Partyline Plus GOLDEN AGE FOUNDATION: The Golden Age Foundation sponsors a Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 on weekdays from 9-11 a.m. Coffee, tea and cookies are served to residents who drop by after morning walks or bike rides, or just stop by for sociability. New residents are especially urged to come and make friends. Golden Age Foundation hostesses who staff this project welcome everyone and keep the coffee and cookies flowing. To operate five days a week, two hours of serving coffee, tea and cookies to guests, the program needs six substitutes and regular volunteers. A friendly attitude is the only requirement. Male and female applicants are welcome to call Sandra Massa-Lavitt at (714) 325-0292 and leave a message.
SCRAPBOOKING: Due to a lack of attendance, the Scrapbooking Club disbanded June 28.
DROUGHT UPDATE: When Gov. Jerry Brown signed drought legislation in March, state water officials were granted new authority to set emergency enforcement measures during dry periods. Now facing an ongoing crisis and lack of compliance with current regulations, the State Water Resources Control Board is considering exercising that power. Predictions for a wet El Niño season coming in the winter bringing badly needed rain and relief to the parched state is fading fast, and the drought has gotten worse.
HOOK-UP: Steven Friedman, a recent arrival at Leisure World is looking for an ocean fishing buddy and/or fishing club. Call Steve, (805) 907-6923, to help.
So successful is the Friends of the Library Bookstore 25-cent greeting card sale that it will continue indefinitely. Blank cards and Christmas cards are free, so come and make selections. Bookstore hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Report power plant emissions
Leisure World residents who notice airborne contaminants can call the Southern California Air Quality Management District complaint line at (909) 396-2000 or log on to www.aqmd.gov, click on “contacts” and then “complaints.”
Complaints should also be reported to Security so that information can be logged.
In mid-April, several people reported a reddish cloud in the vicinity of Mutual 8 emitted from the Haynes Generating Station. Eight complaints were recorded with the Security Dept.
An earlier release occurred about two years ago and was reported in Mutuals 3, 4, 8 and the RV lot. At that time the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) was contacted and research concluded the emissions were rust and rubber particles.
At a meeting with GRF Physicial Property Committee after the first release, a Haynes representative said that the discharge occurs when a generator is re-started after being offline for maintenance for an extended period. He said Haynes would mitigate the issue by making sure the inside of an offline stack is cleaned before it is restarted. According to a Haynes representative, the stack that released all the dust particles in April was cleaned as much as possible.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s (LADWP) Haynes Generating Station, which uses natural gas, was modernized in 2005, bringing the capacity to 575 megawatts and reducing emissions by 94 percent.
For more information, contact GRF Safety & Emergency Coordinator Eloy Gomez at 431-6586, ext. 356.
PHOTO—The Haynes Power plant located west of the San Gabriel River Channel and opposite Mutual 3, uses natural gas for generating power. —Stephen Bannon, staff photo
Basie Orchestra takes stage tonight
The Golden Rain Foundation and CalMet Services, Inc. presents the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra with Robert Lee as the comedy host tonight, July 10, on the Amphitheater stage. The show starts at 8.
Residents and their guests are invited to the complimentary summer entertainment program that continues weekly through Sept. 11. Mini bus transportation, including the access bus, is available to and from shows.
Starting in September the shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.
William Count Basie started the Count Basie Orchestra in 1935, in Kansas City, Mo. Within a year, America was listening radio shows throughout the country to hear what would become “The Swingingest Band In All The Land!” A phenomena was born in 1935, that is still going strong.
Since Basie’s passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes and now, Dennis Mackrel have led the Count Basie Orchestra and maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz.
The Count Basie Orchestra has won 17 Grammy awards and 20 Downbeat and Jazz Times polls, more than any other big band in jazz.
Robert Lee is known in the entertainment industry as Hollywood’s top warm-up comic. This veteran of 1,000 episodes of such shows as “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Becker” and “The Drew Carey Show” is considered to be the reigning king in this specialized profession.
His job is to keep countless audiences entertained between scenes and costume and set changes with rapid-fire ad-libs and humorous interviews. As such, his razor sharp wit is always ready to have fun with, not make fun of any audience he encounters.
No stranger in front of the camera either, Robert has written, produced and starred in six stand-up comedy specials and has been seen on the Bananas Comedy series, Showtime’s “The Joke’s On Thee,” VH1’s “Stand Up Spotlight,” “Comic Strip Live” and a variety of roles on such sitcoms as “Wings” and “Perfect Strangers.”
Robert has combined his Christian world view with his Monty Python sensibility and written many Veggie Tales videos such as “Little Joe,” “Gideon” and “Sheerluck Holmes.”
On top of everything else, Robert weaves his humor together with serous Biblical insights as the Director of Drama at his home church, Bel Air Presbyterian.
On-ramp set to close late July
The two halves of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge were connected July 7. Construction activity on the bridge will continue over the next few weeks as crews work to complete electrical work and striping on the new east-half of the bridge, before it reopens to motorists later this month.
The new widened Seal Beach Boulevard bridge will open to motorists in a few weeks.
Crews will begin work to realign/reconstruct portions of the existing I-405 on-ramps and off-ramps so they align properly with the new east-half of the bridge. This work will require an extended long-term closure of the northbound I-405 loop on-ramp on Seal Beach Boulevard for approximately six-eight weeks beginning in late July.
There will also be a 12-hour nighttime closure of the southbound I-405 off-ramp on Seal Beach Boulevard on a weekend night in August. Crews must realign and reconstruct portions of this off-ramp to tie in with the new east-half of the bridge.
Nightly closures are scheduled through Saturday, July 12, on portions of the SR-22, I-605, I-405 freeways, as well as Seal Beach Boulevard and Old Ranch Parkway.
Over the next few weeks, crews will construct a concrete median barrier along the I-405 freeway at the I-605 during the nighttime closures and will shift traffic to the inside of the northbound I-405.
Information can be found at www.octa.net/sealbeachbridge.