ARTS AND LEISURE DEC 19, 2013

COMPUTER CLUB

The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes starting Jan. 20 from 9-11:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up for classes, $5 each, at the lab.

The following is the list of classes:

•Monday, Jan. 20, Windows 7

•Tuesday, Jan. 21, Excel 2007

•Wednesday, Jan. 22, Windows 8

•Thursday, Jan. 23, Internet and Email

•Friday, Jan. 24, Camera with PC

•Monday, Jan, 27, Android Tablet

•Tuesday, Jan. 28, iPad Tablet

•Wednesday, Jan. 29, Word 2007

•Thursday, Jan. 30, Internet/Email

•Friday, Jan. 31, Adobe Workshop

Classes are usually filled but cancellations could occur. Coffee, tea and snacks are available during break time. Arrangements can be made for friends to work together. Customized training for groups can be arranged by talking to John Retterath at 544-2210. Additional training features can be covered in class sessions. Sign up at Clubhouse 5 weekdays, 1-3 p.m., or at the Computer Club meeting Jan. 12 in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m.

—John Retterath

CREATIVE WRITERS CLUB

The Leisure World Creative Writers’ Club invites Leisure World residents who are interested in writing to join the club in January to learn about writing in club workshops, about publishing or just simply to share.

Starting in January, the club will meet twice a month—on the second Wednesday for the poetry workshop at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 and on the fourth Friday for the fiction/nonfiction workshop at 1:30 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

The business meeting will follow the workshop from 3-3:30, conducted by club president Fred Wind.

For more information, contact Fred Wind, 810-6650, or Ethel Carter, 493-3054.

DANCE CLUB

by Jeanine Greb

LW contributor

The Dance Club will offer a Holiday Dance Sampler Class Friday, Dec. 20, from 6-7 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C for all levels of dancers.

The ongoing west coast swing dance class will be taught Fridays from 7-8 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Come and learn smooth and cool west coast swing styling that is fun and easy.

No classes will be held Dec. 27. Classes resume Jan. 3.

Instructor Jeremy Pierson welcomes singles and couples. People do not need partners. Cost is $5 a class per person.

The Dance Club will elect the new board members for 2014 at the meeting from 8-9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. All members who are residents of Leisure World are welcome to attend and vote. Attending members will elect the new board. The club is looking for candidates to serve on the board. People must live in Leisure World to be board candidates. Nominations will be accepted at the board meeting, provided that the individual accepts the nomination to run for that office. 

For information on board candidacy, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.

WEEKLY DANCE

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Don Peterson will play Dec. 21.

COMMUNITY SING

The Community Sing will be in recess Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, and will resume on Jan. 6. Lewis and Felicia Ward, who run the Commuity Sing, invite everyone to join them for a fun night of song.

On Dec. 9, the amateur time opened with Bob Smallwood singing “When It’s Twilight Time on the Trail” (from the movie, “Trail of the Lonesome Pine”). He was followed by Bob Bacon singing “Everything Happens to Me” (Part 2); Byong Choi, “La Dona Mobile”; Peter Innerbickler, “Because”; and  Ethel Carter did “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

Amateur time ended with Anita Ragole singing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Accompanists were Betty Ballen, Carol Robinson, Pat Kojok and Barbara McIlhaney. Carmen Edwards led her first selection of “oldies” with great participation by an enthusiastic crowd of Leisure Worlders until 7:15, when she introduced Valentino Perry as her half-time guest.  

Valentino did a fine presentation that included “Embraceable You,”  then a Mel Torme  number, “The Christmas Song”  (‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire...”), followed by “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and lastly, the old favorite, “White Christmas.”  

The evening closed with everyone singing “Kum ba Yah.” Thanks to book lender and stage manager Joe Sabroso; pianist Barbara McIlhaney, and emcee Betty Ballen.  

—Ethel Carter

POETRY CORNER

Editor’s Note: This poetry feature will showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Fiction-Nonfiction Group meets on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Rescued

I was lying on the counter

feeling so forlorn,

Christmas was a day away.

All my friends were gone.

I wasn’t bad to look at

in my buckskin Indian dress

with fringe and beads and bangles

made for a child’s caress.

My hair was black as coal,

laced with leather in my braid.

My eyes were two black buttons

that gazed out unafraid.

And then some child’s granny

with a snowy crown of white

picked me up into her arms

and held me, oh so tight.

I knew then I’d be taken

for some little girl’s delight

I heaved a sigh of relief.

Rescued on that night.

And now I sit on a window sill

much loved and played with too.

I’m thankful for that granny

who brought me home to you.

CHORALE

The LW Chorale will not present its annual Christmas holiday concert due to a scheduling conflict.

Members are sad about having to cancel and want to assure their fans they will be back in March and will definitely present the Christmas concert next year. The Songs of The Islands concert will be held March 22.

LEISURE TIME DANCE

The Leisure Time Dancers meet Mondays for ballroom dance classes in Clubhouse 6. Jeremy Pierson is filling in for Richard Sharrard for this series of classes.

The first class is big band swing starting at 2 p.m. and country/Texas two-step starts at 3. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate.

Cost is $5 for one hour; $9 for two hours.

For more information, call Jeremy at (909) 996-7713.

GRF MOVIE CANCELLED

There will be no movie on Dec. 25 due to the Christmas holiday and the clubhouse will be closed.

COMMUNITY KARAOKE

It was a light crowd, since there are so many activities going on in Leisure World – so 20-plus vocalists had plenty of time to sing three and four songs. The audience knew it was Christmastime as so many carols were beautifully sung. Tino Tupas chose “White Christmas,” followed by Bill Hultquist, “Blue Christmas”; Bob Young, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”; Shalla Callahan, “All I Want For Xmas Is My Two Front Teeth”; Jerry Tester, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”; Rosemary Freman, “Santa Looks Like Daddy”; Ray Barnum, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”; and Ray Jarris “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

“You Can’t Say No In Acapulco” was chosen from the new song book by Bob Young. Flo Godbold sounded lovely with “Moonlight Serenade.” Ben Chaffey got a surprise when he chose to sing the fast-paced “If You’ve Got The Money Honey I’ve Got The Time,” but he kept smiling. Sally Glauser was all dressed up and looking lovely as she sang “Wouldn’t It Be Lovely?” Joann Gado bravely took the podium and did a fine “Moonlight In Vermont.”

There will be no Karaoke on Christmas, Dec. 25, and New Year’s, Jan. 1.

Song books by artist or title are available for purchase. The club usually meets on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1 starting at 5:30. Practice sessions are in Clubhouse 6 each Tuesday from 1-3 with Bob Slater.

FRIENDS OF LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting and election for the Friends of the Library officers and board members will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. All are welcome to attend.

GRAPEVINE DANCE CLUB

The Grapevine Line Dance Club meets from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6, Room 1. There will be no classes Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. The dances are high beginner/easy intermediate. Newcomers should come early. The group starts with easy instruction and finishes with more challenging dances. Classes are free. Regular participation helps people master routines. For more information, call 596-8273.

SATURDAY MORNING DANCE

Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In December, she will teach west coast swing from 9-10 and the bolero from 10-11. Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. Sessions are $5 each.

LAPIDARY JEWELRY SALE

The Lapidary Club will have a sale of hand-crafted jewelry and other items made by members, rocks and more Friday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4.

All are welcome.

PLAY REVIEW

“I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers,” a new play by John Logan; now playing at the Geffen Playhouse, 10866 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles, 90024, through Dec. 22, (310) 208-5454, www.geffenplayhouse.com; ticket prices: $89-$399; running time: 90 minutes.

by Larry Blake

LW contributor

Bette Midler has been a star for over 40 years. She has triumphed on Broadway, in Hollywood films, on cabaret stages, comedy clubs, recording studios, and on the Las Vegas stage. What most people don’t know about Ms. Midler is that she toiled for a few years in Broadway shows. I can still remember her performance as one of the replacements as the eldest daughter, Tzeitel, in the Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Her career then left Broadway as she perfected her persona as the “Divine Miss M” and conquered the concert tour circuit and racked up hit albums on the pop charts.

Midler rarely returns to the stage. When she does, it is an event. She has returned now in a play, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers,” now playing at the Geffen Playhouse. Playing a diva, the diva in Midler rises to the level of art that only an actress as good as Midler can achieve. There are few, if any, who can give an audience what Better Midler delivers with such ease.

Midler plays Sue Mengers, who was an agent to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Gene Hackman and Barbra Streisand. As the play begins, we are in Mengers’ home as she is sitting on her couch waiting for a phone call from Ms. Streisand. Mengers has just been fired as Streisand’s agent. She wasn’t fired by Streisand herself, but by Streisand’s lawyers. Mengers was told that Barbra will call her.

While we wait for that call, Mengers tells us her story. Her beginnings are humble and her background, poor. She manages to claw her way to a list of clients that is impressive. This was in the 1970s, and Mengers was the only significant woman agent in the dog-eat-dog world of the Hollywood agent, an occupation dominated by men.

The quips and insults tumble out of Midler’s mouth like a roaring waterfall. She informs us that she will only handle stars who she refers to as her “twinkles.” “My own mother couldn’t get in here if she were standing outside in the rain.” She claims she has patterned herself on movies, “Which is why I sound like a gum cracking Warner Brothers second lead.” She believes in always being on the offensive, never the defensive, “Like I always say, if you can’t say anything nice, come sit by me.”

The evening ends as she tells us all she wishes to tell us. At evening’s end she dismisses us as she leaves her living room to prepare for an evening dinner party. We are not invited to the party. No problem, since we have been more than treated to 90 minutes of witticisms and wise cracks.

Midler’s timing as an actress is perfect. One story is told about when she had to inform Julie Harris, the great American stage actress, that the producers wouldn’t allow Julie to play Mary Todd Lincoln in a TV movie “because they wanted someone younger and sexier.” There is a beat, then Midler hits us with, “like that famous sex kitten, Mary Todd Lincoln.”

It came as a surprise to me that this play was written by John Logan, the author of the cerebral play “Red.” There is very little of the cerebral here. But who needs cerebral when you have the gutsy Midler. “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers” is a chance to see an American treasure on stage. Be prepared to not only laugh, but also watch how a diva can also reach emotional depths.

Bette Midler, welcome back to the stage.

What took you so long to return?

HUI O HULA

Everyone is invited to celebrate the holiday season in Clubhouse 2 tonight. The Hui O Hula will host its eighth annual holiday party.  

Doors open at 5:45. The hula dancers are looking forward to the gathering of friends and fellow club members. 

Performers include: Suzanne Ahn, “Mr. Hank” Barto, Chuck Burnett, Bill Frambach and Carol Robinson and team; the LW Cloggers; Carmen Edwards and her singers; FALW, Hui O Hula; Barbara Magee and her line dancers; Audrey Mackenzie; Pure Joy Dancers, Amy Walker; Rick Weaver and more. 

Live music by the band Hana Hou will follow, “DJ/KJ to da Max” Max Cadabona will play music for all to boogie the night away. People can bring beverages and snacks; 50/50 drawing. There will be tables and chairs.

Call 431-2242 to reserve a table of eight or email jojo@huiohula.com.

All are welcome.

Hui O Hula meets twice a week to have fun and dance the hula. 

A new, free class will start in January.

Cool Hula will be offered every Monday morning from 11:15 beginning Jan. 6. It is designed for those who enjoy just swaying to Hawaiian music.

Instructor Jojo will introduce each hula  briefly before the dance begins.

Everyone can join in regardless of skill level. 

A beginner’s class will also start in January.

Call Jojo at 252-9676 or email jojo@huiohula.com for information or to sign up.

HALLMARK MOVIE

First Christian Church will host the Hallmark movie “The Note” at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19, in the chapel.

In the wake of a deadly plane crash, newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder makes it her mission to find the intended recipient of a note washed up on shore.

While searching for the recipient, she begins logging her journey through her newspaper article.

As the mystery unfolds, the note significantly affects each person she contacts, and leads to an unexpected Christmas blessing for two special people.

This movie was based on a novel by Angela Hunt and was filmed on location in Hamilton, Ontario.

Genie Francis (General Hospital) and Ted McGinley (Married With Children) star in this life-affirming drama.

People are advised to arrive before 6 to find seating of their choice.

Hearing enhancement devices are available upon request. These movies are free, and everyone is welcome.

SUNDAY NIGHT BALLROOM DANCE

Holidays Around the World was the theme of the Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group Dec. 8. Carol Robinson’s Goldentones band brought tremendous music to Clubhouse 4. Carmen Edwards and Terry Humphrey added their golden voices to the delightful evening.

Again, Terry painstakingly arranged artwork and floral pieces to represent different countries and cultures on each table. Carmen Johnson completed the ambiance.

During the business meeting, Diane Burnett, nominating chairwoman, announced the slate of officers for 2014. After an unanimous vote, officers for 2014 were elected with the addition of Kitty Miranda, recording secretary.

The Velvetones played for the group on Dec. 15. Under the direction of Carl Hatheway, the band played music to the theme “Silver Bells.”

Calendar:

•Dec. 22 and Dec. 29: No dances due to holidays.

•Jan. 5: The Velvetones will play on the first Sunday of the month in 2014. The theme Jan. 5 is “Ringing in the New Year.” Bring bells to ring. Reservations are required by calling 596-2669 or 598-4056 by Friday, Jan. 3.

The Sunday Night Ballroom dances meeting on the first and third Sundays unless otherwise noted.

SBTV IS DIGITAL

SBTV-3 has gone digital on Time Warner Cable. People who have digital TVs will find SBTV-3 is now on Time Warner channel 15.102.

People with old analog TVs will need digital adapters. It can be ordered free from Time Warner. It can be installed free through the Superwire office in Leisure World. Call Superwire at 735-0368 for information Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

BIKE SAFETY

Editor’s Note: The following safety tips were provided by the Seal Beach Police Department:

•The most common causes of bicycle injuries are crashing without a helmet, cycling on the wrong side of the street and not following traffic signs and signals. Cylists are obligated to follow the rules of the road, according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

•The most common causes of pedestrian injury are crossing the street mid-block and not paying attention to traffic signs and signals, according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

•Pedestrians should use sidewalks; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.

•The safest place for pedestrians to cross the street is at the corner with or without a crosswalk. Crossing at mid-block is the most common cause of pedestrian injury, according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

•Pedestrians do not automatically have the right of way, even when there is a crosswalk. Pedestrians must give cars enough time to stop before entering the street, according to the California Vehicle Code.

•Pedestrians are not allowed to walk in bike lanes if a sidewalk is available, according to the California Vehicle Code.

•Wearing a properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injury by 85 percent, according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

•A properly working bicycle is key to safety.

DIAL A RIDE BUS SERVICE

A Dial-A-Ride service is available to seniors who reside in the City of Seal Beach. This service is available Mondays through Fridays by reservation only. The hours of operation for a pick up appointment are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All return trips must be completed by 5 p.m. This service is on a first come, first served basis and can be used for any destination within the city limits of Seal Beach.

The Dial-A-Ride bus can also be used for doctor appointments located up to three miles outside of the city limits. All other destinations such as grocery and retail stores must be within the city limits of Seal Beach.

The service provides one vehicle and driver. Seniors aged 55 and older must call 439-3699 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule pick-up date, time and location.

GRF SERVICE

As a service to Golden Rain Foundation members, subscribers to services such as HBO or other tiered services with Time Warner/Superwire may deposit monthly payments into GRF white/tan mailboxes located throughout the community. GRF staffers will pick up payments and deliver them daily.

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Leisure World residents are welcome to submit reviews of their favorite restaurants. Include name and mutual and telephone numbers. Make sure the restaurant’s full name, telephone number, address and operating hours are provided. People may submit takeout menus with the information.

The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows.

For more information, call Arts & Leisure editor Ruth Osborn, 431-6586, ext. 388.

MINIBUS LIGHT TOURS

The GRF Minibus service will extend the evening bus schedule by 45 minutes for a special Leisure World Holiday Lights tour through Dec. 20. The tour will start at 7:16 p.m. from the Health Care Center. Seating on the bus will be first-come first-served. The Minibus will seat about 19 passengers. All are welcome to join the second annual Holiday Lights Tour.

Passengers riding on the 6:35 p.m. evening route trip may stay on board the bus for the 7:16 tour and will have priority seating. Passengers may board the bus early from anywhere along the regularly scheduled evening route. Those locations include the HCC, all clubhouses, the Main Gate and any curbside location along the evening route. See the current LW Minibus Schedule book, page 22-23, for more information about the evening route timetables.

At the conclusion of the tour, passengers will be taken close to their homes for drop off, or to any other Leisure World destination. For more information, call Transportation Supervisor Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372.

SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is supporting the Spark of Love Toy Drive and collecting new, unwrapped toys for underprivileged children in Orange County. Every fire station in Orange County is a drop-off point for sporting goods, gift cards and new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 0-18 years old. The program runs until Dec. 24. All of the toys donated in Orange County, remain in Orange County.

The closest drop off to LW residents is Fire Station 48 on North Gate Road.

ST HEDWIG’S CHRISTMAS DINNER

Leisure World residents are invited to attend St. Hedwig’s 34th annual Christmas dinner at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25, in Quinn Hall, 11482 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos. People who will be alone this Christmas are especially welcome. RSVP by calling 598-7060 by Dec. 22.