The Coin Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Nancy Larevy will give a talk on “Love Tokens.” Everyone is welcome to attend.

First-time time guests and new members receive an uncirculated U.S. coin as a gift from the club. People may sign up or renew memberships at the back of the room. Dues are $5 for the year. There will be a program, a 50/50 drawing, a coin raffle, refreshments and a coin auction.

The 50/50 drawing is held after the refreshment break. Tickets are two for $1.

There is a coin raffle with prizes. Members can bring coins for an auction. The coin auction is an opportunity for members to sell extra coins from their collection and for members and guests to buy coins, often at bargain prices.

Membership dues are $5 for the year. The refreshment sign-up will be available at the meeting.

Members and Leisure World residents who have coins left over from their travels are encouraged to donate them to the club for distribution during its outreach program at Oak Middle School in April. The club sets up exhibits and coin collections as part of a program to foster an interest in coin collecting during National Coin Week.


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.


Love Says It All


When shadows fall upon my life on earth

These things I’ll know

That I have given life to two wonderful people

(Perhaps my greatest accomplishment.)

That life is good and bad but mostly what you make it.

I’ve known happiness—and sorrow.

I have regrets—too many.

But in my mind there’s this above all else

That I’ve known love.


When shadows fall upon my life on earth

These things I’ll know

That I have given love

And I’ve been loved.

That says it all.


by Deane Cox



The Astronomy Club will meet from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The program will include a DVD, “Saturn, the Mystery Planet of The Solar System.” There will also be a report on the best objects to view in the February sky.

As a special presentation, there will be information on the consequences of a 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. Leisure World needs to prepare for this disaster, which experts say is overdue.

All are welcome. There are no dues. Free coffee and snacks will be available. The club has loaner scopes.



“Return to Me,” rated PG, will be shown at 2 p.m., Feb. 2, in Clubhouse 4.

In this engaging tale, a Chicago architect donates his wife’s heart after she’s tragically killed in an accident. A year later, he falls in love with a plucky waitress, only to learn that she’s the woman who received the heart.

Some scenes and language may be offensive to some viewers.



The Social Dance Club with deejay Michel Bond will host a dance from 7-10 p.m., Feb. 14, in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Bring beverages and snacks for a night of dancing. There will be a 50/50 cash drawing. For more information, call Carol Bond, 296-8807.

All are welcome.



The Country Line Dance Club will host a dance from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, in Clubhouse 2. Everyone is invited to join deejay Michel Bond for a fun evening with the country gang.




Round and square dancing classes and parties are hosted by the Leisure Whirlers in Clubhouse 4 on the first Friday of the month from 6:30-9 p.m., in Clubhouse 4. Pre-rounds are at 6:30. A round dance class is held Thursday, from 1:15-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C.

People can learn how to round and square dance at classes and parties held around the L.A. area every day. This is a great way to meet people, have fun and get exercise.

Round dance classes cover ballroom dances such as the waltz, tango, foxtrot, two-step, rumba, cha-cha and many others. In class, learn the steps for each dance and then practice them them at parties. The cuer directs the dances steps. In round dancing, people dance in a large circle.

A beginning round dance class starts this week. Singles and couples are welcome. New beginner classes are held every Sunday from 6:45-8:15 p.m. An ongoing beginning class started in July and is held from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Sundays. Classes are held at 5946 Westminster Blvd., (Springdale and Westminster) in Westminster, next to the Goodwill Store. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.

The square dancing class covers the calls and steps. Then at parties, the caller tells people which steps to take next, with eight people dancing in each square. Square and round dances are alternated at parties. Both dances are called and cued in English all over the world. So wherever people travel, they can find a club to dance at and feel at home.

A beginning square dance class is starting on Monday, March 3, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman in Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome.

An ongoing beginning line dance class is held at the same place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Line dances are cued, and everyone dances in lines without a partner. In class, people are taught specific steps for each dance. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.



Everyone is invited to the Genealogy Workshop weekly discussion sessions, starting at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Genealogy Library located in Clubhouse 3, Room 10. The schedule is as follows:

•Feb. 5: Obtaining World War I military records, featuring the club’s two new information websites for military records and newspapers.

•Feb 12: World War II Military Records

•Feb. 19: Migration Patterns in the United States

The following committee chairs were filled at the club’s Jan. 22 meeting: Betty Alecock, audit; Sharon Simmons and Mary Ann Haugen, hospitality; Robert Pon, library; Paula Huber, membership; Steve Huber, email; Diane Mackel, phone calls; Doris Dragan, publicity. Thanks to all the volunteers.

The club meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the Genealogy Library; this is an open meeting.



On Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m.-noon, a fusion of glass class will be taught in the Clubhouse 4 lapidary room. The class will be on how to make jewelry using the fusion of glass technique.

This class is for beginner and advanced students, and is a good way to make something special for friends or love ones. The class limit is six people, so each student can have more time with the teacher.

The cost of the class is $10, which includes two large pieces or five small pieces of glass to be used. Come to the lapidary room and sign up so that there will be enough glass and supplies on hand.



The Stamp and Collectible Club, formerly the Leisure World Stamp Club, will meet at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The club changed its name to include people who like to collect and share other items besides stamps.

People who collect toys, dolls, china, knives, jewelry, Disney collectibles, books, etc., are invited to come and share them with others.

A member will display and talk about his cigar band collection at the Feb. 5 meeting.

There will always be stamps and postcards on display.

Stamps donations are welcome. Club members are also available to evaluate stamps. Call Tony Laspada, 493-9818, for information on evaluations or general club information.



The Coin Club will host bingo games at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 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, $1. The prize is split with one half to the winner and the other half, to the club. There will be two games with special prizes.



It’s a birthday party at the Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group, and everyone is invited Feb. 2 in Clubhouse 4. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m.; dinner, 5:30, with dancing afterward.

The Velvetones, under the direction of Carl Hathaway, will play dance music.

Dinner is $10, but people are invited to come and watch. Everyone must make reservations. RSVP to Shirlene Chavez, 596-2669, or Marge Archibald, 598-4056, by Friday afternoon.

On Jan. 19, Bill Frambach installed officers of the governing board for 2014. They are Kitty Miranda, recording secretary; Donna O’Keefe, financial secretary; Shirlene Chavez, second vice president; Joseph Chavez, first vice president; and Marge Archibald, president.



The Community Sing will open with Amateur Time at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3. Prospective amateurs need to sign in at 6 with two copies of sheet music, prepared to perform for three minutes only. At 7, group singing led by Ellen Brannigan will begin. At 7:15 she will introduce Luz Contreras and Larry Portugal as her half-time guests.

On Jan. 20, Ethel Carter sang “Can’t Smile Without You” to open Amateur Time. Mark Barnett and guitar followed with “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Margie St. Clair played “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” as a piano solo. Shalla Callahan did “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” a capella, in memory of Bob Smallwood. Ellen Brannigan did “On Top of Old Smokey” with improvised lyrics. Peter Innerbickler sang “As You Desire,” and Byong Choi closed the segment with “Serenade.” Accompanists were Pat Kogok, Carol Robinson and Barbara McIlhaney.

Lewis led a full house of Leisure World singers through his first selection of oldtime favorites with much enthusiasm. Then, he brought out Chuck and Diane Burnett, who entertained with singing and dialogue from “H.M.S. Pinafore” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” which brought the house down with laughter and applause.

Felicia Ward welcomed the first-timers by leading everyone in “How Do You Do New Friends,” and Lewis followed with more favorite songs.

Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Barbara McIlhaney, pianist; and Felicia Ward, emcee.

Everyone is welcome to come out on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. to join other Leisure Worlders in a happy songfest.



The Radio Club will meet Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All are welcome. There will be a speaker.

The club invites CERT-trained people to join the group. Participants don’t have to be HAM operators to join. Members can use a Family Radio Service radio, which doesn’t require a license. The radio club plans to have CERT members radio in during a disaster and keep the radio club informed. This will take training, so those interested in helping in the event of a disaster are especially welcome to join the club.

Come to the meeting to become a radio communicator.



The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

The Jim Gilman Band will play Feb. 1.



Hui O Hula meets three times a week, upstairs in Clubhouse 6.  The classes range from intense study to just following the instructor for a session of swaying to tropical music. Call 252-9676 or email for information.

Hula is storytelling through dance. Learning to tell the story can invigorate the mind and body. Many dancers love to perform, but some just like the Hawaiian dance and its culture. 

The beginner can dive in and start learning Thursday at 10 a.m. or just put a toe in the water with the free Cool Hula session, which is just following the instructor and swaying along. The free class is offered every Monday morning at 11:15.

Today the Hui dancers will entertain at Alamitos West at noon; and tomorrow at the Seal Beach Country Villa at 2:30.

Dancers are also looking forward to putting on a Valentine’s Day show for Quaker Gardens and the Long Beach Senior Center next week.



Thanks to club founder Paul Salay, who started Leisure World Karaoke so many years ago, people get to sing their hearts every Wednesday night from 5:30-10 in Clubhouse 1. Some used to sing only in the shower or in the car – now they are entertainers, trying a variety of tunes for an appreciative audience.

There was a good crowd last week. Audrey McKenzie did a lively “Tammy.” Rick Hering sounded good doing “He’ll Have To Go.” Donna Hughes likes to do peppy tunes and chose “Mountain Of Love.” Joe Sabroso’s “Siboney” was appreciated. “Am I Blue?” was Bobbye Trent’s nice selection. Ellen Brannigan had people singing along with “On Top of Old Smokey.” Pat Kogak did well with “L-O-V-E,” followed by Byong Choi’s, “Unchained Melody”; Flo Godbold’s, “Always”; and Carmen Edwards, “This Is My Song,” just a few of the 32 minstrals performing.

Thanks to those who paid their $5 dues for the year. Practice song selections each Tuesday afternoon in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 with Bob Slater. All are welcome to the Karaoke party; bring favorite snacks and beverages, and come enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment.



Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In February, she will teach hustle from 9-10 and the salsa from 10-11.

Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.



Everyone is invited to attend Dancers & Mixers dance Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

The theme for the event will be Valentine’s Day. Bring your sweetheart for a relaxing evening of dancing. Linda Herman will provide live music.

Caremore Healthcare Group will sponsor the event, providing snacks; 50/50 tickets will be sold. Annual dues of $5 are now payable. Partners are not needed.

A variety of music, including a mixer and several line dances, will be played.

January’s dance celebrated the new year with 51 in attendance.

Caremore Healthcare Group provided snacks and an opportunity for people to get healthcare questions answered.

Caremore has a table set up where people can talk.

The 50/50 tickets were won by Howard Waldo, Donna O’Keefe and Lucy Dixon.

A big thank you to the decorating committee of Dave and Marian Lufitz, John Hayes, Marion Beattie and Linda Herman. Thank you to John Hlavac and Dave Lufitz for being greeters at the door and making sure everyone signed in.

Volunteers are always needed.

The Dancers and Mixers Club is a group of people who enjoy a night out dancing and socializing. Bring favorite beverages and join in the fun.

For more information, contact Linda Herman, 431 1257.



The Theater Club will have its bi-monthly potluck social on Thursday, Feb. 6, in Clubhouse 4 at 5 p.m.

Members whose last names begin with A-G are asked to bring a salad or side dish; H-P, a main dish; and R-Z, a dessert.

Hosts for this event are Joe and Oralia Osuna, Donna O’Keefe, David Noble, Julia Nicholson, Diana Neal, Marian Newman and Kathy Paradis. Hosts are asked to be in Clubhouse 4 at 4 p.m. to help set up the table settings, wrap cutlery, set out plates, set up the bar and help arriving members to place their potluck dishes on the proper tables.

At the end of the evening, hosts should stay for clean up. Bill Kuss is working alone and hosts will be expected to help him until he gets volunteer helpers.

The 15th annual Country-Western fund raiser will be held Saturday, April 5, in Clubhouse 2.

Terry Otte and Abilene will provide dance music.



by Joe Osuna

LW contributor


The Video Producers Club has new programs scheduled for February on the local Time Warner Cable SBTV-3 at Channel 15.102 and Verizon Cable Channel 37.

The club members are certified video producers, who create local programming for SBTV-Channel 3, Seal Beach’s community television station.

Copies of club programs are available for $15 per DVD from Station Manager Robin Fort-Lincke, who can be reached at or 696-1404.

Club Internet information is available at

The following is the list of new programs in February:

•Karaoke Holiday Party

Walt Bier and Margie Thompson are the music techs for this one hour of singing entertainment by residents. Highlights include Tommy Williams and Tina Schaffer singing solos. Joe Osuna is the video producer.

•8th Annual Hui O Hula Holiday Party

Hula dancing, a Hawaiian band playing live music, a Michael Jackson impersonator, vaudville-type stage shows and singing are featured in this one hour show. Camera operators are Joe and Oralia Osuna. Joe is the video producer.

•Barbershop Singing Club

The Barbershop Singing Club harmonizes and sings a capella at the RV Club holiday party. Joe Osuna is the video producer of the half-hour program.

•Baltimore Radio Show (Jan. 2)

Radio host Marcia Baltimore interviews guests Mark Barnett and Susan Otsuki. Mark talks about the Open Forum club, and Susan about her book “Kitchenless Cooking.” This half-hour program features the Internet radio show. Video producer is Joe Osuna.

•League of Women Voters (Jan. 9)

Janeice McConnel, action chair, League of Women Voters, discusses the League accomplishments with radio host Marcia Baltimore on Silver Moments. This is a 44 minute radio show from Video Producer Joe Osuna.

•Little Flower Guild

It’s Christmas 2013. The Leisure World Theater Club Dancers perform for the Little Flower Guild dancing, singing and the Hula right from Hawaii. Terry Humphrey, Donna O’Keefe, Sandy Siemans, Meg Smith and Patty Carole danced to “Singing in the Rain,” “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Route 66,” all choreographed by Louise Guest. Terry Humphrey sang “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” and “Sweet Baby Jesus Boy.” Donna O’Keefe danced to that traditional Hawaiian Christmas hula, “Mele Kalekimaka.” Barbara McIlhaney was the pianist.

Joseph Chavez was the video camera operator. Paul Bassett and Lynn R. Heath the video editors. Video Producer of the 23-minute program are Lynn R. Heath and Paul Bassett.

•Inside Leisure World

Bonnie Z. Cooper is the host of this 30-minute program featuring guests Anna Derby, president of the Sunshine Club and Kuniko Okamoto, who talked about her language/speech therapy class available to residents.

George Washington

A one-minute, 30 second,video by Joseph Valentinetti.



The Dance Club will have a beginning/intermediate class 6 p.m., Friday, covering waltz, rumba and fox trot at slow and medium speeds.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the West Coast Swing class will start off with a warm up covering basic footwork, agility and dance dexterity in a line dance format. The short warm-up routines are fun and allow people to practice without having to worry about a partner for a while. Following the warm-up, people will dance with partners to West Coast Swing syncopations.

Dance Classes are in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Singles and couples are welcome. Partners are not required; $5 a class per person. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has taught dancing for over 20 years.

For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.



The Science Discussion Club presents various topics in science at meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, from 2-3:15 p.m. The next meeting is Feb. 13. The topic is the history of science in the Western World. It will begin examining the history and developments of the Scientific Revolution, focusing on the work of Copernicus, Descartes, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Emphasis will be placed on how this history and science is still vital today.

All are welcome. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.