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LBCC Tours

Register for spring session Jan. 29

The Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus, offers trips and tours for seniors 50-plus. The spring session runs from Feb. 20-May 8. The cost, per person, includes the bus charge, entry fee and any extra charges that apply to that tour. Meals are included only if noted.

All tours depart from the Liberal Arts Campus, Bldg O-2, near the southwest corner of Conant Street and Clark Avenue.

Walk-in registration for the spring session begins Wednesday, Jan. 29, 8 a.m.-noon, at the PCC campus, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Room FF-108, Long Beach. Telephone, 938-3048, and mail-in registration begin Thursday, Jan. 30, at 8:30 a.m.

For more information or to request tours and classes flyers be mailed, call 938-3048 or email lamoureux@LBCC.efu.

Spring Session of Senior Day Tours include:

• Wednesday, Feb. 20, “Wilshire Boulevard Tour – From Downtown to the Ocean” with Jonathan, $43.

• Wednesday, Feb. 26, Fillmore & Western Railway Heritage Valley Tour, $83 dinner included.

• Thursday, Feb. 27, FIDM: Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, $31.

• Thursday, March 6, 2 IMAX Movies in 3-D,“Flight of the Butterflies” and “Space Station,” $42.

• Tuesday, March 11, “The Palm Springs Follies,” $89.

• Thursday, March 13, The Nethercutt Museum and Collection in Sylmar, $39, lunch included.

• Thursday, March 20,The Historic Los Angeles Central Library and a Tour of “The Last Bookstore in L.A.,” $34.

• Tuesday, March 25, The Los Angeles Getty Center Museum, $36.

• Thursday, April 3, Tour of Warner Brothers Studios, $39.

• Thursday, April 10, Heritage Museum of Orange County, $58.

• Thursday, May 1, Sweet and Savory Bakery Tour of Los Angeles, $38, lunch included.

• Thursday, May 8, Thoroughbred Horseracing at Santa Anita Park, $49, lunch included.

The LBCC Senior Center is a relaxed, fun, outgoing group of seniors and encourage all seniors to join it.

For more information, call 938-3048 or email slamoureux@LBCC.efu

 

Silver Fox

LWers proud of their classic cars, enjoy showing others

by Derek Hogarth

LW contributor

 

The Silver Fox Classic Car Club is for all who love vintage cars, it’s not necessary to own such a car, but only to have an interest in them. The club meets on the second Monday of the month, Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 6 p.m.

Members have regular outings each month to local car museums, vintage airplane museums, etc.

Call President Derek Hogarth, 310-7588, for information about the club.

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Hank & Patty Walker’s

1966 Chrysler New Yorker

The Chrysler New Yorker was a premium automobile model by the Chrysler division of the Chrysler Corporation from 1940–1996.

The New Yorker name helped define the Chrysler brand as a maker of upscale models priced and equipped above mainstream brands like Ford, Chevrolet/Pontiac and Dodge/Plymouth, but below full luxury brands like Cadillac, Lincoln and Packard. During the New Yorker’s tenure, it competed against upper level models from Buick, Oldmobile and Mercury.

Until its discontinuation in 1996, the New Yorker had made its mark as the longest running American car nameplate.

The seventh edition New Yorker, in 1966, was the last year of the six-window Town Sedan.

For 1966, the New Yorker adopted the new 440-cid, V8 engine. Styling changes included a new grille, tail lamps and revised side trim.

Standard luxury features included power steering, power brakes, Torque-Flite Automatic Transmission, and a 440-cubic inch V8 with silenced air cleaner.

Optional features included a 440 V8 TNT - with 4 barrel carburetor, twin snorkels and twin exhausts, Titl-A-Scope steering wheel, Air-temp air conditioner, rear air and heat system, Safeguard Sentinel lighting, self adjusting power disc brakes and a custom-engineered towing package for loads up to 5,500 pounds.

The New Yorker was bought two years ago by Hank’s son from the original owner in Seattle, Wash. Hank and his wife, Patty, are now the proud caretakers of this magnificent, but not small automobile.

Mike & Joyce Strawn’s

1966 Ford Mustang

The first-generation Ford Mustang was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1964 until 1973. The introduction of the Mustang created a new class of automobile known as the “pony car.” The Mustang’s styling, with its long hood and short deck, proved wildly popular and inspired a host of imitators

Ford broke the one-million Mustang mark in 1966, only 18 months after its introduction. The millionth Mustang rolled off the assembly line on March 2, 1966.

When Ford wanted to introduce the Mustang in Germany, they discovered that Krupp company had already registered the name for a truck. The German company offered to sell the rights for $10,000. Ford refused and removed Mustang badges from exported units, instead naming the cars as T-5 (a pre-production Mustang project name) for the German market until 1979 when the Krupp copyrights expired.

Mike’s wife, Joyce, bought one, new, in 1965 in their hometown, Lancaster, Ohio. When Mike was in the Army in 1967, they got married and it was their only car. Naturally, like many others, they decided to trade it in on a new car in 1970. Mike always told Joyce someday they would get another one like her ‘66.

In 2005, and after 38 years of marriage, Mike finally found a ‘66 to restore. It was an Ohio car and had been owned by the same gentleman for about 37 years. He sold it to a man who intended to restore it, but after a year, he decided to sell it. They are the third owners. It has been restored cosmetically, and still has the original 289 engine. The running light on the front behind the Mustang, was invented by a man in their hometown who was a neighbor of Joyce’s family.

The first Ford Mustang was introduced April 16, 1964, and this year will be the 50th anniversary.

There are a number of Mustangs in the Silver Fox Classic Car Club, plus others within LW, therefore the club plans to hold a special event in April to celebrate 50 years of Mustangs.

 

Rolling Thunder

Golf cart club will meet Jan. 28

The Rolling Thunder Golf Cart Club of Leisure World will hold its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1 p.m.

Members will discuss safety and “random acts of kindness.” The Christmas parade was a big success, cruising through LW with all the carts lit up.

The club has over 100 members and is growing. The gatherings are a good time with good food. All are invited to join the group.

Anyone looking for a golf cart can contact members for information.

—Tony Davis

Pauma

Join group for day-trip Feb. 19

The New York Club will escort a day-trip to Pauma Casino on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The cost of the trip is $15, with $10 cash returned in the machine.

During the trip, bingo is played coming and going and snacks are served.

The bus picks up at three locations, Clubhouse 4, 7:15 a.m.; Amphitheater, 7:30; and outside St. Andrew’s Gate, 7:35.

For reservations and information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

 

 

Guatemala

Tours are benefit to poor country

by Mary Bailer

LW contributor

 

Are you a traveler who seeks the unusual and exciting, at a reasonable cost, and without a long, tedious flight? I am, and when, in the Los Angeles Times travel section, I found a small article about a trip to Guatemala, I struck gold.

“The Textile and Jewelry Tour,” sponsored by Guatemala Charities Fund Raisers, was a delight for me. This is a 9-day/8-night trip that focuses on the lovely colonial city of La Antigua, Guatemala, and the villages surrounding Lake Atitlan.

A vacation devoted to shopping for jewelry and textiles may sound frivolous and decadent, and what with delicious meals, nightly wine and cheese parties, shopping sprees for loads of beaded and embroidered purses, necklaces, bracelets, and yards of beautiful fabrics, that’s partially true. You’ll seldom have as much fun and laughter as you will on this trip.

But there is a serious side. Guatemala is a very poor country and many people, particularly women, depend on the sale of “tipica,” items made to be sold to tourists, to support their families. When a group of 14 people arrive and make large purchases, there is an immediate benefit to the local economy.

The trip leader Sandra “Sandi” Escalle and her husband, Richard, support many charitable efforts, including “Las Ninas Mayas”, an after-school program for girls in San Juan del Lago, a small Lake Atitlan village. Sandi returns to Guatemala several times each year and in March and November leads tours. During each trip she buys large volumes of jewelry to sell at bead shows, including the Gem Faire at the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds. The profits are in turn contributed to Guatemala charities.

Some specifics about the trip:

• On arrival at La Aurora airport, you will be met and driven the one hour to La Antigua, where you’ll settle into your comfortable colonial hotel. Most meals are not included, but the prices in Guatemala are very reasonable and Sandi knows all the best restaurants. Due to her contacts you will have wonderful experiences unavailable to most tourists; dining with Guatemalans in their home, visiting fabric and jewelry co-ops, and making friends with students. This is not a very strenuous trip, but there are some long walks over rough, cobblestone streets, boat rides and other activities requiring some agility.

Her next tour is March 11- 19. The cost is $845, plus airfare. There are non-stop five-hour flights from Los Angeles to La Aurora airport in Guatemala City, at a cost of approximately $655.

To learn more about this trip, visit http://sellin.com/GCFR/tour.html.