PAGE ONE MAY 14 2014

WOMEN OF NOTE: “Decisions, Decisions,” a varied concert of choral music, will be held Friday, May 16, at 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 5633 East Wardlow Road, in Long Beach, and Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Seventh Street at Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, 90813.  Featured will be “The Trolley Song,” “Matchmaker,” “Let It Be Me” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.” Local composer/arranger Curtis Heard has updated Katy Perry’s “Hot ‘N Cold.” For additional information on the free concerts, contact Director Carla Strandberg at or at 598-5852.

RAINBOW LADIES: The Rainbow Social Ladies Club for gay women invites rainbow “sisters” to join it on the first Tuesday of the month, beginning May 6 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. For information, call (714) 847-5916 or (714) 423-4513.

AVIATION GROUP: Rudy Loftin of Mutual 1 would like to start a small aviation-oriented group that will meet from 1-3 p.m., Wednesday in Clubhouse 6. If you are interested in aviation, call Rudy at 596-4066.

PHIL-AM SOCIAL CLUB: Raoul Cinco of Mutual 10 writes: The LW Phil-Am Club will present “A Musicale: Moods, Melodies and Unforgettable Memories” at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 17, in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Favorite songs and piano pieces will be performed by four soloists, five pianists, one violinist, a trio of ukulele players and a choral group of 13 singers. All are welcome.

GAF VOLUNTEERS: The Golden Age Foundation needs volunteers to work at the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6, which is open weekdays from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers welcome people and keep the coffee and cookies flowing. To lend a hand, call Sandra Massa-Lavitt at (714) 325-0292 and leave a message.


On Sunday, May 4, Hui O Hula will have another one of its festive gatherings to enjoy Hawaiian music, hula and dance. Everyone is welcome. Hawaiian band Uncle Roddy & O’ahu will perform a free concert from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Doors open at 2, first come, first seated.    

Uncle Roddy and O’ahu play original, traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music and also some oldies but goodies.

The Hui O Hula Club strives to bring authentic Hawaiian music to LW residents. So far the club has been fortunate to have the Kolohes, a Don Ho tribute band; Uncle Chika with the ukulele; and Auntie Geri & Mehana entertain in LW.  

Uncle Roddy and O’ahu members are Ali’i Kaulana Gregory, aka “Uncle Roddy,” Robert Ihilani Agno, Kawika Dacoscos and Carl Ray Villaverde. Together they have close to 200 years of experience in music and entertainment. All are vocalists, and their music highlights unique styles of harmonies accompanied by ukulele, 12-string guitar, electric guitar, percussions, and electric nylon string and steel string bass guitars. With cultural roots dating back before the Hawaiian Renaissance, the mission of Uncle Roddy and O’ahu is to promote, foster and perpetuate the Hawaiian musical culture. Hui O Hula has had the pleasure of performing with them at the Back Home In Lahaina in Gardena and at the San Dimas Ho’olaule’a, a Polynesian festival.   

Hui O Hula dancers will help seat the crowd and entertain during the first 30 minutes. The Hui hopes that after O’ahu’s performance, the audience will stay to do more dancing.

Bring beverages and snacks. Donations for the musicians are welcome, but not necessary; 50/50 will go to the winners and the musicians.

Call Kaye Huff, 431-2242, to reserve a table for eight or email for more information.


Construction on the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge continues on schedule according to the Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA). Over the weekend, crews restriped lanes along the southbound I-405 freeway just south of the bridge. Over the next few weeks, the contractor will complete ongoing work to construct the center median barrier along the I-405 north and south of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge. In addition, crews will continue falsework removal from completed portions of the bridge.

The work is part of the West County Connectors (WCC) project will link carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).

On the SR-22 / I-405 carpool connector, crews are preparing for the next stem and soffit pour set for May 2.


COMMUNITY CHURCH GIANT RUMMAGE SALE—Come browse for bargains at the Community Church rummage sale today, May 1, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and Friday, May 2, from 8 a.m.-noon. Rodney Quinones, Joe Kitchen, Julia Troise and Sue Long invite everyone to come for bargains galore.


The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) takes a proactive approach to safety with regard to GRF employees. This safety approach is emphasized in all aspects of employee training, including the safe driving and operation of all GRF vehicles and mobile equipment. In this capacity, GRF employees are expected to adhere to community traffic and vehicle regulations. GRF vehicles and equipment include Cushman utility trucks, Security and staff sedans, Minibuses, maintenance pickup trucks, forklifts and tractors.

To continue to promote safe vehicle and equipment operations on Leisure World streets, shareholders or concerned bystanders should report any observed violation of community traffic regulations. To investigate and take appropriate action, the following information will be needed in the event a GRF vehicle or equipment operator is observed in violation of community traffic regulations:

•The vehicle or equipment unit number. This is a three-digit number located on the front and rear of all GRF vehicles and equipment (example: 375).

•The location and approximate time of the observed violation.

•Nature of violation, for example speeding, stop sign violation, etc.

Contact Ruth Smith, GRF Human Resources manager, at 431-6586, ext. 316, or by email at


Luverne E. Crawford, Mutual 17 Golden Rain Foundation director, died April 22, 2014.

Mr. Crawford was elected to the Board of Directors in October 1996 and served through 2007.

He was the chair of the Resales Committee for eight terms. He also served as chair of the Library and Medical committees. He was the vice chair for the Security, Bus and Traffic Committee for four terms, and a member of the Recreation Committee.

Mr. Crawford was a fixture in Woodshop 1. He was the woodshop supervisor for over 20 years and a lead supervisor for 10 years. Mr. Crawford was born May 29, 1915, in Aberdeen, S.D.

He worked for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad for 45 years, supervising the mechanical department and then managing the diesel shop, for which he was very proud.

Mr. Crawford is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and son Allan (Laura) of Long Beach.

A memorial service, officiated by Rev. Gil Moore, will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 10:30 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church.