Watch Your Step


by Jim Breen

staff writer


A Mutual 5 resident received a puzzling email from Costco regarding a delivery of an item he purchased that was cancelled due to an incorrect address.

“Your are recommended (?) to complete the attached form and mail it back to us,” he wrote.

What made the email so unusual was that the shareholder is not a member of Costco, never has been and placed no such order.

He called the nearest Costco store in Long Beach to report then incident and was told that the company is aware of such scams.

A Google check of Costco scams amazingly, lists five separate scams involving the organization: returns, membership, wholesale, gift cards and parking lots.


I received an odd email from U.S. Army Capt. William D. Swenson, a man I have never had contact with. He’s on active duty in Afghanistan on a peace keeping mission.

“I found your contact particulars in an address journal and have a profitable business proposal for you,” he wrote. “Its risk-free and easy, and I will be sending details. If you are interested, get back to me for briefs and procedures.

No thanks, captain.


Leroy Caldwell got a letter at his Mutual 12 home titled “Medicare Benefit Information” that said he was eligible for non-invasive treatments for back pain that’s covered by Medicare and private insurance.

He was given a toll-free number to call to activate his special code number so the scam could begin.

Mr. Caldwell, however, wasn’t buying it.

“It smells like another scam,” he said. “The letter is supposed to be from Medicare, but nowhere in the letter does it say it’s from Medicare.”

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send the details to or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Woman’s Club


by Janet Carpenter

LW contributor


The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold a card party and luncheon Jan.17, in Clubhouse 2. Lunch, priced at $9 per person, will be served at noon.

Lunch tickets will be sold by table number. One person can pick up tickets for a table of four for $36. Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m.

Table reservations or cancellations should be made by calling Judy Belladella at 598-1784 before 6 p.m., Jan. 14. Table reservations not cancelled must be paid for.

Members having a party of four and wishing to set up a new table should also call Judy at the above number.

Those tables needing a substitute player for either bridge or canasta are asked to call Vivian Neiger at 594-6550 for the names of substitute players who can be contacted.

Standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current members of the Woman’s Club. Membership cards should be taken to all these events.

A guest invited to attend the card party luncheon may do so twice a year, must have a luncheon reservation and be accompanied by her sponsor.

Legion Auxiliary


President Mary Wiens and all the women of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 thank everyone in Leisure World for their support during 2013.

It was a great year for members of the Auxiliary, who look forward to an even better year in 2014.

Donations of money, clothing, school supplies and toiletries increased in 2013 over the previous year.

The Auxiliary is also grateful to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

The next major event planned is the annual fashion show in March. Tickets go on sale this month.

Funds raised from the event will help finance nursing scholarships at Golden West College.

– Sandy Esslinger




“The Jewish Kid from Brazil,” the world-renowned artist, Walter Goldfarb,” will be the subject of the next NA’AMAT USA program at 1:30 p.m., Jan. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The meeting starts at 12:30, and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, and residents and guests are welcome. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Those who attend should contact Henrietta Zarovsky at 596-3767 with the names of outside guests for main gate entry.

Jan Berliner, an excellent docent at the Museum of Latin American Art, will introduce Mr. Goldfarb to guests and take them on a tour of his unique art work via DVD. His mother was a Holocaust survivor and his father was a prominent violinist in Brazil. He has portrayed his personal story in magnificent art pieces.

Mr. Goldfarb has used unusual media including embroidery, psychedelic colors and chemicals in his art work.

An explanation and story behind each piece will be provided. His work was recently exhibited at a one-man show at Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA.)

– Darlene Rose

Phil-Am Social Club


The Phil-Am Social Club held its 14th annual Christmas party Dec. 27, at Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

Opening remarks were made by Joseph Chavez, president, followed by the invocation by Bennie De La Cruz.

Following dinner, members were asked to share their thoughts about what Christmas meant to them. It was led by Ofelia Sanchez, master of ceremonies.

A declamation, ‘‘The Captain’s Daughter,” was delivered by Amado Fernando in which the poem was reconnected to typhoon Haiyan, (or Yolanda) that devastated the Philippines Nov. 13.

Members sang Christmas carols and gifts were exchanged.

– Amado Fernando


Theosophical Society


Martin and Susan Leiderman will discuss how myths enrich understanding when the Theosophical Society meets at 7:30 p.m, Jan. 17, at Farmers and Merchants Bank Community Room, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach.

The presentation will be given as a community service without charge or obligation. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, call the Theosophical Society at 430-3957.


Safe Driver Program


The first AARP Safe Driver program of the year will be held from 1-5 p.m., Jan. 20 and 21, in Clubhouse 3 Room 9. Attendance both days is mandatory to earn a certificate.

The fee will be $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Payment must be made by personal check or money order.

The other eight-hour class dates for 2014 are May 19-20, July 21-22 and Nov. 17-18. Reservations for all classes are now being taken.

The classes are for people that have never taken them before or want more details.

Four-hour, single-day class dates are Feb. 17, March 18, June 17, Sept. 16, and Oct. 20. The same fees apply.

To qualify for the four-hour classes, residents must have completed an eight-hour class within the past three years, and their insurance company must agree to their eligibility.

For reservation information, call Betty Adams at 936-1333.

AARP classes are available on line at Valid credit cards are needed to register. The cost is $17.99 for AARP members and $21.95 for non-members.

Residents who lost their AARP membership numbers can call 1-800-Our-AARP.

People who have received traffic tickets, should read all the papers carefully. All the information needed is available.

Information on California Traffic School is available at Valid credit cards are needed.


Senior Patriots for Peace


Guest speaker Fr. Chris Ponnet will discuss the legacy of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela when Senior Patriots For Peace meets at 1 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 4.

Fr. Ponnet has been an activist for peace and justice in the world for more than three decades and has supported a multitude of causes for social justice.

He has participated in non-violent actions of civil disobedience against war.

Everyone is invited to attend. For further information,call Nancy Goldstein at 896-8604 or Mary Larson, 296-8521.

– Nancy Goldstein



The Orange County Council on Aging-Smilemakers Guild began in 1997 as an ombudsman initiative. Members collect, wrap and deliver gifts of personal comfort to residents in the long term care facilities throughout Orange County who might otherwise be forgotten at the Christmas holidays.

The Ombudsman play a critical role by identifying residents in need and helping deliver the gifts.

This year, with the support of many volunteers and corporate partners the Smilemakers collected and delivered more than 3,400 gifts.

 – Les Cohen


Disaster first aid


by Madge Armstrong

LW contributor


The first Disaster First Aid class of the year will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.

Lunch or snacks and drinks can be taken to the class.

Residents can take only one of the three classes offered in 2014. The others are scheduled March 24 and May 17, in the same time frame.

Training is provided by the Organized Communities Volunteer Education Association (OVEVA), a local non-profit disaster training organization.

Residents and others will learn what to do in the event of a major earthquake; how to help themselves and how to take care of loved ones.

Everyone will be responsible for themselves in the event of a major disaster.

Shareholders should have emergency supplies, especially water. The class teaches people how to treat their immediate injuries before outside help arrives.

Outside help (Red Cross, military, etc) will not arrive with additional supplies and help for three to seven days, depending on the degree of the disaster.

Cost of the class is $22, payable at the beginning of the class. Checks or cash will be accepted. A manual is included with the fee.

Registration is required. Contact Geneva Potepan, LW first aid training coordinator at or ( 951) 675-4271.

They can also be made by calling Madge Armstrong at 598-3087.


Investment Forum


The Leisure World Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m., Jan. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

The meeting will feature LPL Financial’s investment outlook for 2014.

Also on the agenda will be prospects for economic growth in the U.S. and around the world, expectations for the stock market and LPL Financial’s thoughts on the bond market as it faces the prospect of rising interest rates.

For more information, contact Larry T. Pino or David Gutterman at (949) 502-8525 or