Senior Patriots For Peace will sponsor a four-week lecture series in April by historian Donald Schwartz, professor emeritus, California State University, Long Beach, on the history of U.S. policy in the Middle East. He will present a lecture each Monday in April from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The dates are April 7, 14, 21 and 28.
The series will trace American relations with countries in the Middle East from World War I to the present day and will highlight how specific U.S. presidents have sought to further American interests in that region of the world.
Each lecture will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and documentary film footage.
Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace at home and throughout the world. Its goal is to eliminate the threat of violence and war.
All Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend. The registration fee for the four-week series is $30, payable to Dr. Don Schwartz. To reserve a seat, send a check to Nancy Goldstein, 13391 Danbury Lane, No. 131-J, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.
For more information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604.
Senior Patriots for Peace will present “Gasland,” a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox, at its 1 p.m. meeting Feb. 14, in Clubhouse 4.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and the method of horizontal drilling into shale formations know as slickwater fracking.
The film will be followed by a discussion period.
All Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend.
For further information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Mary Larson at 296-8521.
The Leisure World Woman’s Club will meet Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.
Pat Kogok will entertain at the piano as members and guests arrive. Ann Hause and Bobbye Trent will welcome guests.
President Jan Kuhl will introduce Donna O’Keefe, who will lead the flag salute and patriotic song. Alma Zamzow will read an inspirational thought for the day.
The theme will be “Hearts and Flowers.” Sally Fowler will be in charge table decorations. She will present a check from the club to help further the group’s work.
Club members are encouraged to bring new or lightly-used clean clothing and bedding and/or toiletries in small containers to be used by people in the self-help program. A table will be near the door for donations.
After the meeting, Anita Ragole, first vice president, will introduce Ron Johnson, a one-man band and accomplished singer. He plays keyboard and guitar while singing.
Ron has an extensive song list and chooses tunes he thinks audience members will enjoy. Those who attend will hear the influence of Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and other favorites.
Refreshments will be served following the program. The February tea hostess is LeAnn Moore.
Tickets are now on sale for the annual fashion show to be held Saturday, March 22, in Clubhouse 2. The annual event is presented by the American Legion Auxiliary 327. Contact Juanita Townsend, 431-4026, or one of the Auxiliary members, to reserve tables or tickets.
The Auxiliary’s District 29 meeting is scheduled Feb. 9 at Dana Point. Members will meet in the parking lot across from Clubhouse 1.
For details, call Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209.
The LW Auxiliary will play host to District 29 and Anita Biggs, Department of California president, at 10 a.m., March 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Call Jean to help with preparation for the meeting.
Board meetings are held the second Friday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1 p.m., and the general meetings are on the third Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
– Mary Wiens
GAF Tax Program
Appointments are now being taken for the Golden Age Foundation’s income tax program which will begin Feb. 10 and continue until April 10.
Appointments are required and should be made early to avoid the last minute rush.
Residents should call 596-1987 and leave their names and telephone numbers on the GAF answering machine.
Volunteers will return the calls to schedule appointment. Shut-ins should also call this number.
There is no charge for the service.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now requires taxpayers to bring their Social Security card and Leisure World ID cards to their appointments.
Volunteers will be working Monday through Friday in the morning only.
To qualify for the program, you must be a Leisure World resident, have income under $75,000, file either as a single person or married, filing jointly, have no income from a business or partnership, and have six or less sales of stocks or bonds.
The following records should be brought to appointments:
• Copies of 2012 income tax returns
• All your year-end income statements
• Year-end brokers’ statements
• Verification of the cost of any stocks or bonds sold by the shareholder or his/her broker
• Building contract for any 2013 installation of energy-efficient items
If residents plan to itemize deductions, they must prepare a list of all medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, interest, etc. Bring the list and accompanying receipts to their appointments.
More than $4,500 in such expenses are needed before residents can itemize.
To have refunds to be directly deposited, bring checkbooks.
Tax returns will be prepared upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Take the elevator or stairs to Room A, second floor, the tax preparation room.
For those with the necessary records, tax returns will be prepared while they wait about one hour.
Members of the Open Forum have embarked on a voyage of discovery to ancient China through a series of lectures and discussions presenting the country’s early history to the 20th century.
The series, which continues through 2014, resumes at 10 a.m., Feb. 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
The Forum will also take a detailed look at Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism in their religious and philosophical aspects.
The Forum meets at 10 a.m., on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
All are welcome; there are no membership or dues. The Open Forum is a public service.
For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.
– Mark Barnett
The Penny Royal Players will sing songs and tell stories when The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) meets at noon, Feb. 7, in Clubhouse 2. The program will begin at 12:45 p.m.
The entertainment will focus on pioneer women traveling west.
Formed in 2005, the group has donated more than $50,000 to charities that support special programs for children.
Quilts will be used to help tell the stories.
Lunch will include lasagna, salad, garlic bread and a light dessert.
To make reservations, call Sue Grimsley at 431-3083 by Feb. 5.
The $12 fee can be made at the door the day of the meeting.
Cancellations must be made by Feb. 5, or those who cannot attend must pay for the lunch.
Arrangements can be made to have someone else pick up the lunch.
All shareholders are invited to attend.
Retired teachers are active in volunteer work in LW.
Dorothy Geisler will ask members to report their hours so they can be reported to CalRTA in Sacramento.
Last year, 34 members volunteered 14,500 hours of non-paid work.
Call Ms. Geisler at 598-1477, for membership information.
Two men based at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos will be guests at the Feb. 6 meeting of the Children-A-Priority (CAP) Club in Clubhouse 4.
They are Patrick Kuykendall, executive director of the employee support group of the Guard and Reserve, and Reginald Fields, career consultant for Veterans for the One Stop Center, a partner of America’s Job Center of California. They will take questions from the audience after their talk.
A catered lunch will be served at noon.
Reservations for the $9 lunch can be made by calling President Dona Nickles by Feb. 3.
A board meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the program will follow lunch.
For several years, CAP has supported the veterans at the Joint Forces Training Center by donating gifts and food at Christmas.
New members and visitors are welcome to become members of CAP.
– Joan Shramek
December LW Statistics
The following is a partial list of the incident reports from last month as provided by the LW Gates and Patrol Dept.
Paramedic responses, 117; CARE responses, 73; Seal Beach Police Dept. responses, 95; street sweeper, 1; miscellaneous resident services, 1,542; decals issued, 414; Social Service incidents/ lost residents 12; lockouts, 71; traffic citations, 211; traffic accidents, 24; pet citations, 4; incoming vehicles screened at LW gates, 255,103.
12-26 Mutual 2 5:50 p.m.
A blue flame shot out of a light switch. The Seal Beach Fire Dept. responded and turned off the breaker.
12-1 Mutual 8 6:03 p.m.
A member returned home from a trip and found a pair of brown leather sandals missing.
12-2 Mutual 2 3:08 p.m.
A Christmas wreath was taken from the front door of a unit while a member was on vacation.
12-4 Mutual 1 6:45 p.m.
A beige laundry basket with clothes was taken from Laundry Room 13.
12-8 Mutual 15 12:25 p.m.
Women’s clothing, bedding and children’s clothes were taken from a laundry room.
12-10 Mutual 3 11 a.m.
A beige seat cover was removed from a tricycle that was parked in a carport.
12-13 Mutual 4 7:52 p.m.
A bucket and mop used to clean oil in a carport were taken.
12-18 Clubhouse 4 3:35 p.m.
While at a Christmas party, a member’s credit cards were taken from her purse that was in the kitchen. Police responded.
12-23 Mutual 1 4 p.m.
A white bedspread decorated with red flowers was taken from a laundry room.
12-10 Mutual 9 9:35 p.m.
Jewelry and money were missing after housekeepers cleaned the apartment. Police responded.
12-12 Mutual 7 1:30 p.m.
An antenna was broken off a vehicle that was parked in a carport.
12-2 Mutual 7 1:30 p.m.
A bicyclist riding east on Northwood Road ran into the open driver’s door of a parked van. Police responded.
12-4 Mutual 4 10:50 a.m.
Due to illegally parked vehicles, a Leisure World bus had to back up, then struck the rear bumper on the carport wall.
12-7 Mutual 2 2 p.m.
While parked in a carport space, a vehicle was struck on the passenger side rear bumper, a hit-and-run.
12-10 Clubhouse 6 1:06 p.m.
While making a turn in the parking lot, a member’s car struck a metal traffic sign that became lodged under the vehicle.
12-11 St. Andrews Gate 4:10 p.m.
While entering, a vehicle struck a yellow security post at the gate.
12-11 Mutual 6 7:10 p.m.
A vehicle entering a carport struck the pole.
12-12 Mutual 6 2:20 a.m.
A patrol vehicle turned too quickly and struck a street sign, knocking it down.
12-12 Main Gate 9:55 p.m.
While turning into Leisure World, a vehicle struck and ran over traffic cones.
12-13 Mutual 6 8:50 a.m.
A vehicle parked on Oakmont Road near Building 52 was struck by another vehicle, a hit-and-run.
12-17 Mutual 1 10:15 a.m.
A vehicle pulled out of a carport and exited the driveway without stopping at the stop sign, hitting a vehicle traveling on St. Andrews Drive.
12-18 Golden Rain Road 2:20 p.m.
A vehicle struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk at Golden Rain Road and Cedar Crest Lane. Police responded.
12-19 St. Andrews Drive 3:26 p.m.
A bicyclist was clipped when a vehicle made a left turn onto St. Andrews Drive. There were no injuries. Police responded.
12-20 Mutual 1 10:25 a.m.
While backing up due to a fire truck blocking the road, a patrol vehicle was struck by a car backing out of a carport space.
12-24 Mutual 1 12:30 p.m.
A vehicle was parked on St. Andrews Drive when it was struck by another car, a hit-and-run.
12-24 Mutual 7 2:45 p.m.
When leaving a parking place a vehicle backed into a parked car.
12-25 Mutual 2 5:45 p.m.
A vehicle parked in a carport space was hit by another car, a hit- and-run.
12-26 Interlachen Road 10:11 a.m.
A vehicle turning left at Interlachen Road, struck another vehicle traveling south on St. Andrews Drive. Police responded.
12-26 LW Shopping Center 2:15 p.m.
A parked vehicle backed into a Leisure World bus traveling north behind the vehicle.
12-27 Amphitheater 2:40 p.m.
A vehicle struck a brick wall in the parking lot, causing substantial damage. The handicap parking sign was bent to the ground.
12-27 Mutual 1 9 p.m.
A Member was found lying in the crosswalk at Golden Rain Road and Annandale Drive. She said she was struck by a vehicle. Police responded. This was a hit and run.
12-30 Clubhouse 6 2:45 p.m.
A scooter entering at the west entrance struck the wall at the base. An 8x8-inch hole was made in the wall.
12-30 North Gate 10:35 a.m.
A vehicle exiting at the gate scraped the remote exit gate.
12-31 Mutual 7 3:35 p.m.
A scooter struck a walkway light pole, bending it.
12-31 Main Gate 6:47 p.m.
A vehicle entering the Main Gate struck the vehicle in front of it