Travel Washinton, D.C. LWers attend memorial at Arlington National Cemetery
by Cathie Merz
travel editor

On a warm, balmy April afternoon, Betty DeKlyne, Mutual 11, attended a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia, for Capt. George “Jack” McDonell, U.S.N.R., son of former Mutual 2 resident Ann McDonell, and Betty’s brother-in-law.
The service was held at the Old Post Chapel on the cemetery grounds. Six beautiful white horses pulled the flag-draped casket to its final resting place, followed by 40 Navy sailors in their dress blues, a military band and a bagpiper playing a haunting tune.
Betty has wonderful memories of her visits with her sister Jayne and Jack in Naples, Italy, where Jack was a flag pilot to Admiral Wilson Brown, working at NATO headquarters.
It was during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a beautiful time of year with the cherry trees throughout the area in full bloom. Betty, her daughter, Leslie Juchna, Mutual 11, and her husband, walked 1.8 miles through the tidal basin, enjoying the stunning cherry blossoms, in full display of pink and white.
A highlight of the trip was a visit to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the nation’s 32nd president, at the National Mall and Memorial Park.
The monument is a tribute to FDR and the people of his time. It features four outdoor gallery rooms connected by granite walkways. One outdoor room has a bronze statue depicting his “fireside chats,” another depicts the Great Depression with statues of people with out-stretched arms waiting in a bread line.
Another room contains a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, the only memorial to honor a First Lady. Eleanor was one of the first delegates to the United Nations in addition to being the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.
This ongoing work of art monument also features waterfalls and pools.
The waterfalls are symbolic of FDR’s connection to and love of water, and also help to block out the noise from the nearby airport.
Betty and Leslie also visited the Vietnam Memorial where park rangers help visitors locate the names of loved ones lost in the war and climb on ladders to make brass rubbings of unreachable names.
Betty and Leslie were fortunate to get a close-up look at the White House kitchen garden. Periodically gates are opened to allow visitors to walk along the closer White House sidewalk. The gates opened just as they were passing by. Due to increased security the public generally can only view the White House from across the street.
“Although the area is heavily guarded, we had the feeling of a personal welcome,” said Betty. “All the park rangers and museum staff were professional, friendly and the most welcoming.”
Also welcoming was a bronze statue of Albert Einstein, seated with manuscript papers in hand, at the National Academy of Sciences. This memorial statue is located in a grove of trees on the National Mall, adjacent to the Federal Reserve and in front of the State Department.
Betty was in awe of the neoclassical building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is used for meetings, lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and concerts. It reopened to visitors in June 2012, after a major two-year restoration project.
“The interior is stunning and a must see,” says Betty, for those looking for something a little extra special to round out a visit to the nation’s capital. “It is so unique.”
Photo- FDR Memorial —Betty DeKlyne is dwarfed by the huge bronze statute of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his dog.
Photo-Washington, D.C., welcomes the arrival of spring with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, a tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital.—Leslie Juchna photos

Rollin’ Thunder
Members provide random acts of kindness
Residents who are having trouble getting groceries from their car to their home are encouraged to flag down a Rollin’ Thunder member, and chances are they’ll get help getting the groceries home. Rollin’ Thunder members believe in random acts of kindness.
The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club will meet Tuesday, May 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1 p.m. Members are asked to bring snacks and their own drinks. Healthy food, rather than desserts, is appreciated.
The club has 142 members, and is growing. Last month 50 members attended. There were lots of goodies and lots of fun.
—Sally Mansis

Long Beach
Aqualink service resumes May 24
Long Beach Transit’s Aqua-Link, AquaLink Express and AquaBus will resume operations for the summer May 24-Sept. 1.
Two 68-foot catamarans comfortably ferry up to 75 passengers to downtown Long Beach daily.
The AquaLink makes stops at the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific (Dock 4, Pine Avenue), the Belmont Pier and Alamitos Bay Landing. The ride from Alamitos Bay Landing to the Aquarium of the Pacific, the end of the line, is approximately one hour.
The AquaLink hours are 11 a.m-6:20 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; and 11 a.m.-9:20 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The first boat departs Alamitos Bay at 11:05 a.m.; the last boat returns at 9:20 p.m.
The AquaLink fares are $5 each way. There is wheelchair boarding available at Dock 4 near the Aquarium of the Pacific and at the Queen Mary.
The AquaBus also begins May 24 and continues through he summer, Sept. 1.
The AquaBus is a 40-passenger boat that circulates in the downtown bay area. It makes stops at the Queen Mary, Hotel Maya, Aquarium of the Pacific, Dock 4, Pine Avenue Circle and Shoreline Village. The fare is $1. Hours for the Aqua Bus are 11 a.m.-7:55 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5:35 p.m., Sunday-Thursday.
Fares for the water taxis are for all riders, there are no discounted fares. Children aged 2 and under ride free with paid fare. Transfers and bus passes may not be used for fare.
For information, call Long Beach Transit at 591-2301.

Laughlin
Overnight trips set for summer
The New York Club in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club will host two overnight trips to the Riverside Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nev., on the Colorado River in June and August.
The first trip is June 22-25. The cost is $149 per person, double occupancy, $179 for singles.
The group will return to the Riverside Resort and Casino on Aug. 4-6 for the luau party. The cost is $106 per person, double occupancy, $127, and includes three buffets and a luau dinner.
For more information and reservations, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Vera Burns, 596-1896.

Pauma
Day-trip set to depart June 11
The New York Club will escort a day-trip to Pauma Casino on Wednesday, June 11.
The cost of the trip is $15, with $10 cash returned in the machine.
During the trip, bingo is played coming and going and snacks are served.
The bus picks up at three locations, Clubhouse 4, 7:15 a.m.; Amphitheater, 7:30; and outside St. Andrew’s Gate, 7:35.
For reservations and information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
Fantasy Springs
June 4 casino day-trip planned
The New York Club in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club will escort a day-trip to Fantasy Springs Casino on Wednesday, June 4.
The cost of the trip is $25, with $25 back in slot play.
For reservations and information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

On the Go
Fantasy Springs —
June 4, $25; $25 cash in machine, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
San Manuel Casino—
Tuesday, June 10, $15, $10 back, St. Jude’s Support Group, Aileen Ackerman, 493-6774.
Pauma Casino
Wednesday, June 11, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
“Grease” Lawrence Welk Theater — June 18, $92, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
“Jersey Boys” Segerstrom Center — July 8, $105, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Pala Casino —Aug. 15, $6, American Legion Post 327, Tony Dodero, 430-5828.
Del Mar Horse Races — Aug. 27, $70 with lunch, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Oak Glen— Oct. 22, $61, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Los Angeles Chocolate Tour — Nov. 12, $88, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Mission Inn Holiday Spectacular — Dec. 17, $84 with dinner, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Harrah’s Rincon — Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457.
Pala Casino — Thursdays, free, $5 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., reservations needed, (714) 283-8687.
Pechanga Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579.
Valley View Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 7:45 a.m., $6, $15 back in slots.
Bicycle Casino—Tuesdays, Amphitheater, 10:30 a.m., free, $20 bet voucher, $10 food voucher, 806-4646.

Overnight Trips
Yosemite, Amtrak— June 16-18, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
Laughlin, Riverside Resort— June 22-25, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Laughlin, Edgewater — July 20-23, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
San Francisco, Wine Country— July 31-Aug. 3, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.
Laughlin, Riverside Resort Luau— Aug. 4-6, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.
Zion, Valley of Fire, Cedar Breaks, Mesquite, Las Vegas — Sept. 29-Oct. 2, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos 598-1849.
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.— Sept. 28-Oct. 4, Passport to Adventure, Jazmin Bilby, 925-3144 or 715-6282.
New Mexico, Albuquerque Balloon Festival — Oct. 5-14, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.