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. First-time time guests and new members each 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.
Members can bring coins for the auction.
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.

Everyone is invited to the Genealogy Workshop weekly discussion sessions at 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
•Feb 12: World War II Military Records
•Feb. 19: Migration Patterns in the United States
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.

“The Princess Diaries,” rated G, will be shown at 2 p.m., Feb. 9, in Clubhouse 4.
The life of gawky Mia Thermopolis changes drastically after learning she’s the heir to a European principality’s throne. But as her royal grandmother schools Mia on conducting herself with gracious disdain, she ends up at odds with her best friend.

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.

Leisure World has a new ballet class sponsored by The Company. It meets on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, second floor, in front of the ballet mirrors. The first class, held Jan. 25, was well attended.
The class is $3 each; the first class is free.
Mel Lockett, who will be traveling from La Palma, is teaching the class. He started dancing when he was 10 years old. He studied Russian and Royal Ballet with the Laguna Beach Ballet Company and Orange County Ballet Company plus Jazz with the Steve Peck Jazz Studio. He also taught at his own school, the Lockett Dance School. Mel is looking forward to teaching again after taking time off to study music and electronics.
The students have purchased an instruction video for the class. Donations of one or two dollars will be accepted until it is paid off.
The class is open to men and women. Wear comfortable clothing. Stretch from head to toe and have fun at the same time.
For more information, contact Diana Winkler, 493-0139, or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or

The Seal Beach Speech Bums, Toastmaster Club No. 4842, meets from noon-1 p.m., Thursdays, at US Bank, 13900-A Seal Beach Blvd. For more information, visit or

The Dance Club will meet to learn dance figures in slow and medium speed for the waltz, rumba, and fox trot Friday at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C.
At 7 p.m., the West Coast Swing (WCS) class will warm up with basic footwork, agility and dance dexterity in a line dance format. The short warm-up routines are fun and allow people to practice without partners. Following the warm-up routines, the group will return to a dance partner format and learn WCS syncopations.
Singles and couples are welcome. Partners are not needed; cost: $5 a class per person. Jeremy Pierson is an experienced teacher who has taught dancing for over 20 years.
For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.

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.

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.

(A view of luck inspired by walking on the beach)

Let Us Courage
As we go forth in life
With God to be our guide,
In good times and in strife.

The rhythm of our lives
Keeps flowing without cease,
Turning us toward God
For everlasting peace.
—Ruth Ann Crandall

The Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group invites people everywhere to its annual Sweethearts Ball featuring the big band music of the Goldentones on Feb. 16 in Clubhouse 4. A social hour with hors d’ oeuvres starts at 5 p.m., dinner is at 5:30. Cost for dinner is $10. People who only want to dance may arrive at 7 p.m.
Dance to the big band music of the Goldentones at 6. In honor of Valentine’s Day, the band will play love songs and golden oldies. Carol Robinson will emcee the evening.
The Goldentones Band is comprised of 10 talented musicians, including vocalists Anita Ragole, Terry Humphrey and Carmen Edwards. For reservations, call 598-4056 or 430-2531.
The 2014 officers are Marge Archibald, president; Joseph Chavez, first vice president; Chuck Burnett, second vice president; Shirlene Chavez, treasurer; Kitty Miranda, recording secretary, and Donna O’Keefe, financial secretary.

The Leisure World Community Sing meets at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 10, in Clubhouse 1.
Participants need to sign in at 6 with the emcee, with two copies of their own sheet music, prepared to perform for three minutes.
Carmen Edwards will lead group singing until half-time. Then she will introduce popular soloist Betty Ballen as her guest.
On Jan. 27, Jean McPharlin opened with a selection from “Phantom of the Opera” as a piano solo. Mark Barnett on guitar sang “As the Deer,” followed by Shalla Callahan, “Scarlet Ribbons”; Carmen Edwards, accompanied by Margie St. Clair, “Love Me With All Your Heart” in English and Spanish; Byong Choi, “Moonlight on the River Colorado”; Peter Innerbickler, “My Heart Tells Me,” both accompanied by Carol Robinson; Jerry Tester, “He”; and Anita Ragole, “O, Dear Father” an aria from a Puccini opera; both were accompanied by Pat Kogok.
Ethel Carter led an enthusiastic group of Leisure World songsters through a well-chosen selection of songs until she brought out Sam Calderone as her guest.
Sam played ukulele and sang “Kansas City,” “Shine,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and, with audience participation, “Put Your Hand in the Hand.” The audience gave loud applause in appreciation.
Felicia Ward greeted first-timers by leading “How Do You Do New Friends,” then Ethel wrapped up group singing.
The musical evening closed as everyone joined in on “Kum ba Yah” with Lewis and Felicia. Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Pat Kogok, pianist; and Felicia Ward, emcee.

The Leisure World Theater Club met Jan. 24 with 36 people in attendance. Among the highlights was a moment of remembrance for the late Bob Smallwood, a longtime member.
An actor’s workshop will be held at 4:15 p.m. in the loft at the Amphitheater on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Steve Howard, a working actor, will lead the workshops.
The club will host a country-western fund raiher April 5 in Clubhouse 2.

The Social Dance Club 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 Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Linda Herman will play Feb. 8.

A huge crowd packed the room to honor singing cowboy Bob Smallwood as over 50 singers belted out country tunes. Betty Ballen, Bob’s special friend, and his family joined the group for this special evening. As host Walt Bier said “Singing is a wonderful thing. It’s good for our health and we make new friends.
Paul Salay, many years ago, started Karaoke Night, and Bob and Betty’s friendship was cemented with these singing sessions. Most of us got acquainted with Bob while listening to him sing those western songs that he did so well.”
The group enjoyed sub sandwiches provided by the Filipino Club as well as its choir singing “How Great Thou Art.”
Lots of other good food and lively conversation was shared. Tommy Williams and helpers had the clubhouse lit up with beautiful decorations to set the party mood.
People heard songs made famous by great country singers such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and Eddie Arnold. Some singers looked like cowboys, wearing Stetson hats, fancy belts, vests and boots. It was a fun and special night
All are welcome to come back next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1 for more singing and a good time.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE—Dancers join hands to enjoy moving and dancing to world music. On Feb. 21, the club will host a group of Greek dancers. The performance is free, and everyone is invited to watch the dancing and listen to Greek music. The club meets in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 every Friday morning at 10:30.

“Let’s Misbehave,” California premiere of a review of the works of Cole Porter, music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Karin Bowersock; now playing at the International City Theatre, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, through Feb. 16, 436-4610,; ticket prices: $42-$52; running time: two hours.

by Larry Blake
LW contributor

The Golden Age of the American Musical is generally considered a 39-year period from 1927-1966. It was during those years that the American musical matured and became the entertainment loved by many. Its popularity was buoyed by the songs that came out of those musicals. During that 39 years America produced many talented composers and lyricists. One of the best was Cole Porter, whose work is celebrated in the musical/review “Let’s Misbehave,” now being presented in a fun production at International City Theatre (ICT).
The story line is simple. It is the mid-1930s. We are in the beautiful penthouse apartment of Dorothy (Lindsey Allen). A party has just ended. Dorothy is joined by her two best friends, Walter (Marc Ginsburg) and Alice (Jennifer Shelton).
All three are single. None of them has yet to enter into any serious relationship. They are a man and ladies who go about town, making fun of others and being cynical about life.
They sing and laugh through the night, dawn rising in Act Two. But before dawn they agree on a bet that they all have to be in some kind of relationship by the summer. Reluctantly, all agree.
Before the morning is over, Alice and Walter connect, and the romance we’ve seen brewing blossoms, much to Dorothy’s objection. The quarrel between them is patched, and the evening ends with more singing of great Cole Porter songs.
It is the singing of Cole Porter songs that make this an evening worth seeing and hearing. Porter was a master at the witty phrase and clever rhyme. His songs are a pleasure to sing.
The emphasis here is on the Porter ballads. All three performers have several opportunities to scorch the stage with versions of some of Porter’s finest works. Alley ignites the stage in “In the Still of the Night.” Shelton gets to show her superior singing skills in “Easy to Love” and “I Happen to Like New York.” And Ginsburg does more than justice with his versions of “Begin the Beguine” and the difficult “Night and Day.” For the singing alone this review is worth attending.
But the evening is not all about torch ballads. A good balance is provided with some witty comedy songs that were a Porter specialty. We hear fun versions of “The Physician” by Shelton, “Never Never Be an Artist” by Ginsburg, and Allen has people laughing out loud during “Find Me a Primitive Man.”
Sitting in the theater, I tried to remember the various revues I’ve seen that used the songs of Cole Porter. There have been over a dozen. This particular revue, with its thin story line but sophisticated wit, owes a lot to “Putting It Together,” which strung Stephen Sondheim songs with a thin story line.
The songs of Cole Porter are such a delight to the ear that they are always welcome in a theater. Some of them have lost the popularity they had in the 1930s, but it’s hard to resist moving one’s foot to the rhythms of the song “Anything Goes.”
On exiting the theater, I heard several patrons use the word fun to describe the evening.
And that’s what “Let’s Misbehave” is, a lot of fun.

The Leisure World Garden Club is proud to welcome guest speaker Tim Estes, president of Fiesta Parade Floats, at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, in Clubhouse 2.
Fiesta Parade Floats is a well-known name in the parade float building industry.
With over 50 years of experience in building floats, Tim has assembled an extremely qualified and talented team in all areas of design, construction, engineering, animation, sculpturing and decoration that has created an impressive record.
Under Tim’s leadership, Fiesta Parade Floats has won the most prizes in the Rose Parade for the last 26 years. That includes a record 21 Sweepstakes winners in a row for the best float.
Tim will talk about his 25-plus year career designing floats for the Rose Parade and parades all over the world.
The Garden Club is celebrating its “50 Years and Still Growing” anniversary and thanks the Leisure World community for its ongoing support of the club and its programs.
The February meeting will feature Golden Anniversary door prizes, a 50/50 raffle ticket table, and a plant-sales table.
Bring non-perishable food items or cash donations to support the We Care Family Support Center located in Los Alamitos.
At the close of the meeting Faye Summers and her staff will serve light refreshments.
All LW residents and their guests are welcome.

The Leisure World Computer Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Clubhouse 4. The meeting will focus on digital photography and scrapbooking.
Specific topics include:
•How to organize and store photographs by year and by name.
•Traditional scrapbooking with samples of Heritage albums, kids and grandkids books.
•Demonstration of two kinds of digital scrapbooking: Creative Memories Storybook Software and My Memories Software.
•Digital page printing using Photoshop Elements with samples.
There will be refreshments after the meeting and time to view samples and photo books after the presentation.
An array of security cameras were shown at the last January meeting for protection in LW.

The Long Beach Symphony welcomes Michael Berkowitz and The Copa Boys to the Long Beach Arena Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. The evening will feature the music of The Rat Pack: An era of martinis, tuxedos and the American standard. The concert also marks the Symphony’s annual “Port POPS!,” which celebrates the ports and the waterfront community.
Conceived and conducted by Michael Berkowitz, who is currently the Principal Pops Conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony, this show offers much more than a Rat Pack of tunes made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more.
The Copa Boys—Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella and Sonny Black—are singers from New York City whose voices have been breathing new life into this style. Armed with the exact notes and measures that accompanied the voices of the Rat Pack, the Copa Boys pay homage while creating a new experience. 
Long Beach Symphony’s POPS! concerts are indoor picnicking events where people gather to eat, drink and enjoy popular music.  Patrons may bring their own libations or purchase food and beverage from Arena concessionaires or local caterers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for dining; the concert begins at 8 p.m.  The POPS! season is sponsored by F&M Bank.
Arena seating starts at $21. To purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203, ext. 232, or visit the symphony website at
The POPS! season continues on March 15 when conductor Lloyd Butler celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Ronan Tynan, founding member of The Irish Tenors.

The Leisure World Computer Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Clubhouse 4. The meeting will focus on digital photography and scrapbooking.
Specific topics include:
•How to organize and store photographs by year and by name.
•Traditional scrapbooking with samples of Heritage albums, kids and grandkids books.
•Demonstration of two kinds of digital scrapbooking: Creative Memories Storybook Software and My Memories Software.
•Digital page printing using Photoshop Elements with samples.
There will be refreshments after the meeting and time to view samples and photo books after the presentation.
An array of security cameras were shown at the last January meeting for protection in LW.

The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes starting from Feb. 24-28 from 9-11:15 a.m.
Classes are held in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level.
People should sign up for classes at the lab weekdays from 1-3 p.m. or at the Computer Club meeting at 7 p.m., Feb. 11, in Clubhouse 4.
Class size is limited.
The following is the list of classes:
•Monday, Feb. 24, Windows 7
•Tuesday, Feb. 25, Windows 8
•Wednesday, Feb. 26, iPad
•Thursday, Feb. 27, Android tablets
•Friday, Feb, 28, Internet, Email
Coffee tea and snacks will be available during the break. Handouts will be provided.
Classes cost $5 each.
Arrangements can be made for people who want to work together on assignments by calling John Retterath, 544-2210.