THE SUNDAY NIGHT BALLROOM DANCE CLUB will host the Velvetones Big Band Dance Band, under the direction of Carl Hathaway, at 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, in Clubhouse 4. This acclaimed dance band will perform on the first Sunday of the month. It features two vocalists and plays favorite standards and other popular music. A light, optional supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. for $10; BYOB. Reservations for supper are required. For reservations, call Shirlene Chavez at 596-2669 or 598-4056



The Leisure World Coin Club will begin the New Year with a members’ show-and-tell. Bring coins and stories to the Jan. 8 meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Guests and new members are welcomed with a small gift. There will be a special drawing for members who participate in the show-and-tell.

Membership dues will be collected for the coming year. Coin Club membership dues are $5 for the year. Each meeting includes a 50/50 drawing, the coin raffle and an auction of members’ coins. People who have duplicate coins or just want to sell some of their collection should bring them to auction off. Owners decide the lowest price they will accept for their coins.

Refreshments are served during the break. A sign-up sheet is available for members to sign up for providing refreshments for the coming year.

Every year in April, the club goes to the Oak Middle School to share the hobby of coin collecting with the sixth-grade students. Each student who comes through the exhibit receives a coin or token. The club is in need of foreign coins that accumulate from Leisure World travelers. Drop off donations at the meeting room.



“Houseboat,” unrated, will be shown at 2 p.m., Jan. 5 in Clubhouse 4. Tired of living with her father, a beautiful socialite named Cinzia signs on as a housekeeper for widowed lawyer Tom Winters and his three children. As it turns out, Cinzia has no domestic skills, but sparks soon fly between her and Tom.



The Amateur Radio Service Club will hold its first meeting in 2014 on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Coffee is at 9:30 a.m. The meeting starts at 10. The year will begin with a new slate of officers. The club’s goal is to enhance emergency communications.

The club extends its thanks to Grant Vogel, outgoing treasurer, for his many years of service to the club.

New residents and licensed hams are welcome. For more information, call Jan Michaelis, secretary, 799-0455.



The Producers Club will present its third annual murder mystery in early March 2014. Watch for future announcements. Auditions are being held for female actors on Friday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The play is titled “The Case of the Motorcoach Murders” and the roles for women are:

•Wilimena and Cornelia: best-friend seniors who have secrets and are passengers on bus tour

•Minnie Cooper: Younger bus driver married to the deceased

•Dr. Ovary: Medical examiner

•Penelope: Scotland Yard inspector

Each role will require memorization of lines. Rehearsals will be held in January and February. A schedule of rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances will be available on the day of auditions.

For more information, call Sam Jones, 598-0880.



The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Jim Gilman Band will play Jan. 4.



Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club.

Dancers rotate, so partners are not required.

People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.



The Coin Club will host bingo at 6 p.m.Friday, Jan. 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 6 p.m. Bingo is held the first Friday of each month. All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend. There are no dues.

There will be a 50/50 raffle; tickets are $1 each. The prize will be split with one half going to the winner and the other half going to fund the club’s activities. There will be two games with special prizes.



SBTV-Channel 3 programming can be seen on Time Warner Channel 3 and Verizon Fios Channel 37.

The program schedule is updated weekly on Thursdays and can be accessed at



The Science Discussion Club presents various topics in science. Members are currently taking a journey through the history of science in the Western World. The group is examing the history and developments of the Scientific Revolution, specifically the work of Copemicus, Descartes, Kepler, Galileo and Newton.

The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays from 2-3:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The next meeting is Jan. 9.

This club is open to all. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.



Start the new year out right and join in the fun with Dancers & Mixers Club Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Clubhouse 4 from 7- 9:30 p.m. to dance in the new year. Linda Herman will provide dance music. Bring favorite beverages. Caremore Health Care Group will supply light snacks. There will be a variety of music including a mixer and some line dancing. Everyone is welcome. Partners are not needed. Dancing is a great way to stay in shape.

Dues of $5 for the 2014 club year will be collected that night. Thanks to Caremore there will be no admission charge; 50/50 tickets will be sold.

December’s dance had 60 people dancing the night away. Thank you to Caremore Health Care Group for supplying great food; to Marge Thompson and Walt Bier for being greeters at the desk; and to the decorating committee of Dave and Marian Lufitz, Linda Herman, Marian Beattie and John Hayes.

Clubhouse 4 had a festive holiday look. Winners of the 50/50 drawing included Joseph Chavez, Tanny Desmitt, Sara Talosi and MaryEllen Bleach.

For more information call Linda Herman, 431 1257.



The Leisure World Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6, in Clubhouse 1. Amateurs need to sign in at 6 with two copies of sheet music, ready to perform for three minutes.

Ellen Brannigan will lead group singing from 7-7:15, when she will introduce her halftime guest, Vicki Van Ert, a popular soloist.

Everyone is welcome, so come out and enjoy singing the old favorites with a friendly group of people.


HUI O HULA ended 2013 with a gathering of friends for dance and music in Clubhouse 2. The band Hana Hou (on stage) played at the party. Hula dance lessons are offered every week upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Come and start the New Year Hawaiian-style. The free class starts at 11:15 a.m., Jan. 6. For more information, call 252-9676.



The Theater Club is off to a great start for 2014. Officers elected for the coming year are Taylor White, president; Diane Burnett, first vice president; Bill Kuss, second vice president; Lillian Loring, secretary, and Sam Jones, treasurer.

The first meeting of the executive board will be held in the loft Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. It will be a very busy one as the Theater Club embarks on a new year with lots of new ideas. New committees will be formed, and new chairpersons named to head them. Those items are among the many on the agenda.

The officers want the Theater Club to be known as a friendly, welcoming group. To that end, all prior members and Leisure World residents who have an interest in theater are invited to the membership meeting Friday, Jan. 24, in the loft at 10 a.m. Dues will be payable at that time.

A report on decisions made at the executive board meeting will be given at the membership 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.



Leisure World residents are welcome to submit reviews of their favorite restaurants. Include your 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 431-6586, ext. 388.


THE DIXIELAND JAZZ CLUB had a good year featuring excellent guest musicians and lively entertainment; 2014 will begin the club’s 10th year bringing jazz to Leisure World. Club president Luis Schillaci thanks the committed members of the board of directors and volunteers for their support during the past year. Also, a big thanks to those who religiously attended the club sessions and the patrons who supported the club with special donations. There will be no concert in January; the next concert is Feb. 5 at 6.30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.



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 Poetry Workshop meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.


Ancestral Voices!



Memory islands dot my mind

With glad reminiscences that bind


To true friendships of lone:


Of happy times spent,

Gifted moments truly lent

To discover

Such joyous symphony

Dispelling earth’s mundane monotony:


This double rainbow of emotions

Eases my life’s daily commotion:


Gently inside this memorial pleasure,

I gulp such renewal in vast measure:


Caching this glorious treasure

To unfold each petal of nostalgia at leisure:


Sifting through eons of silence to garner,

And fleetingly recover ancestral voices to remember!

—Louisa de Sa