DJ Bond hosted a successful Valentine’s party Feb. 14 and is looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a dance party March 14 from 6-10 p.m. in Cluhouse 4. Everyone is invited to make this a great St. Pat’s celebration. Invite family and friends to the event, which will feature DJ Bond singing and playing guitar and a 50/50 drawing. Bring favorite beverages and snacks.
Donations are accepted. For more information, call Carol Bond at 296-8807.
The Valentine’s party featured people dancing country, social and rock-and-roll dances, including the mambo, Italiano, the Hokey Pokey and many more. A special thank-you goes to Johanne Hanne for the beautiful Valentine’s decorations.

Alice Lemon will present her third annual murder mystery performed by the Producers Club at 7 p.m., March 8, and at 1 p.m., March 11, both in Clubhouse 4. The box office opens a half-hour before the show. Admission is $5 and includes five 50/50 tickets.
In the play, a group of seniors have gone on a road trip. While stopping for a night, the leader, Harry, drops dead. A detective, Sam Club (no relation to Sam Spade), thinks Harry’s been murdered and sets out to find who did it. It could have been Minnie, Harry’s young wife who wants his money. Or it could be Cornelia who’s not as innocent as she looks. It could even be Sam’s own Mother, Wilimena.
After all the evidence is in, the audience will vote on who the culprit is. Be sure to come and test your detective abilities.
—Janice Laine

The Dancers & Mixers next dance will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated so everyone should get their green on and join in the fun. There will be a $1 charge for members and $3 charge for guests; 50/50 tickets will also be sold. Membership dues are $5 a year.  
A variety of music will be played by Linda Herman, including a mixer and some line dancing. There will be a touch of Irish music. Partners are not needed. Bring favorite snacks and beverages.
Sixty-one people attended February’s dance. Thanks to decorating committee, comprised of Grace and Bill Lesher, Marian Beattie, John Hayes and Linda Herman. Greeters at the door were Margie Thompson and Walt Bier. Volunteers are needed to help so people are welcome to get involved.
Thanks to Caremore Healthcare Group for sponsoring the February dance. They will be back again in April.
The Dancers & Mixers Club meets once a month on the first Tuesday. The goal is to enjoy a relaxing evening of dancing and fellowship. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Dancing is a great form of exercise.
For more information, contact Linda Herman, 431 1257.

The Astronomy Club will meet from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The program will include a DVD, “Neptune and Uranus: The Twin Gas Giants of the Solar System.” There will be a report on the best objects to view in the March sky.
As a special presentation, a lecture on the killer comet racing toward Mars will be given. If the comet hits Mars in October, it will be an Armageddon event.
Members will view the sky through the club’s large Dobsonian telescope. All are welcome. Free coffee and snacks will be available. Loaner scopes are available.
For more information, call Mike Clairmont, 860-0902.

The Leisure World Art League will hold a pastel workshop with teacher Carmen Leslie in the Art Room at Clubhouse 4 from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, March 20. The workshop costs $20 for those who bring their own pastels and supplies or $25 if supplies are furnished. Reservations can be made by calling Carmen Leslie at 430-6950.

The Leisure Time Dancers meet Mondays for waltz lessons at 2 p.m.and cha-cha at 3 p.m. int Clubhouse 6.
All are welcome.
For more information, call 434-6334.

The members of the Let the Good Times Roll Club are busy preparing for their gala dinner dance to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
“Terry Otte and the Abilene band will provide dancing and listening music after a scrumptious corned beef dinner,” says Frank Destra, club president. “And this year I’m going to be sure to not wear out my knees so I can enjoy dancing.”
During the band breaks, club members will keep the music going with favorite Irish songs.
The celebration will be held Saturday, March 15, in Clubhouse 2 starting at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5. Tickets are $25 and include dinner, dessert and an open bar.
The traditional Irish dinner will include salad, rye bread, slices of corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and green ice cream for dessert.
There will also be an open bar serving beer and wine. Green non-alcoholic punch, coffee and water will be supplied.
Guests who prefer their own beverages will find ice and glasses available.
Guests can come as they wish, and many wear St. Patrick’s accessories that add to the festive decorations.
All guests will receive a door prize ticket, and there will be two 50/50 raffles one at 8:30 for the early birds and one at 9:30 p.m. for the night owls.
Tickets guarantee the holders’ seats. Call Frank or Martha Destra at 431-6368 early for best table selection.

“Best in Show,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m., March 2, in Clubhouse 4.
Master mockumentarian Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman) is at it again with this snarky send-up of canine culture that traverses the galloping neuroses surrounding one highly competitive dog show in Pennsylvania. Talented improvisers Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean and Catherine O’Hara elevate this satire to the stuff of genius. Some scenes and language may offend some people.

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.
The Jim Gilman Band will play March 1.

Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In March, she will teach fox trot from 9-10 and salsa from 10-11.
Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.

Come to the Art League meeting Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4 and enjoy an impressionistic oil painting demonstration by local artist Jay Young.
Jay was born in Hollywood and grew up in Southern California, attending Glendale High School and the University of Redlands, Class of 1953. After a tour of duty in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict, Jay received a master’s of arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. Jay became a teacher and coach of the varsity basketball team at Warren High School in Downey for 30 years. Besides being a fine artist, he was an athlete selected to be a member on the US team in the World Volleyball Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1961. 
After retirement, Jay started oil painting, and he has been studying painting for 17 years under world-famous painter Corinne Hartley, who is now a Leisure World resident. He also studied under Linda Kort in Beverly Hills and is now painting with Jean Diamond in Leisure World and with Kevin McPherson on the Internet.  He is also a member of the Southern California Plein Air Painters’ Association.
 Jay’s art hangs in the gallery at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach and he was recently given the honor to display his art in the University of Redlands Alumni Art Gallery. Additionally, a number of his paintings are hanging at the Sun newspaper office in Seal Beach. 
Jay married his bride Connie 60 years ago, and they retired to Leisure World  a few years ago. They have spent much of their retirement time traveling the world. They have been to 56 countries and recently returned from a one month trip to China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. 
Come to the Art League meeting Feb. 27 for a demonstration of oil painting by this acclaimed artist. There is a $1 charge for cookies and coffee provided at the break.
The Art League is urging everyone to bring his or her membership up to date by paying the $15 league dues at the meeting.
The fee entitles members to participate in the blue ribbon competitions held every month and displaying paintings in Clubhouse 3 and/or the Health Care Center. 
Paintings by non-members that are already hanging in the display areas will be removed.

Jeannie Berro of Mutual 2 has a limited number of tickets for sale for Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) Pops and Classics concerts for the rest of the season. The discounted price is $18 per concert because of her longstanding season-ticket group. The regular price for the POPS Concerts is $29 per ticket for side loge seats. A few “best seats available” tickets, $18, are left for the Classics concertst. Carpools are available. Call Jeannie at 598-6294 between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. for more information.

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.

Need a Laugh?

What value hath a dose of mirth?
Why deem our comic folk of worth?

Is life so harsh and filled with cares
That we seek out the jesters’ wares?

O, sweet release from grief and groans—
A monologue tickling our funny bones!

—by Ethel Carter

TERRY OTTE AND ABILENE—Lois Allison will host her 90th birthday with a dinner for her family and friends at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, in Clubhouse 2. After dinner, at 7 p.m., all Leisure World residents are welcome to join the festivities. Abilene will play dance music from 7-9 p.m.

TOUCH OF CLASS—The Touch of Class will perform “A Broadway Trilogy,” which will include “Pajama Game,” “Showboat” and “42nd Street,” at 2 p.m., today, Feb. 27, and 6 p.m., Feb. 28, in Clubhouse 4. Members of the Goldentones band will be featured. The Touch of Class musical theater group features talented residents. All are welcome to the free shows. There will be a 50/50 raffle.

Leisure World Cloggers dance classes are held every Wednesday on the Amphitheater stage. Intermediate and advanced clogging classes are from 8:30-10:30 a.m. A beginning class is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Instructor Diann Van Stralen starts the class with basic steps and dance routines. She uses all types of music and styles, western, broadway, rock and roll, Dixieland jazz and Latin. All residents, men and women, are welcome. For more information, call Betty Currie at 598-9974.

The Dixieland Jazz Club will celebrate Mardi Gras with a concert and parasol parade, featuring free complimentary King Cake for members and guests. The concert will be held from 6:30-8:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in Clubhouse 4. Bring friends and neighbors. Guests are $2; membership is $5 annually.
Although Mardi Gras was a Catholic holiday, today it is a party for everyone in the United States. The City of New Orleans is credited for introducing the tradition in this country.
Mardi Gras, the French word for “Fat Tuesday,” is called Shrove Tuesday in English and Fastnachtkuchen in German. Officially it will be observed Tuesday, March 4, which is before the start of Lent or Ash Wednesday.
In New Orleans, members of social clubs, called Krewes, lavishly decorate and ride upon huge parade floats. They toss Mardi Gras beads, toys and doubloons to thousands of spectators in the grandstands or sidewalks. The two main parades are called the Zulu and the Rex. Many smaller parades are held two weeks prior throughout the New Orleans area.
The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple (symbolizing justice), gold (power) and green (faith).
Masks and costumes are part of the pageantry of the city including elaborate social balls. The popular King Cake is a favorite dessert and served throughout the festivities.

Tickets for the upcoming Country Western Dinner Dance and Show to be held April 5 go on sale starting Monday, March 3, at the bottom of the ramp that leads to the upper level of the Amphitheater.
The ramp is located between the Administration Building and Health Care Center.
Tickets will be sold Monday, Wednesday and Friday on March 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 and 14 from 10 a.m.-noon. The price is $15 to celebrate the 15the anniversary of the event.
Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and a seating chart will be available at the time of purchase.

A planning meeting for a new book club will be held at 1 p.m., March 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
Book lovers are welcome to attend and give input.

The Science Discussion Club will meet today, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The group examines the history of science in the Western World, specifically the Scientific Revolution. The work of Kepler, Galileo and Newton will be considered. How this history and science is still current and vital today will be emphasized.
This club is open to all and meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 2-3:15 p.m. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.

The Video Producers Club has new programs scheduled in March on local Time Warner Cable SBTV-3 at Channel 15.102 and Verizon Cable Channel 37. Members of the Video Producers Club are volunteers and not employees of SBTV-3. Copies of the 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
•Leisure World Website
Steve Perez, Golden Rain Foundation manager of Information Techology Services, talks about the Leisure World website. Residents can research all the amenities available in LW and mutual business items, GRF information and clubs. Steve explains how clubs can have a video presence on the website. Joe Chavez and Oralia Osuna are the camera operators of this 20-minute program. Joe Osuna is the video producer.
•John Heide
John Heide, pastor of Assembly of God Church and author of “Finishing Strong,” is the guest on the Silver Moments Radio show hosted by Dr. Marcia Baltimore. In the 30-minute program, Pastor Heide gives advice on aging well. Camera operator is Bob
McCauley; editor is Joe Osuna.
•The Cafe
Dr. Anne Seifert, GRF director and chair of the Recreation Committe, talks about the a new cafe coming to Clubhhouse 5. Video producer is Joe Osuna
•Bob Smallwood Memorial
Mary Apte is the video producer of this 15-minute program featuring Karaoke Club members honoring the late singing cowboy Bob Smallwood. It was a packed house to remember Bob, a regular singer at Community Karaoke.
•Anna’s Birthday
Anna Derby’s birthday celebration featured dancing by the Hui O Hula and Suede Sole in this 25-minute program. Bonnie Z. Cooper is the video producer and camera operator; Irene Cistaro also operated the camera.
•Producer’s Club
The short interview of Sam Jones covers the origin of the Producers Club and its future. Joseph Valentinetti is the video producer.
•Theater Club
Taylor White, president of the Theater Club, discusses a new approach to the Theater Club for 2014. Joseph Valentinetti is the video producer.
•Swing Low
Loss is the topic of this short video. Joseph Valentinetti is the video producer.
•Earth Day.
The video celebrates the earth from the viewpoint of Buckminster Fuller.
Joseph Valentinetti is the video producer.
—Joe Osuna

The Genealogy Workshop will begin a new series of free discussion sessions in March at 1:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library, Clubhouse 3, Room 10. Everyone is invited. The schedule for the discussions is as follows:
•March 5 – Civil Conservation Corp
•March 12 – and Fold3 websites (newspapers and Military Records)
•March 19 – Finding Females in Your Family Tree
 The Genealogy Workshop will have a general membership meeting March 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Dues, $10, are now payable. Membership includes free access to club computers and websites, assistance from helpful workshop aides and companionship with other researchers.

There were lots of singers and lots of songs at Community Karaoke Wednesday night. Ray Jarris started out the evening with a lively “Vive Las Vegas,” followed by Joe Sabroso swaying to “Besame Mucho.” The club is enjoying new performers as they have wonderful voices and are a joy to hear. Mariza Joaquin had folks dancing to “I’m So Excited,” followed by Charles Gadberry, “Always Wanting You”; Talented Linn Atkinson, “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”; Ric Dizon, “At Last”; Barbara Chambers, “What’s Going On In Your World?”; Janice Chapman, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” and Orlando Cabula, “Jambalaya.”
Everyone is welcome to come and sing in Clubhouse 1 from 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Tuesday practice sessions are popular in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3.

The Leisure Whirlers dance party celebrating St. Patrick’s Day will be held Friday, March 7, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9. There will be a finger-food potluck from 9-9:30. Mel Branham will call the square dances and cue the round dances. There will be a singles rotation for dancers without partners. For more information, call 237-2682.
Because of the demand for the beginners round dance class, another one will begin Sunday, March 2, from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The ongoing beginners round dance class for more advanced beginners is held every Sunday from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Classes are held at 5946 Westminster Blvd. at Springdale and Westminster in Westminster. Singles and couples are welcome. For information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.
The new square dance class will start Monday, March 3, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation for dancers without partners. The ongoing beginners line dance class is held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.
Leisure Whirler Club dances are held the first Friday of each month.

The Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group met Feb. 16 for a Sweetheart’s Ball, featuring fresh red roses on tables to say “I love you,” courtesy of designer extraordinaire Terry Humphrey.
The clubhouse was aglitter and gold when the Goldentones, under the direction of Carol Robinson, delighted everyone with its dance music. Vocalists Carmen Edwards, Terry Humphrey and Anita Ragole lifted their voices in heartwarming songs.
On March 2, come ride a magic carpet to New Orleans and Mardi Gras with the great music of the Velvetones under the direction of Carl Hathaway. Festivities start at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a mardi gras parade led by Rex, king of the night.
Get costumes ready and call Shirlene Chavez now to make reservations, 596-2669 or 598-4056 by Friday, March 1. Dinner is $10. People may come to observe only, but they must make reservations so accommodations can be made.

The Long Beach Auxiliary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates will host its annual benefit Notes of Celebration Saturday, March 8, at Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave., Seal Beach. The event begins at 11 a.m. and will include a luncheon, silent auction and performance by Catherina Ransom Karoly, flute, and Jonathan Karoly, cello. The Karolys are members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For more information, call 493-6031.

On Monday, March 3, the Community Sing will open with Amateur Time at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Prospective amateurs need to sign in at 6 with the emcee with two copies of sheet music, prepared to sing for three minutes. Group singing is next, led by Ellen Brannigan, whose half-time guests will be Max Cadadona, and Bennie and Jay de la Cruz.
On Feb. 17, Amateur Time began with Margie St. Clair doing a piano solo, “If I Loved You” from “Carousel.” Next was Ethel Carter who sang “Who Will Buy?” from “Oliver,” followed by a duet by Shalla Callahan and Ellen Brannigan who sang “In the Garden.”  Both numbers were accompanied by Barbara McIlhaney. 
Peter Innerbickler sang “Pennies From Heaven,” and Byong Choi, “Danny Boy,” both accompanied by Carol Robinson. Last was a spirited rock-and-roll performance by Ben Berg, who sang and played “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On.”
Anita Ragole led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, then Lewis Ward led his first selection of old-time favorites until 7:15 when he introduced the popular singing duo of Bob and Galit Slater. Their performances included “Tonight” from “West Side Story” a solo by Galit  of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Mis,” a solo by Bob of “Bring Him Home” (also “Les Mis”) and a comical duet of “My Funny Valentine.”  The audience loudly  applauded their songs, which were quite moving, enjoyable and professionally performed.
Lewis led a few songs to wrap up. Then everyone joined Lewis and Felicia in “Kum ba Yah.” Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Barbara McIlhaney, pianist; and Felicia Ward, emcee.

The Stamp and Collectibles Club met under its new name (formerly the Stamp Club) for the first time in February. The meeting was a success with visitors who became members and people who wanted to share their various collections.
The next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The program will include a collection of over 1,000 postcards, and a giveaways of postcards to everyone (at least five per person). Also on display will be trading cards of the Civil War, WWII, and Vietnam as well as a set of fighter jet cards. Everyone is invited to bring in their collections and show them. Dues of $2 for the year are payable at the March 5 meeting. Sign up to share collections by calling Tony Laspada at 493-9818.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE—Henrietta Bemus performs a Middle Eastern dance to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Folk dancing is an easy, fun way to exercise and enjoy world music. The club meets every Friday morning at 10:30 in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Visitors are welcome.

ART LEAGUE—Vicky Mayhew (l), winner of the Art League raffle Jan. 23, receives a specially created sketch book from demonstration artist Judy Schroeder.