesitant. Slowly, it becomes more than a play about a relationship between grandmother and grandson. Each scene is in itself a small play, leading us to the play’s conclusion. We are treated along the way to conversations about politics, relationships, and gems about the characters’ pasts. Vera’s memory may be fading, but she has the wisdom that Leo needs at this point in his life. We learn about his estrangement from his mother, Vera’s daughter. We also learn about a tragedy that occurred on the 4,000-mile journey that has been life altering for Leo. One life lesson Vera has learned and presses on to her grandson is that life is about taking responsibility. “The point is, you help people,” she advises Leo. “It’s not about I do what’s best for me and you do what’s best for you.” This is a lesson that the young often are slow to realize. This is essentially a two-person play. In those types of plays both actors must be extraordinary to hold our interest. As Leo, Matt Caplan, looks indeed like he just rode 4,000 miles. His performance is as tight and fat free as his gaunt and slender physique. There is nothing here but praise for the performance of Jenny O’Hara as Vera. Whether she’s wise cracking in her superb New York accent, or replacing a word that she can’t remember with “whatchamacallit,” O’Hara embodies an elderly woman who has lived longer than she planned but has no plans on expiring. Playwright Amy Herzog based the character on her own grandmother. O’Hara does more than honor the playwright’s memory. As the Baby Boomer generation enters into retirement years, more literature is being written about this generation. “4000 Miles” is a welcome addition to those plays and films. This trend will continue as long as these pieces produce dollars at the box office. “4000 Miles” is a story about one of us. You will find a lot of yourself and/or your neighbors in the character of Vera. It is a story that sometimes criticizes growing older, but is never demeaning. It is worthy of anyone’s time who has retired and learned to survive in a young world. VIDEO PRODUCERS CLUB by Joe Osuna LW contributor A variety of new locally produced programs are scheduled to be shown in November on Time Warner Cable Channel SBTV-3, and 15.102 and Verizon Cable Channel 37. These programs are submitted by members of the Video Producers Club, who are certified video producers. They are volunteers and not employees of SBTV-3. Copies of the programs are available for $15 per DVD from Station Manager Robin Fort-Lincke. Contact her at SBTV03@gmail.com or by phone at 696-1404. For more information about the Video Producers Club, log on to LWVPC.Blogspot.com. The following is the list of programs: •Stroke Therapy Angela Sandfort, RPT, CCCE, of the Los Alamitos Medical Center discusses “Physical Therapy and Stroke” as part of an ongoing series Matters of the Heart at the Health Care Center. She talks about the benefits of physical therapy for stroke patients. This is a half-hour health lecture. Joe Osuna is the video producer. •Kalohes Sing The Hui O Hula hosted “A Tropical Evening” featuring the Kalohes band at a fall party. Kaye Huff and Patti Endly were emcees. Club instructor Jojo Weingart says the words of the Hawaiian songs as the Hui O Hula dancers danced. Band members are Max Komine, Manny Lagod, and Alan Lee. Joe Osuna is the video producer of this one-hour show. •Tropical Night Dancers Kaye Huff is master of ceremonies. Yost Yishi, Susan Cucci and Patti Endly introduce the Hawaiian songs for the hula dancers. Michael Harada sings Hawaiian Songs. Jojo Weingart is the song interpreter. This is a 30-minute program. Joe Osuna is the video producer. •Choir Singers The Holy Family Catholic Church Choir performs in this 30-minute presentation narrated by Joyce Vlaic. Carol Robinson plays the organ. Soloists are Leila Claudio and Vito Villamore. Choir members are Gui Baker, Chuck and Diane Burnett, Leila Claudio, Reddy Deguzman, Lilia Gaerlan, Gil and Lita Javier, Julia Nolod, Felipa Pellicer, Margie Thompson, Esperanza “Ching” Salud, Dove Sonza, Fortunato Revilla Jr., Vito Villamor and Phil Vlaic. Joe Osuna is the video producer. •Abilene Terry Otte and Abilene perform in this one-hour program. Tina Schaffer is the female soloist who sings “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” among other songs. Band members are Terry Otte, on vocals and guitar, Rod Anderson, lead guitar; Harry Reichman, base guitar; and Robert Salampessy, drummer. Joe Osuna is the video producer. •Traffic Safety Seal Beach Police Cpl. Michael Henderson gives tips on bicycle, vehicle and pedestrian safety. SBPD Chief Joe Stilinovich introduces Jamie Guerrero, chief of Patrols and Gates for the Golden Rain Foundation. Cpl. Henderson discusses defensive driving and safety strategies. Joe Osuna is the video producer of the 30-minute program. •Karaoke The Oct. 9 Karaoke Club features residents singing songs in this one-hour show. Walt Bier is the emcee. Margie Thompson is the music deejay. The following singers are featured: Ray Jarris, Joe Sabroso, Pete Tupas, Victor Visaya, Larry Portugal, Luz Contreras, Bill Vickers, Rick Reynado, Jerry Tester, Shalla Callahan, Bob Smallwood, Bob Barnum, Harold Hughes and Byong Choi. Joe Osuna is the camera operator and video producer. •Multicultural Festival The closing hour of the Multicultural Biennial Festival at Clubhouse 2 last month is highlighted. Each Leisure World club sponsored a 15-minute segment of entertainment. The Hui O Hula dancers were led by energetic Jojo Weingart. The Korean American Club sponsored a young Korean band. The Cabaret Entertainers featured male crooners Johnny Vanek, Ric Dizon and “Fransua” performing solos. The Ad Hoc Chorus sang “It’s a Wonderful World,” assisted by the Hui O Hula dancers. Ellen Brannigan and Ren Villanueva spoke. Joe Osuna is the video producer for the 45-minute program. •Goldentones Band The Goldentones Band, led by Carol Robinson, was formerly known as the No Name Band. Featured singers in the one-hour program are Carmen Edwards, Terry Humphrey and Anita Ragole. Band members are Dave Locy, Barbara McIlhaney, Bill Morgan, Dianna Neal and Gary Rittner. The Band performed at the Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Club. Camera operators are Joseph Chavez and Joe Osuna. Joe Osuna is the video producer. •Multicultural Festival Morning This short video features video and photographs from Michael Oh of the Multicultual Festival. Also shown is video of Terry Humphrey singing on behalf of the Sunday Night Ballroom Club. “Mr. Hank” Barto on piano accompanies Audrey McKenzie of the Brittania Club. Video editor is Joe Osuna. •Multicultural Festival Entertainment Mary Apte is the video producer of two half-hour programs featuring club entertainers at the Multicultural Festival. The first half hour includes opening remarks by Multicultural Council President Ren Villanueva. The invocation is by Rev. James Oliver, president of the Religious Council. The keynote speaker is Randy Ankeny, GRF executive director. The following clubs are included: India Group, Theater Club, Let the Good Times Roll Club, Nikkei Club, Cloggers, Community Sing-a-Long Club, Filipino Association of Leisure World, Pure Joy Dance Club, Italian-American Club and the Hui O Hula Club. LW PRODUCERS CLUB The Leisure World Producers Club will sponsor the Primetime Players “Classic Lyrics of Irving Berlin,” directed by Carol Hess at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Clubhouse 2. The show is performed by volunteers who say the work brightens up the audiences and lifts their own spirits in doing what they love. Carol has showcased Disney hit tunes in the past, and last year, presented a salute to 100 years of Broadway. All performances are free. The rest of the performance schedule is as follows: •Monday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. Fourth St., Long Beach •Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 12:30 p.m., Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach •Thursday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m., Gold Star Manor, 3021 N. Gold Star Dr., west of Santa Fe at 31st St., Long Beach •Friday, Nov. 15, at noon, Ability First, 3770 E. Willow St., at Grand, Long Beach •Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m., Silverado Park Auditorium, east of Santa Fe at 31st St., Long Beach •Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m., El Dorado Park, 2899 Studebaker Road, Long Beach •Thursday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m., Weingart Senior Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood •Friday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m., Long Beach Senior Center. COMMUNITY SING Amateur time begins at 6:30 p.m. when the Community Sing meets Monday, Nov. 11, in Clubhouse 1. Those who want to take part need to sign in at 6 with two copies of sheet music, prepared to perform for three minutes. Group singing begins at 7, led by Lewis Ward. His half-time guest will be Anita Ragole, a popular Leisure World soprano soloist. On Oct. 28, Bob Smallwood began with “He’ll Have to Go,” followed by Bob Bacon on the harmonica with “We Three.” Margie St. Clair played “These Foolish Things” as a piano solo, followed by Valentino Perry, “You’ll Never Know”; Ben Berg on piano, “Long Tall Sally”; and Anita Ragole with “What’ll I Do?” Accompanists were Betty Ballen and Barbara McIlhaney. Ellen Brannigan led a great group of Leisure World song lovers in her first selection of oldies until half-time, when she introduced Sam Calderone as her guest. He played the ukulele while singing, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “Anema Core” and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved.” His performance was well done, and received a very complimentary ovation. After Felicia welcomed three first timers by leading “How Do You Do New Friends.” Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager;pianist, Barbara McIlhaney; and Felicia Ward, emcee. —Lewis Ward COMMUNITY KARAOKE It wasn’t spooky – It was just fun to see friends in some creative costumes. It was a lively and packed house for the Community Karaoke Halloween Party. There were plenty of snacks to share and friendly chatter. Thanks to Jeannette and Joe Kirk for their delicious artichoke dip, decorating and planning the party. They even sang “Wild Thing.” Ray Jarris and Steve Nicols sang their own verisions of “Monster Mash.” Lots of people are trying out fresh tunes from the big, new song book. There are selections from southern gospel, showtunes and many artists that are unknown or almost forgotten. Song books are organized by title and by artist. Charles Gadberry tried “Adios Amigo” by Jim Reeves; Pat Kogok and Audrey McKenzie chose a showtune from “Mame” as did Sally Glauser with “Matchmaker.” Bob Barnum sang a John Lennon tune “Watching The Wheels,” and Bob Young did “Secret Agent Man.” Newcomers Joe Olaguer sang “Marry For Money” and Jeff Plum “Almost Like Being in Love.” Singers appreciate the regulars in the audience who applaud for everyone. Come Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1 to just listen or to sing – all are welcome. Practice songs each Tuesday in Clubhouse 6 with Bob Slater from 1-3 p.m. —Margie Thompson GRF DANCE The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Linda Herman will play Nov. 9. COUNTRY LINE DANCE The Country Line Dance Club will have a show from 6-9 p.m., Nov. 9 in Clubhouse 2. Line dance instructor Barbara Magee will give lessons from 6-7, and then people will dance to country music played by deejay Michel Bond. Couples or singles are welcome. People don’t have to do the line dances. The goal is to have fun and dance. Bring beverages and snacks. There will be a 50/50 drawing. For more information, call Carol Bond at 296-8807. —Michel Bond FUSION GLASS CLASS There will be a fusion glass class from 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4. Learn how to make jewelry by fusing glass. The class is for beginners and advanced students. It’s a good way to make something for that special friend or loved one. There will be a limit of six people, so each student can have ample time with the teacher. Cost is $10, which includes two large pieces of glass or five small pieces of glass. Come into Lapidary Room and sign up so there are enough glass and supplies on hand. This will be the last class in 2013. The next class will be in January. The Lapidary Room will stay open in November and December, except for the holidays. —Rod Carpenter GRF MOVIE “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” rated PG, will be shown at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, in Clubhouse 4. In this romantic comedy, a single Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek man, which is a problem for members of her strict family. COMPUTER CLUB The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes from 9-11:15 a.m. starting Nov. 14 in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up for classes at the lab weekdays from 1-3 p.m. or at the Computer Club meeting Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Class size is limited. The following is the list of classes: •Thursday, Nov. 14, Windows 8 •Monday, Nov. 18, Windows 7 vs. XP •Tuesday, Nov. 19, PC/Digital Camera •Wednesday, Nov. 20, Internet and Email •Thursday, Nov. 21, iPad Coffee tea and snacks will be available during the break. Handouts will be provided. Classes cost $5 each. Arrangements can be made for people who want to work together on assignments by calling John Retterath, 544-2210. —John Retterath COIN CLUB Seal Beach Police Officers J. Hardin and P. Gonshak will address the Leisure World Coin Club at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Officer Hardin will talk about several preventive measures that Leisure World residents can take to better protect themselves from thieves and burglars. Everyone is invited to attend.  Tickets are now on sale for the annual Christmas party. Cost for non-member guests is $10.50. Lunch will be catered by Frank and Martha Destra.  There will be a 50/50 drawing as well as the monthly drawing for numismatic prizes. New members and guests receive a gift. Members may bring coins for the auction. There will be a refreshment sign-up sheet at the meeting.  Leisure World residents who have foreign coins remaining from their travels are encouraged to donate them to the Coin Club. Members distribute them to students at Oak Middle School as part of an outreach program during National Coin Week. Club members give talks and share their collections to foster an interest in coin collecting. —Dennis Nesteby CLEAN and CLASSY The Clean and Classy Club met for the first time Oct. 29 with 15 perfomers attending. All are welcome. The following people will serve on the board: Michelle Potter, president; Audrey McKenzie, vice president; and Pat Kogok, secretary-treasurer. Open auditions will be held Nov. 15 from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Music will be provided via karaoke for the showing shows: “Showboat,” “Pajama Game” and “42nd Street.” Dancers, artists for set design and techs for karaoke and sound set up are needed. For more information, call Michelle Potter, 596-0865. —Michelle Potter The Grapevine Dance Club meets from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6, Room A. Dances are high beginner/easy intermediate. New dances for November include the “Macarena,” “YMCA,” “Blurred Line,” “Jo n Jo Tango” and “Bahama Mama.” For more information, call 596-8273. —Aranee Carrigan HUI O HULA Hui O Hula offers Hawaiian dance lessons three times a week upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Beginners classes are held Thursday mornings at 10. The class will start Christmas hula this month. The fee is $4. All are welcome. Regular classes are offered twice a week. Monday morning classes are at 10; the Tuesday class time has changed and will start at 1:15 from now on. Featured will be Christmas hula such as “Mele Kalikimaka,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Christmas in the Isles.” —Jojo Weingart COMPUTER CLUB Home security is the topic of the Computer Club meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Clubhouse 4. Home security can be greatly enhanced by computer technology. The meeting will cover surveillance cameras, monitoring devices, recording devices, costs and where to shop. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. The Computer Club board welcomes suggestions for future meeting topics and speakers. People who join the club now will have membership through the end of 2014. The club’s open house last Friday was a tremendous success. Thanks to the volunteers who helped. —John Retterath ENTER LAUGHING Enter Laughing, the comedy-improvisation class, will hold auditions for new members at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Mary Galliani, the class president, said, “We lost several members last year, now we have openings for new people.” Auditions will be held; people do not need to be actors to join. Members joined for various reasons. Enter Laughing is a great way to get over stage fright and is for writers and public speakers. The class has been wonderful for people suffering from grief, depression and loneliness. Members don’t tell jokes or memorize dialogue. Everything is performed in the present. There is no pressure. For more information, call Mary at 430-1388. —Mary Galliani Editor’s Note: This poetry feature will showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Fiction-Nonfiction Group meets on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Late Afternoon by Fred Wind Late afternoon As the sun slides down The slope of blue sky’s dome, Its low slant Highlights the specks of dust On our windows, Numerous as the stars, A grim galaxy of grit Unseen before, But which, upon reflection, Seems symbolic of our lives, As late in the day, Before darkness drops A final curtain around us, We pray for God to wipe the glass clean With a rag soaked in grace, Till finally we see clearly His glory… ON GOLDEN POND Leisure World resident Eric Nelson, Mutual 2, is starring in a community theater production of “On Golden Pond” at the Center Theater, 7630 Washington Ave., in Whittier. The play, based on the 1981 movie starring Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn, chronicles a summer in the life of an aging couple at their lake house in Maine. It deals with the father’s increasing dementia and the relationship between him and their daughter. Mr. Nelson celebrated his one-year anniversary of living in Leisure World on Halloween. When he is not acting, he is a church organist and directs the vocal jazz group, Whittier Indigo, heard at a Saturday Amphitheater show last summer. The show runs three weekends, Nov. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for seniors and can be ordered at 696-0600 or online at www.whittiercommunitytheatre.org. SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE It took the cooperation of a large number of Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group members to make Italian Night happen Nov. 3. Donna O’Keefe furnished the flowers, which Terry Humphrey arranged to evoke the Italian countryside. Deejays Ann and Bill Frambach’s music stand was ablaze with the colors of an Italian ristorante and twinkling lights. Entertainment chairwoman Carol Robinson directed the Ad Hoc Chorus and soloists Bill Frambach, Jerry Imhoff, Lou Joseph, and Manny and Kitty Miranda in nostalgic music of that delightful country. It wouldn’t be Italian Night without the Burnetts raising their glasses, and singing their famous Italian toast, followed by Dale Humphrey and Manny Miranda with toasts of their own. Chuck Burnett and Shirlene Chavez were instrumental in furnishing a variety of pizzas to the delight of all. Bill and Ann located the spumoni ice cream to top off the meal. In the mix was Geri Stone manning the 50/50 ticket sales. Diane and Ann were on clean-up duty and Carmen Johnson had the important job of dining room captain, who was everywhere, doing everything. Kudos to all who assisted. On Nov. 10, the club will salute veterans with a picnic in the park featuring box suppers. An exact count is essential, so call Shirlene Chavez, 596-2669, or Marge Archibald, 598-4056, for information or to RSVP. On Nov. 17, the Velvetones will be featured for the Harvest Time in Napa night. —Marge Archibald SCIENCE DISCUSSION CLUB The Science Discussion Club will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 , in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. There will be no meeting Nov. 28 due to Thanksgiving. The club presents various topics in science and is currently examining the history of science in the western world, with emphasis placed on how the science is vital today. This club is open to all. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435. —Mark Barnett PURE JOY DANCERS The Pure Joy Dance Group invites everyone to the Company’s free holiday party from 5-9:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, in Clubhouse 4. Let’s get the holidays started with an affordable evening that will start with a festive potluck meal. Holiday evening attire is suggested. Bring a favorite holiday dish at 5. People whose last names start with A-H should bring main dishes; I-P, side dishes; and Q-Z, dessert. The potluck will be held until 6. After dinner, the entertainment will feature emcees Tommy Williams and Lynn Heath. Tommy will open with holiday songs in a winter wonderland that he will create to add to the holiday ambiance. Come early for the best tables. The Pure Joy Dance Group will dance to “Jingle Bell Rock,” all dress to the holiday “9’s.” The group is available to dance at LW club holiday events. To book a performance, call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or email her at lynnRheath@gmail.com. Anita Ragole and Pat Kogok will sing, and Vickie Van Ert and Jeanine Greb will sing with Tommy Williams. Ric Dizon will also add his voice to the holiday entertainment. Then dance to the music of deejay Michel Bond, who will turn the clubhouse into a rocking good time. Ric Dizon and Pat Erickson will lead off the first dance for the evening to get everyone out there. Michel will sing holiday favorites with Vickie Van Ert. Tommy Williams and the cast will end the evening with a grand finale, followed by a 50/50 cash drawing and the grand prize—Tommy Williams will decorate the winner’s home for Christmas. The winner must be present to win. Bonnie Z. Cooper will take professional video and photos. The September 50/50 winner was Jeff Riley who won the cash prize. Bernie Huot was the 50/50 winner in October. He is the father of deejay Bond’s wife, Carol. Join the club by signing up on their email list. There are no dues. People may also join its volunteer group, Behind the Scenes. Be part of the production by helping with the 50/50 drawings, costumes, sound, scenery, and all those important jobs that help make a production happen by calling Sandi Post at 296-5682. The Company is just getting started and is looking forward to entertaining LWers. It has decided to make free performances, no fund raisers. The club needs donations of red and/or black table napkins, costumes, hats and canes for future performances, material to make their costumes; white batting for snow for the holiday party; white twinkle lights on white cord to light the stage; and plastic see through party mix 23-ounce jars for 50/50 drawings. Tommy Williams is donating most of the decorations, but a few things are needed to make it a winter wonderland. All welcome so invite friends, family and neighbors for a night of entertainment, singing and dancing. For more information or to make donations, contact Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com. by Lynn R. Heath LW contributor The Pure Joy Dance Group invites everyone to the Company’s free holiday party from 5-9:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8, in Clubhouse 4. Let’s get the holidays started with an affordable evening that will start with a festive potluck meal. Holiday evening attire is suggested. Bring a favorite holiday dish at 5. People whose last names start with A-H should bring main dishes; I-P, side dishes; and Q-Z, dessert. The potluck will be held until 6. After dinner, the entertainment will feature emcees Tommy Williams and Lynn Heath. Tommy will open with holiday songs in a winter wonderland that he will create to add to the holiday ambiance. Come early for the best tables. The Pure Joy Dance Group will dance to “Jingle Bell Rock,” all dress to the holiday “9’s.” The group is available to dance at LW club holiday events. To book a performance, call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or email her at lynnRheath@gmail.com. Anita Ragole and Pat Kogok will sing, and Vickie Van Ert and Jeanine Greb will sing with Tommy Williams. Ric Dizon will also add his voice to the holiday entertainment. Then dance to the music of deejay Michel Bond, who will turn the clubhouse into a rocking good time. Ric Dizon and Pat Erickson will lead off the first dance for the evening to get everyone out there. Michel will sing holiday favorites with Vickie Van Ert. Tommy Williams and the cast will end the evening with a grand finale, followed by a 50/50 cash drawing and the grand prize—Tommy Williams will decorate the winner’s home for Christmas. The winner must be present to win. Bonnie Z. Cooper will take professional video and photos. The September 50/50 winner was Jeff Riley who won the cash prize. Bernie Huot was the 50/50 winner in October. He is the father of deejay Bond’s wife, Carol. Join the club by signing up on their email list. There are no dues. People may also join its volunteer group, Behind the Scenes. Be part of the production by helping with the 50/50 drawings, costumes, sound, scenery, and all those important jobs that help make a production happen by calling Sandi Post at 296-5682. The Company is just getting started and is looking forward to entertaining LWers. It has decided to make free performances, no fund raisers. The club needs donations of red and/or black table napkins, costumes, hats and canes for future performances, material to make their costumes; white batting for snow for the holiday party; white twinkle lights on white cord to light the stage; and plastic see through party mix 23-ounce jars for 50/50 drawings. Tommy Williams is donating most of the decorations, but a few things are needed to make it a winter wonderland. All welcome so invite friends, family and neighbors for a night of entertainment, singing and dancing. For more information or to make donations, contact Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com. THE GARDEN CLUB The Leisure World Garden Club is pleased to announce that Donna Leslie-Dennis will be the next guest speaker at its meeting at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 2. She will demonstrate how to grow beautiful and fragrant geraniums. Scented geraniums provide heavenly aromas when grown outdoors or indoors on the windowsill. Originally from Africa, scented geraniums migrated to Holland and then England in the 1600s. Over the past three centuries, cultivation has resulted in more than 100 varieties in an assortment of shapes, flower colors and perfume. People are asked to bring donations for the We Care charity. The November donation drive is the most important of the year. Non-perishable food and cash donations provide families throughout Orange County with holiday dinner meals. In addition, the Garden Club will make a generous monetary donation to We Care on behalf of all Garden Club members. The tours committee will sell tickets for the December trip to the International Printing Museum. The museum will present a Dickens Holiday Celebration. The trip is scheduled for Dec. 14 and will cost $40 per person. The ticket price includes transportation, gratuities and a box lunch.  All LW residents and their guests are welcome.   A 50/50 raffle table, a plant-sales table, and the We Care donation table will be available at the meeting. Stay afterward for light refreshments and socializing. All residents of LW and their guests are welcome. The Leisure World Garden Club is pleased to announce that Donna Leslie-Dennis will be the next guest speaker at its meeting at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 2. She will demonstrate how to grow beautiful and fragrant geraniums. Scented geraniums provide heavenly aromas when grown outdoors or indoors on the windowsill. Originally from Africa, scented geraniums migrated to Holland and then England in the 1600s. Over the past three centuries, cultivation has resulted in more than 100 varieties in an assortment of shapes, flower colors and perfume. People are asked to bring donations for the We Care charity. The November donation drive is the most important of the year. Non-perishable food and cash donations provide families throughout Orange County with holiday dinner meals. In addition, the Garden Club will make a generous monetary donation to We Care on behalf of all Garden Club members. The tours committee will sell tickets for the December trip to the International Printing Museum. The museum will present a Dickens Holiday Celebration. The trip is scheduled for Dec. 14 and will cost $40 per person. The ticket price includes transportation, gratuities and a box lunch.  All LW residents and their guests are welcome.   A 50/50 raffle table, a plant-sales table, and the We Care donation table will be available at the meeting. Stay afterward for light refreshments and socializing. All residents of LW and their guests are welcome. GENEALOGY CLUB The Leisure World Genealogy Club will have a workshop to encourage discussion and help people with research Nov. 13 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Geneology Library, Clubhouse 3, Room 10. People will will share stories about their most interesting or colorful ancestors. Everyone is invited. SUGAR PEACH FEST Sugar Peach Festival will be held at El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Road, Long Beach, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be food, crafts, plants, holiday decor and more.