Arts & Leisure

 

Enter Laughing

Playwright joins to meet funny people

by  Janice Laine

LW contributor

 

Noel Lehr was drawn to Enter Laughing because of her love of comedy and her desire to meet funny people. Enter Laughing is an improvisational class led my Mary Galliani, a professional comedian, that meets on the first and third Thursday each month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Everyone is invited to attend and join in if wanted.

Noel has written several comedy plays and musicals. Some have even been produced in an Oceanside Community Theatre.

Fifty-eight years ago, Noel was acting in a community play when she was heckled from the audience. She showed her heckler – she married him.

Noel and her heckler, John, moved to Leisure World a year ago from San Juan Capistrano. They have a daughter, Susan, who lives close by in Naples and a son, Joe, who lives half of the year in Pennsylvania and half of the year in Southern California.

 Although she was born in St. Louis, Mo., Noel feels fortunate that her family moved to sunny, Southern California where she has lived ever since.  

In her professional life she taught English and special education at Wilson High School in the Hacienda/LaPuente School District.

When she had enough of that she and her son drifted into a marketing business that morphed into an Internet marketing business that is still going strong.  Today, she designs websites and writes sales copy, newsletters and blogs for her own company and for clients. 

In her spare time she likes to paint watercolors and try out the many activities at Leisure World. 

Those who want a good laugh, come to Enter Laughing and see Noel’s clever improvisations. Everyone is welcome. It’s great for your health to get as many laughs as you can.

 

Community Sing

Ethel Carter will lead sing-along

When the Community Sing meets on Jan. 27 in Clubhouse l, at 6:30 p.m., amateur time will begin with a special piano solo from “Phantom of the Opera,” offered by pianist Jean McPharlin. Other prospective amateurs need to sign in at 6 with the emcee, two copies of sheet music in hand, ready to perform for three minutes.

Ethel Carter will lead group singing. Her half-time guest will be singer-guitarist Sam Calderone.

On Jan. 13, Margie St. Clair played “Stardust” on the piano as the first amateur, followed by “Let There Be Peace,” sung by Ellen Brannigan; Byong Choi, sang Gounod’s “Ave Maria;” Peter Innerbickler did “Because You’re Mine,” and Ben Berg closed with a boogie-woogie number and “A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On,” self accompanied on piano.

Carol Robinson accompanied all soloists.

After the flag salute song leader Carmen Edwards warmed up a chilled group of Leisure Worlders with her first selection of long-time favorite songs until half-time, when she introduced popular soprano soloist Anita Ragole as her guest artist.

Anita opened with “Make Believe,” a light opera favorite; followed with “Why Do I Love You?” and “You Are Love.” She closed with a melodic “Moonlight in Vermont.” Her presentation demonstrated the quality of her operatic voice, which was loudly applauded.

After Felicia’s greeting of first-timers and Carmen’s wrap-up of group singing, everyone joined in on “Kum ba Yah” to close an enjoyable musical evening.

Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Jean McPharlin, pianist; and Felicia Ward, emcee.

Everyone is welcome to join in with others who love to sing the old-time songs.

 

Dixieland Jazz

Time to renew memberships

The Dixieland Jazz Band will take the stage in Clubhouse 4 on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The doors open 6.

It is time to renew memberships. “We need you to keep Jazz alive,” says founder Louis Schillaci. “Thank you to all the members and sponsors for your 10 years of support.”

The $5 yearly membership, 42 cents per first Wednesday concert, and funds from the 50/50 raffle, help pay outside musicians.

The South Bay Dixie Jazz Band will present professional celebrities again this year, with different instruments. It takes special talents to adapt to Dixieland. They have to read music, memorize, harmonize and express themselves with improvisation.

Patron membership, $100 annually, entitles the member to front table seating with up to four guests; member and two guests plus front table seating is $45 annually. Front table seating for singles is $25 annually.

Guests pay $2 at the door.

—Fanny Schillaci

Astronomy Club

Saturn DVD will be shown Feb. 5

The Astronomy Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, from 7- 8:30 p.m. The program will include a DVD, “Saturn, the Mystery Planet of The Solar System.” A report on the best objects to view in the February sky will be included.

As a special presentation, the club will give a report on the consequences of a 7.8 earthquake on the San Andreas Fault. Everyone needs to prepare for this disaster. It is overdue.

All are welcome. There are no dues. Free coffee and snacks will be available. The club has scopes to loan to guests.

 

Barbershop Singers

Group looking for more participants

The Leisure World Barbershop Singing Club has done a modest amount of entertaining for LW clubs in recent months. The group performs barbershop singing for about 30 minutes at parties, dinners and meetings.

Residents interested in barbershop singing are invited to visit the group at its weekly rehearsals, Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 3. The club includes both guys and gals.

Many residents currently enjoy performing with a variety of entertainment groups, maybe several different ones.

“For many years, I was a member of the LW Chorale. Over my lifetime I have been part of many different musical entertainment groups ... both singing and instrumental,” says Ron Volger. “It’s a ‘love’ that lasts forever.”

He urges residents to consider joining the barbershop singers.

“You don’t need to feel ‘almost professional,’ just relax and enjoy.”

Barbershop Music is a harmony of voices only, no instruments, no accompaniment. An abundance of the music is older songs, which have been around for more than 100 years, and most people are already familiar with them.

For more information about the group, call Ron, 493-2325.

 

Karaoke Party

Bob Smallwood remembered Jan. 29

It was a lively evening with many enthusiastic singers and a nice audience. Bill Hultquist did a great rendition of “UpTown,” a Roy Orbison song. Wayne Urban put a smile on our face with “Act Naturally.” We enjoyed Janice Chapman’s “Somewhere There Is A Someone For Me.” Bob Barnum’s son, Jason, came from Catalina Island and was prodded to sing “Where Streets Have No Name.” Shalla Callahan and Jerry Tester joined voices doing “Love Me Tender.” Sally Glausser loves show tunes and did a lively “Singing in the Rain.”Bob and Galit Slater surprised us with a visit and did “Take Me As I Am.”

There were computer troubles as the lyrics cut off and on, but everyone was patient and sang right through the glitches. Golden Rain provided nice, new microphones in the clubhouse and they are appreciated very much.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, is the Karaoke Party memorial for Bob Smallwood. Wear cowboy hats and plan to sing some country tunes, which we enjoyed hearing Bob sing for so many years.

The Filipino Club is providing sub sandwiches and Betty Ballen will bring cake to enjoy.

The Karaoke Party runs from 5:30-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1 every Wednesday. Everyone is welcome to sing or listen.

—Margie Thompson

 

Lapidary

Fusion glass class offered again

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m.-noon, a fusion of glass class will be taught in the Clubhouse 4 lapidary room. The class will be on how to make jewelry using the fusion of glass technique.

This class is for beginner and advanced student, and is a good way to make something special for friends or love ones. The class limit is six people, so each student can have more time with the teacher.

The cost of the class is $10, which includes two large pieces or five small pieces of glass to be used. Come to the lapidary room and sign up so that there will be enough glass and supplies on hand.

—Rod Carpenter

 

LW Library

Garden Club items are on display

Leisure World Garden Club currently has some interesting items on display in the LW Library. One case shows the history of the club in photos, another features items commemorating of the club’s 50 year anniversary. There is also a Catalina pottery display and explanations of the Wrigleys and their important part in Catalina history.

The Garden Club has graciously offered to maintain the displays for six months. Some of the displays will be changed periodically. Be sure to check in often.

The club is also funding the upgrading of the plant area entering the patio. This is a much appreciated improvement.

Library hours are Monday- Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The LW Library is an excellent source, not only for reading materials, but computers, movies and magazines. A friendly staff and a host of volunteers are happy to assist patrons anyway they can.

— Joan Shramek

 

Stamp & Collectible

Club expands its topics to collections

Stamp and Collectible Club meeting will be held Feb. 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The former Stamp Club has changed its name to “Stamp and Collectible Club” The club is looking for members with collections of items to show and to share interest with other people.

Collectible items can be toys, dolls, china, knives, jewelry, Disney items, books and anything collected.

There will always be stamps and postcards. Those who have stamps to donate, the club would love to have them. Tony Laspada would be happy to help anyone with stamps to evaluate.

Those who just like to look at stuff people collect, come on down, all are welcome.

At the next meeting, a member will be showing his cigar band collection.

Call Tony Laspada, 493-9818, with questions.

 

LW Theater Club

Planning meeting set for fund raiser

The L.W. Theater Club will have an important membership meeting tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. in the Loft. All members are asked to attend and meet the new club officers.

Help plan and choose how to help with the club’s 15th annual country/western “fun” raiser on April 5 in Clubhouse 2.

The club needs food servers, singers, dancers and comics to make this the best country/western event in the club’s history.

Terry Otte and Abilene will provide hoedown dance music for the guests again.

—Chuck Burnett

 

Friends of Library

Library garden renovation proposal was shared by Vanessa Morris

An informative Friends of the Library annual meeting was held on Jan. 10. Vanessa Morris, library operations supervisor, showed sketches of the new garden renovation to be provided by the Leisure World Garden Club.

Officers for 2014 are President Dolores Parker, Vice President Pat Poulsen, Treasurer Gene Smith, Corporate Secretary Joan Shramek and Corresponding Secretary Ruth Schmitt.

The holiday boutique at the Friends of the Library Bookstore was a success netting a profit of $4,600, all for the benefit of the library. The money will be used to purchase materials for residents, as well as helping to provide $12,000 in scholarships to students seeking library science degrees. Thanks to all who donated items and to those who purchased items.

The boutique has proven so successful that a year-round area for gift items and knick-knacks will be stocked on a regular basis. This will make it possible for shareholders to donate new or nearly new items for sale throughout the  year. The Friends of the Library asks that items not be left outside the Bookstore when it isn’t open. For those unable to bring items in themselves, a phone number is available at the desk for someone to pick up items.

Through the month of February all hard back fiction books are 50 cents. This is a great time to stock up on reading material. 

Puzzles, magazines, DVDs, CDs and greeting cards are available for purchase.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization, staffed by all volunteers. Bookstore hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

— Joan Shramek

 

Photo International Folk Dancing—Fortunee Spiegelman enjoys dancing to Hungarian music at folk dancing class every Friday morning at 10:30 in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Music and dances from all over the world are featured.

 

Photo Country line dance will return Saturday night, Feb. 1, 6-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. All residents are invited for a fun evening with the Deejay Michel Bond and the country gang.

 

Art League

Pay annual dues at meeting tonight

Come to the Art League’s monthly meeting tonight, Jan. 23, in Clubhouse 4 at 6:30. Yearly club dues may be paid tonight. The dues have been raised to $15 a year. This entitles members to participate in the displaying and judging of paintings at each meeting and to exhibit their artwork in the Clubhouse 3 and Health Care Center galleries.

 

GRF Dance

Stardust Trio plays

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. The Stardust Trio will play Jan. 25.

 

Saturday AM Dance

West coast swing taught at 9-10

Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In January, she will teach west coast swing 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.

—Gordon Flewell

 

Leisure Whirlers

Round, square dance classes offered

by Eleanor Thompson

LW contributor

 

All are invited to learn to square dance and round dance in class and then dance the dances at Leisure Whirler parties held in Clubhouse 4 on the first Friday of the month. Classes and parties are held around the Los Angeles area every day. Classes and parties are a great way to meet people, have good fun and get great exercise.

Gentlemen may find that special lady likes to dance. Those who don’t have a special lady at the moment, may find that they become very popular when they can dance. And ladies, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get all dressed up for a change. For both, it will be something else to do besides sit at home and watch those feet swell.

In the round dancing class, participants learn the waltz, tango, foxtrot, two-step, rumba, cha-cha and many more ballroom-type dances. The dances are choreographed by different choreographers. The steps for each dance are taught in class. Then at parties, the cuer tells what steps to take next. In round dancing couples dance in a large circle. The dances are very beautiful.

In the square dance class participants learn all of the calls used in square dancing. Then at parties the caller tells what steps to take next. In square dancing, eight people dance in each square. There can be many squares dancing at the same time. Square and round dances are alternated at parties. Square and round dances are danced all over the world and are called and cued in English. People can find a club to dance where ever they travel to and feel at home.

There are also classes in line dancing, where the dances are cued by the cuer. Everyone dances in lines without a partner. Participants are taught the steps that are needed and then taught each dance.

“Learn To Dance Now!” is an event for everyone who has never danced before. All are invited to learn some basics of dancing on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at the Cedarbrook Dance Center, 12812 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA. For further information call (949) 637-4169. The entrance is at the back of the complex. This event is sponsored by the Southern California Round Dance Teachers Association and costs $3.

A new-beginner round dance class is offered on Sunday evenings from 6:45-8:15. Singles and couples are welcome. There is also an on-going beginner class, from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Sundays. The classes are held at 5946 Westminster Blvd., (at Springdale Avenue), Westminster, next to the Goodwill Store. For more information call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.

A beginner square dance class is starting on Monday, March 3, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove. For those who don’t have a partner, there is a “singles rotation” where names are put on a list and then the people dance with a different partner in each square for the evening. Singles, couples and brush-ups are welcome.

A beginner line dance class is also starting that evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.

 

Grapevine Line Dance

Room changed to CH 6, Room B

Starting today, Jan. 23, Grapevine Line Dance classes will meet Thursdays, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., in Clubhouse 6, Room B.

Classes start easy and finish up with more challenging dances. Beginner class is from 3:30-4:20; easy/intermediate, 4:30 to 5:30. Classes are free. Plan to come to class regularly in order to master the routines. For more information, call 596-8273.

 

Hui O Hula

‘Cool Hula’ classes sway to music

Hui O Hula is Leisure World’s Hawaiian dance club offers classes every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Call 252-9676 or email jojo@huiohula.com for class information.

Monday’s “Cool Hula” is for anyone who would like to sway to Hawaiian music and get a little exercise. It is free of charge. The class meets upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 11:15 a.m. for 60 minutes. There will be a brief explanation before each hula and then just follow the leader’s movements.

At “Cool Hula” last Monday, the dancers were fortunate to have Susan McCormick play the ukulele while they danced. She played and sang classics such as “Blue Hawai’i,” “E Huli Makou,” and “My Little Grass Shack.”

Susan McCormick teaches guitar and ukulele. She is the leader of the performing group, E Mele Hana/The Music Makers at the Artesia Community Center.

— Jojo Weingart

PHOTO Jojo Weingart photo

LW Silver Strings’ Walter Sorensen (l-r), Holly Thompson, Dean Woods, Jane Clyde, Carrie Kumabe, and Dutch Van Kerkhoven collaborated with Hui O Hula at Nola Meredith’s memorial. Many showed up to celebrate her happy soul with eulogies, music, dance, food, and laughter.

 

Dance Club

Dance lessons are on Friday, CH 6

The Dance Club’s beginning/intermediate class will meet Friday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Members of the class will have fun learning dance waltz, rumba, and foxtrot figures in slow and medium speed.

Friday at 7 p.m. the West Coast Swing (WCS) class will start with a warm-up and then work on basic footwork, agility and dance dexterity in a line dance format. The short warm-up routines are fun and allow dancers to practice without having to worry about a partner. Following the warm up routines, the dancers will return to partner format and learn WCS syncopations.

Dance classes are in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Singles and couples are welcome. Partners are not needed, so come join the group. The cost is $5 a class per person. The instructor is Jeremy Pierson, an experienced dance teacher for over 20 years.

For more information, call Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.

 

Biola University

‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ is on stage

The Biola Youth Theatre Teen Players presents the stage version of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” this weekend, Jan. 23-25, at 7:30 p.m., at Biola University’s Sutherland Auditorium, 13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, Calif. There is also matinee performance Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

The presentation includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.

This story takes place in New York City in 1922 and tells of young Millie Dillmount who has just moved to the city in search of a new life. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz, a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing.

Tickets, $13-$21.50, can be purchased on line at http://youth.biola.edu/theatre/boxoffice or by calling 906-4574.

 

Play Review

‘Bare,the Musical’ is solid production

“Bare, the Musical”, a revival of the musical, book by Jon Hartmere and Damon Intrabartolo, music by Damon Intrabartolo, and lyrics by John Hartmere. Presented by Theatre Out, 402 W 4th St, Santa Ana, 92701, through Feb. 15, 714-220-7069, www.theatreout.com; ticket prices: $20-$25; running time 2 hours, 35 minutes.

 

Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name?” If you’ve written a play or musical, the name is a very important choice to make. Upon receiving the press information for the musical “Bare,” the initial reaction was the primary definition of the word bare, and that maybe this was a musical about nudity. It is not. Instead it is a heartwarming musical about adolescence and the baring of one’s soul.

The setting is a private high school. Peter (Morgan Reynolds) and his fellow senior friend, Jason (Jared Grant), suffer from many of the angsts that confront their generation. They are both dealing with the problems of first love. Their friend Matt (Michael Noah Levine) is in love with Ivy (Krystle Cruz). Ivy has some insecurity issues that she tries to solve from by being promiscuous.

The school is preparing to put on a musical version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Peter talks Jason into auditioning. Jason is cast as Romeo. Ivy is cast as Juliet. Peter is cast as Mercutio. The overweight Nadia (Kelsie Piini) is cast as Juliet’s nurse. Nadia is not happy. “Why can’t the fat girl play Juliet? It’s the plumpest role!”

The story predictably follows the outline of Shakespeare’s play, including the ups and downs of that work. Along the way all of the principle characters bare their souls about the difficulties of being a teenager in songs that are fun to hear. The problems of teenagers of today are different from the ones that our generation experienced in high school. In today’s world drugs are an ugly addition to the hurdles that our youth have to jump over.

This musical is full of clichés in the spare story line and lyrics. The score is pleasant to hear and delivered well by everyone. The ground that this musical covers is probably, at least for our generation, territory that is better covered in “West Side Story.” However, this is a more contemporary version.

The production is solid. The five principal performers (Morgan Reynolds, Jared Grant, Krystle Curz, Kelsie Piini and Michael Noah Levine) all perform with the earnestness of youth. And, as Sr. Chantelle, Natasha Reese stops the show with the song singing her two numbers, “911! Emergency,” and “God Don’t Make No Trash.” Director David C. Carnevale and choreographer Marcus S. Daniel have things going so rapidly and smoothly that the problems of the piece are not initially apparent, but rise up in your mind on the ride home. The entire cast moves with assurance and speed.

Theatre Out was dark for most of 2013. They reopened before Christmas and it’s a positive thing that they are up and running. They have moved to a new space with better parking and a very good restaurant right next door.

Titles can sometimes be deceptive. “Bare” is a fun, if not innovative, musical about the anguish of being a teenager in America. However, even when the material is less than outstanding, Theater Out always puts on an evening of theatre that is well worth the short trip to Santa Ana.

– Larry Blake

 

 

PHOTO - Chinese brush painting class meets Monday 2-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse 4 art room. Class includes demonstrations of various painting techniques and in-class exercises. Individual critiques are offered as time permits. All are welcome,says Chun-Yuen Tung, Chinese brush painting teacher. Class is open to beginners and advanced painters.

 

PHOTO- Terry Otte & ABILENE will perform a free concert/dance on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Abilene is a local country/rock band that plays once a month in Clubhouse 2. All LW residents and friends are welcome. The Clubhouse is set up with tables, so BYOB and snacks. Dancing is allowed, bring dancing shoes.

 

Radio Club

LWers invited to meeting, join group

The Radio Club will have its next meeting on Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All are welcome. There will be a speaker.

The club invites CERT-trained people to join the group. Participants don’t have to be a HAM operator to join. Members can use a Family Radio Service radio, which doesn’t require a license.

The radio club plans to have CERT members radio in during a disaster and keep the radio club informed. This will take training so those interested in helping in a disaster should join the club.

Anyone can join the club. Come to the meeting and start being a radio communicator. A license is not needed.

 

The Company

 

New stretch class begins Saturdays

The Company has taken on another dance adventure, the ballet bar stretch class. The class will meet in Clubhouse 6, second floor, on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1:30 p.m., and continue meeting on Saturdays.

The Company invites men and women, to take advantage of ballet bars in Clubhouse 6 with a free, until a teacher is found, beginner ballet stretch class. Wear comfortable clothing and stretch from head to toe.

The Company has purchased a video to teach the class and isasking for donations to help pay for the video. Bring a dollar or two until it is paid for.

For more details, call Meg Smith, 391-8777, or Lynn R. Heath, 296-5588 or email Lynn at lynnRheath@gmail.com.

 

LW Scrapbook Club

Organization is topic on Saturday

The new year is a time to renew commitments to do something with those photographs.

This month the Leisure World Scrapbook Club will focus on methods of storage, organization and products that can make it easier to assemble photos.

It’s always fun to look back at those old photos, so join members anytime on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Members will be there from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 596-6925.

—Barbara Houck

 

Poet’s Corner

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.

 

LW Line Dance

Many spectrums of our lives are

similar to those in line dancing.

For instance, when we look down through

high flying airplane windows,

we can easily observe the motorists’ struggling, just like dancing in line on busy highway.

But LW line dancing is quite different, Lined by lined smiling faces are all

busy dancing in fascinating mood,

just as happy cheerleaders’ moves

on the football field.

Probably LW line dancers are all been

through the years of crisscross hard life line

dancing, with hope of being happy someday.

At last, their wishes about to be granted, because having wellbeing and enjoying life is easy in Leisure World; just simply join in line dance at the clubhouse.

—Byong Choi