The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present Amphitheater season 2014, which will begin Thursday, July 3, and end Thursday, Sept. 11. Shows begin at 8 p.m. until September when they will start at 7:30.
This year, three shows are designated as “popular,” as shown in bold print below. When a large audience is expected, GRF members will be limited to one non-resident guest. GRF identification is required.
The minibus will make a special evening run Thursdays to accommodate shareholders attending Amphitheater shows. See page 23 of the 2014 Minibus Schedule for more information. Access bus service is available by reservation. A bus will be waiting after the show to take passengers home.
The following is the show schedule, which can also be found online at
•July 3: All American Boys Chorus
Rob Watkins, comedy host
•July 10: Count Basie Orchestra
Robert Lee, comedy host, sponsored by
CalMet Services Inc.
•July 17: ABBA Tribute
Steve Brunner, comedy host; sponsored by the
Los Alamitos Medical Center and the Health
Care Center on Golden Rain Road
•July 24: Kingston Trio, sponsored by John’s Landscaping
•July 31: Music in the Miller Mood, featuring Tex Beneke
Orchestra and the Modernaires
•Aug. 7: Debbie Reynolds, sponsored by Superwire
Aug. 14: U.S. Navy Band, sponsored by the Y’s Service Club
•Aug. 21: The Rat Pack
•Aug. 28: Frankie Avalon
•Sept. 4: Country-western Tribute to Roy Orbison & Patsy Cline
Kelly McDonald, comedy host; sponsored by
the Golden Age Foundation
•Sept. 11: Terry Otte & Abilene

The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of computer classes in July. Because of class popularity, the club has doubled the classes to cover nine topics with a 10th class to be determined.
Most classes are hands-on.
The one-day classes are held from 9-11:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab on the ground level of Clubhouse 5; $5 each. Since classes usually fill up quickly and space is limited, people should sign up as soon as possible.
Attendance is open to all LW residents; club membership is not a requirement. Snacks will be available during class breaks.
Computers are available and laptops can be used where possible. Handouts will be provided.
Sign-up sheets are in the Computer Lab from 1-3 p.m., weekdays. There will be a waiting list in the event a class fills.
The following is the list of classes:
•Monday, July 14: Introduction to PCs, Tablets & Smart Phones
•Tuesday, July 15: Internet & Email
•Wednesday, July 16: Windows 7
•Thursday, July 17: Windows 8
•Friday, July 18: Word 2007
•Monday, July 21: Android Apps
•Tuesday, July 22: iPad Tablet
•Wednesday, July 23: Excel 2007
•Thursday, July 24: Digital Cameras with PCs
•Friday, July 25: To Be Determined
Customized training for groups can be arranged by talking to John Retterath, 544-2210. Additional training features can be covered in class sessions.

What a crowd; everybody wanted to sing at Community Karaoke last week, and dance too. Ren Villanueva had them in the front aisle dancing to his “Mambo No. 5,” followed by Vito Villamor with “Achy Breaky Heart” and Ellen Brannigan with “Elvira.”
There was lots of movin’ and shakin’ goin’ on to entertain the audience. Performing duets were Ray Jarris and Doris Edwards, “Top Of The World,”; Bruce and “T” Smith doing a cute song “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”; and Sue and Walt Pippo, “Whenever I Call Your Friend.”
It was a treat to hear a few first-time performers. Joanne Hargrave did a wonderful “Can’t Help Falling In Love” as did Elesha Waddel, “Angels”; and Roger Damicog, “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” The audience snacked and sipped drinks while enjoying a variety of tunes and talent.
Practice sessions are held with Bob Slater Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. Community Karaoke meets Wednesdays from 5:30-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

Last week, two carloads of Hui O Hula dancers ventured from Leisure World to Garden Grove to perform with the Celebration of Life Singers and LW trumpet player Steve Nichols.
A special mahalo/thanks to LWer Melinda Nicolette, a member of the choir, for including hula in the program. 
Under the direction of conductor Steve Han and with the joint effort of Steve Nichols and the dancers, “What a Wonderful World” captivated the audience at St. Olaf Church.
During the program, Hui O Hula dancers entertained the audience with a medley in honor of Hawai’i’s last monarchs, King Kawika Kalakaua and Queen Lili’uokalani. Feather gourds, bamboo rattles and an ipu, a hollowed out gourd, were also used.
Celebration of Life Singers is open to those who currently have or have had cancer and their support-partners and caregivers. Anyone interested in choir membership, regardless of skill level, can call Donna Killingbeck at (714) 842-9550. 
Anyone interested in learning the hula and or just hanging out with a friendly, happy group can call 252-9676. The hui/group meets twice a week, on Mondays at 10 and Tuesdays at 1:15, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Ability does not matter—having fun together is the main goal.  
The Hui dancers are looking forward to dancing for, and with, the young adults at Huntington Beach’s Encore Integrated Rehabilitation Therapies Center this week. Hula dancers are delighted to have their photo included in Encore’s 2014 calendar.

Leisure Time Dancers will continue rumba and tango lessons in June. The class meets on Mondays. Rumba is at 2 p.m. and tango, at 3 in Clubhouse 6. For more information, call 434-6334.

A beginning tap dance class has started at 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 493-3497.

TERRY OTTE & ABILENE will perform a free concert and dance Saturday, June 28, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Abilene is a local country/rock band that usually plays on the fourth Saturday of the month in Clubhouse 2. All LW residents and friends are welcome. The clubhouse will be set up with tables and chairs, so bring beverages and snacks. Dancing is allowed.

THE SOUTHBAY DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in Clubhouse 4. The nine-piece band will feature singer duo Judi Hasse and Jim Jones. All are welcome. Annual membership $5; guests, $2 at the door. There will be a 50/50 raffle.
Cookies, popcorn, tea and coffee will be available.

by Eleanor Thompson
LW contributor

The Whirlers will celebrate Independence Day Friday, July 4, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7. Square and round dances will alternate from 7-9 p.m. The potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. after the dancing. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Parties are $6. For more information, call 237-2682.
Growing evidence suggests that the generation edging toward retirement may be in worse health than their parents, says The British Columbia Square and Round Dance Federation. Research has shown that although people are less likely to smoke, they are more likely to report less stamina, difficulty climbing stairs and getting up from a chair.
The ideal prescription for improving or maintaining health is to find an activity that combines physical, mental and social benefits. Round dancing and square dancing provide all three, and there are several dance classess offered locally.
A new round dance class for beginners will start July 13 from 6:45-8 p.m. An ongoing beginners round dance class is held Sundays from 5:30-6:45. People who want extra help can arrive at 5. Classes, $5, 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.
A beginners Square Dance class is held Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation.

“The Last Confession,” a revival of the play by Roger Crane; now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012, through July 6, (213) 972-4400,; ticket prices: $20-$105. Running time: 2 hours, 25 minutes.

by Larry Blake
LW contributor

When the head of the Catholic church dies or retires, cardinals from around the globe return to Rome to elect a new pope. A papal conclave is held behind closed doors. A papal conclave, and the politics involving electing a new pope, are the subject of the 2006 drama, “The Last Confession,” now being presented in a fascinating production at the Ahmanson Theatre.
We first meet Cardinal Benelli (David Suchet) at the confessional. He needs to reveal what he knows about the death of Pope John Paul I. It is 1978, but the majority of the story is told in flashbacks.
Cardinal Benelli, serving under Pope Paul VI, is an ambitious member of the curia, which is the administrative center of the Vatican. Not yet a cardinal at this point in the story, Benelli is in the minority among his peers to continue the reforms that had started under Pope John XXIII, which was Vatican II.
The power struggle between the conservatives and liberals in the curia continued during the reign of Paul VI. At his death, the cardinals returned to Rome to elect a new pope.
This drama gives a look inside the power struggles of the hierarchy of the church. Now a cardinal, Cardinal Benelli leads the liberals. Eventually he succeeds in getting the cardinals to elect Cardinal Luciani (Richard O’Callaghan) as a compromise. But, to the displeasure of the conservatives, Cardinal Luciani, now Pope John Paul I, turns out to be more liberal than any of the other cardinals who had been considered.
It’s mostly speculation, and this play is yet another look at the many conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I, who died only 33 days after he was elected Pope. No autopsy was performed, and the rumors about how he died have appeared in films and novels since that day in 1978.
The production at the Ahmanson gives Los Angeles audiences the chance to watch two outstanding actors at their best. David Suchet commands the stage as Cardinal Benelli. You most likely know Suchet as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot from the film and television adaptations of the Agatha Christie novels. His Cardinal Benelli is a joy to watch. He is equally joined by Richard O’Callaghan as Pope John Paul I. When the two of them are on the stage together, it is theatrical lightning.
We are most likely never to know the whole truth surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I. In “The Last Confession,” playwright Roger Crane gives an interesting look behind the closed doors of the Vatican.
Written in 2006, this play is more relevant than ever. If we are to believe playwright Roger Crane, Pope John Paul I, with his liberal leanings, bears a remarkable similarity in ideology to the current pope, Pope Francis I. It will be interesting to see where the church proceeds. For, as Benelli is warned early in the evening, “Be careful of power. Your punishment may be in finding it.”

The Leisure World Coin Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
This month’s program will be a members’ show-and-tell. Members are invited to bring items to share with the group.
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 may 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. The meeting will also include a coin auction, 50/50 drawing and a coin raffle. Members in good standing may sell coins in the coin auction.

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The Art League will meet Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Guest artist Willellyn McFarland will create a watercolor painting. Art League members who want to submit artwork for the monthly competition must bring their items in for judging at 6:30.  
Willellyn was born in California and has been interested in art as long as she can remember. After high school, she attended USC and majored in painting, earning a bachelor’s of fine arts degree. After graduation, she married, had children and, while raising her family, she continued to paint. She also taught art in elementary schools and in adult education classes. 
During that period, she became interested in watercolor, and she was accepted into the National Watercolor Society as a signature member. She was active in that society and also held memberships in other art groups, such as the Women Painters West and Watercolor West.
Willellyn received awards in the Watercolor West Annual Exhibit, the San Diego International Exhibition and the National Watercolor Society Donor’s Exhibition. The Andre Agassi Foundation, New Horizons, chose her as its featured artist at the foundation’s annual fund raiser in Las Vegas. Some of her work is in the collection of that foundation. 
 She was invited to exhibit her work in the Taiwan International Art Exhibit in 2009. She was also commissioned by the U.S. Forest Service to do several paintings for interpretive signs along the trails of the San Gabriel Mountains, and she did a series of illustrations for the future children’s garden at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Center in Claremont, Calif.
Willellyn’s artwork has been published in several magazines and books, including “The Artist’s Magazine,” “The Artistic Touch 3 and 4” and “Artists of California.”
“Color is the dominant theme in most of my paintings,” said Willellyn, “and I enjoy experimenting with a variety of techniques and mediums, always seeking beauty in the chosen subject matter and hoping that the viewer will react in a positive way to my work.”

The Genealogy Library is available to residents for ancestral research. Books, discs and computers (with special programs) are available to help with residents’ research. The library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. Helpers are available to assist people. All are welcome.
Workshop discussion groups are held in the Genealogy Library on Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. These are open to all. The following discussions are scheduled:
•July 2 –Where was your family in 1776-1779 and what world events were happening?
•July 9 – Taking and using cell phone pictures for genealogy research
•July 16 – How to use your Genealogy Library resources
There will be no workshop meeting July 23, and the Genealogy Library will be closed.
Volunteers are needed to help in the Genealogy Library. There will be a special training class today, June 26, at 10 a.m. at the Genealogy Library.

The Science Discussion Club will meet from 2-3:15 p.m., today, June 26, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The club will begin examining the history and developments of the Scientific Revolution. Topics will include the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton, and how this history and science is still current and vital today.
The club is open to all and meets on the second and fourth Thursdays. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett 430-2435.

The Dancing Feet Club will have a dance at 6 p.m., July 11 in Clubhouse 4. The evening will start with ballroom and line dance lessons, followed by dancing to non-stop music. After learning new dance steps, people will showcase their skills on the dance floor.
Snacks and water will be available. Admission is $5.
The club got kudos for its first event held June 13. Highlights of the evening included the Suede Sole Dancers performing to “I Will Survive,” choreographed by Pat Erickson. Dance instructors Richard Sharrard and Jeremy Pierson danced with guests.

Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 and 10, Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. This month, she will teach the tango from 9-10 and country two-step from 10-11.
Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.

Calling all talent—singers, dancers, comics, musicians. Tommy Williams from the Company’s “Copacabana” show in April invites everyone to “Leisure World’s Got Talent” at 6 p.m., tonight, Thursday, June 26, in Clubhouse 1. Tommy Williams will be the host for the evening and the opening act with Helen Schultz and her dog, Teacup. Talent must check in at 5, with those who arrive first being first on stage.
The show will be like “America’s Got Talent” without the judging. This is a chance for LW performers—dancers, singers, comics and magicians—to be discovered by clubs who are looking for entertainment for club events. All residents are invited. Entertainers must live in LW to participate. Each act needs to be less than five minutes.
Steve Nichols, Sandi Post and Lynn R. Heath will be there to check out the talent. Tommy Williams is the host and will be available to help people with their acts.
It’s a free happy hour. Bring favorite beverages and snacks. There will be a 50/50 cash drawing.
The Company has a group of volunteers called Behind the Scenes that help with production, drawings, costumes, stage crew, sound, scenery and all those important jobs that help make a production happen. People are welcome to join.
Doors open at 5 so get there early to be one of the first 20 acts that will get on the stage. Bring a picture, bio and dress for the audition.
The club will supply a CD player, mic, barstool along with mic stand and karaoke machine. For more information, contact Lynn at 296-5588 or
“An Evening with the Company at the Copacabana,” the last Company show, is now available on DVD for $5. For more information, contacting Steve Nichols at or call him at 221-4745.

The Leisure World Theater Club will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, June 27, in the Little Theater/Loft, which is located between the Health Center and the Administration building. Members are urged to attend as plans for the club’s summer variety show “The Good Old Days,” which will be performed Aug. 29, will be discussed. Anyone who likes to sing, dance, act or just enjoys being part of a theatrical experience is welcome to join the club. Membership dues are $5 a year. For any further information, call Sam Jones at 598-0880.

The Art League will sponsor a watercolor workshop taught by local artist Joan Boryta in the Art Room in Clubhouse 4 today, June 26, from 1-4 p.m. Participants will leave with their own finished masterpiece. Experience is not required, but it’s always helpful. Materials are needed to participate. Call Joan Boryta at (714) 842-0674 or e-mail her at for a materials list, to reserve a place or for more information.

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.
The Stardust Trio will play June 28.
All are invited to attend.

Members of the Poetry Workshop will meet at 1:30 p.m., July 11, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
The meeting theme will be The Fourth of July,” featuring the club’s annual indoor picnic. Sandwiches will be furnished. Members should bring salads and desserts.
Poets are asked to bring patriotic work in keeping with the occasion.

A ballet class is held at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6, second floor, for an hour of stretch, dance and fun. There is room for students who want to continue ballet and those who want to start. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome. The ballet class is similar to yoga and tai chi. They do the same basic exercises every week so people get the benefits of stretching and learn the ballet at the same time. Beginners will fit right in, and the class is enjoyed by men and women. Wear comfortable clothing.
The class is $3 each. Mel Lockett is an experienced teacher who has his own dance studio in Orange County.
A beginning tap practice session is from 12:30-1 p.m., Tuesday, on the Amphitheater stage. Then stay for the ballet practice at 1 p.m. This class will start with ballet and include intermediate tap after the barre exercise. Leeta Kesler, who has been trained in classical ballet, tap and jazz, will be the instructor. She also does choreographing for LW performances. There is no charge for the practice sessions. For more information, call her at 493-3497.
For more information about the ballet class, contact Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or

Celebrate an early Fourth of July with the Dancers & Mixers Club from 7-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, from 7-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Live music will be provided by Linda Herman. Partners are not needed as there is a mixer and some line dancing. Everyone is welcome. Members pay $1 and guests pay $3. Bring a favorite beverage and snacks; 50/50 tickets will be sold. A reduced membership fee of $3 will be available at the end of the year.  
June’s dance was well attended despite the change of day and clubhouse. Caremore Healthcare group was there and provided snacks. Caremore will be back again in August. Thank you to Cathy Boufford and Mark Barnett for being greeters at the door and selling 50/50 tickets. They did a great job as first timers. Linda Herman provided the music.  
For more information, call 431-1257.

The Leisure World Creative Writers Club will meet at 1:30 p.m, Friday, June 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Guest speaker will be resident writer Carl Bourhenne, MA. Carl has a master’s in gerontology, the study of the aging process, and has written a book, “How to Live the Longest Life Possible.” 
There will be a business meeting led by club president Fred Wind after the presentation. Refreshments will be served. Refreshment hostess is Grace Lee. All are welcome.

The Golden Rain Foundaton Amphitheater season will begin Thursday, July 3, and end Thursday, Sept. 11. Shows will begin at 8 p.m. until September when they begin at 7:30. See the show schedule on page 9. To ensure an enjoyable season for everyone, people are asked to adhere to the following rules:
•No video or audio taping of performers.
•Do not save seats. Amphitheater seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
•Do not sing along with performers unless asked to do so by the performer on stage.
•Dancing is only allowed in the upper patio areas to the right or left of Amphitheater seating.
•All guests must be accompanied by a resident with a Golden Rain Foundation photo ID card.
•The number of non-resident guests will be limited to one per GRF member when a program is considered popular and will attract a large audience. Residents will be required to show their LW photo identification cards when entering the Amphitheater for these popular shows.
•No one is allowed to sit or stand in the aisles.
•No smoking is permitted in the Amphitheater area. (GRF Policy 1412.2)
•Lower flags on scooters so people can see the stage.
•Do not take walkers to the seating area.
•Handicap seating is at street level where the blue handrails are.
•No pets are allowed at the Amphitheater (GRF Policy 1023).

Editor’s Note: This poetry feature showcases original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other residents. The Poetry Workshop meets monthly in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Career Change

When you’re in the World Cup,
Try not to stay up—
Spend lots of time on the ground.
A ref’s call you may gain,
Pretend excruciating pain,
Writhing and rolling around.

Oh, the desperate dive,
(Is he still alive?)
As he clutches his leg and his arm.
It is serious it seems,
We hear agonized screams,
Has he come to some awful harm?

The staff sees him twitch,
And rush onto the pitch,
With their can of miracle spray.
A little squirt here,
A little squirt there,
And voila, the pain goes away!

A new rule I suggest,
To put this to rest—
Let us take pity on the wounded.
If the pain is so great,
Before it’s too late,
Make sure the player is grounded!

If it seems he is hurt,
Call a career-change alert,
And keep him out of the game.
He’s established the fact
He really can act—
In the theater he may find fame!
—Fred Wind

PHOTO ARTS CLUB—June photo winners are Mary Pearman, second place, Phoenix Botanical Gardens (l-r), Sue Ann Gass, first place, Rancho Los Alamitos Garden, and Nancy Smith, third place, Mission San Luis Rey. The Club will take a field trip in July. The next regular meeting will be Aug. 14.