Arts & Leisure
Creative Writer’s Club
Local author is guest speaker
The monthly business meeting of the Leisure World Creative Writers’ Club will be held Friday, July 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1:30 p.m.
The guest speaker will be novelist Don Westenhaver.
Don planned to become a Catholic priest, but left the seminary and joined the Marines in 1966.
The Marines trained him to be a Vietnamese interpreter, but then assigned him to be a platoon radioman near the DMZ.
After the war he finished college and became a CPA and an MBA. As an oil company executive, Don traveled frequently to Mexico, Venezuela, Europe, Singapore and South Africa.
His experiences inspired him to write his first novel, “The Whiplash Hypothesis,” an international thriller about the oil business.
Don is now director of finance with a major automobile company. He lives in Buena Park. He is married with two daughters. His mother lived in Seal Beach, Leisure World, for 10 years, so he is looking forward to visiting and talking about his novels.
A business meeting will follow Don’s presentation lead by club president, Fred Wind.
Refreshments will be served. Refreshment hostess is Jan Baylis. All are welcome.
Let the Good Times R
Doo-wop show, dance is Saturday
A Let the Good Times Roll rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop show and dance will be held on Saturday, July 19 in Clubhouse 2. In response to requests, there will be dancing to the oldies when the doors open at 6 p.m. Dancing will continue as the performers, including the Ben Berg Rhythm Rockers, perform starting about 6:30. After the 60-minute show there will be more dancing to the club’s original CDs of pop, rock and doo-wop music.
The theme is Graduation Day. There will be school pictures of the doo-wop performers. How many will be recognized?
The club will furnish snacks, ice, cups and water. There is no admission and guests are welcome to bring their own beverages.
Performers will be Ellen Brannigan, Shalla Callahan, Bob and Galit Slater, Audrey McKenzie, Carmen Edwards, Vic DeGrazia, Sandy Tessier, Mike Skinner, Rosemary Freman, Peter Sequeira, Angie Kassell, Judy Duvall, Ric Dizon, Joe Tucky, Ben Berg, Vicky VanErt, and Frank Destra.
Square dance is state’s folk dance
The next Leisure Whirlers dance party is Friday, Aug. 1, in Clubhouse 4, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. The theme will be Beach Ball Party.
Pre-rounds round dancing is from 6:30-7 p.m. Square dances and round dances will be alternated from 7-9. The potluck and socializing starts at 9 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.
Square Dancing is the official folk dance of California. Come and join the free celebration of square dancing on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument at Olvera Street in Los Angeles. There will be various square dance callers, round dance cuers and line dance cuers. Dancing will be in the open air La Plaza de Los Angeles located in the center of the monument at 125 Paseo de La Plaza.
If you have never danced before and would like to try it, there is an introductory dance class being held Sunday Aug. 10 from 3-5 p.m. sponsored by the Southern California Round Dance Teachers’ Association at the Cedarbrook Dance Center, 12812 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92843 (949) 637-4169. The entrance is at the back of the complex, facing the freeway. Cost is $3. Couples and singles are invited.
Leisure Whirlers Dance Club parties are held the first Friday of the month. The next party is on Sept. 5. September is International Square Dancing Month. The theme will be Vacation Tee Shirt.
Two performers serenaded with birthday song
Last week’s karaoke party was a wild birthday celebration for “T” Teresa Smith and Ellen Brannigan. Elesha Waddel and Vicki VanErt had fun singing the “Birthday” song and Tommy Williams got 25 women up dancing to “Pretty Woman.” Helen Schultz sang “Stand By Your Man.”
It was another treat to hear Barbara Timberlake’s daughter with her great rendition of “At Last.” Bill Vickers and his soft-shoe shuffle were welcomed back as he did “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.” First-timer Keith Glausen did a fine job with “Ghostriders In the Sky.” Bob Barnum and Walt Bier sang a smooth “I Shall Be Released.”
It’s healthy to spend the night laughing and singing. The karaoke singers do just that every Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 from 5:30 p.m.
Shakespeare revival on stage in OC
”A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a revival of the comedy by William Shakespeare. Now playing at Shakespeare Orange County at the Garden Grove Festival Amphitheatre, 12740 Main St., Garden Grove, CA, through Aug. 1, (714) 590-1575, www.shakespeareoc.org; ticket prices: $25. Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes.
After 34 years, Thomas Bradac has been the driving force at Shakespeare Orange County. His retirement as Artistic Director left many wondering what will be next for this Orange County institution. It’s too early to make a judgment, but based on the initial production under the new Producing Artistic Director John Walcutt, Shakespeare Orange County is headed toward exciting years, as witnessed by its fun and colorful production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” now being presented at the Garden Grove Festival Amphitheatre.
For those who have forgotten, Shakespeare’s comedy has five interconnecting plots. Director Susan Angelo has set the piece in Polynesia, a setting that suits the comedy well.
Hermia (Mikki Pagdonsolan) is in love with Lysander (EJ Arriola). But Hermia’s father, Egeus Bryan Taylor) has other plans for Hermia. He commands that his daughter be wed to Demetrius (Morgan Lauff). Demetrius has Helena (Patricia Fa’asua) pining for him.
In a parallel plot line, Oberon (Miguel Perez) and Titania (Amanda Zarr), the king and queen of the fairies, are in the forest and having marital disagreements. Seeking punishment for his wife, he orders the sprite, Puck (Evelyn Carol Case), to make a magical potion that, when applied to the eyelids of a sleeping person, that person, when awakened, falls in love with the first living thing he or she sees.
Everyone retreats to the forest, and one of Shakespeare’s most magical of comedies opens up with mistaken identities and hilarity, ending with a happy wedding day. The production here is boosted immensely by the inclusion of the local Polynesian Dance Company, Hitia O Te Ra. With their colorful costumes and infectious dancing, Hitia O Te Ra is a delight.
The play itself has been shortened to make room for the dances and music. However, the words and scenes that have been cut or shortened do not damage the essential classic comedy. Some minor subplots have been left out, and I honestly didn’t miss them. The essence of Shakespeare’s charming play is intact, bolstered by the charming Hitia O Te Ra.
The actors on stage romp through this tale of love. I particularly enjoyed the performances of Nicholas Thurkettle as Peter Quince, Amanda Zarr as Tatiana, and EJ Arriola as Lysander.
New Producing Artistic Director John Walcutt has some large shoes to fill in taking over the reins at Shakespeare Orange County. In the latter years the company had become somewhat stagnant. With this production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Walcutt makes gives notice that risks will be taken. And in this production the risks pay off nicely. Go and enjoy an evening under the stars with Shakespeare and Polynesian dancing and singing.
– Larry Blake
Friday Night Dance
West Coast Swing classes resumed
The Friday night dance classes have resumed after a short holiday break. At 6 p.m. the beginning/intermediate class will meet and we will have fun learning dance figures in slow and medium speed Waltz, Rumba, and Foxtrot.
At 7 p.m. the West Coast Swing (WCS) Class will start off with a warm-up and basic footwork, agility and dance dexterity in a line dance format. The short warm-up routines are fun and allow for practice without a partner. Following the warm up routines, the group will return to dance partner format and learn WCS syncopations.
Dance classes, $5, are in Clubhouse 6, Room C, upstairs. Singles and couples are welcome. Partners are not needed. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has over 20 years experience.
For more information, call Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.
LW Computer Club
Windows 8 is class topic today, CH5
The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of computer classes in July. 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. Classes fill up quickly and space is limited, so 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:
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.
Sunday Night Ballroom
Dancers enjoyed ‘big bang’ affair
The Sunday Night Ballroom Dance group met July 6 to celebrate America’s independence. The party was a “big bang-up” success as the Velvetones, directed by Carl Hathaway, was in great form.
In the absence of Laurie Banta, showman Tommy Williams introduced Chandra Lear, who entertained with an amazing voice.
The highlight of the evening was the presence of pyrotechnic specialists Chuck and Diane Barnett, assisted by Ann Frambach and Ken and Karen Zwibel, whose Roman candles lit up the night to the sound effects of booming rockets provided by Bill Frambach.
The next party is July 20. Clubhouse 4 will be converted into LW Stadium for “Take Us Out to the Ballgame.” The social time is at 5:30 p.m., followed by supper at 6. Dancing to deejay Lou Krieger begins at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call Shirlene Chavez, 596-2669, or Marge Archibald, 598-4056.
LWSB Book Club
Khaled Hosseini’s book examined
The Leisure World Seal Beach Book Club will meet July 24,from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Room A. Note the new meeting location.
“And the Mountains Echo,” by Khaled Hosseini, will be discussed.
The book club meets the fourth Thursday of the month.
Annual picnic, meeting are July 24
The annual Mini Farmers picnic and regular general meeting is Thursday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the picnic area of Clubhouse 1.
Tickets, $5, can be purchased from Gladys Sumners, 290-7593, or Joyce Rettela, 431-7080.
Joyce is at her plot No. 3 weekend mornings, and will have tickets with her.
Everyone who attends is asked to bring a side dish, maybe something from their garden, The club is providing hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, paper products, etc.
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, $3, 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 LWSB.com, click on clubs then dance.
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.
Saturday Morning Dance Club meets at 9 and 10 in Clubhouse 1. This month, Candi Davis will teach the tango from 9-10 a.m. and the merengue from 10-11 a.m. Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.
HUI O HULA Anyone can do the hula. Give it a try on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. and Tuesday afternoons at 1:15 p.m., upstairs of Clubhouse 6 in the mirrored room. A new hula will start on Aug. 4. Call 252-9676 for more information.
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.
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.
Kang Nam, a Korean folk dance class is taught by Grace Lee on Mondays from 11 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 2. No prior dance experience is necessary. All are invited to participate in this cultural offering from the Korean community. To sign up or to learn more about the class, call Philip Bak, 431-0321.
International folk dancing will be taught by dancer, musician and dance teacher Bob Altman on June 18. Class starts at 10:30 a.m. every Friday in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Admission is free for first time visitors.
Leisure World Cloggers dance classes are scheduled Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. for advanced and intermediate students. The beginners class starts at 10:30 a.m. This class is good for someone who has never danced before or has not danced for many years. Classes are held on the stage of the Leisure World Amphitheater. All residents, men and women, are welcome to participate. For more information, call Betty Currie, 598-9974.
Jim Gilman plays
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.
The Jim Gilman Band will play July 12.
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).
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 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