Wa-Rite Club


A woman writing in a newspaer described standing in the produce section of the grocery store unable to decide if she should buy kale or spinach.

The golden years seem to add stress with questions about how to attain the perfect weight and do it in a perfect way.

Members of the Wa-Rite Club often remember being slim, agile, able to climb, hike, etc. They want that back.

Are members causing themselves such stress that it is unhealthy? Educators say it’s not the stress that’s bad; its how people react to the problems that can cause it.

Members lost 25 pounds last week. The new contest is now under way.

Judy Chambers presented a program about hormonal issues and how to measure foods for calorie control and health.

Sharon Beran will present tomorrow’s program.

Janice Champion has joined the club.

Wa-Rite welcomes new members who are Leisure World residents and have at least 10 pounds to lose.

The annual membership fee is $10 and there are penalties for gaining weight.

Ladies who want to join should come to Clubhouse 3, Room 1 by 8:30 a.m. on Fridays. Meetings start at 9 a.m.

– Betty Scharf

Senior Meals


Community SeniorServ (CSS) offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, for coffee. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30. Arrive by 11 a.m. to register and find a seat. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. Karaoke music is scheduled Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079 between 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Call 439-3699, to schedule free bus pick-up.


The Los Alamitos senior lunch and bread program offers the same menu from 11:15-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Los Alamitos Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. Suggested donation: $3-$5 for seniors, $5 for people 59 or younger. For reservations, call 430-1073, ext. 526. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, March 3: Chicken salad sandwich on wheat bun, carrot and raisin salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, March 4: Cream of celery soup, pork loin and gravy, applesauce (two ounces), rice pilaf, grandma cookie, diet cookie, orange juice.

Wednesday, March 5: Beef sirloin tips over pasta, California-blend vegetables, brownies, fresh fruit.

Thursday, March 6: Farmers market soup, turkey noodle casserole, spinach salad with raspberry dressing, whole grain bread, purple plums.

Friday. March 7: Baked ham with apricot sauce,yams with marshmallows, broccoli, seasonal fresh fruit .


Companion Hospice


Companion Hospice in Downey is recruiting volunteers for a few hours a week to help patients living in Leisure World.

Volunteers provide needed companionship and can make a difference in someone’s end-of- life journey.

Training will be held in LW at volunteers’ convenience.

To volunteer, contact Rita Riggs at 944-2711.


Leisure World Exercise Classes


Vision Wellness

Beginning March 3 and every Monday thereafter, a vision wellness classes will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m., in the Clubhouse 1 Lobby.

Sandra Albear, an instructor from the Braille Institute, will help people understand the issues that those with impaired vision face at home or outside LW on a daily basis.

– Joan Shramek

Parkinson’s Support Group

The group will meet at 1:30 p.m., March 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The speaker will be Ann Diluzio, who recently attended the World Parkinson’s Congress in Montreal.

Her topic will be “Sharing the Experience” and will cover the most important messages from the conference.

For more information, call David Stokes at (202) 415-8364.

– David Stokes

Tai chi and Qigong

Classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 4, Room 3, right side.

At 9 a.m., instruction begins in tai chi, which helps with balance and has been taught in Leisure World since 1997.

Qigong, a general health exercise, starts at about 9:45, followed by an explanation of the moves until 10:30.

For more information, call Jerry Cohen, instructor, at 596-7528.

– Jerry Cohen

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Chih

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes meet Tuesdays from 9:15-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call Joann Mullens, 596-3936.

Walking Group

The group meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in front of the Amphitheater for a one-hour walk. The activity is not strenuous, but residents should check with their doctors if they have been recently ill.

Bad weather will cancel the walk. For more information, call 799-3841.

– Flo Dartt

Zumba Club

Zumba classes $3 each, are offered seven days a week. Saturday classes are at 11 a.m. Instructor is Stef Sullivan. Other classes: Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Mondays, 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.

All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 810-4266.

– Mary Romero

Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club

Thursday classes are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 9-10 a.m. except the fourth Thursday when the class will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, also at the same time.

Classes are taught by qigong practitioner Dave Heilig.

It’s a no-impact class with a focus on joint health, stress relief, pain reduction and wellness breathing techniques.

Non-impact movements can be performed in a standing or seated position.

For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.

– Catherine Millot

Upper Body Strength Class

One-hour classes are offered at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6. The fee is $4 per class, payable at the start of the month, or $5 a class for those who do not attend regularly.

For more information, call 493-0609.

Pilates Club

Improve balance, strength, and coordination with these no-impact, fun classes for men and women Thursdays in Clubhouse 6: chair class at 5:30 p.m. for beginners and mat class at 6:45 for people experienced in pilates or yoga.

Classes, $7 each, are taught by certified pilates instructors.

For more information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214.

Line Dance

Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1.

First-time beginners classes are scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs, and beginners to EZ level, 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Clubhouse 6, upstairs.

For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.


Leisure World Emergency Meals


Rudy Torres has been installed president of Leisure World Emergency Meals. Mr. Torres has been a LW resident for several years.

A thank you luncheon was held Feb. 15 at Malarkey’s Restaurant for volunteers who deliver hot meals five days a week to LW residents.

The service is available Monday- Friday, and drivers and hostesses are always needed.

The food is prepared at Los Alamitos Hospital and delivered between the hours of 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To help, call 430-9056.