Impaired Vision and Hearing Club

The Leisure World Lo Vision Hearing Impaired Club will meet at 2 p.m., Jan. 28, in Clubhouse 3. Newly installed officers Juanita Townsend, president; Ruth Bell, vice president; Ruby Takamoto, secretary; and Linda Johnson, treasurer, will preside.

The program will feature Linda Becker and her dog. Ms. Becker will give suggestions for organizing activities for the visually-impaired person, at home and in the community.

She will be available for questions after the meeting.

A 50/50 drawing will be held and coffee, tea and dessert will be provided by refreshment coordinator Marilyn Boniorno and her assistants.

– Joan Shramek

Senior Meals

Community SeniorServ (CSS) offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday, for coffee. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:30. Arrive by 11 a.m. to register and find a seat. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079 between 9-11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Call 439-3699, to schedule free bus pick-up.


The Los Alamitos senior lunch and bread program offers the same menu from 11:15-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday at the Los Alamitos Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. Suggested donation: $3-$5 for seniors, $5 for people 59 or younger. For reservations, call 430-1073, ext. 526. Bingo is played Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, Jan. 27: Vegetable pasta soup with crackers, tuna salad sandwich, cilantro slaw, wheat bun, ranger cookie, diet cookie.

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Homemade beef stew, brussels sprouts, cornbread muffin and margarine, pineapple chunks.

Wednesday, Jan. 29: Barbecue rib sandwich, black beans, country mix vegetables, whole grain bread and margarine, melon.

Thursday, Jan. 30: Chicken strips with Alfredo sauce,wide egg noodles, baby carrots, butterscotch pudding, diet pudding, orange juice.

Friday. Jan. 31: Vegetable soup with crackers, spinach and mushroom quiche, four-way salad mix with vinaigrette dressing, seasonal fresh fruit.

Breakfast with the Doctor

Shareholders are invited to have breakfast with Dr. Rudolf Haider from 8-9 a.m., Jan. 29, at the Health Care Center conference room.

Dr. Haider is medical director at the HCC.

His guest will be Dr. Nora Oakley, a chiropractor.

They will do a short presentation and then be available for questions.

To make a reservation, call the Health Lecture hotline at 795- 6204, and leave a name and phone number.

Health Care Center

Gina Evans, a respiratory therapy professional, will discuss Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Health Care Center conference room.

In the class new to Leisure World, Ms. Evans will discuss the causes of the disease, how it is treated, and how it affects people’s lives. To make reservations, call 795-6204.

Wa-Rite Club


by Betty Scharf

LW contributor


The Wa-Rite Club reflected vim and vigor Jan. 17 at the weekly meeting. New officers were chosen, members lost a collective 50 pounds, and 51 members turned out.

New member Joan Wieber lost five pounds, and Marilyn McRaney reached a short-term goal.

Members learned that a four-ounce of wine is 150 calories.

Past President Margaret Humes presented a powerful talk about the power of common sense dieting.

She discussed the difference between hearing it, knowing it, and doing it.

She shared her lost months of yo-yoing, being healthy then overeating.

Many members need to re-learn those patterns and change them to most of the time when they are practicing new ways of eating and maintaining a healthy body.

It works, and huge amounts of excessive fat disappear. Clothes fit better; members are more energetic, and life is enjoyable.

Some of the facts of good dieting Margaret reminded members:

• Drink half your weight in ounces of water daily, and start the day with a good breakfast

• Exercise daily at your a personal level

• Replace unhealthy foods with healthy ones.

• Develop a pattern of three meals and two snacks a day without other snacking

• Include adequate fiber (25-30 grams daily)

• Choose healthy fats

• Eat 300-400 calories of protein daily (usually 3-4 ounces). Vitamin D sources of at least 800

• Find what inorganic foods are preferred and wash pesticides from vegetables

Meetings are held Fridays starting at 9 a.m., preceded by weigh-ins at 7:45 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

New members should come at 8:30 with $10 to join.

Visitors may visit up to three times.

Companion Hospice

Companion Hospice in Downey is recruiting volunteers for a few hours a week to help patients living in Leisure World.

Volunteers provide much needed companionship. They read to patients, write letters, visit, play cards, and/or games, listen to music, run errands, and provide caregiver relief help. They can make a difference in someone’s end-of-life journey.

Training will be held in LW at volunteers’ convenience.

Companion’s nurses, social workers and chaplains also go to LW to see hospice patients.

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Rita Riggs at 944-2711.

Long Beach Meals on Wheels


Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB) a non-profit group, delivers a variety of home-cooked meals to Leisure World shareholders. Cost, $6.50 per day, $32.50 per week. Meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Apply by phone or online. Contact Lisa Valdez at 433-0232 or visit Call 439-5000 before noon to cancel orders for the following day. Menu subject to change without notification.

Monday, Jan 27: Chipped beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, mixed green salad, roll, applesauce, peanut butter and jelly, pasta salad.

Tuesday, Jan. 28: Grilled chicken with tomato basil relish, herb rice, green beans, spinach salad, roll, vanilla pudding, salami and cheese sandwich, garbanzo bean salad.

Wednesday, Jan. 29: Jamaican jerk pork, mashed sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, mixed green salad, roll, tropical fruit salad, ham and cheese sandwich, potato salad.

Thursday, Jan. 30: Lemon artichoke, spinach chicken casserole, mixed vegetables, mixed green salad, parmesean muffin, pineapple tidbits, tuna salad sandwich, lentil salad.

Friday, Jan. 31: Mexican beef casserole, corn, Mexican rice, mixed green salad, roll, strawberry jello, chicken salad sandwich, coleslaw.

Emergency Meals

Leisure World Emergency Meals is in need of volunteers.

Help is needed once or twice a month to deliver hot meals to shareholders.

The food is prepared at Los Alamitos Hospital and delivered to Leisure World Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

To help, call 430-9056.

Weekly Exercise Activities

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 6 upstairs.

Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter, thought-sharing, and the slow and steady flow of tai chi movements.

A special meditation for relief, healing and energy ends the class.

For more information, contact Ron Kellet at 493-6719.


Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, Room A, Thursdays, 10 a.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, and Saturdays, 10 a.m, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The fee is $5 per session.

For more information, call Glady Horbay at 308-7221.

– Glady Horbay

Monday Yoga

Classes are offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session.

For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.

Line Dance

Classes are available for beginners at 10:30 a.m., Mondays, in Clubhouse 1.

First-time beginners classes are scheduled at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 6, upstairs, and beginners to EZ level, 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Clubhouse 6, upstairs.

For more information, call Barbara Magie, 596-4690.

Pilates Club

Improve balance, strength, and coordination with these no-impact, fun classes for men and women Thursdays in Clubhouse 6: a chair class at 5:30 p.m. for beginners and mat class at 6:45 for people experienced in pilates or yoga.

Classes, $7 each, are taught by certified pilates instructors.

For more information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214.

Low Impact Aerobic Classes

Classes taught by Sarah Grusmark are held Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 1.

The classes, designed for all fitness levels, will improve flexibility, strength and endurance.

For more information, call Cheryl Zimmer, 430-9379.

Upper Body Strength Class

One-hour classes are offered at 11:15 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6. The fee is $4 per class, payable at the start of the month, or $5 a class for those who do not attend regularly.

For more information, call 493-0609.

– Dorothy Anderson

Walking Group

The group meets at 4 p.m. every Monday in front of the Amphitheater for a one-hour walk. The activity is not strenuous, but residents should check with their doctors if they have been recently ill.

Bad weather will cancel the walk.

For more information, call 799-3841.

– Flo Dartt

Movement for Health-Medical Qigong Club

The club is now meeting permanently in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 8 a.m. led by qigong practitioner Dave Heilig.

It’s a no-impact class with a focus on joint health, stress relief, pain reduction and wellness breathing techniques. Non-impact movements can be performed in a standing or seated position.

For more information, call 760-4545.

—Catherine Milliot

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Chih

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes meet Tuesdays from 9:15-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call Joann Mullens, 596-3936.

Tai chi and Qigong

Classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 4, Room 3, right side. At 9 a.m., instructional begins in tai chi, which helps with balance and has been taught in Leisure World since 1997.

Qigong, a general health exercise, starts at about 9:45, followed by an explanation of the moves until 10:30.

For more information, call Jerry Cohen, instructor, at 596-7528.

– Jerry Cohen

Zumba Club

Zumba classes, $3 each, are available seven days a week. Saturday classes are at 11 a.m. Instructor is Stef Sullivan. Other classes: Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Mondays, 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 5 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.

All classes are in Clubhouse 6 except Thursdays, when they are in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Mary Romero at 810-4266.

– Mary Romero

Leisure Leggers

The Leisure Leggers, Leisure World’s walking and running club, meets every Monday at 8 a.m. in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-to-60-minute walk and to train for local races.

For more information, call Tom Pontac at 430-5777.