Schmooze Club

Independence Day brunch set

On Tuesday, July 8, the Schmooze Club is hosting an appreciation bagel brunch sponsored by Richard Goldberg of Citi Bank from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The brunch is being held close to Independence Day, and is open to members, guests and Leisure World veterans in appreciation for their service to our country. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required by Sunday, July 6. Call Evelyn Glick, 598-2002, or Darlene Rose, 296-5140, to RSVP and to leave names of guests for Main Gate entrance. Refreshments will feature bagels, cream cheese, sweets, coffee, tea and an Independence Day fruit salad.

The program will pay special tribute to the contributions of the Jewish community and of Jewish War Veterans to the American Revolutionary War and throughout U.S. military history. Leisure World pianist Betty Ballen will lead a patriotic sing-along. Participants will share personal stories of their own family’s military service and speakers, including Rabbi Shmuel Marcus. He will enlighten everyone about Jewish dedication to freedom as citizens and in their personal lives.

Join members for this special way to honor the veterans and their families.

Language Class

Speech acquisition class on break

The English speech and language acquisition class taught by Kuniko Okamoto, will take a summer break in July and August. Classes will resume Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The break gives the Okamotos time with family and friends who visit from all over the world.

The group had a potluck lunch on June 24 to say good bye to classmates.

Ethnic dishes were featured, including egg rolls from Jerry Dao, a noodle dish from Rosemary Yoon, Korean Bulgoki from Grace Ahn, Nobuka cake from Amy Chien, Polish ham from Anna Sturdivant, fried rice with vegetables and Chinese barbecue from Emily Huang, rice and kimchi from Anna Derby and tuna wraps from Kuniko.

Kuniko offers her expertise to foreign language speakers and stroke recovery patients to help improve grammar and clarity of speech, including accent reduction. She understands the problems of foreign language speakers and frustration of not being understood.

The fall semester will continue with accent reduction due to difficulty in overcoming habitual sounds and concentrate on vocabulary building, rules of grammar and sentence structures.

The class starts by singing “Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here” with slight modifications to suit the class. Five minutes before adjourning the class, patriotic songs and American folk songs are sung. 

Seats are limited so students can have immediate attention.   The class is first-come, first-served.

The class is held  Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, from 10- 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Anna Derby 301-5339.  

—Anna Derby

Britannia Club

Red, white, blue picnic is July 10

On June 12 Eric and Marion Dodd were traveling, so Vice President Carmel Atkinson opened the Britannia Club’s cowboy/cowgirl meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Shirley Rinaldi read the May minutes, and Carmel gave the treasury report.

MCC chair Belinda McLeod alerted members about the Amphitheater Show Aug. 18 and the MCC luncheon Oct. 11.  

She also mentioned that people may visit the Seal Beach Animal Shelter for $5 as fund-raiser for Los Alamitos horses.

Carmel announced an Independence Day red, white and blue, picnic for the next meeting, July 10.

Marjorie Kimbrell volunteered to be the new inspirational person and spoke about Fathers’ Day, the June 21 Summer Solstice and read Maya Angelou’s prayer for peace.

Doris Dack sent cards to Don Scott, Christine Gross and Reneé Thomas.  Birthdays in June were Marion Dodd, Diane Mackel, Gordon Smith and Georgina McLafferty.  

Daisy Goldie won the 50/50.

Line-dancer Barbara McGee tried to teach members the “Electric Slide,” then everyone was let loose to enjoy the barbecued burgers, cooked by Geoff Davies and John Murphy, and all the trimmings and extra food brought by generous members.  

Loraine Morris took home the tablecloths to launder. Thanks always to club members for all their help.

—Shirley Rinaldi


Annual picnic for veterans is Sunday, CH 1 picnic area

The annual picnic hosted by the Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) for all veterans residing in Leisure World is Sunday, July 6, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic grounds.

The event honors the “American Heroes” who unselfishly sacrificed their precious time and lives to preserve the freedom all Americans enjoy today. It is a gesture by the FALW to show its gratitude to these brave heroes.

All veterans are invited to participate at this event, and to enjoy the day with programs, games and food.

This is the fourth year the FALW has sponsored the picnic.

For further information, call Ren Villanueva, 493-1406; Ric Dizon, 446-0485; Vic Gendrano (714) 586-0948; or Aida Jose 431-3917.

—Ren Villanueva

Sunshine Club

Guest speakers invited to picnic on July 5, CH1

The Sunshine Club of Leisure World invites all of its previous guest speakers to the club’s third annual picnic on Saturday, July 5, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Guests, members and their families are invited to enjoy a social time from 10:30-11 a.m. The opening ceremony begins at 11.

A barbecue lunch will be served along with many potluck dishes that members will bring to the outdoor picnic.

The program will include line dances lead by Pat Erickson and Gui Baker. Hui O Hula will perform, including a couple of audience participation dances. Max Cadabona and Jay and Bennie dela Cruz will perform. Deejay Max will also provide additional music.

The Sunshine Club meets every Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, (or 2 from time to time), from 10 a.m.-noon to discuss Leisure World topics.

The club has frequent guest speakers from the Golden Rain Foundation and LW clubs.

Everyone is welcome to join. Membership is not required. Refreshments are provided.

—Anna Derby

Friendship Club

Computer classes taught Monday

Computer classes conducted by the Friendship Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, are open to all Leisure Worlders and their guests.

A repeatable introduction to the personal computer (most versions) with Jeff Sacks will be conducted Monday, July 7, from 9-10 a.m., followed by open computer questions about Windows, Mac, iPads and other tablets, from 10-11 a.m.

Jeff will teach a new class, introduction to the iPad, at 11 a.m., in place of the eBay class taught by Maxine Smith. Her eBay classes will resume in September.

Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops and iPads are welcome.

Light refreshments are served. The cost is $5 for one or all classes. For information, call Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122.

Paws Claws and Beaks

Meeting set for July 9 at 3 p.m.

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club will meet Wednesday, July 9, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, for its monthly meeting and to continue planning for the Sept. 9 picnic.

All are invited to see the club display of small stuffed animals in the Leisure World Library through the end of August.

For more information, call 799-3841.

Relatively Speaking

Granddaughter to perform in Scotland

Katherine “Katie” Michelle Donovan, granddaughter of Lorene Christian, Mutual 15, graduated from Huntington Beach High School in the Academy of Performing Art Department.

Katie appeared in several musical theater programs during the school year, including “Spamalot” and “A Chorus Line.”

Katie was hired by Disney Entertainment to appear in parades and other areas of the parks.

The HB academy was invited by the American High School Theater Festival to participate in the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Katie and classmates will perform in “A Chorus Line” and “Caberet” there in August.

Relatively Speaking

Daughter, son-in-law Cypress honorees

Bernice Skoug, Mutual 15, was on hand June 18 at Old Ranch Country Club when her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Tim Keenan, were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce.

Tim and Linda, long-time Cypress residents, own Creative Media, an audio production company in Cypress. Both have been involved in the community in various capacities for the last few decades. 

Tim Keenan served on the Cypress City council for eight years, including two terms as mayor, as well as on the OCTA Board of Directors. In addition, Tim serves on the board of a number of media industry related groups. 

Linda Keenan was a Cypress Traffic Commissioner for eight years and is a long-time member of the Woman’s Club of Cypress, active in helping veterans. She also serves on the board of Cypress Children’s Advocacy, which helps at-risk children in Cypress. 

Bernice, a long-time Orange County and LW resident, dined with her daughter and son-in-law at the annual Cypress Chamber event and was introduced to the audience during their acceptance remarks.

Mutual 7

Annual summer picnic is July 12

Mutual 7 will host its annual summer picnic on Saturday, July 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.

Hot dogs, buns, condiments, paper goods and plastic ware will be provided by the mutual.

Residents are asked to bring ready-to-serve picnic dishes for eight and their own beverages.

Gourmet chefs, sunshine and ants will also be provided by the mutual.

Mutual 7’s popular bingo will be played following lunch. Bring an unwrapped white elephant gift item, no longer wanted but in good condition.

For reservations and information, call Carol Rasmussen, 594-4139.

Genealogy Workshop

Guest speaker on DNA invited back

Alvis Ward, guest speaker at the June 25 meeting, gave an outstanding lecture on DNA and African Genealogy.  He will be returning within the year to give a deeper explanation on DNA and how to read the information results of the tests. The date of his return will be announced.

The Genealogy Library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. Workshop discussion groups are held in the Genealogy Library on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. These are open to all. Upcoming discussions include:

•July 9: Taking and using cell phone pictures for genealogy research

• July 16: How to use Genealogy Library resources

The Genealogy picnic is July 23. There will be no workshop that day, and the Genealogy Library will be closed.

Sign up by July 18 at the Genealogy Library.

—Doris Dragan

PHOTO—GENEALOGY WORKSHOP—Recent guest speaker Alvis Ward shows club member Vera Broyles a DNA website.

Huntington Beach

Breakfast served at bingo games

The St. Bonaventure Seniors Club sponsors bingo games from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, excluding holidays at the St. Bonaventure’s Church Hall, 16400 S. Springdale Ave., Huntington Beach. Meet at 10 for a free continental breakfast; bingo starts at 10:45, with lunch at noon. Donations are accepted.

Bingo then resumes from 12:30-2 p.m. All are welcome.