ARTS MAY 15 2014 A ballet class meets at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. The class is $3 each. Instructor Mel Lockett has studied ballet at the Laguna Beach Ballet Co. and jazz with Steven Peck in Orange County.
He also teaches at his own dance studio.
For more information, contact Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or

The Leisure World Seal Beach Book Club will meeting at 1 p.m., May 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. The club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month.
The club will discuss “March,” by Geraldine Brooks. It is a novel that retells Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” from the point of view of Alcott’s protagonists’ absent father. Everyone is welcome.
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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.
An Awakening Plumeria!
The barren Plumeria twiglets suddenly tauten into conception:
Are Spring’s seasonal sanctions responsible for this transformation
Of unfurling leaf-spears agog with pristine promise,
Lanterning this vernal shrub’s tenderly splayed progress!
Scrolls of umbrellaed-buds expectantly clutch into a cluster,
Readying to spill luminosity into this pastelled fluster.
Will these Plumeria florets be of hot pink, vivid yellow or pure white:
Frazzling the air with perfume, intoxicating darting gold-hued mites!
—Louisa de Sa

The Friends of the Library Bookstore has bargains for Leisure World readers stocking up on summer fare. Fiction hardbacks are $1-$2, paperbacks are 50 cents, except for westerns, which are only 25 cents. Greeting card selections are now reduced to 50 cents, and music CDs and DVDs are $2. There is a large selction of “coffee table” books, and the popular patio cupboard with “Buck-a-Bag” books.
The Friends Boutique is now open year around with new items displayed daily. Come in and browse, and visit with the friendly volunteers. Bookstore hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“Into the Woods,” a revival of the musical; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by James Lapine. Now being presented by 3D Theatricals at the Plummer Auditorium, 210 East Chapman Ave., Fullerton, 92832, through May 18,; ticket prices: $23-$60; Running time: 3 hours.

by Larry Blake
LW contributor

Stephen Sondheim is unquestionably the most influential writer of musicals since he burst on to the scene with the lyrics to “West Side Story” in 1957. His work is always an interesting combination of entertainment and thought-provoking moments. He has brought the musical to a level of sophistication that it had never seen. One of his more profound works, “Into the Woods,” with an equally witty book by James Lapine, is now being presented by 3D Productions in Fullerton. It is a production worthy of the musical’s genius and certainly should be viewed by any fan of the works of Stephen Sondheim.
“Into the Woods” made its debut on Broadway in 1987. The first act combines the tales of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The second act follows the characters further and explores the consequences of their actions. The second act tries to guess what happened to characters like Little Red Riding Hood (Julie Morgentaler), Cinderella (Jeanette Dawson), Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk” (Jordan Lamoureux), and Rapunzel (Christanna Rowader).
All of these stories are connected by a more original story of a baker (Jeff Skowron) and his wife (Viva Carr). A spell has been placed on the baker and his wife making them unable to bear a child. A witch (Bets Malone) gives them a quest, items to find to produce the cure to the curse, so they may have a child. So off they go into the woods, searching for the items on the witch’s list: a cow milky white, a cape as red as blood, hair the color of gold and a slipper made of glass. As these are items possessed by Jack, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella, it necessitates the baker and his wife interfacing with these fairy tale characters as we know them.
It’s all very clever. Be warned however that the story follows closely the Brothers Grimm version of the stories. For example, when the glass slipper is too small, Cinderella’s stepmother (Leslie Stevens) chops off a portion of the step sisters’ foot to make the glass slipper fit. This is not the Disney version of the stories.
It is in Act Two where “Into the Woods” elevates itself above an average musical. Act One ends with the song “Ever After” as most fairy tales do end up that “they lived happily ever after.” But the creators of “Into the Woods” are after bigger game. Act Two puts these characters into the realities of life. There is no sugar coating in Act Two as we watch the characters mature when life gives them lemons.
This is a solid production of a difficult piece of theater. Directed with the appropriate flair by T.J. Dawson on an elaborate set by Tom Buderwitz, the evening sails smoothly. All of the actors perform Sondheim’s tricky music and lyrics with ease, and this is not an easy task. As the evening proceeds, Leslie Stevens as the baker’s wife, and Jeff Skowron as the baker, mature along with the script, richly rewarding the audience with their skills.
After life hands her some challenges in Act Two, Cinderella says to her prince, now her husband, “I have lived in my father’s house, and it was a nightmare. I have lived in your house, and it was a dream. I want something in between.” That’s one of the points of “Into the Woods.” The fairy tales we all grew up with taught that life can be perfect, and we can all live happily ever after. The reality as an adult is a little different. “Into the Woods” says not only that life is a series of compromises, but it also says that we must be careful what we tell children, for after all, as so eloquently stated in one of the songs, “Children Will Listen.” This is a production of “Into the Woods” that is a feast for the eyes and ears. Go, watch and “listen.”

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE—Tina Huang and Delmy Galvez enjoy dancing to a salsa beat at a Cinco de Mayo- themed party with Latin American folk dances. The class meets every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Beginning dances from many countries of the world are taught and practiced every week. Visitors are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes.

Take a swing dance lesson from 5-6 p.m., Friday, May 16, in Clubhouse 4 and then stay and dance as the Velvetone’s big band hosts a night of swing at 6:30 p.m.
Beginning tomorrow, May 9, the Dance Club will have a rumba lesson at 6:15 p.m. and Latin club dances at 7:15.
The Dancing from the Heart and for the Heart class continues Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 lobby. Learn to move to the music and dance without a partner using basic dance steps. Dance steps will be taught in a line dance format.
Singles and couples are welcome. Invite friends and family. Partners are not needed; $5 per class per person. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has taught dancing for over 20 years.
For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.

The Science Discussion Club will discuss history of science in the western world from 2-3:15 p.m., Thursday, May 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The club will examine the history and developments of the Scientific Revolution, specifically the work of Kepler, Galileo and Newton.
This club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. There are no dues. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.

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.
Since starting the Cottage Home and Garden Store six years ago, Sydney and her mother Richelle Rowland have filled the store with eclectic items for the house and garden. They also teach classes on planting fairy gardens, designing and making “succulent” wreaths; creating Birds Nest planters and growing herbs in tea cups. All of their classes are free—people just need to purchase materials. 
Visit the Cottage Home and Garden website at to learn more about classes offered and to take a “virtual” look at the cottage store.
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 for sales before the meeting starts. At the close of the meeting, Faye Summers and her committee will serve light refreshments.  All LW shareholders and their guests are welcome.

The Art League will sponsor a watercolor workshop on Thursday, May 22, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Art Room of Clubhouse 4. Watercolorist Joan Boryta will be teaching technique. Supplies are needed. Call Joan at (714) 842-0674 or e-mail her at for a materials list, to reserve space and for more information.

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.

Barbara Magie teaches a line dance class for new beginners at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome. The first class is free, $3 per class afterward. For more information, call Barbara at 596-4690.

The Mini Farm Club will meet Thursday, May 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 9 a.m. The July picnic will be discussed. 
There will be awards for best plot, most improved plot and several honorable mentions.
Refreshments will be served.

Frank Destra, and new club background dancers Gisele Karlinsky and Carolyn Mottola, will offer their rendition of “Jailhouse Rock” at the club’s bi-monthly dance party at Clubhouse 2. Doors will open at 6 p.m., Saturday, May 17. Performances include a duet by new members Sandy Tessier and Mike Skinner and a duet by Rosemary Freman and Peter Sequiera. There will be time to socialize and dance before and after the performances scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Club performers Frank Destra, Vic DeGrazia, Ric Dizon, Judy Duvall, Carmen Edwards, Audrey McKenzie, Steve Nichols, Joe Tucky and Vicki Van Ert have been practicing their own special songs from the 50s and 60s. Ben Berg and the Rhythm Rockers will start the show with its special brand of rock n’ roll music. Dancing in the aisles is part of the evening’s special fun.
Bring beverages of choice. The club will have snacks, coffee, ice and cups available. There will be a 50/50 drawing after the show.

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 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.

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. 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 Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Don Peterson will play May 17.

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., May 19, in Clubhouse 1 for its final songfest of the season. It will also be one of the two times per season that the club ask songsters to prepare a favorite recipe to share during “party time” when the singing ends. People should bring a luncheon dish, salad, hors d’oeuvre, etc. Beverages will be provided, and all leftovers will be taken to a local shelter for abused women. Donation cans, identified by balloons, will be on the tables for voluntary contributions to help pay for songbooks and incidental expenses.
Group song leader will be Lewis Ward, but party time will supplant a half-time guest. Amateur time begins immediately, so prospective singers must sign in at 6 with the emcee, with two copies of their own sheet music.
On May 5, Ethel Carter and Carmen Edwards did “Las Monanitas” as a duet as the first amateurs, followed by Jean Kaplan singing “Mr. Wonderful. Betty Ballen played “The Nearness of You” as a piano solo. Pat Kogok did a “Surprise” song for Cinco de Mayo; Max Cadabono and Benny De la Cruz sang “Vaya Con Dios,” and Ben Berg on piano closed by singing “Jenny, Jenny, Jenny.” Accompanists were Betty Ballen, Margie St. Clair and Pat Kogok.
Carmen Edwards led a large group of Leisure World songsters through a fine selection of group songs until she brought out Jojo Weingart and her Hui O Hula dancers and singers. Their show revolved around five numbers: “Ulupalakua,” “Hula Town,” “Aloha No Kalakoua,” “No Vaqueros” and “Happy Cinco de Mayo.” Very loud applause endorsed the program.
Carmen led her final selection of group singing with much gusto. Everyone was then invited to join Lewis and Felicia in “Kum ba Yah” to close a great musical evening.
Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Pat Kogok, pianist; and Felicia Ward, emcee.

The new Zydeco dance class has been a huge success, and lessons will continue past the original four-week series. The class is held Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 lobby. A line dance will also be taught every week. Each week there is a raffle and one paid attendee will be the lucky winner of a Louisiana-themed prize.
Zydeco is the accordion-driven dance music of the Creole culture and incorporates many musical influences. This is the season for the southern California Zydeco dance festivals. Attendees will get a list of upcoming festivals to plan for.
Dancers rotate. All are welcome; class is $5 per person. Instructor is Karen Redding. For more information, call Jeanine Greb at 296-5921 or Karen at 708-8946.

THE VELVETONES BIG BAND will host a night of swing music at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 16, in Clubhouse 4. The band plays on the third Friday of each month. Admission is free and people may bring favorite beverages and snacks. Singles are welcome; 50/50 raffle tickets will be on sale at the door. Spend the night dancing with the Velvetones and enjoy the singing of Lorie Banta and Tommy Williams. Special guest stars are The Three of Us, a female vocal group that performs hits of the Andrews Sisters and more.


The Whirlers will have a “Meet Me in St Louis, Meet Me at the Fair” dance Friday, June 6. Hark back to the 1904 World’s Fair held in St. Louis, Mo. Remember ice cream sodas, ice cream sandwiches and fresh-baked waffles rolled into cones. All of these were invented for that fair.
The dance will be held 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 some favorite toppings to build ice cream delights. The potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. after the dancing. Pre-rounds are 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.
Beginners round dance classes are held at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m., Sundays. People who want extra help can come at 5. Classes, $5, are held at 5946 Westminster Blvd. at Springdale and Westminster Avenue in Westminster. Singles and couples are welcome. For information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.
Experienced square dancers are needed for a new square dance class, so that all class members may dance. Classes are held Mondays from 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 also held Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place. For information, call Mel Branham.
Leisure Whirler Dance Club parties are held the first Friday of each month. The next party will celebrate Independence Day on July 4.

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.

The Hallmark movie “Safe Harbor” will be shown tomorrow night, Friday, May 16, at the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road behind carport 125. It is the true story of a couple, Doug and Robbie Smith, who founded the Safe Harbor Home for boys in Jacksonville, Fla.
On the eve of their retirement cruise, self-made millionaire Doug Smith and his wife get a call from a local judge asking them to put off their trip to help spare three teens from serving prison time with veteran criminals.
Through hard work, discipline and the confidence gained by a challenging life at sea under the guidance of Doug and Robbie, the boys turn their lives around. In return, the couple finds a renewed sense of purpose.
The Hallmark movies set the standard for wholesome family movies and are popular, so people are advised to arrive before 6 p.m. to find the seating of their choice. Hearing enhancement devices are available upon request. These movies are free, and everyone is welcome.

The Long Beach Heritage Great Homes of Long Beach Tour will be held from 9-11:30 a.m., Sunday, June 1. Long Beach Heritage members are $35; $40 for non-members. Reservations can be made via credit card on PayPal by going to Checks can be mailed to Long Beach Heritage, P.O. Box 92521, Long Beach, CA., 90809, with a self-addressed stamped envelope
Once a year, Long Beach Heritage invites the public to view some of the unique homes that make up the city’s rich architectural history. For the 2014 Great Homes Tour, six distinguished homes of distinctive architectural character will take the spotlight. Docents will highlight the interior and exterior features and the history of each home. Among the homes presented this year will be a fully restored, turn-of-the-century manse with exceptional interiors, once the home of a Long Beach mayor, Ray C. Kealer; an Italian Renaissance home with original detailing circa 1927; and a lovely 1920s Spanish revival located in the beachside community of Bluff Park.
This tour allows a limited number of people and often sells out early. Tickets, maps and instructions will be mailed if the order is received by May 26. After that, paid tickets will be held in “Will Call,” where they may be picked up between 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. Long Beach Heritage is a non-profit group promoting public knowledge and preservation of significant historic and architectural resources and the cultural heritage of Long Beach.

Cinco De Mayo has become a celebration of all things Mexican. The Community Karaoke stage was decorated with vibrant and colorful banners. Joe Sabroso picked up on this theme and sang two songs in the Spanish language. Then there were some swingin’ tunes such as “Personality” by Ray Barnum, “I’m Into Something Good” from Donna Hughes, “Rags To Riches” by Pete Tupas and “Since I Met You Baby,” sung by Ed Bolos while folks were dancing in the aisle. Ric Dizon sang “Mama, which he dedicated for Mother’s Day, as did Joanne Gado when she sang “Tenderly.”
It was a relaxed and fun night. Singers were ready and anxious to get on stage and perform their best.
Those who attend Bob Slater’s Tuesday practice sessions say he is a great help in giving tips on song selection and range. He’s there from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. Get ready for some patriotic songs as Memorial Day weekend approaches. Come each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 from 5:30-10 p.m. for karaoke.

A TOUCH OF CLASS musical theater will perform “Maiden Voyage,” which will include “Route 66,” “Melody Lane” and the “Blue Velvet Lounge” at 2 p.m., May 29, and at 6 p.m., May 30, in Clubhouse 2. The technical expertise of David Noble will enhance the show. All are welcome to come and see the visual presentation featuring the famous Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Bring snacks and beverages. There will be a 50/50 raffle.