ARTS MAY 8, 2014 COMPUTER CLUB by John Retterath LW contributor
The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes starting May 19 from 9-11:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up as soon as possible because space is limited.
Sign up from 1-3 p.m., weekdays, or at the Computer Club meeting at 7 p.m., May 13, in Clubhouse 4. There will be a waiting list available in the event a class fills.
The following is the list of classes:
•Monday, May 19, Windows 7
•Tuesday, May 20, Windows 8
•Wednesday, May 21, iPad
•Thursday, May 22, Android Smart Phone
•Tuesday, May 23, XP Tips and Migration
Refreshments of coffee, tea and snacks will be available during the break. New computers are available, and laptops can be used where possible. Handouts will be provided. Classes cost $5 each. Customized training for groups can be arranged by talking to John Retterath, 544 2210. Additional training features can be covered in class sessions.
The Dancing from the Heart and for the Heart class is held Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Learn to move to the music using basic dance steps without partners. Dance steps are taught in a line dance format.
Beginning Friday, May 9, the 6:15 p.m. class will learn rumba and the 7:15 p.m. class will learn Latin Club dances. Also on Friday, May 16, a swing dance lesson will be taught in Clubhouse 4 from 5-6 p.m. before the Velvetones’ performance. Take the swing dance lesson and then stay to dance to the Velvetones.
Singles and couples are welcome. Invite friends and family. People do not need partners; everyone is welcome. Cost is $5 a class per person. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has taught dancing for over 20 years.
For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.
GOOD TIMES ROLL CLUB
Let the Good Times Roll performers will host a doo-wop show at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17, in Clubhouse 2. Dancers and music lovers are invited for a good-time party.
President Frank Destra is planning special musical acts, and club members will share their love of 50s and 60s music and dance the favorite dances of their teen-age years.
Ben Berg and his Rhythm Rockers, Jay Clawson, Dutch V.K., and Vicki Van Ert, will play some rocking and rolling tunes for dancing. Along with Frank Destra, other performers will be Shalla Callahan, Geri Garcia, Vic De Grazia, Ric Dizon, Judy Duvall, Carmen Edwards, Rosemary Freeman, Jane Hass, Audrey McKenzie, Steve Nichols, Peter Sequeira, Shirley Rayhill and Joe Tucky.
The party is free with snacks provided by the club. Bring a favorite beverage or enjoy coffee provided.
Cups and ice will be available. Come and meet new friends and visit with old acquaintances. Tickets for a 50/50 drawing will be sold at the door.
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.
That Place Called Home
Songs of angels are songs of love
And I am being carried away by the spirit in that
I am soaring through space
Towards that place called home
Upheld by angels to that heavenly throne
I am soaring through space
Towards that place called home
As faster and faster we go
Past galaxies I’ve never seen before
There’s lightning and thunder and I hear the
voices of millions of angels at heaven’s door
Must stop and straighten out my gown
For I will be greeting many people
From my home town
Hope my hair’s in place and makeup so, so
Gosh’ I am hungry got any angel food?
Thank you that was so good!
Guess I’ll take my nap
I wonder do angels take naps too?
I hope the thunder and lightning subsides
I like it quiet when I rest
And will I be lulled to sleep
By the voices of a billion angels
As I dream please come closer to me
Sooth my tired soul and bring a fresh anointing
So I can keep talking to you about my new home
So keep in touch
I love all of you so much
—Bess Helen Haney
by Katie Hamilton
The Leisure World Garden Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 19, in Clubhouse 2. Guest speaker Sydney Rowland will demonstrate how to create a unique planter out of an empty birdcage.
She will show how people can take a little bit of moss, a birdcage and add some imagination to create a beautiful miniature garden perfect for sitting on a table or hanging in a corner.
Ms. Rowland grew up in southern California helping her mother, Richelle Rowland, with her garden decor business.
By the time she was 16, Ms. Rowland was doing presentations at shows held at the Fullerton Arboretum and the South Coast Plaza.
Upon her graduation from California State University, Fullerton, she and her mother started the Cottage Home and Garden store located in the shadows of Mission San Juan Capistrano in the Los Rios Historic district. This will be an introduction to a unique and charming garden project everyone can do.
The We Care donation table for non-perishable goods and cash donations will be set up. Garden 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 before the meeting.
At the close of the meeting, Faye Summers and her committee will serve light refreshments.
All LW shareholders and their guests are welcome.
The Leisure World Genealogy Library field trip to the Huntington Beach Genealogy Library is scheduled for May 16. People will meet at the Clubhouse 3 parking lot by 9 a.m. The group will leave from there by 9:15, with return between 3:30-4 p.m. Bring a sack lunch and enough material to research. This is an excellent opportunity to see the resources available at the Huntington Beach Genealogy Library.
Sign up for the trip by May 9 at the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10, or contact Linda Johnson at (714) 742-4044. The LW Genealogy Library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m.
The Coin Club will meet May 14 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30. The program will recap the club’s presentation to sixth-graders at Oak Middle School on April 22. Presenters will bring their displays to share with everyone at the meeting.
First-time guests receive an uncirculated coin as a gift. The coin club meets every second Wednesday, and everyone is welcome to attend.
Leisure World residents who have foreign coins remaining from their travels are encouraged to donate them to the club for next year’s outreach program during National Coin Week.
After the presentation, there will be a break for refreshments, followed by a coin auction, a 50/50 raffle and a coin raffle. Members in good standing may sell coins in the coin auction.
COMMUNITY KARAOKE CLUB
by Margie Thompson
“How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?” sung by Josefina Law, got a lot of help from the audience with the “arf arfs” and “bow wows.” The audience also got involved in Leila Claudio’s “Under The Boardwalk” and Mila Cruz’ “Knock Three Times.” Sally Glausser did a beautiful “It Might As Well Be Spring.” Harold Hughes’ deep voice sounded great with “Take My Hand Precious Lord.” A trio of Janice Chapman, Shalla Callahan and Jerry Tester did well with “Far Away Places.” Ray Jarris had fun singing “Oh Pretty Woman.” It was a nice Wednesday Karaoke night.
Some people give a “buck” to show appreciation to a singer or for a popular tune.
These dollars that are donated to the Karaoke Club are used for microphone batteries, replacing cables and decorations. Surplus goes into the club bank account at Wells Fargo.
Last year the club replaced its overloaded old computer and purchased the karaoke screen and stand in exchange for the clunky, huge TV screen provided by the clubhouse. The song notebooks were also purchased for the larger songbooks. The club is grateful for prompt $5 dues payment and the generous audience.
Community Karaoke is held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Practice sessions are from 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6.
“The Big Wedding,” rated R, will be shown at 2 p.m., May 11, in Clubhouse 4. Some scenes may offend some people.
A long-divorced couple feigns years of wedded bliss to please a special guest at their son’s nuptials: his birth mother. As the hoax spins out of control among family and friends, it leaves behind a poignant and funny tale about the ties that bind.
GRF WEEKLY DANCE
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.
Linda Herman will play May 10. Everyone is welcome.
LEISURE TIME DANCE
Leisure Time Dance classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 6. This month, instructor Richard Sharrard will teach the rumba at 2 p.m. and the tango at 3. Everyone is welcome to dance their way into summer. For more information, call 434-6334.
The Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1 on Monday, May 12. Amateur time is first, so prospective singers must sign in at 6 with two copies of their own sheet music, ready to sing for three minutes only, since time and spots are limited. Group singing, led by Ethel Carter starts at 7. Her half-time guest is Valentino Perry.
On April 28, Margie St. Clair played “Estrellita” on piano to start amateur time. Carmen Edwards followed with “Love Me With All Your Heart,” in English and Spanish; Betty Ballen played the piano and sang “Always On My Mind.” Lewis and Felicia Ward followed with “Hey Look Me Over”; Jerry Tester and Shalla Callahan also did a duet, “Blue Hawaii,” and Ben Berg closed the segment with an Elvis version of “I Got a Woman.”
Anita Ragole was joined by a great group of Leisure World songsters through a mostly romantic group of songs until she introduced Pat Kogok as her guest soloist. Pat presented “If I Ruled the World,” “Maria,” “Wonderful Guy,” “Cockeyed Optimist” and “Temporary Home.” Her program was loudly applauded.
After Felicia introduced three first-timers, Anita led her final selection of group songs with gusto, and everyone joined Lewis and Felicia in “Kum ba Yah” to bring a fine musical evening to a close.
Thanks to Barbara McIlhaney, pianist; Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; and Felicia Ward, emcee.
ZYDECO DANCE CLASS
The new Zydeco dance class has been a huge success with a great turnout each week. Zydeco dance lessons will continue past the original four-week series every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in lobby of Clubhouse 3. For line dance lovers, a line dance will also be taught every week. Each week there is a raffle, and one paid participant will be the winner of a special Louisiana-themed prize.
Zydeco is the infectious, accordion-driven dance music of the Creole culture. A close relative of Cajun music, Zydeco incorporates many other musical influences, including echoes of the rhythms of the Caribbean, rock ‘n roll, blues, jazz and R&B. This is the season for the southern California Zydeco dance festivals. Attendees will get a list of upcoming festivals to plan for.
Partners are not needed; dancers rotate. Come for this fun new addition to the schedule; $5 per class per person. For more information, call Jeanine Greb, 296-5921 or instructor Karen Redding, 708-8946.
A glass fusion jewelry-making class will be held Wednesday, May 14, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. The class is for beginners and advance students. Come make something special for a friend or loved one. Class size is limited to six people, so each student can have more time with the teacher.
The cost is $10 and includes two large pieces of glass or five small pieces. Sign up at the Lapidary Room to make sure there are enough supplies for everyone.
PHOTO ARTS CLUB
The Photo Arts Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., today, May 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Andrea Thresh and Photo Arts Club members will discuss and share tips on how to take better pictures with smart phones or iPads, and various ways to share and print photos. Bring devices to practice during the meeting.
The meeting also includes a members’ review and judging of their monthly photos. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn something fun about photography.
The Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group will have a Memories in May dance May 18 in Clubhouse 4. The evening includes dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7.
For more information, call Shirlene Chavez, 596-2669, or Melinda Nicolet, 598-4056.
Lynn R. Heath, president of the Company, invites everyone to participate in ballet classes in upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays.
All are welcome—men, women and beginners. Wear comfortable clothing. Instructor Mel Locket brings experience he gained from the Laguna Beach Ballet Co.
Contact Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com. The class is $3.
“Porgy and Bess,” a revival of the musical/opera; music by George Gershwin, original book and lyrics by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin, new book adaptation by Suzan-Lori Parks and score adaptation by Diedre L. Murray. Now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012, through June 1, (213) 972-4400, www.centertheatregroup.org; ticket prices: $20-$120. Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.
by Larry Blake
When “Porgy and Bess” opened in New York in 1935, the theater community didn’t know what to do with it. The creators called it a “folk opera.” The score includes operatic arias, recitative, spirituals, and jazz influenced folk music. The reviews were not encouraging. The New York Times sent its theater critic and its opera critic. “Porgy and Bess” closed after a disappointing run of only 124 performances.
The setting is Catfish Row, an African-American community along the Carolina Coast. It is evening. The men are playing dice games. A mother, Clara (Sumayya Ali), sings the haunting aria ‘Summertime’ and in that one song the mood of the piece is established. We slowly meet the other residents of Catfish Row. Porgy (Nathaniel Stampley) is a cripple. He joins the men in the gambling. When Robbins (James Earl Jones II) wins a large pot of money, Crown (Alvin Crawford), the local scoundrel, objects and a fight ensues. Crown kills Robbins with a cotton hook. He tells his woman, Bess (Alicia Hall Moran), that he will return for her after the heat dies down.
Sporting Life (Kingsley Leggs), a drug pusher, offers Bess, a junkie, a free hit of “happy dust”, and encourages her to leave Catfish Row with him to New York. She refuses his offer.
Instead an unlikely relationship develops between Porgy, the cripple, and Bess, Catfish Row’s most beautiful woman. Where Crown abused Bess, Porgy treats her with respect and gets her to stop taking “happy dust.” Their love blooms in the aria, “Bess, You Is My Woman, Now,” a highlight of any production of “Porgy and Bess.”
The return of Crown and the return of Bess to drugs puts “Porgy and Bess” in the tragedy of grand opera. The hard life of the people of Catfish Row is difficult to overcome. Bess finally, after several tragedies and death, leaves with Sporting Life for New York. Porgy, accused of killing Crown, is returned by the police for lack of evidence. But Bess is gone. Ever the optimist, Porgy sings triumphantly “I’m On My Way” as he leaves Catfish Row in pursuit of Bess, leaving the audience with the hope that he will succeed.
In 1976 the Houston Grand Opera produced a version of “Porgy and Bess” that was probably what the creators envisioned. This current production scales down the operatic qualities of the piece, and it has been directed and cut to appeal to a larger Broadway audience. Musical Theater legend Stephen Sondheim wrote a scathing criticism of the changes and the scaling down of the piece, which was printed in the Sunday New York Times. Others have defended the producers’ choices. For myself, I found the production entertaining enough and was grateful for the production, as “Porgy and Bess” is rarely produced.
It is entertaining. But if you’re an opera buff you may be disappointed in the changes made, lessening the piece as an opera and making it closer to a Broadway musical.
It’s hard to resist an evening that includes the standard songs “Summertime,” “My Man’s Gone Now,” “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” “Bess, You Is My Woman, Now,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So” and “There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon (for New York)” “Porgy and Bess” is more proof, if were needed, that George Gershwin was a musical genius. My advice is to go see it and enjoy an evening of superior voices singing one of the greatest scores ever written in the American musical theater.
WHIRLERS SQUARE DANCE
The Leisure Whirlers “Meet Me in St Louis, Meet Me at the Fair” party will be held Friday, June 6, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There will be music, dancing and an ice cream social potluck. Bring a pint of ice cream and/or favorite toppings for the potluck. People will build their own ice cream sundaes. The potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. after the dancing. Pre-rounds will be from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation, so everyone can dance. Parties are $6. For more information, call 237-2682.
A new beginners round dance class started May 4 from 6:45-8 p.m.
The ongoing beginners round dance class is held Sundays from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
People who want extra help can arrive at 5 p.m. Classes are $5 and 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.
Experienced square dancers are needed for the class that started March 2 so that all class members may dance.
Classes are held Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation.
The ongoing beginners line dance class is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place. For information, call Mel Branham.
Leisure Whirler Dance Club has scheduled a party Friday, July 4, to celebrate the Fourth of July. Come in July and have a fun time.
SATURDAY MORNING 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 May, she will teach the rumba from 9-10 and nightclub two step from 10-11.
Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.
The Questing Heirs Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting Sunday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 1900 East Carson St., Long Beach.
Speaker Alice Colby Volkert will discuss “Finding Hidden Ancestors.”
For more information, call Liz Myers, 598-3027.
Nature quilts will be the focus of the Quilting Bees third annual tea to be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
The room will be decorated with the theme “Birds of a Feather Quilt Together.”
The luncheon will be catered by Janet Faria. An opportunity drawing for a donated quilt and several other items will be held after lunch.
People need not be present to win. Non-members may attend the tea. Call Bee McConnell, 430-8271, for tickets, $10, or buy them at club meetings Wednesdays at 9 a.m. in the Clubhouse 3 lobby before May 21.
Cost is $10.
Tickets will not be available at the door.
MUSICAL STRINGS CLUB
by Irv Hart
The Musical Strings Club welcomes people who like to play instruments and sing different styles of music—romantic ballads, old time rock ’n roll, pop standards, country, gospel, etc.
The club welcomes singers percussionists and musicians who play stringed instruments.
Any instrument is welcome, including autoharps, banjos, steel guitars, ukuleles, acoustic guitars, mandolins, violins, base guitars to come and make melody, harmony and rhythm.
Frequently, the group ends the playing and singing of a group song on the same note and at the same time.
The Musical Strings Club meets Fridays from 1-3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
Musicians and singers of all levels of ability are welcome. Members do not have to live in Leisure World.
For more information, stop by a club meeting or call 296-5619.
CLUB PROMOTION ONLINE
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 promote their groups by providing photos, meeting times, dates and locations, club descriptions and special activity news. The site also has a “Club Spotlight” section to feature specific clubs.
VIDEO PRODUCERS CLUB
by Joe Osuna
The Leisure World Video Producers Club, comprised of certified video producers, has a variety of new programs scheduled to show in May on local Time Warner Cable SBTV-3 at Channel 15.102 and Verizon Cable Channel 37. The Video Producers 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 SBTV03@gmail.com or 696-1404.
Club Internet information is available at LWVPC.Blogspot.com. The following is the list of May offerings:
Meet the members of Terry Otte & Abilene, which plays on the fourth Fridays of the month at Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m. Terry Otte is the leader of the band, comprised of members Rod Anderson, Michel McCarthy, Harry Reichman and Tina Schaffer. They talk about their experiences and how they all met to form the band. Joe Osuna is the producer of the 30-minute program.
Frank Destra is interviewed on the podcast Silver Moments, hosted by Dr. Marcia Baltimore. The show is broadcast from the Superwire studio in Leisure World live and videotaped for television. Frank discusses his life history with his wife, Martha, and their Do Wop Club, aka Let the Good Times Roll. Joe Osuna is the producer of the 45-minute program.
The Rev. Kurt Dahlin talks about the history of “Women’s Oppresion in the Church,” in the a Silver Moments Internet podcast hosted by Dr. Marcia Baltimore. The radio program originates at the Leisure World Superwire studio. Bob McCauley is the camera operator; Joe Osuna is the video editor of the half-hour program.
•Western Dinner Dance
The Theater Club’s Western Dinner Dance featured many acts, culminating in the male and female can can dancers. This is one-hour of entertainment by talented Theater Club members. Joe Osuna is the video producer.
•Abilene Western Event
The Abilene Band played at the Theater Club’s spring event. Band members are leader Terry Otte with Rod Anderson, Michel McCarthy, Harry Reichman and Tina Schaffer. Joe Osuna is the Video Producer of this half-hour program.
•Judaism and Christianity
Mark Barnett discusses the religious historical events that led to Passover and Easter with Dr. Marcia Baltimore in this half-hour podcast. The interview was done at the Superwire studio. Bob McCauley is the camera operator. Joe Osuna is the video producer.
The Primetime Players remember their “Favorite Things” in this one-hour program of musical songs and funny stories. Barbara Klein directs the play, which was performed in three cities. Camera operators are Joe and Oralia Osuna. Joe is the video producer.
•Inside Leisure World
Lynn R. Heath and Steve Nichols are the guests on “Inside Leisure World,” a 30-minute program hosted by Joe Osuna. Lynn and Steve talk about their experiences and recent shows they have produced. Their next show is planned for December. Camera operator was Oralia Osuna; timer was Joseph Valentinetti and video producer was Joe Osuna.