Open Forum Members of the Open Forum will continue conducting a series of lectures and discussions on China’s early history when the Open Forum meets at 10 a.m., March 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
For the next few meetings, the club will focus on the religions and philosophies of Confucianism and Taoism (Daoism) and their cultural and philosophical beliefs.
The series continues through 2014.
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 is no membership or dues. The Open Forum is a public service.
For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.

Children A Priority
Children-A-Priority (CAP) will meet Thursday, March 6, in Clubhouse 4. Guest speaker will be Randy Ankeny, executive director of the Golden Rain Foundation.
All shareholders are invited to attend the program.
The board meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by catered lunch at noon, then the program.
Call Dona Nickles, CAP president, at 431-0176 to make $9 lunch reservations by March 3.
CAP is an organization whose goal is to help children in Southern California with contributions from annual dues, and funds raised from the potato bake.
– Joan Shramek

Woman’s Club

by Ann Frambach
LW contributor

Using the theme “Wearing of the Green,” the Leisure World Woman’s Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., March 4, in Clubhouse 2. Ann Hause and Bobbye Trent will welcome guests at the door.   
Pat Kogok will entertain at the piano before the meeting, and Jan Kuhl will officiate.  
Bee Beckstrom will deliver an inspirational thought for the day.
Sally Fowler will decorate the tables in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
Laura Sporcich, philanthropy director, will introduce a representative from Food Finders. The organization collects food from grocers, restaurants and other sources to help food banks feed the impoverished. Laura will present a check from the club to aid Food Finders. 
Members are encouraged to bring canned or packaged goods to the meeting as donations to the group.
After the meeting, Anita Ragole will introduce Jacqi Bowe, who will entertain with a combination of Broadway show tunes, jazz, ballet and tap, comedy, and novelty ukulele tunes.
She earned a theater arts degree from UCLA and won the Carol Burnett comedy contest. 
Refreshments will be served after the entertainment.
The tea hostess will be Edith  Musgrove. Tea and coffee servers will be Sally Fowler, Joyce Craig and Eileen Dohl.
Members are encouraged to invite guests and wear green clothing to add to the festivities.
Sharon Foote will teach canasta to members who want to play at the club’s card parties.  Call her at 431-7634 for more information.

GAF Tax Program

The Golden Age Foundation income tax program has begun and will continue until April 10.
Volunteers will be working Monday-Friday in the morning only. Appointments are required.
Residents should call 596-1987 and leave their names and telephone numbers on the GAF answering machine. A volunteer will return calls to schedule appointments.
Residents must bring their Social Security cards and Leisure World IDs to their appointments.
Only Leisure World residents can qualify for the program, and must 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 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 should prepare a list of all medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, interest, etc.
Shareholders should 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 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.
It will take about one hour for the review of records and preparation.
An alternate free tax preparation service is also provided by AARP on Mondays through April 14 in the community room adjacent to Fire Station 48 at 3131 North Gate Road.
Call 431-2527, ext. 1344, for appointments.

Phil-Am Club


Led by club president Joseph Chavez, the Phil-Am Social Club held its 14th annual Valentine party Feb. 15 in Clubhouse 3.
Rolled into one big successful event was a delicious dinner, the coronation of the club’s Miss Valentine, Ching Salaud, with Pete Tupas as her escort, and a Hawaiian dance by Benny Dela Cruz in honor of Ms. Salud.
Other highlights included the hilarious “Prize is Right” game, led by Ophelia Sanchez, ballroom and line dancing and impressive karaoke singing that was provided by DJ Max Cadabona.
– Maria Steger

Senior Patriots

Well-known political activist John Goodman will be guest speaker when Senior Patriots for Peace meets at 1 p.m., March 14, in Clubhouse 4.
He will make a presentation titled “The Plutocrats Are Trying To Steal Our Democracy; Here’s What You Can Do To Stop Them.” Mr. Goodman will discuss the power and influence of big money and corporations on the government and how ordinary citizens can fight back. A question-and-answer period will follow.
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Space is still available for Dr. Don Schwartz’ four-week April lecture series on “The History Of U.S. Policy In The Middle East.” The lecture dates are April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
To reserve seating, send a check for the $30 registration fee, payable to Dr. Don Schwartz, to Nancy Goldstein, 13391 Danbury Lane, No. 131-J, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.
All Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend these events.
Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace at home and throughout the world. Its goal is elimination of the threat of violence and war. To that end, the club focuses on issues of world peace, social justice and the environment.
For further information on the events and the organization, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Mary Larson at 296-8521.
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Fracking update: There was a great turnout for the recent February showing of the documentary “Gasland.” Here are a few of the websites recommended by guest speaker Sherri Davison:
• A comprehensive, non-partisan and researched based site with great information: http://thenextgeneration.org/blog/post/monterey-shale-series-distracted-by-fracking
• Oil spill in Fullerton oil wells being fracked: http://media.wix.com/ugd/50dca9_84b6780e3add483f92376eab533c7528.pdf
• Research on earthquakes associated with fracking: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/12/04/1273461/shale-shocked-studies-rise-significant-earthquakes-wastewater-injection
• This article details the heavy investment the government made to develop breakthrough technologies: http://thebreakthrough.org/archive/shale_gas_fracking_history_and

American Legion Auxiliary


by Sandy Esslinger
LW contributor

The ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary are selling tickets for the annual fashion show on Saturday, March 22, at noon in Clubhouse 2.
The cost is $25 per person. Carol’s in Seal Beach is providing the fashions and some of her clothing will be available for purchase at the show. It’s a great time to get that new Easter outfit.
Lunch will be served at noon, followed by the fashion show. For tickets or reservations, call Eloise Knoll at 533-0773 or Juanita Townsend at 431-4026.
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The ladies are also selling Carl’s Jr. coupon books for $5. They are good to have on hand as emergency gifts. To purchase them, call Sandy Esslinger at 430-2891. Proceeds will benefit local veterans.
Food donations are also needed. The Auxiliary is providing needed food to the veterans at Golden West College and the Piers Center at the VA hospital in Long Beach.
The food must have current expiration dates. The veterans like cups of soups, and individual cans of meals such as stews and chili, and hot sauces.
To donate food, call Sandy Esslinger at 430-2891.
The Auxiliary is also seeking new members.
Veterans or wives, widows, children or grandchilden of a vets are eligible to join.
Call Sue Kaminski at 431-4310 for more information.

Leisure World Statistics for January

The following is a partial list of the incident reports from last month as provided by the LW Gates and Patrol Dept.
January 2014
Paramedic responses, 137; CARE responses, 95; Seal Beach Police Dept. responses, 80; miscellaneous resident services, 1,443; decals issued, 389; Social Service incidents/ lost residents 7; lockouts, 66; traffic accidents 13; pet citations, 8; traffic citations issued, 184; incoming vehicles screened at LW gates, 248,092.
Fire

1-18 Mutual 15 2:01 p.m.
Two eggs were left cooking on a stovetop, which activated the fire alarm.
Theft
1-2 Mutual 14 1:50 p.m.
A member reported jewelry was missing from a drawer in the bedroom. Nothing else was taken
1-3 Clubhouse 3 10:30 a.m.
A member of a club reported coffee stored in a locked cabinet in Clubhouse 3 was taken.
1-7 Mutual 7 7:54 p.m.
An unlocked, blue, women’s Huffy bicycle with whitewall tires was taken from a carport space.
1-12 Mutual 2 4:40 a.m.
One box of Sunday newspapers for delivery was taken from a carport.
1-14 Mutual 1 5 p.m.
An Acura metal logo was taken off the trunk of a vehicle parked in a carport space.
1-16 Mutual 1 1:34 p.m.
An unlocked, royal blue, Schwinn Meridian tricycle was taken from a carport.
1-30 Mutual 12 7:12 p.m.
A blue, Schwinn tricycle with rusted back fenders was taken from a carport space.
Vandalism
1-29 1.8 Acres 1:40 p.m.
In a garden plot, a white, glass angel was broken, and wooden stakes were moved.
Traffic
1-7 Main Gate 3:35 p.m.
A delivery truck ran over the traffic barricades and drove away. Police responded.
1-15 Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
A vehicle, with a trailer struck the front end of a vehicle parked in the parking lot.
1-15 Administration 2 p.m.
A vehicle backing out of a parking space struck a car traveling behind it.
1-20 Clubhouse 4 6:45 p.m.
A vehicle backing out of a parking space struck a vehicle parked in the parking space behind it.
1-20 Mutual 2 12:20 p.m.
The driver of a vehicle hit the gas pedal, causing the vehicle to accelerate into the carport wall.
1-21 Mutual 9 6:45 p.m.
A vehicle was stopped in a traffic lane for a passenger pick-up when an electric cart ran into the back of the vehicle.
1-22 Northwood Road 12:30 p.m.
A vehicle attempting to parallel park on Northwood Road struck a car parked on the street.
1-23 Health Care Center 3:10 p.m.
While backing out of a parking space, a vehicle struck a parked car.
1-27 Mutual 14 4 p.m.
A vehicle that was parked on Sunningdale Road was struck by another car, a hit-and-run.
1-28 Mutual 7 7:45 p.m.
A vehicle parked on St. Andrews Drive was struck by another car, a hit-and-run.
1-29 GR Road/St. Andrews Drive 10:15 a.m.
While preparing to stop at the intersection, a vehicle hit and broke the mirror of the car in an adjacent lane.
1-29 Mutual 8 6 p.m.
A vehicle struck a car parked on St. Andrews Drive. The driver drove off, parked and ran away from the vehicle. Police responded and arrested the driver.
1-31 Clubhouse 6 7:45 p.m.
A vehicle was cutting through the parking lot spaces, and struck a vehicle in the traffic lane.
Incidents

1-2 Mutual 1 12:41 p.m.
A member was reported to be singing and play music loudly for extended periods of time throughout the day.
1-2 Mutual 3 1:04 p.m.
A family member was staying in an apartment while the member was out of town.
1-2 Main Gate 5:40 p.m.
A visitor was acting erratically and ran through the gate without clearance. Police responded and interviewed the man. He later left on a bus.
1-4 Mutual 14 1:30 p.m.
Gates and Patrol assisted mutual directors with a member who was upset while they were measuring patios for a mutual project.
1-4 Mutual 8 11:15 a.m.
Gates and Patrol assisted a member regarding a family member who is not allowed into Leisure World.
1-4 Mutual 6 6 p.m.
A driver was observed speeding on Golden Rain Road. When stopped, he refused to show any identification and was rude to the officer.
1-5 Mutual 7 5:28 p.m.
A member was found confused and sitting on a patio waiting for a ride.
1-6 Mutual 10 2:25 p.m.
A Member was sitting on a bench with an unleashed dog. The dog chased another member who was on a scooter and bit him. Animal Control was notified.
1-7 Mutual 2 7:59 p.m.
A Member requested Gates and Patrol check his apartment to see if someone was staying there while he was out of town.
1-8 Mutual 1 9:50 a.m.
A member’s daughter was in the apartment while the member was out of town, and had a large dog with her. An officer explained the pet rules and she said she would leave. A pet citation was issued.
1-8 Mutual 4 4 p.m.
A director reported a contractor truck parked in the red zone. The contractor said he worked for the Physical Properties doing escrow repairs.
1-11 Mutual 14 12:36 p.m.
A member blocked sidewalk access to another member who was walking in front of his apartment. Police responded.
1-12 Mutual 12 1:50 p.m.
A member reported being harassed by another member, an on-going problem.
1-12 Main Gate 3:15 p.m.
A Member stopped his vehicle in the middle of the intersection blocking traffic. He refused to move it as he was waiting for a visitor. After a few minutes of discussion with officers he parked on the street.
1-13 Mutual 14 6:55 p.m.
A member reported a man came to her apartment requesting information on a previous service he said she provided. She did not know him.
1-14 Mutual 1 11:25 a.m.
A couple was fighting and arguing loudly in an apartment. Police responded.
1-14 Mutual 2 3:40 p.m.
While on a call, an officer identified a potential safety hazard at an apartment. The safety coordinator was notified.
1-15 Mutual 1 9:08 a.m.
Two members reported receiving a letter about parking from another member. An officer counseled the members on the parking rules.
1-15 Mutual 1 3:20 p.m.
A member was walking another member’s dog and left it unattended. It bit a mailman who walked by and Animal Control was contacted.
1-15 Mutual 2 3:58 p.m.
A man called a member and left a disturbing message. Police responded.
1-15 Mutual 9 4:16 p.m.
A member reported her walker was missing.
1-15 Mutual 1 5:10 p.m.
A woman who claimed to be from an outside survey company came to a member’s apartment to complete paperwork for a surveying company. The member did not know why she was there.
1-16 Mutual 7 8:45 p.m.
A member hired a carpet cleaning company who wanted to charge more than the initial estimate. She sent them away but they threatened to use a collection agency to collect the fee.
1-16- Mutual 5 2:25 p.m.
A member wanted a caregiver to leave the apartment. Police, social services and paramedics responded. The member was taken to the hospital.
1-17 LWSC 9:46 a.m.
A member observed a vehicle hit a parked vehicle in the shopping center. The member followed the vehicle to the Health Care Center parking lot. The driver was later identified.
1-17 Mutual 1 8:25 p.m.
Two members were reported fighting and yelling loudly. Police responded and one of the members left with a family member.
1-18 Mutual 4 8:24 p.m.
A postal carrier was approaching an apartment when a member opened the door and a dog lunged at him. He had previously reported the dog, who was not registered, as aggressive.
1-20 Mutual 14 6:20 p.m.
A member requested assistance with her son who had been abusive. Police responded and escorted him from Leisure World.