Arts & Leisure Author Speak!
Life in Mexico is author’s subject
Jorge Moy, author, businessman, family man and Leisure World shareholder, will be the guest Wednesday, July 30, at AuthorSpeak! at 11 a.m. in the Leisure World Library patio.
Mr. Moy will present his book, “A Childhood in Mexico: 1933-1946.” In his autobiography, Mr. Moy describes his life growing up in Delicias, Chihuahua.
Writing his autobiography and publishing this book is fulfillment of a dream for Mr. Moy, who wanted to preserve and share his memories and recollections with his family and now with LW.
Following the book talk, he will be available to answer questions and interact with the audience.
This event is open to all LW residents.
Anyone interested in presenting, or who knows someone who is, contact the Leisure World Library.
Other authors scheduled are: Greg Horbay, Aug. 27, e-book author; and Mariana Williams, Sept. 24, local fiction author.
Authors make presentations on the last Wednesday of each summer month. Light refreshments will be served, thanks to the Friends of the Library.
Patriotic songs had people on their feet
What makes pirates such good singers? They can hit the high Cs. So did the karaoke singers.
Ric Dizon and Ed Bolos had everyone standing for their gusty patriotic songs. Other peppy tunes that had people singing along were Tommy Williams, “Hey Hey Hey Treat Me Right”; David Noble’s “Margaritaville”; Tina Schaffer’s “Jolene”; and Bob Barnum’s “Hey Girl.”
“One Day At A Time” was a beautiful duet by Ken Harpham and Janice Chapman.
Members enjoyed two newbies, Sandra Haney with “Puff The Magic Dragon” and Dee Queenie with “Way Over Yonder.”
Join the Karoke group to sing or sit. Bring snacks and drinks to enjoy and meet neighbors. The group gathers each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Spotlight on Artist
July reception is tomorrow, CH4
A Spotlight on the Artist Reception takes place Friday, July 11, from 1-3- p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
The reception includes the Leisure World’s Portrait Group, and will display artwork by Leisure World artists Vicci DeFrancis, Ray Grier, Sharon Hamilton, Sunhee Hory, Martha Lannon, Carmen Leslie, Carol Levine, Mickey Phillips, John Schulz, Margaret Tolen and Joe Belin.
Everyone is invited, including all models and friends of the Leisure World Portrait Group.
Merengue, tango taught in July
Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. This month, she will teach the tango from 9-10 and the merengue from 10-11.
Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.
GRF Sunday Matinee
‘50 First Dates’ will be shown
The GRF Sunday matinee on July 13 will be “50 First Dates,” rated PG-13. The movie will be shown at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
The romantic comedy film is directed by Peter Segal and written by George Wing. The film stars Adam Sandler as a woman-chasing veterinarian and Drew Barrymore as an amnesiac, along with Rob Schneider, Sean Astin, Lusia Strus, Blake Clark, and Dan Aykroyd.
Most of the film was shot on location in Hawaii, on the Windward side and the North Shore of Oahu.
Some scenes and language may be offensive to some viewers.
Photo— ART LEAGUE—Art Salazar (right) was the winner of painting created by the demonstration artist Willellyn McFarland, at the meeting June 26.
Photo— International Folk Dancing—Bob Altman, well-known musician and dance teacher in Orange County, will be the visiting teacher at folk dancing class on July 11 and 18. This is a chance to experience a spirited introduction to world dance for $3. The class meets at 10:30 a.m. Friday mornings in the Clubhouse 3 lobby.
Photo—Hui O Hula’s Sara Park (left) performed an ancient style hula, Lili’u E, last week with Yo Kishi at the Long Beach Care Center. Jojo Weingart, photo
Come learn about Sir Isaac Newton
The Science Discussion Club presents various topics in science.
The group is currently taking a journey through the history of science in the Western World and will begin examining the history and developments of the Scientific Revolution. Members are looking at the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton. Emphasis is placed on how this history and science is still current and vital today.
The next meetings are today July 10, and July 24.
This club is open to all, and meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3 from 2-3:15 p.m.
There are no dues or membership requirements. Any questions or comments, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.
Linda Herman plays
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.
The Linda Herman will play July 12.
Rules allow for enjoyment of all
The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present the 2014 Amphitheater Season. To ensure an enjoyable season for everyone, people are asked to adhere to the following rules for the Amphitheater shows:
•No video or audio taping of performers. This could result in the performer walking off the stage and canceling the show.
•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 the Amphitheater seating area.
•All guests must be accompanied by a resident with a Golden Rain Foundation photo identification 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 member 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.
•Walkers should be left in the aisle; do not take walkers to the seating area.
•Handicap seating is at street level where the blue handrails are located at the middle of the Amphitheater.
•No pets are allowed at the Amphitheater (GRF Policy 1023).
Three shows deemed popular
The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present Amphitheater season 2014, which will continue on Thursdays through 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 for one of these popular shows, 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 www.lwsb.com:
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
Let the Good Times Roll
Graduation day is theme of show, dance party on July 19 in CH 2
Those who enjoy rock, pop and doo-wop music of the ’50s and ’60s are invited to join the Let the Good Times Roll performers in Clubhouse 2 on Saturday evening July 19.
The theme will be “Graduation Day,” to remind members and guests of the journey from high school and college days. There will be rock and roll favorites and doo wop love songs they listened to then and still love.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. and starting at 6:30 the Ben Berg Rhythm Rockers will play their jumping rock-and-roll songs for the dancing and listening pleasure of all.
Bring beverages and meet new and old friends before the show starts at 7. Admission is free.
“We are planning an entertaining show with some new performers as well as our regular members. Come out for a fun evening and meet some new friends,” says president Frank Destra.
There will be a 50/50 drawing. Snacks, coffee, ice and cups will be provided.
After the show there will be more golden oldies for dancing.
Enjoy arts, crafts in hand-crafted village
The 48th annual Sawdust Art Festival runs through Aug. 31 in Laguna Beach. Visitors are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths through a handcrafted village of fine arts and superb craftsmanship.
The festival is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., daily. Admission is $8.50.
The Sawdust features the fine art and crafts of over 200 Laguna Beach artists. There are 16 new artists and several new musical acts this year.
Art enthusiasts, collectors, and novice artists have come to the Sawdust since its beginning in 1966 for a mix of fine art and craft. Media includes hand-blown and fused glass, painting, jewelry, surf art, ceramics, clothing and textiles, wood and metal sculpture, scrimshaw, photography, and more.
Artists are eager to share their creative process with guests so feel free to ask the exhibitors questions, take an art workshop, and enjoy the live art demonstrations.
Sawdust Art Festival guests can participate in a wide variety of hands-on art and craft projects at the three demonstration booths.
Daily art projects for all ages are offered at the Ceramic Center, Children’s Art Spot and Studio One. Most classes are complimentary with admission price, although some classes and workshops may require a materials fee.
The Sawdust Art Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach.
It sets itself apart from Laguna Beach’s other summer art festivals in that it is non-juried, so it plays a vital role in supporting the careers of many local artists.
Along the way, the Sawdust has become the most popular summer art festival in Southern California, drawing a higher paid attendance than any other summer festival.
The Sawdust expanded from a small show on a vacant lot on PCH to a nine-week festival set in a cool, three-acre eucalyptus grove, complete with waterfalls, in Laguna Canyon.
Metered parking is available along Laguna Canyon Road and in downtown Laguna Beach. Meters only accept quarters. The fee at the ACT V parking lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, (1/2 mile north of the Sawdust) is $7 per day with free trolley service to all festivals and downtown too.
The Sawdust Art Festival is a 5-10 minute walk from downtown Laguna, Main Beach and the other Laguna Beach art festivals.
Curtains are opening at several local theaters
The Laguna Playhouse in association with Boebe Productions presents “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story,” directed by Steve Steiner, as its first play of the 2014-15 season.
The play features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s and rock-and-roll’s greatest hits.
The limited engagement opens Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Aug. 10 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
Theater-goers will rock out to the songs of such greats as Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.
Telling of one of the most enduring stories in rock and roll history, “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” tells how Buddy Holly set the music world on fire and forever changed the face and sound of rock and roll in three short years.
The play charts his meteoric climb, legendary adventures and tragic fall on the fateful day the music died.
Armed with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, his signature specs and a charismatic blend of rockabilly swagger, Buddy explodes onto the stage.
The score includes over 20 hits by Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” “Chantilly Lace,” “La Bamba” and many more.
Performances will be Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 1 and 5:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $41 - $66, and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-2787.
The box office is open Mondays-Sundays: noon-5 p.m. and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days.
For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com.
The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
A high-definition screening of the rock-and-roll concert “Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day,” will be broadcast for one screening only on Friday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd. in La Mirada.
Recorded Dec. 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin.
Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalogue including landmark tracks “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven.”
Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band’s first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
Now, for the first time, fans in over 40 territories worldwide will be able to get a front-row seat to experience this historic event with surround sound.
Tickets, $20, are available by calling the box office at 944-9801, or online at www.lamiradatheatre.com.
The Mysterium Theater presents “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, in which two flippant young men, in order to impress their respected beloveds, pretend that their names are “Ernest.” Both young ladies believe this confers magical qualities on the possessor.
The play was first performed for the public in 1895 at the St. James’ Theatre in London, and is regarded by many critics and scholars as being the wittiest play in the English language.
Most of the performers are double cast so every performance will lend itself to new interpretations.
Tickets are available at the Mysterium Box Office, at www.mysteriumtheater.com or by calling (714) 505-3454. Tickets are $25, general advanced; and $15, student, senior and military advanced tickets. All tickets are $30 at the door.
Performances are Thursday- Sunday, July 25-26, 31, Aug. 1-2, 7- 9 and 14-16 at 8:01 p.m.; July 27, Aug. 3 and 10 at 7:01 p.m.; and Aug. 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17 at 3:01 p.m.
The Mysterium Theater is located at 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 505-3454.
Enjoy plates of dainty finger sandwiches, little cakes and sweet morsels along with pots of tea. Tickets for this event are $15.
The Long Beach Playhouse will close its 2013-14 season with the classic musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” on the Main Stage, running July 11-Aug. 18.
The play is set in 1905 Czarist Russia and tells the story of Tevye, a humble, philosophical dairy farmer and his quest to find suitable mates for his five daughters. Despite his efforts, the daughters are feeling the influences of a world beyond the village. This era, location and story give full rein to the considerable artistic talents of all involved.
Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential masterpiece “No Exit” opens at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater on July 28 and runs through Aug. 28.
The play centers on three characters: two women and one man who are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. Windows don’t exist; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned.
Special events for these plays:
• Pay-What-You-Can, tonight, July 10 for Fiddler on the Roof and Thursday, July 24, for “No Exit”; patrons can see this production for whatever they can afford.
•Two-for-One Preview, Friday, July 11, “Fiddler” and Friday, July 25, “No Exit,” tickets are $12.
•Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast. Tickets are $27.
Theater admission is $24, adults; seniors, $21; and students, $14. Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org or by calling 494-1014, option 1.
Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Long Beach Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.
Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3-8 p.m., and Sunday from 1-2 p.m. on scheduled matinees.
Beginning ballet class invites all men and women,to Clubhouse 6, second floor, every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for an hour of stretch, dance and fun. No experience necessary.
The ballet class is similar to yoga and tai chi. Participants do the same basic exercises every week to get the benefits of stretching and learning moves. Wear comfortable clothing.
For more details about the ballet class call Diana Winkler, 493-0139, Lynn R. Heath, 296-5588, or email lynnRheath@gmail.com or visit the LW website at http://lwsb.ahn09.com/lwsbmaster/item_detail.asp?id=211&itemdesc=Ballet.
—Lynn R. Heath
Beginning tap practice is held Tuesdays on the Amphitheater stage at 12:30 p.m. The class takes the dancers through beginning steps. Instructor Leeta Kesler has been trained in classical ballet, tap and jazz and choreographs in LW. There is no charge for this practice. For more details, call Leeta at 493-3497.
—Lynn R. Heath
Hui O Hula welcomes all to learn the Hawaiian dance. Call 252-9676 for class information. Performing is not required, having fun is.
Dancing Feet Club will have ballroom dancing tomorrow, July 11, in Clubhouse 4. Cha-cha and line dance lessons begin at 6 p.m., followed by ballroom and line dancing until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes dance lessons and light snacks. Bring your own beverages. For information, call (551) 998-4223.
THE DANCE CLUB will have swing dance lessons Friday, July 18, in Clubhouse 4 from 5-6 p.m. followed by the Vel-vetones performance.
The dance class tomorrow, July 11, will teach the cha-cha in Clubhouse 6, Room C, at 6:15 p.m. followed by the samba at 7:15 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. The cost is $5 a class per person. The instructor is Jeremy Pierson who has taught dancing for over 20 years.
For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.
Beginners Round Dance class for brand-new beginners starts Sunday, July 13, from 7-8:15 p.m. The on-going beginners round dance class is held Sundays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Those wanting extra help can arrive at 5 p.m. Classes are $5. Classes are held at 5946 Westminster Blvd., Springdale and Westminster, in Westminster. Singles and couples are welcome. For information call Mel Branham, (714) 803-0250.
— Eleanor Thompson
beginners Square Dance classes continue on 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 so everyone can dance. An on-going beginners line dance class is also held Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place. For information call Mel Branham, (714) 803-0250.
— Eleanor Thompson
Talented LWers took to stage June 26
“It’s going to be raining talent tonight,” exclaimed Lynn R. Heath, president of The Company at its June 26 edition of Leisure World’s Got Talent.
Twenty-three performances took the stage making for an entertaining evening to a packed house. There were some familiar faces and lots of new faces.
Tommy Williams was the host for the evening. The three judges giving critiques for the evening were Lynn, Sandi Post and Steve Nichols.
The Company thanks Carol Robinson for accompanying the performers on the piano.
New officers for the Company are Lynn R. Heath, president; Jeanine Greb, vice president; and Steve Nichols, treasurer. The group is looking for a secretary. Contact Lynn to be part of this entertaining group.
The group also needs volunteers for stage crew, a mic manager, costumes, seamstress, scenery and to set-up and tear-down. To volunteer, call Lynn, 296-5588, or email her at lynnRheath@gmail.com.
For more information on the group visit the LW website, www.lwsb.com, under clubs.
Special Events Club
‘Cross Train Your Brain’ on July 24
How you use your brain has a lot to do with how you age, says Dr. Betty Coven.
The Special Events Club is sponsoring a “Cross Train Your Brain” workshop. This is the third in a series of informational workshops devoted to promoting ways to age well that the Special Events Club sponsors.
Combining the research findings and exercises created by many experts, Dr. Coven developed a series of workshops she called “Cross Train Your Brain.”
Starting at a single senior center in Troy, Mich., and after the program was featured on the first page of the Detroit Free Press, she went on to teach this class at many other senior centers.
Extensive research over the past 20 years has shown that stimulation of the brain through many kinds of mental exercises produces a more fit brain. Mental challenges are as essential for the brain as movement is for the muscles. It has been shown that the aging brain has the potential for continuous development.
“Play your way to better brain functioning,”she says.
The “Cross Train Your Brain” workshop will address two of the most common concerns voiced by seniors – difficulty remembering names and the fear of Alzheimer’s.
Plan to come and have some fun. The workshop will be held Thursday, July 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1 p.m. There will be refreshments and a 50/50 drawing.
Another workshop in this series will be held on Friday, Sept. 19 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1 p.m.
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.
IF only I had said I was sorry
When deep within my heart I really was
IF only I had said I really love you
While alive my love,
The words could have been heard.
IF only I had did this one thing, or
If only I had did something else
If only I could change the words that were spoken
Then I could have been very proud of myself.
If only I could change the past behind me
Correcting all the things I wish I could
Since this is something I have no control of
It’s the present I must do my worldly good.
I will start out by saying thank you Jesus
For giving me another day to live
For if you had not shown me this mercy
This love I have would not be there to give.
So for whatever time I have yet before me
This time I will spend doing God’s will
Living so I will never have to say “If Only”
Until my life becomes so very still.
by Thelma McQueary
Photo— STUDENTS display their artwork from Joan Boryton’s watercolor class on June 26 in the Clubhouse 4 Art Room.