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EIS VOLUNTEER: Lisa Dickson of Mutual 1 volunteered for the the Engineering Information Systems (EIS) effort to digitize Leisure World’s paper documents. She found it very rewarding. As a director, manual searches were time consuming; now thanks to years of volunteer work, LW documents can be accessed at the click of a computer mouse. It’s a giant step for LW. she writes.

MISSING CART: Luane Watkins of Mutual 5 reports that a 4-wheel wire utility cart she uses to carry groceries is missing from space 3 in Carport 67. A special friend gave her the cart, and it has sentimental value. If you borrowed it, please return it. If you’ve seen it, call her at 221-8584.

GOLDEN AGE GOOD-BYE: Linda Johnson of Mutual 15 has retired from volunteering at the GAF Hospitality Center after many years. She writes: “To the faithful volunteers, friends and guests of the GAF Hospitality Center, I wish to say a big thank you for your parting gift. I have enjoyed my years as chairperson of hospitality.” She was a beloved GAF leader and received a generous monetary gift from appreciative LWers.

JAPANESE CLASS: A beginning Japanese language class for adults, sponsored by the Nikkei Club of LW, will begin Jan. 16 from 1-2:30 p.m. Learn conversational Japanese and some Japanese characters. Registration fee is $30, which includes two books. The weekly lesson fee is $1. Instructor is Kuniko Okamoto. For more information, call Carolyn Mottola of Mutual 11 at 446-0436.

LB MUSEUM OF ART: LWers are welcome to join the Volunteer Docent Council that provides educational services to the public. A docent orientation lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Jan. 16, at the LBMA, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90803. To RSVP, call 439-2119 or log on to www.lbma.org.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD—These Korean children are enjoying candy canes and other Christmas candy sent by First Christian Church of Leisure World, which supports the orphanage where the youngsters live. (See page 7 for complete story). Candy canes have a long holiday tradition. In 1670, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany ordered sweet sticks from the local candy maker to keep children quiet during the Christmas service. He added a crook at the top of each stick to help the children remember the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus. For other holiday traditions around the world, see pages 10-11.

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: Members of the Sa-Rang Church presented a generous check to Golden Age Foundation (GAF) director Linda Johnson (center) at the Hospitality Center Tuesday. Tanya Kim of Mutual 3 (second from left), a GAF hospitality volunteer for six years, and ministers from her church donated $300 and five boxes of cookies in keeping with the spirit of Christmas. The church has a Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

LEISURE WORLD LIGHTS

Leisure World is dressed up for the holidays. Check out the following winter wonderlands around the community:

•The home of Ray and Pat Robinson, Mutual 7, 170-L,  is decorated for Christmas with a tree, lights, wreaths and three lit star ornaments common in the Philippines, courtesy of Panfilo Castivo.

•Look for lighted reindeer and trees on El Dorado near Buildings 29-59 in Mutual 2.

•Victor Landrum’s Mutual 1 home, 16-C, features a Santa on a cycle.

•Genevieve Zwilling, 90, helped decorate her apartment at Mutual 1, 62-F. She’s got trimmed windows, big red bows and festive Christmas greetings.

•Mutual 2, apartment 24-E, has stars, bows, a toy soldier and a rocking horse.

•The home of Sandy Tessier in Mutual 14, apartment 12-D, 1710 Tam O’Shanter Road, is a-sparkle with icicle lights and a glowing tree seen through the bay window, especially beautiful at night.

•The home of Betty McKeever and Jerry Woodruff in Mutual 12, apartment 62-C, 1610 Interlachen Road, is a Santa’s workshop of toys, candy canes and penguins beneath a lighted tree with stars glowing nearby.

•The Mutual 6 home of Gary and Gloria Stivers at apartment 131-L, 13391 Danbury Lane, has icicle lights and snowmen, beautifully lit at night.

•David and Linda Bryan’s Christmas decorations are on display at 13199 El Dorado Drive, 208-F, in Mutual 9. The display features five blow-up displays.

•Trini and Lance Ferm, 21-G, at 13660 Annandale Drive and Golden Rain Road in Mutual 1, lights galore.

GRF MEETING IS DEC. 23

Due to the Christmas holiday, the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.

LW POOL REOPENS

The Leisure World swimming pool and hot pool will reopen on Saturday, Dec. 21, after being closed for routine maintenance.

YEAR END PAYMENT PACKET

In the last two weeks of December, shareholders will receive in the mail the year-end payment packet containing the monthly carrying charge payment information for 2014. Also included are four 2014 Guest Passes, 12 carrying charge payment coupons, or a direct debit statement, and property tax information.

People who do not receive payment information and guest passes by Jan. 7 should contact the Stock Transfer Office for assistance. There will be no late charges or finance charges for January to assure that all shareholders have received their payment coupons and payment information. 

For more information about monthly carrying charge payments for 2014, contact Stock Transfer at 431-6586, extension 346, 347 or 339.

—Carol Weller, Mutual Administration Manager

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

In observance of Christmas, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Gates and Patrol will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25.

The Leisure World Library will be closed.

On Christmas Eve, the holiday D bus schedule will be in effect. The Access (handicap) bus will continue its regular daily schedule from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

On Christmas Day, the holiday D schedule will be in effect. The Access (handicap) bus will also operate on a holiday schedule, from 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 Health Care Center and Physical Therapy will close at noon, Dec. 24. The LAMC bus will be in operation until 11 a.m. that day. The Pharmacy will close at 2.

The HCC will be closed on Christmas.

EDITORIAL DEADLINES

Due to the holiday printing deadline, the editorial deadline for the Jan. 2 edition is 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26. The classified advertising deadline is 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27.

The editorial deadline for the Dec. 26 issue of the Golden Rain News was Dec. 18.

The classified advertising deadline is 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20.

OCFA PRACTICE SESSION

The Orange County Fire Authority will be conducting training exercises at three locations in Leisure World today, Dec. 19. Firefighters will practice running hoses at the RV Lot, and fighting fires in a multi-story building in Mutual 17 and in the basement of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The training will be held from 9 a.m.-noon, today.