ARTS & LEISURE MARCH 6 2014 The Genealogy Workshop will offer a class on beginning genealogy, Tuesday, March 11, from 10 a.m.-noon in the Genealogy Library, Clubhouse 3, Room 10. Classes, taught by Linda Johnson, will be every Tuesday for eight weeks. Tuition is $30. There is a limit of 10 students. People do not need not be a workshop member to sign up.
Sign up at the Genealogy Library, which is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m.
Computers are available, and people will be there to help newcomers.
Workshops are held the first three Wednesdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. The discussions last approximately one hour. Several new computer programs are now available, including Fold 3.com, Newspapers.com and Chroniclingamerica.com.
The schedule for the discussions and regular monthly meetings is as follows:
• March 12 – Newspapers.com and Fold3 Websites (newspapers and military records)
•March 19 – Finding Females in Your Family Tree
•March 26 – General Meeting (held in Clubhouse 3, Room 1).
Genealogy Workshop dues are $10 and include free access to computers and websites, assistance from helpful workshop aides and companionship with other researchers.
All are welcome.
The Leisure World Coin Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., March 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Everyone is encouraged to attend. First-time guests and new members receive an uncirculated U.S. coin as a gift. Newcomers may sign up and members may pay dues at the back of the room. Dues are $5 for the year.
Meetings include a program, the 50/50 drawing, a coin raffle, refreshments and a coin auction.
Coin Club member Jerry Kleeb will present an illustrated talk on Roman silver coinage. He has extensive knowledge on Roman coinage.
There will be the 50/50 drawing after the refreshment break. Tickets are two for $1.
There is a coin raffle with some great prizes. Members can bring coins for the auction, an opportunity for members to sell extra coins from their collections and for members and guests to buy coins, often at bargain prices.
The refreshment sign-up sheet will be available at the meeting.
Members and Leisure World residents who have coins from their travels are encouraged to donate them to the Coin Club for distribution during its outreach program at Oak Middle School in April.
The club sets up exhibits and coin collections to foster an interest in coin collecting during National Coin Week.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY
The Friends of the Library Bookstore is selling birthday cards for 25 cents. The bookstore, located adjacent to the Leisure World Library, is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m
The Leisure World Computer Club will meet at 7 p.m., March 11, in Clubhouse 4. The subject will be Facebook and how social media connects people. There will be time for people to share about their Facebook experiences.
After the meeting, members and guests gather for beverages, and social and technical exchanges.
At the last meeting, Barbara Houck presented a program on genealogy. Barbara, a consultant in this field, gave solid information on software in one of the best presentations the club has ever had.
The club sponsors computer classes that are well attended. A new series of classes will begin at the end of March.
The beginning/intermediate slow and medium speed waltz, rumba, and foxtrot dance class meets Fridays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C.
A salsa dance class starts this Friday from 7:15-8:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Learn salsa basics and styling.
A new dance class will be offered Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3, lobby. Learn to move to the music.
Singles and couples are welcome. Partners are not needed. Cost is $5 a class per person. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has taught dance for over 20 years. For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.
It looked like rain, but it was still a busy night with 30 singers doing their best to entertain.
Computer whiz Tina Schaffer fixed a few things and then sang a beautiful “Beautiful.” Wayne Urban did a fun “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” Paul Salay, who hasn’t sung in years, joined with Eva Doroja to sing “Unforgettable.” Welcome back Sandy Hunt, who sang a nice “Everybody Loves Somebody.” Ellen Brannigan and Wayne Urban hit it off singing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Mila Cruz impressed with “To Love Somebody” as did Flo Godbold with “You’ll Never Know.” With so many performers, there are a variety of tunes and it’s an enjoyable evening. Come to listen – or have fun being on stage Wednesday nights.
Community Karaoke is held in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Tuesday practice sessions are popular in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.
Leisure World Community Sing will meet March 10 in Clubhouse 1 at 6:30 p.m. Amateur Time is first, so participants must bring two copies of their own sheet music fully prepared to sing for three minutes only, since time is limited. To get a spot, sign in at 6 with the emcee. Group song leader is Carmen Edwards. Her half-time guest is soloist and pianist, Barbara Chambers.
On Feb. 24, Amateur Time began with Barbara McIlhaney playing “Oh, Johnny” on the piano; followed by a duet by Shalla Callahan and Ellen Brannigan, “It Is No Secret”; Michele Potter, “How Great Thou Art”; Byong Choi, “Maria, Maria” (in Korean); Peter Innerbickler, “This is My Song”; Jerry Tester and Shalla Callahan, “Now Is the Hour”; and Anita Ragole, “You Are Love” from Showboat. The accompanying pianists were Barbara McIlhaney, Carol Robinson, and Pat Kogok.
At 7, Ethel Carter got an enthusiastic crowd singing old favorites. At 7:15 she introduced her half-time guest, soloist Tom Buttera from Huntington Beach. He was accompanied by pianist Beverly Hansen.
Tom’s program included: “I’m On the Street Where You Live” (from My Fair Lady),“You’re Still You,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Try to Remember” and “As Time Goes By.”
His performance was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, many of whom paid him compliments afterward.
Ethel did her wrap-up with more favorite songs and then Betty had everyone join her in “Kum ba Yah” to close the evening.
Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Pat Kogok, pianist; and Betty Ballen, emcee.
The Leisure World Garden Club is proud to announce two guest speakers for the meeting Monday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Mark Weaver, LW community facilities manager, and Luis Estevez of the City of Seal Beach Public Works Department, will be give short presentations. They will talk about upcoming April activities to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. The goal of their talks will be to increase awareness of how to better protect the environment and conserve resources.
The Garden Club will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a white elephant donation event. People who bring a ceramic or metal planter in good condition will receive an extra door prize ticket. The donated planters will be planted by Garden Club members and then placed on sale at the April meeting. This is an opportunity to clean out closets and help the Garden Club raise money.
The We Care donation table for non-perishable goods and cash donations will be set up. All attending club members will receive a door prize ticket at the membership table as they come in. The 50/50 raffle table and the plant sales table will be available for sales before the meeting starts. At the close of the meeting, Faye Summers and her committee will serve light refreshments. All LW members and their guests are welcome.
The Producers Club will present its third annual murder mystery, “The Case of the Motorcoach Murder,” Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m., and the final showing will be a matinee Tuesday, March 11, at 1 p.m. The $5 admission includes five 50/50 tickets.
In this zany play, a group of seniors has gone on a road trip. While stopping for a night, the leader, Harry, is found dead. A bumbling detective, Sam Club, thinks Harry has been murdered and sets out to find who did it. Could it be the devious Minnie, Harry’s young wife who wants his money? Or could it be the secretive Cornelia, who’s not as innocent as she looks? Would anyone suspect Sam’s own Mother, Wilimena?
The audience is given the chance to figure out the culprit. Who will be the smartest detective in the audience, and who will win the 50/50? The entertainers expect people to be thoroughly entertained by this clever presentation.
Editor’s 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.
Falling In Love
The heart is launched upon wings of song
And flies unchallenged among the stars.
Each moment of hope that it carries along
Augments the harmonious musical bars.
In time it will circle and soon must return
To rejoin the passion that fueled its flight
Because honest and truthful intention will burn
Like a comet illuminating the night.
So keep yourself ready to welcome anew
The magic that launched your heart into space,
And recognize truthfully what you must do
When you and your love are once more face to face.
Whatever becomes of your daringest dreams
Depends upon wisdom enhanced by desire,
And hopefully follows the innocent plan
Conceived in reluctance that such dreams require.
—Patrick S. Coffee
The Lapidary Club collects yearly club dues of $5; and upper lockers are $5; lower lockers, $3. Nelson Melville will collect dues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Only members can rent lockers.
During the year, the club will have several different jewelry-making classes and silver classes; check in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4 or watch for announcements in the Leisure World News for upcoming events
“Space Cowboys,” rated PG-13, will be shown March 9 at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
A Russian satellite is about to fall back to Earth, and only retired engineer Frank Corvin knows how to stop it. When NASA begs for help, Corvin agrees on one condition: He and his over-the-hill pals will man the mission.
The Long Beach Symphony will celebrate its 80th anniversary with a new season to expose audiences to some of the best and brightest conductors, whose credentials span the globe and the spectrum of musical genres.
Beginning on Oct. 5, and running through May 30, 2015, the season will bring six Classical and five POPS! concerts to the stage, each with a guest conductor and featured soloists. The Classical Series includes time-honored masterworks by Copland, Beethoven, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Ravel, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Dvorak, Barber, Gershwin and Shostakovich, alongside some more unusual pieces.
Opening with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, guest conductor John DeMain will kick off the classical season. Mr. DeMain was with Opera Pacific in Orange County.
He will be followed by the versatile young conductor of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Edwin Outwater. His zesty program includes British composer Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto performed by the Symphony’s Principal Clarinetist, Gary Bovyer.
Bruce Kiesling, the newly appointed assistant conductor of the Pasadena Symphony who describes himself as “schizo-musical,” takes the podium in January 2015, then passes the baton to William Eddins, music director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, whose roster features a performance of Joan Tower’s 1986 work, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 1.
Equally comfortable in the classical and pop worlds, Lucas Richman, music director for the Knoxville and Bangor symphonies, will present, among other works, Chausson’s Poeme with Long Beach Symphony’s Concertmaster, Roger Wilkie, as soloist.
The classical season will conclude with conductor Edward Cumming’s interpretation of Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concerto from 1837, performed by Long Beach Symphony’s own Alex Iles.
The piece was played all over Europe in the 19th century, but the whole orchestral material was lost after a 1922 performance in Cincinnati under Fritz Reiner. Renowned trombonist Christian Lindberg has reconstructed the score from an existing piano reduction of the piece.
For its five-concert POPS! season, the Symphony will bring back all-time favorite guest conductors.
Pianist and conductor, David Benoit, opens the season with a Symphonic Surfin’ Safari featuring Papa Doo Run Run in much-loved Beach Boys tunes.
For more information, or to purchase a season subscription, visit the Symphony’s website at www.lbso.org or call 562-436-3203.
Leisure World patrons have the convenience of a charter bus that leaves from the LW Amphitheater at 6:15 p.m., arriving in time for the concert preview.
The bus charge is $75 for the season of six concerts or $l6 per concert for those who want to purchase single tickets. For bus information, call Nancy Jensen, 430-3215, or Kathleen Robinson, 598-6301.
OLLI SENIOR UNIVERSITY
The OLLI Senior University spring registration will begin March 10, by mail or in person in the OLLI Office located in the CSULB Human Services and Design Building (HS&D), Room 100, near the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and East University Drive. The Sun, an OLLI-produced publication, lists classes. Register by mail or at the OLLI Office.
OLLI will offer a host of exciting lecture classes including these new subjects: How to Talk so People Can Listen, Living with Integrity, Rail Getaways, Cultural and Historic Heritage of Chinese Civilization, A History of Early Television and the Shows that Started it, Spanish for Travelers and others.
Returning this session will be Ireland As I’ve Seen It, conversational Spanish, intermediate bridge, folk guitar, Financial Rules of the Road and more.
For those looking to improve their health and endurance, OLLI offers tai chi chih, senior yoga, Feel great Again: Understand and Maximize Your Brain Biochemistry, longevity stick and others. All the fitness classes will be held in the Life Fitness Center rooms 107 and 110. OLLI computer classes are conducted in a 12-seat state of the art PC and Mac-equipped lab by skilled instructors. These and many other classes will be offered from April 14-June 9.
There are several convenient locations for classes: HS&D Building on the CSULB Campus, Rooms 101 and 119; OLLI Pine Avenue at 737 Pine Avenue, Suite 202; and OLLI Leisure World; Rec Park Lawn Bowling Center and at the Albert Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Willow, Long Beach.
Now is the perfect time to join. OLLI at CSULB’s annual membership fee of $40 covers the winter, spring, summer and fall sessions and is pro-rated for the spring and summer sessions at $20. Tuition is $10 per lecture class and $35 per eight-week and $20 per four-week computer class. Parking permits are available for a fee.
For more information, call the OLLI at CSULB Office at 985-8237, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.csulb.edu/centers/olli.
LONG BEACH AUXILIARY OF LA PHIL
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.
The GRF Website Subcommittee wants Leisure World club contacts to know that they can add detailed information about their clubs to the GRF website by contacting the web administrator at email@example.com. Club presidents and authorized signers are encouraged to provide photos, meeting times, dates and locations, club descriptions and special activity news. This is an excellent way to promote clubs and activities in the community. The site also has a “Club Spotlight” section to feature specific clubs.
WILLOW RUN BOMBER PLANT
The Willow Run Bomber Plant, which was a centerpiece of the weapons-building arsenal during World War II, is in danger of being demolished.
Rose Will Monroe, the original “Rosie the Riveter,” was discovered working at Willow Run, located between Ypsilanti and Belleville, Mich. She worked alongside a successful production team of men and women known as Rosie’s. They manufactured over 8,000 B-24 Liberator Bombers off the assembly line that Henry Ford built. At the height of the war one bomber plane an hour was produced.
A campaign to save the bomber plant is now under way. The plant is slated to be demolished May 1.
If funds can be raised, The Yankee Air Museum plans to use $8 million to preserve the great historical story of the Bomber Plant, Rosie the Riveter and the Arsenal of Democracy.
To contribute, log on to www.SaveTheBomberPlant.org or call (734) 483-4030, ext. 222.
The Poetry Workshop will meet at 1:30 p.m., March 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The group will meet on the second Wednesday of the month, not the first Monday.
Bring new work to read. Members’ talents in a variety of forms and styles make the group interesting. Phyllis Poper will bring refreshments.
The workshop is open to Leisure World residents. Come and bring a poem or two to read.
Tickets, $15, for the Country Western Dinner Dance and Show on Saturday, April 5, will be on sale Monday, March 10;Wednesday, March 12; and Friday, March 14, from 10 a.m.-noon. They will be sold at the bottom of the ramp that leads to the Loft.
The club is celebrating the 15th snniversary of the event. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. A seating chart will be available at the time of purchase.
The ramp is located between the Administration Building and Health Center. People who don’t want to pick a seat in advance and are buying individual tickets may call Sam Jones at 598-0880.
WHIRLERS DANCE CLUB
The Leisure Whirlers dance party will celebrate St Patrick’s Day Friday, March 7, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7. Square dances 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 Lenore Velky at 237-2682.
Leisure Whirlers Club dances are held the first Friday of the month.
GRAPEVINE DANCE CLUB
The Grapevine Line Dance Club welcomes everyone to come and dance. There will be new dances taught in March, including Stealing the Best, Irish Stew, Duck Soup and My Dear Botanist.
Classes meet every Thursday, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in Clubhouse 6, Room B. Beginners meet from 3:30-4:20; easy intermediate, 4:30-5:30. For more information, call 596-8273.
SATURDAY A.M. DANCE
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.
LET GOOD TIMES ROLL
The St. Patrick’s Day party hosted by the Let the Good Times Roll Club will be held Saturday, March 15, in Clubhouse 2. The menu will include corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, salad, and rye bread.
Also included is green non-alcoholic punch and green ice cream for dessert.
Club members will tend bar, furnishing beer and wine. Green food coloring will be added for those who want the traditional green beer.
Coffee, water, ice and cups will be available too.
Irish attaire is optional but is encouraged.
The clubhouse will be decked out in green and white, with shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold. There will be two 50/50 drawings. One at 8:30 for the early birds and one at 9:30 for the night owls. There will be door prizes, and each ticket holder will receive one chance for the prizes.
The musical entertainment will include Terry Otte and Abiline, and Ben Berg and the Rhythm Rockers. When the bands are on break, people will sing favorite Irish songs.
“ As an Italian my best memories of corned beer come from the race tracks who always served it deli style. We’ll make sure our slices are moist, tender, and full of flavor in that same style,” says club President Frank Destra.
Tickets are on sale now. Call Frank or Martha Destra at 431-6368.
Tickets are $10 and includes an open bar.
Frank will be in Clubhouse 6 from 11 a.m.-noon, Monday. March 10, to Thursday March 13, with available tickets.
GRF WEEKLY DANCE
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Linda Herman willl play March 8.
The Company is happy to announce the success of the ballet class held in Clubhouse 6, second floor, every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome, men and women. Wear comfortable clothing and stretch from head to toe.
The class is so successful that members have requested that the recreation committee approve a second ballet barre to be installed to accommodate all the students.
The class is $3. Mel Lockett comes from La Palma to teach the class, and he enjoys it as much as students do. He has studied ballet and jazz most of his life and has returned to teaching after taking time off to study music and electronics.
For more information, call Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com.
DJ MICHEL BOND DANCE
DJ Michel Bond 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 Leisure World Chorale will prepare a spring concert, “Songs of the Islands,” at 2 p.m., March 15, in Clubhouse 4.
In addition to the “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” the chorale will sing “Sweet Leilani/Lovely Hula Hands,” accompanied by Jane Clyde playing the steel guitar.
Soloists will bring their own flavor to the production with “Bali Hai” sung by Geri Stone, “Fly Me to the Moon” by Zeke Bartels, “Red Sails in the Sunset” by Barbara Chambers, “Blue Skies” Bill Frambach, and “How Deep is the Ocean” by Terry Humphrey. David Chang will sing “Some Enchanted Evening,” followed by Jerry Tester, “Younger Than Springtime”; and Pat Kogok, “Sleepy Lagoon.”
Ethel Carter will present the “Hawaiian Stick Dance,” followed by Stan Shiroma on ukulele singing “Haoli Hula,” and Sandra Hunt will sing the popular “Pearly Shells.” Galit Levy-Slater will present “Happy Talk”; Carmen Edwards, “Harbor Lights”; Gerarde Imhoff, “I’ll Remember You”; Barbara Chambers and David Chang, “Aloha Oe”; and Anita Ragole, “Stranger In Paradise.”
Other Chorale numbers are “Songs of the Islands,” “These Islands,” “Beyond the Sea,” “This is Hawaii” and “Blue Hawaii” among others.
Carmen Edwards and Terry Humphrey will dance the hula to several chorale pieces. The haunting melodies of “Now is the Hour/Beyond the Reef” and “Ports of Paradise” will close the show.
Refreshments of fresh pineapple, coconut, macadamia nut cookies, other tropical fruit, coffee and tropical punch will be provided.
Leisure World residents are welcome to submit reviews of their favorite restaurants. Include your name and mutual and telephone numbers. Make sure the restaurant’s full name, telephone number, address and operating hours are provided. People may submit takeout menus with the information. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. For more information, call 472-1277.
PHOTO ARTS CLUB—Winners of the February Photo Arts contest were John Harper (l-r), second-place for his photo of a LW cactus; Nancy Smith, first, for her photo of Huntington Beach surf, and Mary Pearman, third, for her photo of a cactus flower in bloom. The club will meet March 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. It will feature a demonstration of Picasa, a free photo editing software.