ARTS AUG 28, 2014 SATURDAY AMPHITHEATER SHOW The Golden Rain Foundation will present the Leisure World Dixieland Jazz Club at 8 p.m. on Aug. 30 on the Amphitheater stage.
The club will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a performance by the South Bay Dixieland Jazz Band. Singer Tommy Williams and the Swing Fix dancers will be featured.
All are welcome to attend. For more information about the band, log on to www.dixielandjazzclub.com.
Luis Schillaci and Don Hodges founded the Leisure World Dixieland Jazz Club in September 2004. In 2010 the club officers renamed the band the South Bay Dixie Jazz Band.
The band performs from 6:30-8:15 p.m. on the first Wednesdays of the month in Clubhouse 4. Membership is $5 a year and $2 per guest at the door.
The band also plays for clubs and provides entertainment for dinners, dances and other LW events. It performs the traditional jazz music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Bix Beiderbecke, Lu Watters, Yerba Buena Jazz Band, Fletcher Henderson, Jelly Roll Morton, Turk Murphy and much more.
“Miss Congeniality,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m., Sept. 7, in Clubhouse 4.
Unpolished and disheveled, FBI agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) needs a serious makeover before going undercover as a Miss United States beauty pageant contestant to catch a psychopathic terrorist who’s threatened to blow up the proceedings. A beauty consultant (Michael Caine) is hired to transform Hart from “Dirty Harriet” into a beauty queen—with hilarious and surprisingly effective results, much to her partner’s (Benjamin Bratt) shock.
The following is a partial list of dance classes and venues available weekly in Leisure World:
• Leisure World Cloggers holds classes Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. for advanced and intermediate students and at 10:30 a.m. for beginners on the Amphitheater stage. All are welcome. For more information, call Betty Currie at 598-9974.
• The Dancing Feet Club will host a ballroom and line dance on Sept. 12 at Clubhouse 4. Dance lessons begin at 6 p.m. followed by music for ballroom and line dancing until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes dance lesson, light snacks and bottled water. People are welcome to bring beverages. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.
• International Folk Dance meets at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Learn easy line and circle dances from around the world. Beginners are welcome.
• Leisure Time Dancers offers a big band swing class at 2 p.m. on Mondays, followed by salsa/mambo at 3 in Clubhouse 6. For more information, call 434-6334.
• Saturday Morning Dance Club has classes taught by Candi Davis at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. Learn the waltz from 9-10 and the salsa from 10-11. Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.
• Kang Nam line dance class is taught by Young Ah Ko from 9-10:30 a.m. on Mondays, followed by a Korean folk dance class taught Grace Lee from 11 a.m.-noon, in Clubhouse 2. No experience is necessary. To sign up, call Philip Bak, 431-0321.
• Line Dance, novice beginners, meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6; beginners meet at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays in Clubhouse 1; and advanced beginners meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome; $3 per class. Barbara Magie is the instructor.
• The Grapevine Line Dance Club meets from 2-5 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Newcomers, beginners and dancers who need practice are invited to come early. Beginning classes are from 2-3 p.m.; intermediates, from 4-5. New dances will be taught from 3-4. Classes are free. For more information, call Jack or Aranee Carrigan, 596-8273.
• A beginning tap dance class is at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on the Amphitheater stage. Leeta Kesler, who is trained in classical ballet, tap and jazz, leads the tap practice of beginning steps. For more information, call 493-3497.
• A ballet class is at1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor, for an hour. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome. The class is $3 each. Wear comfortable clothing.
For more information, call Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588.
The Kevin Woyjeck Memorial Saltwater Fishing Tournament will be held from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Marina Sports Fishing in Long Beach aboard the City of Long Beach and the Enterprise.
The memorial tournament is in honor of Kevin Woyjeck, the 21-year-old wildland firefighter who died in the Yarnell Hill blaze in Arizona last June. Kevin is the grandson of Maria Rogers of Mutual 8 and the nephew of Amanda Paz of Mutual 1.
The event, which will be held on Kevin’s 23rd birthday, includes a reception, mixer, awards and raffles at the Boat House Restaurant. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kevin Woyjeck Explorers for Life Association, Inc.
Cost is $125, which includes fishing, lunch and the reception and mixer. Rod and reel rental, $12, and day fishing licenses, $14.95, are available on board. For more information or to sign up, call 547-8919 or log on to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANCERS & MIXERS
The Dancers & Mixers will host a special anniversary dance from 7-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 in Clubhouse 4. Bring favorite beverages.
The club has been in existence since the mid-1990s. The goal is to have a fun evening of dancing and socializing. Partners are not needed. There is a mixer and line dancing. Linda Herman provides live music. Members pay $1, and guests pay $3 at the door; 50/50 tickets will be sold.
The August dance was well attended. Thanks to Walt Bier and Margie Thompson for greeting people at the door and selling the 50/50 tickets and John Hayes, Linda Herman, and Dave and Marion Lufitz for decorating. Linda Herman provided the live music with a country flair in keeping with the theme.
For more information, call Linda Herman at 431-1257.
The Writers Group meets from 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. This group is for people who have read and reread their own written words, wishing they had someone to give them unbiased opinions and constructive criticism.
At the meetings, writers have the opportunity to read aloud their creations. The group gives constructive criticism. Writers may also get help finding illustrators and agents, plus suggestions for publishing.
Helpful constructive criticism is the key phrase for this group. New members are welcome. For more information, call 296-5033.
LW RADIO CLUB
The Leisure World Radio Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Sept. 3 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The topic will be the minimum requirements for a disaster radio service.
All are welcome. The club needs people who will be willing to operate Family Radio Service (FRS) radios in emergency and disaster. These people will assist the ham radio operators in assessing the needs of the LW community in a disaster, and then radioing them to emergency personnel and police. There is no licence required for the use of FRS radios. Ham radio operators are also needed.
Volunteers are welcome to attend.
Genealogy Workshop will host a variety of seminars from 1:30-2:20 p.m. on Wednesdays in September in the Genealogy Research Library. There is no discussion meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month in lieu of the general meeting. Everyone is invited. The Genealogy Research Library is located in Clubhouse 3, Room 10. People are welcome to suggest discussion topics.
The following topics will be discussed as follows:
• Sept. 3: “Genealogy Blogs,” explaining what are they and how to use them
• Sept 10: “The Census,” a decade-by-decade overview and how to use the information
• Sept 17: “Before Disaster Strikes,” on saving and protecting ancestral belongings
The Genealogy Research Library is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Join the Genealogy Club for a yearly fee of $10. Membership includes unlimited access to computers with programs such as Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com, Fold 3.com and other websites. Copies of previous speaker handouts and in many cases audio recordings of their presentations are also available at the research library. For more information, call Doris Dragan at 598-1151.
by Marge Archibald
for the Golden Rain News
Everything came up roses when The Goldentones, under the direction of Carol Robinson, brought their exceptional music to Clubhouse 4 Aug. 17. The golden attire of vocalists Carmen Edwards and Terry Humphrey underscored the classic music, which included jazz, romantic and sentimental tunes.
The Twilight Strings were special guests. Sam Calderone leads the group, which was enthusiastically applauded.
The Velvetones, under the direction of Carl Hathaway, will play at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 in Clubhouse 4. The big band plays on the first Sunday of the month.
The theme will be “Back to School,” so participants will fill their backpacks with liquid refreshments for big band music and performances by Tommi Williams and Laurie Banta. The evening includes dancing and dining.
For reservations, call Shirlene Chavez, 596-2669, or Marge Archibald, 598-4056, by Aug. 29.
The Astronomy Club will met at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The program will include a DVD, “Our Magnificent Solar System.” There will be a talk on “The Evolution of Our Galaxy the Milky Way.”
Members will also discuss the September sky as seen through club’s Dobsonian telescope. All are welcome. Coffee and snacks will be available. To request a special topic, call Mike Clairmont, vice president, 860-0902.
GRF AMPHITHEATER SEASON
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.
GRF identification is required at tonight’s show featuring Frankie Avalon. Residents will be limited to one guest.
The minibus will make a special evening run Thursdays to accommodate shareholders attending Amphitheater shows. Access bus service is available by reservation. A bus will be waiting after the show to take passengers home.
The following is the remaining show schedule, which can also be found online at www.lwsb.com:
•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
Vickie Van Ert brought her mom Ellie Menteer to Community Karoke last week to celebrate Menteer’s 91st birthday. Many songs were sung in her honor, and several men claimed to be her favorite “boyfriend.”
There was a friendly competition between two versions of “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before.” Walt Bier and Harold Hughes, and Ray Barnum and Mike Breen sang their favorite versions. Ellen Brannigan sang a lively “Never On Sunday.”
A crowd of people piled on stage to sing “California Dreaming.” They were loud but not bad. Ric Dizon and Tony Tupas both did fine Elvis Presley songs. Barbara Chambers sang “It Had To Be You,” and Byong Choi did “My Way.” There were 30 singers in the first go-round so lots of variety.
Special thanks to Betty West, Joe Sabroso and Bob Barnum for their assistance each week. Karaoke parties are held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1.
OLLI SENIOR UNIVERSITY
California State University, Long Beach, welcomes Leisure World residents to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The fall semester begins Oct. 16. Registration starts Aug. 30
Art Since the Reniassance from 2:30-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, instructor Ladd Terry, M.F.A, art, Ph.D., psychology
Longevity Stick class from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C., instructor Charles Taylor
Geo Politics from 10-11:30 a.m. on Fridays, instructor, Dick Laude, Ph.D., history
Acting with Alice, from 2:30-4 p.m. on Fridays, instructor Alice Lemon, MA.
For more information on OLLI classes, refer to the OLLI bulletin, “The Sun,” available in the LW Library or visit www.csulb.edu/centers/olli.
GRF WEEKLY DANCE
The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Howard Crossen will play on Aug. 30.
“Pygmalion,” a revival of the comedy by George Bernard Shaw. Presented at Westminster Community Theatre, 7272 Maple St. Westminster, 92683; now playing through Aug. 30, 714-893-8626; www.wctstage.org; $20, general; $18, seniors, $10, children and students.
by Larry Blake
for the Golden Rain News
Community theaters mostly produce what we call cash cows—plays or musicals with a proven record of bringing in audiences. Community theaters seldom take risks. Though the plays and comedies of George Bernard Shaw are regularly performed in professional theaters, they are rarely seen at the community level. But the Westminster Community Theatre is bucking that trend with an enjoyable “Pygmalion,” one of Shaw’s most popular works.
The time is Edwardian England in Covent Garden, and it is raining. Henry Higgins (Bill Paxson), a professor of phonetics, is listening to the different accents. He can identify where a person was raised by his or her accent. Eliza Doolittle (Kassie Duke) is selling flowers to people waiting in the rain. Col. Pickering (Rick Reischman), an author of phonetics, is in the crowd.
Higgins and Pickering hit it off. In a conversation regarding how the poor of England remain poor because of their lack of proper diction, Higgins boasts that he could turn anyone into a proper Englishman. He could even pass off the Cockney-accented Eliza as a duchess or even a shop girl, “which requires better English.”
The scene shifts to the home of Higgins, a confirmed old bachelor. Eliza arrives to attempt to hire Higgins to teach her proper English. Higgins is intrigued by the situation. Pickering challenges Higgins, betting him that he cannot pass off Eliza as he claims. The bet is on, and Eliza is set off to transform from a “gutter snipe” into someone who can be presented in proper society.
Eliza struggles to transform from a moth to a butterfly and becomes the epitome of social graces. Now that it’s been achieved, Eliza is not sure what she’s good for. When Higgins suggests putting herself out there for a husband, she reacts that they were above that where she came from.
If all of this sounds familiar, it should. “Pygmalion” is the source for the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical “My Fair Lady.” Lerner and Loewe softened Shaw’s script, romanticizing the original story and giving it a happy ending. However, wisely, the unhappy ending remains here in Westminster, as Shaw always insisted it should.
The anchor of this production is Bill Paxson as Henry Higgins. Displaying an enormous amount of confidence, Paxson is a delight to watch as he compels you to watch everything he does.
As Eliza, the attractive Kassie Duke isn’t quite ready for the demands of this role. In her enthusiasm, she is unintelligible more often than not as the Cockney Eliza. Once the transition occurs, she is better, and we see a glimpse of the performance that could have been. Standouts among the supporting cast include Connor Tribole as Freddy, Rick Reischman as Colonel Pickering, John Rosenbaum as Alfred, and Jan Tiehen as Mrs. Higgins. And a special cheer for Phyllis M. Nofts as Mrs. Pearce.
It is rare for community theaters to take risks with a play like “Pygmalion.” In its time, “Pygmalion” was a cash cow. That is no longer true. Congratulations to Westminster Community Theatre for taking on the challenge.
HUI O HULA
As a fun-filled summer is about to end, Hui O Hula is delighted to host an evening of music and dance on Sept. 18 in Clubhouse 2.
Manny Lagod and Kolohes—which means rascals in Hawaiian—will return for the third year. The trio is from Hawai’i, but their repertoire goes beyond Hawaiian music. This year Hui O Hula will present Tommie Williams’ Cabaret Group at 5:30 p.m.The Kolohes will start at 6:30.
Manny Lagod is the former bass player with Don Ho and the Ali’is. Other band members include Max Komine, formally with Cecilio and Kapono, and Alan Lee.
LWer Tommie Williams produced the successful musical “Freedom,” which received rave reviews, in July.
When the band breaks at 7:15 p.m., Hui O Hula dancers will give a short performance. There will also be a few crowd-pleasing audience participation dances during the break.
There will sufficient tables and chairs, but show up early to ensure the best seating. People are welcome to bring beverages and food. A 50/50 raffle will be one way to thank the band. Half of the proceeds will go to them; the other half will go to the winners.
For information on regular and upcoming beginner hula classes, contact 252-9676 or email Jojo@huiohula.com.
CHILDREN A PRIORITY
The Children A Priorty Club’s annual potato bake will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept.18 in Clubhouse 4 This is the biggest fund raiser of the year. Tickets are $8 which includes a large baked potato with all the trimmings, salad, beverage and dessert. Tickets can be purchased by calling; Dona Nickles, 431-0176, or Micky Keswick, 799-8814.
Tickets will be available at the door as long as they last. Proceeds benefit children of Orange Country and Southern California.
The Dance Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Learn a variety of swing dances and moves to fit slow music, blues or a fast big band swing. Big Band swing, West Coast swing and nightclub two-step may be danced to variety of styles and tempos.
A class held at 6 p.m. will review all the dances. The basics of waltz, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, swing, hustle, salsa, merengue and more will be taught. Classes will cover partner dance leading and following skills. The techniques and skills taught in these two classes will serve beginner through advanced students in all dance styles.
Individual dance selections for the night will be based on the instructor’s assessment of the needs of students in class. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has been a dance professional for over 19 years. He is a ballroom and Latin dance instructor and choreographer.
Cost is $5 per student per class. Singles and couples welcome. A minimum of three students is required. Ask about how to schedule a group class request. For more information, call Jeanine Greb, 296-5921 or Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY
People are invited to browse a vast selection of greeting cards at the Friends of the Library Bookstore adjancent to the Leisure World Library. Cards are 25 cents.
The bookstore also sells hardback and paperback books, and boutique items.
The bookstore is open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on weekdays.
The Coin Club will host bingo games at 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information, 431-1901.
After summer recess, the Community Sing will resume its usual seasonal schedule at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 in Clubhouse 1.
Everyone is welcome.
LW THEATER CLUB
The Leisure World Theater Club will perform “The Good Old Days” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Clubhouse 2.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. This variety show features singing, dancing and comedy skits.
Musical director Steve Nichols and dance director Jeanine Greb will perform a duet, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”
They have been busy for the last eight weeks directing and choreographing the song-and-dance numbers.
Alice Lemon, the drama director, has been working with all the comedy performers.
People are invited to bring their own beverages and snacks.
Admission is free.
There will be a 50/50 drawing.
The Science Discussion Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
The topic is the history of science in the Western World, including the history and developments of the scientific revolution.
The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, from 2-3:15 p.m. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.
SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Leisure Whirlers will have a dance party from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Clubhouse 4. There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck.
To celebrate International Square Dance Month, the theme will be Vacation Tee Shirt.
Square dancing and round dancing are called and cued all over the world in English, so no matter where people travel they can dance.
Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square dances and round dances will be alternated from 7-9. 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.
Round dance classes for new beginners is held from 7-8:15 p.m. on Sundays at 5946 Westminster Blvd. at Springdale and Westminster in Westminster. The ongoing beginners round dance class is held from 5:30-6:45 p.m. People who want extra help can arrive at 5. Classes are $5. Singles and couples are welcome. For information call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.
A beginners square dance class is held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Mondays 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.
A beginners line dance class starts a 5:30, same day and place. For information, call Mel Branham.
PHOTO ARTS CLUB
PHOTO ARTS—The August photo-of-the-month winners are Nancy Smith (l-r), second place with cloud formations, Andrea Thresh, first, with a Peruvian doll display, and Mary Pearman, third, with shot of rainbow and waterfall. The Photo Arts club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Next month’s meeting topic will be flash photography. Bring a camera. All are welcome. For more information, contact Regine Schumacher at 430-7978.