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MCC COUNCIL HELP: Marge Dodero is compiling a multicultural/multi-religious calendar for the Multicultural Council of Leisure World. She would appreciate information about Leisure World residents’ special holidays or days of significance, including how the holiday is celebrated and the history behind it. People can mail her at Marjorie Dodero, 1240 Scioto Road, 228-F, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, or email her at doderos@verizon.net.

HHUG Bunco Benefit: Hearts and Hand United in Giving (HHUG), a non-profit organization, is having a Super Bunco Benefit for the homeless, foster children and families in need Aug. 9 in Clubhouse 2. Cost is $25 for Bunco, appetizers, ice tea and wine bar. The social hour starts at 5.  Bunco from 6:30-9. The event includes a silent auction and opportunity prizes. All are welcome. Call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044; or Linda Neer, 430-3214; to RSVP or for more information. Space is limited, so reserve early.

SINGLE TRAVELERS: There is a new group in town called Single Travelers for people who are tired of paying the single supplement every time they travel alone. The group welcomes all single travelers interested in meeting and finding travel partners. It will meet on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at Clubhouse 6. For more information, call Michele Vallens, president, at 230-7464 or Pat DeBacker, 430-6227.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: Judy Carter-Johnson of Mutual 4 writes: A friend was in an auto accident, and it reminded me that everyone who has a cell phone should enter ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone numbers in their cell phones. Emergency personnel check cell phones and look for ICE numbers. For example: ICEnameofspouse and the phone number (enter twice, once for home and once for cell number); ICEnameofchild and the phone number; ICEnameofsibling and the phone number; and ICE nameofneighbor and the phone number.

Amphitheater 2014

Season kicks off tonight with All American Boys

The Golden Rain Foundation will present the All American Boys Chorus with Rob Watkins, comedy host, to kick off the 2014 Amphitheater season. The show starts at 8, tonight, July 3, on the Amphitheater stage. Residents and their guests are invited to the complimentary summer entertainment program that will continue weekly through Sept. 11.

Starting in September the shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Mini bus transportation, including the access bus, is available to and from shows.

All-American Boys Chorus

The acclaimed All-American Boys Chorus will bring its troupe of young singers to Leisure World for an “Celebrate America!” concert. The 30-voice ensemble, whose members range from 9-14 years old, will present audience favorites from America’s musical history. Best-of-Broadway tunes include selections such as “Tonight” from “West Side Story” and “The Circle of Life” from “Beauty and the Beast.” There will also be medleys featuring the California sounds of The Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas, pop tunes from Michael Jackson and Chicago, swinging songs from the Big Band era, dynamic Dixieland melodies and jazz classics.

A patriotic tribute spotlighting the music of Lee Greenwood and John Philip Sousa will also include a stirring salute to past and present members of the USA’s Armed Forces.

“The Chorus has been described as outstanding, pure energy and simply wonderful,” says Music Director Wesley Martin. “We’ve also developed a strong reputation for ‘theatricality’—for doing more than just standing there and singing.”

Throughout its 42-year history, The All-American Boys Chorus has provided boys—more than 1,000 of them to date—with the training, motivation and opportunity to develop and exercise leadership qualities within an exceptional program of choral music.

Rob Watkins

Rob Watkins is a regular performer at the Hollywood Magic Castle and has appeared in a variety of comedy venues. He most recently won the audience favorite award and the grand prize at the McCallum Theater’s Open Call 2011.

He combines sleight of hand and sleight of mouth using the arts of illusion and ventriloquism. Come prepared to escape into a world of laughter and wonder.

SB WWII Submarine

LWer places flags on memorial

by Phil Jaskoviak

special to the LW News

Over the past 16 years, small flags have appeared on the 52 memorial monuments at the WWII U.S. Submarine Memorial West in Seal Beach. Until recently the origin of these flags had been a mystery to the veterans from United States Submarine Veterans Inc. (USSVI) the group that maintains this hallowed memorial site.

The mystery unfolded early in May while the veterans were sprucing up the site in preparation for the yearly Memorial Day ceremony that honors the 3,500-plus WWII submariners who set out on their war patrols and never returned. At the memorial site, there is a monument dedicated to each of the 52 submarines that were lost, along with the names of those who perished.

While cleaning the site, local submarine veterans and USSVI Base Cmdr. Chuck Senior along with Base Secretary Phil Jaskoviak noticed a woman kneeling at the monument of USS Argonaut (SS 166). Argonaut was sunk in WWII by Japanese aircraft and destroyers Isokaze and Maikaze southeast of New Britain in the Solomon Sea. The submarine was on its third war patrol. All hands, 105 crewmen, were lost. The woman was placing a small flag on the monument as the two ex-sailors looked on. Soon, they learned that this sharp, witty person, who has a zest for life, is Leisure World resident Dolores Hardy.

Dolores is not new to honoring veterans. Besides walking the mile from her home in Leisure World and placing flags at the submarine memorial, she travels on a yearly pilgrimage to place flags for veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Dolores also routinely places flags in the front yard of many of her surrounding neighbors’ homes in her community.

After retiring from Pacific Bell as a repair dispatcher, Dolores volunteered her time at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), El Toro, gift shop. It was at El Toro when she took an interest in the history of WWII naval aviators and other veterans. “I became a big fan of the Blue Angels and loved working at the gift shop until 1999 when MCAS was decommissioned,” she said.

Currently, Dolores is volunteering her time as treasurer of the Grampaw Pettibone Squadron of, Association of Naval Aviation.

Dolores is an unassuming American patriot. Her selfless and tireless devotion for the military and for the greatest generation of veterans is an inspiration to all. The U.S. Submarine Veterans Inc., Los Angeles-Pasadena Base, honors her devotion to those submariners that did not return and remain on eternal patrol.

When you see a flag placed somewhere think of Dolores—she just might have set it there.

The World War II National Submarine Memorial West is located outside the main gate of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station, 800 Seal Beach Blvd. It is open daily during daylight hours and is free to the public. For more information go to: www.submarinememorial.org.

PHOTO— MYSTERY SOLVED—Dolores Hardy, Mutual 2, was recently discovered placing small flags on the memorial monuments at the WWII U.S. Submarine Memorial West on Seal Beach Boulevard.

Photo— FIREWORKS return to Long Beach this year with displays off the stern of the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor and at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on Clark Avenue and Conant Street. See story on page 22, for other local events and displays.

Holiday Notice

GRF offices are closed tomorrow

In observance of Independence Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Friday, July 4.

The Minibus and the Access bus will operate on the holiday D.

The Access Bus’s regular weekend schedule is Saturday from 7:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m., and Sunday 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. 

The Leisure World Maintenance Dept. will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling 594-4754.

The Leisure World Health Care Center and Pharmacy will be closed.

The 24-hour nurse will be available for telephone advice or home visits for a charge by calling 795-6216.