Wa-Rite Club

by Betty Scharf

LW contributor

One of the best things about Wa-Rite is the last Friday of the month.

On that day, members simply talk, share and most importantly listen.

At the meeting, Mamie McGee provided a good recipe, one cup of spinach, a half-up of frozen berries; one tablespoon chia seeds; a half banana, half cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and puree, for a smoothie.

Darleen Gardner reached her goal weight during the week after many months of trying. She grew tired of not committing herself to eating healthy.

Most dieters tell you they like sweet things or they just get hungry.

Patsy Steele and Mary McRaney lost 3-1/2 pounds last week. They exercise in the pool most days.

Betty Scharf talked about the gym (across from the post office on Westminster Avenue).

Most HMOs pay for membership in health clubs where expert trainers/teachers can be found. This membership is part of the Affordable Health Act and motivates adults to get in good health with exercise.

Nancy Pomicter and Darleen Gardner achieved the doctor of weight last Friday.

New members are welcomed if they have at least 10 pounds to lose. The fee is $10 per year.

Vacations are creating some havoc at the scales during these summer months. Issues of weight gain when traveling is often the excuse for weight gain. Eating carefully during vacations, holidays, and similar occasions is difficult, but possible.

Wa-Rite members have programmed themselves so that overeating at such times is OK. Good times can be enhanced with good eating and a little exercise.

The club meets at 9 a.m., Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

Visitors are welcome to attend two meetings before membership is required.

For more information, call Judy Chambers at 430-9966.

Health Care Center Classes

A class titled “Medicare Supplement versus Medicare HMO” will be offered at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 10, in the Health Care Center conference room.

Speaker Samuel Delgado, a health plan advisor, will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Medicare with a supplement vs. the Medicare HMOs.

He will provide information on the costs related with each one and how they work.

Important information will be provided for residents to know before deciding which to choose.

The following week, Thursday, July 17, also at 1:30 p.m. in the HCC, a class “Home is the Place for Me” will be presented by Terri Furlow, HCC administrator.

No one wants to be hospitalized, yet one out of six older adults who are hospitalize are re-admitted within 30 days after being sent home.

To make reservations for any of the presentations, call the HCC hotline, 795-6204.

Senior Meals

Community SeniorServ (CSS) offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, for coffee.

Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30. Arrive by 11 a.m. to register and find a seat. Suggested donation: $3 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079 between 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Call 439-3699 for free bus pick-up.

The Los Alamitos senior lunch and bread program offers the same menu from 11:15-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Los Alamitos Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. Suggested donation: $3-$5 for seniors, $5 for people 59 or younger. For reservations, call 430-1073, ext. 526.

Monday, July 7: Chicken Polynesian, seasoned brown rice, Japanese blend vegetables, fortune cookie, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, July 8: Clam chowder soup, tuna salad sandwich on bun, coleslaw, ice cream, fruit.

Wednesday, July 9: Pork chili verde, Spanish rice, carrots, corn tortilla, mandarin oranges.

Thursday, July 10: Chicken breast sandwich, potato salad, broccoli slaw, wheat bun, pudding, diet pudding.

Friday, July 11: Farmer’s market soup with crackers, turkey tetrazzini, broccoli whole grain bread with margarine, fresh fruit.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), a non-profit group, delivers a variety of home-cooked meals to Leisure World shareholders; cost, $6.50 per day, $32.50 per week. Meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Apply by phone or online. Contact Lisa Valdez at 433-0232 or visit Call 439-5000 before noon to cancel orders for the following day. Menu subject to change without notification.

Monday, July 7: Chicken tamale, Mexican rice, mixed vegetables, mixed green salad, citrus Jell-O, ham and cheese sandwich, southwest pasta salad.   

Tuesday, July 8: Hungarian goulash, wild rice, braised cabbage, mixed green salad, pineapple tidbits cup, bologna and cheese sandwich, tomato and cucumber salad.

Wednesday, July 9: Turkey taco casserole, hominy corn, black beans, mixed green salad, cinnamon chocolate pudding, tuna salad sandwich, corn relish salad.

Thursday, July 10: Asian broccoli beef, steamed white rice, stir fry vegetables, Asian spinach chicken salad with sesame ginger dressing, crackers, pineapple tidbits cup.

Friday, July 11: Chicken stroganoff, mashed potatoes, petite peas, mixed green salad, apple sauce cup, chicken salad sandwich, cous cous salad, fruit cup.

Weekly Exercise, Health Classes in LW

Diabetic Club

No meeting is scheduled this month because of the Independence Day holiday.

The next meeting will be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 1, in the Health Care Center conference room.

For more information about the club, call Paul Harrison at 598-0015.

– Paul Harrison

Zumba Club

Classes $3 each, are offered Mondays at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Instructor is Stef Sullivan.

All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 431-0082.

– Mary Romero

Pilates Club

Corrective and therapeutic non-impact classes are held Thursdays in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $7 per class.

Taught by certified Pilates instructors, the classes for men and women focus on strengthening core muscles to improve balance, strength and coordination. The chair class for beginners starts at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 by the mat class, which requires Pilates or yoga experience.

For more information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214.

– Susan Hopewell

Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club

Thursday classes are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 9-10 a.m. except the fourth Thursday when the class will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, also at the same time.

Classes are taught by qigong practitioner Dave Heilig.

It’s a no-impact class with a focus on joint health, stress relief, pain reduction and wellness breathing techniques.

For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.

– Catherine Millot

Upper Body Strength Class

One-hour classes are offered at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6.

The fee is $4 per class, payable at the start of the month, or $5 a class for those who do not attend regularly.

For more information, call 493-0609.

Walking Group

The group meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in front of the Amphitheater for a one-hour walk.

The activity is not strenuous, but residents should check with their doctors if they have been recently ill.

Bad weather will cancel the walk. For more information, call 799-3841.

– Flo Dartt

Viniyoga Therapy with Mat

Classes are available from from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, in Clubhouse 6, Room A.

All shareholders are welcome.

Travis Ottconn will be the new instructor Wednesdays, beginning July 2.

The Friday instructor is Matthew Spencer.

Viniyoga refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques to help people facing health challenges manage their conditions.

For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.

– Patti Endly

Monday Yoga

Classes are offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session.

For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Chih

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes meet Tuesdays from 9:15-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call Joann Mullens, 596-3936.

– Joann Mullens


Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, Room A; Thursdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The fee is $5 per session.

For more information, call Glady Horbay at 308-7221.

– Glady Horbay

Line Dance

Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1. First-time beginners classes are scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs, and beginners to EZ level, 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Clubhouse 6, upstairs.

For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6 upstairs.

Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter, thought-sharing, and the slow and steady flow of tai chi movements.

A special meditation for relief, healing and energy ends the class.

For more information, contact Ron Kellet at 493-6719.

– Ron Kellet