Centenarian Project

Kate Pedigo keeps busy with many activities at 102

by Anna Derby and

Janice Laine   


One hundred two-year-old Kate Pedigo was giving a presentation to the Sunshine Club about the books she had written when a latecomer came in and settled in a chair close to her. He saw her books and started flipping noisily through the pages. He did not see Kate giving him the eye to stop.

Finally, she raised her voice so everyone in room heard “Would you quit what you’re doing.”

He finally stopped and looked at her. Then, in a loud voice she asked, “How old are you?”

He said “I’m 82.”

Then in a very firm but not scolding voice she said, “You’re still a kid, be quiet.”

 Kate is an amazing centenarian. She lives alone and has no help except for a cleaning lady who comes once a month. She keeps busy with a number of activities especially with her art work and with the Video Producers Club, where she learned to operate the big video editing machine – not an easy feat.

The books Kate has written are story-drawings of her life and the historic events she remembers. Kate didn’t start drawing until she was almost 60 years old. Once she started she became involved in various art associations holding executive positions in several of them. She’s especially proud of the Eagle Rock mural project she coordinated finishing five of the 4-foot by 8-foot paintings.

An ardent world traveler, Kate has visited every one of the 50 states, Europe, South America, Australia, and has made 18 trips to Alaska for fishing and camping.

Kate was born in Joliette, Ill., in 1911. The family moved to New Albany, Ind., when she was 6 years old. She finished three years of college studying chemistry before the depression forced her to leave college and find work.

On a vacation to Los Angeles, she met her husband, Tex, who took her out to dinner at the elegant Armstrong/Schroder restaurant in Beverly Hills, where Shirley Temple just happened to be dining that night.

Kate has lived in Leisure World for 20 years.


Nikkei Club

Come to social potluck Feb. 22

Members of the Nikkei Club of Leisure World will meet for a social on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“After a very successful ‘Oshogatsu’ potluck, the club will try another for this gathering,” says President Victor Kambe.

The telephone committee will contact members with information as to potluck suggestions. Potluck dishes should serve four-five people. Bring salads, desserts, appetizers, drinks or member “specialties.” The club will provide hot water and tea. Those who are unable to bring anything, should come any way and make a small donation.

Members will also teach games like Go, Hana, Hand/Foot, Blackjack and mahjong.

As usual, this is also a great time to catch up on news from old friends as well as meet the many new members who have joined the club this year.

—Victor Kambe


Photo-HAPPY BIRTHDAY— Lorita Perkins (seated) celebrated her 103rd birthday on Feb. 3 with her granddaughter, Jackie Love (clockwise from left), great-granddaughter Amber Hogate, daughter Pat Kogok, and great-great grandsons Landon and Benjamin Hogate. Lorita is a longtime resident of LW and a member of LW First Christain Church. Jackie and Pat are also LW residents.



New session of classes began Jan. 9

Korean American Classical Music Academy had its first class of the new session on Jan. 9.

The academy meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of the month in Clubhouse 4. Refreshments and snacks are served.

This year lunch will be provided to all members right after the class once every other month.

During the last two years, the group of classical music lovers and the members has grown to almost 40.

Professor Vicky Moon, sopronao from the Conservatoire in Italy has led the academy class with a pianist, Eun Kyung Kang.

Also Professor J.Y. Park organized groups to attend a few Long Beach Symphony Orchestra concerts.

More information, call Sung Sook Kim, (818) 687-2002, or email



Library supervisor is guest Feb. 21

Vanessa Morris, Leisure World Library operations supervisor, will be the guest speaker on at the Sunshine Club on Friday, Feb. 21. Vanessa will talk about services the library offers to shareholders and some of the changes that occurred in the last couple of years.

She hopes it will a give better understanding of the services, and helps shareholders utilize the library to enhance living in the community. The LW Library offers the comforts of a traditional library with the latest in technology.

Vanessa has worked at the library for four years and has been the operations supervisor for the past two years.

The library has undergone many changes in those two years. Her goal is to give the community a library to be proud of.

Anne Seifert and Bob Slater, members of GRF cafe sub-committee were the guest speakers at the Feb. 7 meeting. They talked about the “Downtown Cafe,” which will be housed in Clubhouse 5 this spring.

On Jan. 28, the GRF Board approved the Downtown Cafe. This small cafe will seat about 20 people indoors with additional seating in an adjacent patio. 

Bob and Anne, asked for suggestions on food and beverage items to be made available. The food and beverages will be purchased from vending machines. It is hoped that it will become a social hub where shareholders can meet friends or just sit with a cup of coffee. There are many choices for hot and cold food, including soups, sandwiches and salads.

Also they talked about the operation of the cafe and how often food items would be rotated. Optional menus were presented from draft menus to reflect choices of shareholders.

It was a fun and informative meeting.

The Sunshine Club meets every Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, from 10 a.m.-noon. It is an English speaking class; Shareholders from all ethnic backgrounds are welcome to attend. Membership is not required. Refreshments are provided.

—Anna Derby


Friendship Club

Computer/eBay classes taught

Computer classes conducted by the Friendship Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, are open to all Leisure Worlders and their guests.

A repeatable introduction to the personal computer (most versions) with Jeff Sacks will be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 25, from noon-1 p.m., followed by open computer questions about PCs and/or Macs from 1-2. Questions for the class can be submitted in advance by calling Jeff, (714) 642-0122.

Maxine Smith conducts a separate question-and-answer forum, Let’s Talk eBay, from 2-4 p.m. Participants do not need to attend the computer class to attend the eBay class. Max suggests bringing questions and if possible, an item to sell, or tell her something to buy. These forums have been more helpful than just focusing on beginners’ eBay. Many people come to her class for advice, etc.

Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops are welcome.

Refreshments will be served. The cost is $5 for the day. For information, call Jeff.



Pre-Valentine’s Day party is also send-off for Villanuevas

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) members and their guests celebrated a pre-Valentine’s Day party on Feb. 8 at Clubhouse 4.

The highly successful affair was also a send-off farewell to FALW President Ren Villanueva and his wife, Myrrha, who departed for the Philippines on a medical mission trip. They will distribute food and medical supplies to poor people in rural areas. Local doctors, who donate their time and expertise, will also conduct dental and medical checkups for free. The president reiterated that these charitable activities will be under the sponsorship of the FALW.

President Villanueva also emphasized that the party was dedicated to the many donors from Leisure World who helped the FALW to raise funds to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyin, which devastated the country. FALW appreciates and thanks them for their generosity.

Guests enjoyed the evening with sumptuous Filipino food, complete with roast pig, “lechon,” donated by Lilia Gaerlan, dancing and community singing



Monthly meeting is Feb. 25, 9 a.m.

The Multicultural Council meeting on Feb. 25 at 9 a.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 9, will be conducted by new executive board president, Ellen Brannigan. Last month Ellen gave all attendees homework, so there may be a test at the February meeting.

Black History Month insights gleaned from events, readings and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act will be welcomed at the meeting. The international Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, celebrating victories and defeats, have held people’s attention, and hopefully enlightened many in ways that can be shared.

President Brannigan will suggest more committees to aid efforts going forward. If the council wants activities it will have to actively plan and collaborate.

This is a regularly recurring gathering on the fourth Tuesday of each month.



Come learn about LW’s library

Chapter RT of the PEO Sisterhood will meet Monday, Feb. 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.  Come for coffee  at 10:30 a.m.; the business meeting is at 11, followed by the brown-bag lunch and program.

Vanessa Morris, Leisure World Library operations supervisor, will be the speaker. She will speak about the LW Library.

Shareholders are fortunate to have this resource in the community, as it is a treasure trove with books, reference, nonfiction, biographies, best sellers, and mysteries, and a media center with movies, TV series, documentaries, books on CD’s and Playaways. Want more? There are daily newspapers and magazines plus computers, a copy machine and a FAX machine. Come hear and learn more of what the library has to offer.

Bring a favorite book to loan, swap or exchange for the chapter’s mini book fair. To get books back, be sure names are in them.

—Eve Magnus


Chapter RT

PEO card party is Wednesday, noon

The next PEO, Chapter RT card party and luncheon will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Clubhouse 2 at noon, be seated by 11:45 a.m. 

Many games are played,  including Chinese checkers, Dominoes, Skip-Bo, rummy cubes, cribbage, Yatzee, Hand and Foot, bridge, canasta, pinochle, Shanghai Rummy, Scrabble, poker, Euchre, Pitch, Uno, Phase 10 and more. 

All Leisure Worlders are invited. PEO membership is not required. Gentlemen are welcome. Get a foursome together, ladies, gents, couples or mix and match. 

A catered lunch of deviled chicken, fruit salad, roll, eclair, coffee, tea and ice tea is $9. There is no additional charge for tax or tip.  It is an opportunity to meet new people and have fellowship with others. Round up three friends and join the fun.

There is room for about five more tables. Call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, to make a reservation for Feb. 26. 

Those who need to cancel a standing reservation must call Jan by tomorrow Friday, Feb. 21. Those who do not cancel a standing reservation will be held responsible for $36.





Members gathered to celebrate Tết, Year of Horse


by Cathie Merz

staff editor


The Vietnamese-American Club celebrated Tết, or Vietnamese New Year, with about 60 people on Feb. 7 in Clubhouse 3.

Those in attendance exchanged gifts, including lucky money in red envelopes, “li xi.” They enjoyed many Spring songs, delicious food, dancing, laughing and wishing everyone happiness and good health for the new year.

Many wore traditional dress, including Ellen Brannigan who wore an Ao Dai, the Vietnamese traditional dress. Grace Kim wore a traditional Korean dress.

Tết coincides with Lunar New Year, which is also known as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival in China; Japanese New Year in Japan; Korean New Year or Seollal (Seolnal) in Korea; Losar in Tibet, Tsagaan Sar in Mongol, Imlek in Indonesia and many other names in different countries.

Tết is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán, which means “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day.”

Tết celebrates the arrival of spring. It takes place in late January or early February, and lasts for at least three days.

Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods, including bánh chưng, bánh dày, dried young bamboo soup(canh măng), giò and sticky rice, and cleaning house.

Customs practiced during Tết, include visiting a person’s house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worshipping, giving New Year’s greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people and opening a shop.

Tết is also an occasion for pilgrimages and family reunions.

During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year.

Tết is considered the first day of spring and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

Lunar New Year 4712, Year of the Horse, began Jan. 31 and the celebrations around the world spanned 15 days from Jan. 31-Feb. 14.

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality.

Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands.

Photo-LUNAR NEW YEAR— Members of the Vietnamese-American Club and friends celebrated the Year of the Horse in Clubhouse 3 on Feb. 7. Many who attended wore traditional Asian clothing.