Watch Your Step by Jim Breen staff writer On the heels of last week’s warning here about scams involving Amazon.com comes the following message from the real Amazon.com:
“The e-mail you received was not from Amazon.com. Do not respond or open any attachments or click any links it contains.
Open a new e-mail and attach the e-mail you suspect is a fake, then send the e-mail to email@example.com. If you responded to the e-mail or visited a linked website but didn’t provide any personal information (such as your login or password), your account information should still be safe.
However, if you did respond or if you visited a forged website and entered your Amazon.com login and password (or any other personal information), update your Amazon.com password immediately by going to Your Account (http://www.amazon.com/your-account) and selecting Change Account Settings.
If you provided financial information, contact your bank or credit card provider.”
To learn more,go to http://www.amazon.com/phish.
Shareholders annoyed by unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers and scammers are reminded to get their telephone number listed on the Do Not Call list if they have not already done so.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) requires phone solicitors to maintain a DNC list of consumers who subscribed so they would not be called. The request must be honored for five years.
Calling 1-888-382-1222 reduces the number of incoming calls considerably. However many continue calling consumers with numbers on the list, a clear violation of the TCPA.
What’s important to know is that a subscriber on the DNC list may sue the caller for up to $1,500 for each violation or to recover actual monetary loss, whichever is higher.
In addition, the subscriber may seek an injunction.
Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Clutter Busters meets at 10:30 a.m.,Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.
Source material from books on the topic will be available at meetings, speakers will be featured, and there will be a free exchange of ideas among those in attendance.
For more information, call Anne Shattuck at 799-7756.
– Anne Shattuck
The Leisure World Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m., May 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.
The topic will be “an economic warm-up.”
After four months of 2014, the current state of the economy will be discussed, emphasizing U.S. economic momentum, corporate earnings and valuations.
The Federal Reserve Banks’ strategy will also be covered, along with interest rates, investment implications and potential risks.
The presentation will be hosted by Basdakis Wealth Management Group, an independent investment advisory firm, registered with LPL Financial. LPL is the nation’s largest independent broker dealer.
Larry Pino, CTFA, a partner and registered representative of LPL Financial, will lead the discussion.
Basdakis Wealth Management Group is a full-service, wealth management firm located in Irvine, serving clients throughout the United States.
For more information, call (949) 502-8525 or go to email@example.com
Disaster First Aid Class
Caregivers and their shareholders and directors of all mutual boards are encouraged to attend the next Disaster First Aid class, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., May 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.
Lunch or snacks and drinks can be taken to the class.
Classes are open to everyone.
Training, which applies to any emergency situation, is provided by the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA), a local non-profit disaster training organization.
Shareholders have been told that everyone will be responsible for themselves.
LWers should have emergency supplies on hand, especially water, and keep emergency supplies up to date and available.
The class teaches people how to treat their immediate injuries before outside help arrives.
Outside help (Red Cross- military, etc.) will not arrive with additional supplies and help for three to seven days, depending on the degree of the disaster.
Cost of the class is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included with the fee.
Shareholders should check with their mutual boards for their policies on reimbursement for attending the class.
Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ( 951) 675-4271.They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.
Ladies Legion Auxiliary Unit 327
The ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 will be out in force at local stores this month along with members of the Post with their donation cans and bouquets of paper poppies.
They will be distributed to shoppers in exchange for donations.
It’s the biggest fund raiser of the year. Funds raised will go toward projects to support local veterans and their families.
Auxiliary members support veterans at Golden West College, the PIERS Center at Long Beach Veterans Medical Center, Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, and the housing project at the Villages at Cabrillo.
Last year the ladies raised almost $4,000 in poppy donations.
To donate, call Janet Evans-Schmidt at (818) 326-0010 or send a check to her at 1651 Glenview Rd., Unit 77-C, Seal Beach, CA. 90740.
Auxiliary President Mary Wiens announced that new members who have not been formally initiated are welcome to do so at the general meeting May 19.
Attendance should be confirmed by calling her at 493-1407.
Jean Sudbeck, district poppy chairperson, will attend the district meeting in Buena Park May 10. To carpool, call Jean at 594-0209.
– Sandy Esslinger
California Retired Teachers Association
The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) is celebrating teachers across the state this week. People with relatives who are teachers or those who know teachers in nearby schools could pay tribute by volunteering to help in the classroom, buying supplies or becoming a teacher’s aide for a day.
Many retired teachers contribute to a scholarship fund for teachers of the future.
For more information, call Dorothy Geisler at 598-1477.
– Dorothy Geisler
by Raoul Cinco
The Leisure World Phil-Am Club will present an entertainment program, “A Musical: Moods, Melodies and Unforgettable Memories” at 4 p.m., May 17, in Clubhouse 3, Sections A-C. There is no charge to attend.
Master of ceremonies Joseph Chavez, club president, will begin the program with “God Bless America,” with Shirlene Chavez leading the audience with piano accompaniment by Barbara McIlhaney.
For the grand finale, the club’s chorale will sing all three stanzas of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to commemorate Armed Forces Day May 17, the day of the program.
The show will include soloists Jean Kaplan, singing “Memory”; Carmen Edwards, “O Solo Mio” and “You Light Up My Heart”; and Pete Tupas, “The Nearness of You.”
Featured pianists will be Barbara McIlhaney, Margie St. Clair, Betty Ballen, Lee Kelly and Eric Nelson.
In addition to accompanying the singers, the pianists will perform their own solo pieces. They will include Barbara McIlhaney, “The Entertainer,” “Full Moon,” and “Empty Arms”; Margie St. Clair, “Some Enchanted Evening”; Betty Ballen,“Someone to Watch Over Me and “It Might as Well be Spring,” and Lee Kelley, “All I Ask of You.”
Special features will include Sandy Hunt on the violin playing “Tango Melodies;” Mandy Cinco, “Killeen,” a contemporary solo dance; Bennie de la Cruz, a hula solo dance; and “Pearly Shells,” with the Phil-Am Club Chorale.
Many all-time popular sentimental and romantic song will be presented, accompanied by Barbara McIlhaney, piano; and Bennie and Jay de la Cruz and Max Cadabona, ukulele, playing “Hi-Lili, Hil-Lo,” “Pearly Shells,” “Via Con Dios,” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
The club and its guest performers will attempt to entertain the audience by showcasing their talents and sharing their artistic and musical wizardry.
by Janet Carpenter
The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon on Friday, May. 16, in Clubhouse 2. Lunch, $9 per person, will be served at noon.
Lunch tickets will be sold by table number. One person can pick up tickets for a table of four for $36. Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m.
Table reservations or cancellations should be made by calling Judy Belladella at 598-1784 before 6 p.m., May 13. Table reservations not cancelled must be paid for.
Members having a party of four and want to set up a new table should also call Judy at the above number.
Those tables needing a substitute player for either bridge or canasta are asked to call Vivian Neiger at 594-6550 for the names of substitute players who can be contacted.
Standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current members of the Woman’s Club. Membership cards should be taken to all these events.
A guest invited to attend the card party luncheon may do so twice a year, must have a luncheon reservation and be accompanied by her sponsor.
Members may pay their 2014-2015 dues ($20) at the card party or mail a check to Penny Wright, 13902 Thunderbird Lane, 8-C, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.Checks should be made out to Leisure World Woman’s Club.
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and last year’s membership card with the check.
Senior Patriots for Peace
Shareholders with grandchildren or great-grandchildren or who know a teenager may want to know that military recruiters walk on to some high school campuses on a daily basis and have access to students’ private information.
They will learn more from a panel of local experts who help young people understand what it means to join the military when the Senior Patriots For Peace meet at 1 p.m., May 9, in Clubhouse 4.
Panelists will include Pat Alviso of Military Families Speak Out; Richard Madeira, president of the Long Beach chapter of Veterans for Peace; Ed Garza, Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient; Chris Venn, organizer for San Pedro High School’s Peace Club; and Sam Coleman, Vietnam War conscientious objector.
They will share their perspectives on the issues, their personal stories of how the enlistment of loved ones has affected their families and the work they do with students to help inform and protect them.
A question- and- answer period will follow the presentation.
Senior Patriots for Peace is an organization dedicated to the promotion of peace.
The goal is elimination of the threat of violence and war.
To that end, the group focuses on issues of peace, social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations. Without justice there can be no peace.
For further information, call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Lucille Martin, 430-1047.
– Nancy Goldstein
Smart Driver Class
The next Smart Driver class will be held May 19 and 20, from 1-5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 .
It will be a full eight-hour session for those who have never taken the class, or those who want to take it again.
The fee will be $15 for AARP members who can confirm their membership numbers. The fee for non-members is $20.
Fees must be paid by personal check or money order when signing up. Checks should be made out to AARP.
Certificates will be available at the end of the second day.
The next eight-hour class will be held in November.
Reservations are needed since the class size is now limited to 25 people.
To make reservations or for more information, call Betty Adams, LW resident, at 936-1333.
– Betty Adams
Flemish scholar Pierre Wonters will speak on the topic “The Wisdom of the East and its Messenger” at 7:30 p.m., May 16, at the Farmers and Merchants Bank Community Room, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd.
The talk will focus on the life and times of occultist H.P. Blavatsky.
All shareholders are welcome.
The lecture is given as a community service without charge or obligation.
For further information, call the Theosophical Society at 430-3957.