Health Care Center presentations Two important presentations are scheduled within the next week at the Health Care Center conference room.

Following today’s 1:30 p.m. talk on organ donations by Monica Groves, a Medicare education presentation on low income subsidy will be given at 1:30 p.m., June 12.

A basic understanding will be provided on eligibility for the low income subsidy available to the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

It also will include information on those who are automatically deemed eligible and those who must apply to determine eligibility.

It will be presented by George Ekita and Joseph Barrantes.

On June 19, Lorraine Goldman, physical therapist will present “Practicing Balance from the Ground Up.”

It will include information on target exercises with actual practice of those exercises in the class.

Today, Ms. Groves will present information about the organ donation process, the Donate Life California registry and how to sign up.

She will also discuss outreach events, such as the Donate Life Run/Walk and the Rose Parade float.

Ms. Groves has a keen understanding of the complex social fabric of African American communities in the region.

To make reservations for any of the presentations, call the HCC hotline at 795-6204.


Senior Meals


Community SeniorServ (CSS) offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, for coffee. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30. Arrive by 11 a.m. to register and find a seat. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. Karaoke music is scheduled Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079 between 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Call 439-3699, to schedule free bus pick-up.


The Los Alamitos senior lunch and bread program offers the same menu from 11:15-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Los Alamitos Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. Suggested donation: $3-$5 for seniors, $5 for people 59 or younger. For reservations, call 430-1073, ext. 526. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, June 9: Turkey pot roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole grain bread and margarine, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, June 10: Chicken fajitas with vegetables, Spanish rice, tortilla, strawberry ice cream, fresh fruit.

Wednesday, June 11: Breaded fish sandwich, coleslaw, carrot and raisin salad, wheat bun, chilled fruit cocktail.

Thursday, June 12: Broccoli soup, green chile and spinach quiche, redskin potatoes, wheat roll and margarine, cantaloupe.

Friday, June 13: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, baby bakers potatoes, chef cut vegetables, caesar salad with dressing, roll, blueberry pie, fresh fruit.


Wa-Rite Club


Advantame is the latest chemical sweetener to help diabetics and overeaters deal with the sugar cravings. There are now six such sweeteners available, all approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

Nutritionists and other researchers have reservations about Sweet’n Low, Equal, Splenda and Newtame. If one reads the labels, they have the more generic names of saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame and acesulfame potassium. Now Stevia and Advantame, which claims to be 20,000 times stronger than sugar, are added.

While dealing with obesity and the consequences of overloads of sugar, the so-called no calorie products could cause concern years later.

Wa-Rite Club members always enjoy the last day of the month when they speak to the group and listen to others describe the previous week.

Some stories are funny, some educational, sad, successful and some about life’s problems.

The group lost a total of 32 pounds last week, led by Darleen Gardner.

Swana White reported the next contest will go from June 27-Aug. 1.

The luau from last year will be repeated in mid-August. Members are invited to “go native.”

Wa-Rite is a weight-loss group, maintenance program and support group who gives members the autonomy to choose their food plan for weight loss. Most members are experienced dieters. Meetings are held at 9 a.m., Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call Judy Chambers at 430-9966.

– Betty Scharf

Health Care Center needs volunteers


The Health Care Center is in urgent need of new volunteers to work at the information desk to assist patients get to where they need to go and take blood pressures.

Residents who can volunteer 2-1/2 hours (or more) per week are asked to call 795-6285 and ask for Terri Furlow.


Leisure World Health, Exercise Classes


Diabetic Club

Members will meet at 11 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, in the Health Care Center conference room.

For more information about the club, call Paul Harrison at 598-0015.

– Paul Harrison

Tai chi and Qigong

Classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 4, Room 3, right side.

At 9 a.m., instruction begins in tai chi, which helps with balance and has been taught in Leisure World since 1997.

Qigong, a general health exercise, starts at about 9:45, followed by an explanation of the moves until 10:30.

For more information, call Jerry Cohen, instructor, at 596-7528.

– Jerry Cohen

Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club

Thursday classes are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 9-10 a.m. except the fourth Thursday when the class will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, also at the same time.

Classes are taught by qigong practitioner Dave Heilig.

It’s a no-impact class with a focus on joint health, stress relief, pain reduction and wellness breathing techniques.

Non-impact movements can be performed in a standing or seated position.

For more information, call Catherine Millot at 760-4545.

– Catherine Millot

Upper Body Strength Class

One-hour classes are offered at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6. The fee is $4 per class, payable at the start of the month, or $5 a class for those who do not attend regularly.

For more information, call 493-0609.

Walking Group

The group meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in front of the Amphitheater for a one-hour walk.

The activity is not strenuous, but residents should check with their doctors if they have been recently ill.

Bad weather will cancel the walk. For more information, call 799-3841.

– Flo Dartt

Viniyoga Therapy with Mat

A class is available from from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, in Clubhouse 6, Room A. All shareholders are welcome.

Viniyoga refers to the adaptation and application of yoga techniques to help people facing health challenges manage their conditions.

For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.

– Patti Endly

Zumba Club

Classes $3 each, are offered Mondays at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.; and Sundays, 6 p.m.

Instructor is Stef Sullivan.

All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 431-0082.

– Mary Romero

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Chih

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes meet Tuesdays from 9:15-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call Joann Mullens, 596-3936.

Monday Yoga

Classes are offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session.

For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.


Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, Room A; Thursdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The fee is $5 per session.

For more information, call Glady Horbay at 308-7221.

Line Dance

Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1. First-time beginners classes are scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs, and beginners to EZ level, 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Clubhouse 6, upstairs.

For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.

Line Dance

Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1. First-time beginners classes are scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs, and beginners to EZ level, 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Clubhouse 6, upstairs.

For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6 upstairs. Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter, thought-sharing, and the slow and steady flow of tai chi movements. A special meditation for relief, healing and energy ends the class.

For more information, contact Ron Kellet at 493-6719.

Pilates Club

Corrective and therapeutic non-impact classes are held Thursdays in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $7 per class.

Taught by certified Pilates instructors, the classes for men and women focus on strengthening core muscles to improve balance, strength and coordination. The chair class for beginners starts at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 by the mat class, which requires Pilates or yoga experience.

For more information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214