Travel

On the Go

Pala Casino —May 2, $6, American Legion Post 327, Tony Dodero, 430-5828.

Candlelight Theatre – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Saturday, May 3, $107 with champagne lunch, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Big Cats, Big Birds & Windmills – Tuesday, May 6, $79, includes lunch, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Santa Anita Horse Races — May 8, $67 with lunch, Sandra deDubovay, 598-6561.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch – Sunday, May 11, $99, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Pauma Casino Wednesday, May 14, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Olvera Street — Wednesday, May 21, $35, American-Latino Club, Maria Rodriguez, 430-3405, Mary Pompi, 342-5001.

“Grease” Lawrence Welk Theater — June 18, $92, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

“Jersey Boys” Segerstrom Center — July 8, $105, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Del Mar Horse Races — Aug. 27, $70 with lunch, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Oak Glen— Oct. 22, $61, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Los Angeles Chocolate Tour — Nov. 12, $88, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Mission Inn Holiday Spectacular — Dec. 17, $84 with dinner, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

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

Pala Casino — Thursdays, free, $5 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., reservations needed, (714) 283-8687.

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

Valley View Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 7:45 a.m., $6, $15 back in slots.

Bicycle Casino—Tuesdays, Amphitheater, 10:30 a.m., free, $20 bet voucher, $10 food voucher, 806-4646.

Overnight Trips

Catalina Island Escape – May 1-2, 2014, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Viejas Casino— May 6-7, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Sedona and Grand Canyon— May 18-21, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Yosemite, Amtrak— June 16-18, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Laughlin, Riverside Resort— June 22-25, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Laughlin, Edgewater — July 20-23, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

San Francisco, Wine Country— July 31-Aug. 3, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Laughlin, Riverside Resort Luau— Aug. 4-6, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Zion, Valley of Fire, Cedar Breaks, Mesquite, Las Vegas — Sept. 29-Oct. 2, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos 598-1849.

Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.— Sept. 28-Oct. 4, Passport to Adventure, Jazmin Bilby, 925-3144 or 715-6282.

New Mexico, Albuquerque Balloon Festival — Oct. 5-14, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Silver Fox Club

Classic car show will be held May 10 in LW

The Silver Fox Classic Car Club will hold its third annual car show May 10 in the Clubhouse 6 parking area from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. The club expects 60-70 classic cars, including several Mustangs commemorating the 50th anniversary of Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A.

Invite friends with classic cars; they are also welcome to show their cars. There is no entrance fee.

All are welcome to come admire the cars and sample some barbecued hot dogs, etc. There will be door and raffle prizes and trophies.

In addition to the cars there will be displays from other Leisure World clubs including photographic greeting cards by Gil Moore; glass jewelry art by Dorothy Adams; gourd creations by Bonnie Freund; knitted scarves and blankets by Judy Girard; painted planting pottery from Donna Cooper; and computer enhanced photos of Indy racing cars from John Harper.

The Ford Mustang, introduced on April 17, 1964, proved to be the most successful new car introduction ever. The vehicle established a new market class known as the “pony” cars. In excess of 22,000 Mustangs were sold on the first official day of sales, with a sticker price starting at $2,368. In the first year of production 418,812 Mustangs were sold, setting a single year sales record. In excess of nine million have now been sold during the 50-year production run.

The Mustang development was led by Lee Iacocca, Ford’s general manager, and he is referred to as the “father of the Mustang.”

The Mustang was the Official Pace Car for the 1964 Indianapolis 500 and was honored in 1999 with a postage stamp, featuring a red 1965 convertible.

The Silver Fox Car Club meets on the second Monday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, 6 p.m.; there is no requirement to own a classic car, only to have an interest in the preservation of such cars.

Contact Derek Hogarth, 310-7588, for further details about the show or club activities.

—Jim Goolsb

photo — Members of the Leisure World Silver Fox Classic Car Club celebrating the birthday of the Mustang are Mike Strawn, 1966 coupe; Jim Goolsby, 1965 convertible; Ben Nicolosi, 1965 coupe; Scott Davis, 1965 convertible; and Derek Hogarth, 1972 coupe. y

Grand Canyon

LWers stand 4,000 feet above floor

Barbara and Richard Houck, Mutual 12, recently visited the Grand Canyon Skywalk. “It’s a long drive there, but worth it,” writes Barbara.

The Skywalk is a cantilevered glass walkway suspended more than 4,000 feet above the floor of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. It’s also the world’s highest man-made structure, by more than 2,300 feet.

There are several tour packages available. Barbara and Richard opted for a tour, $80 per person, that included three stops and lunch (chicken or beef). The shuttle bus picks passengers up at the visitor center and they can spend as much time as they want at each stop.

The first stop was at the Hualapai Ranch, a make-believe ranch where visitors can learn to rope a steer or have a shoot out. Lunch was served at the dance hall.

The next stop was at Eagle Point, where the Skywalk is located. Everyone who walks on the bridge is required to put on booties to protect the glass from scratches. Richard was even required to put a bootie on his cane.

The u-shaped bridge extends 70 feet past the rim of the canyon and has frosted glass on either side of the clear glass for those who are faint of heart.

“Lots of people stayed on the frosted part,’ said Barbara. “I just about squeezed Dick fingers off in the beginning, before I finally stepped onto the clear—then I enjoyed every moment. It is an awesome feeling.

“I finally got up the nerve to do what I wanted, and laid down on my tummy and looked over 1,000 feet down.”

The photographers are there waiting to catch every moment, and they do. The photos are expensive, so the Houcks chose to buy a thumb drive with all their photos, which was less and buying three photos.

Photo - SKYWALK—Richard and Barbara Houck, Mutual 12, took a walk on the 4,000-foot high glass bridge that extends 70 feet past the edge of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is a rare architectural accomplishment. Barbara laid down on the clear part of the deck to peer 1,000 feet down.

Around Town

Festivities honoring the traditional Mexican holiday will be celebrated Monday, May 5, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. 4th St., Long Beach. Lunch will be available for purchase. Refreshments will culminate the festivities. For more information, call 570-3500.