TERRY OTTE & ABILENE thanks everyone for making the New Year’s Dance such a success. More than 350 people rang in the new year with the band, which appreciates the support of the Leisure World community. The next concert will be Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2, which will be set up with tables and chairs. Bring beverages and snacks.



The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes starting Jan. 20 from 9-11:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up for classes, $5 each, at the lab.

The following is the list of classes:

•Monday, Jan. 20, Windows 7

•Tuesday, Jan. 21, Excel 2007

•Wednesday, Jan. 22, Windows 8

•Thursday, Jan. 23, Internet and Email

•Friday, Jan. 24, Camera with PC

•Monday, Jan, 27, Android Tablet

•Tuesday, Jan. 28, iPad Tablet

•Wednesday, Jan. 29, Word 2007

•Thursday, Jan. 30, Internet/Email

•Friday, Jan. 31, Adobe Workshop

Classes are usually filled but cancellations could occur. Coffee, tea and snacks are available during break time. Arrangements can be made for friends to work together. Customized training for groups can be arranged by talking to John Retterath at 544-2210. Additional training features can be covered in class sessions. Sign up at Clubhouse 5 weekdays, 1-3 p.m., or at the Computer Club meeting Jan. 12 in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m.



The Photographic Arts Club will meet today, Thursday, Jan. 9, from 1:30-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

There will be an introductory program on the benefits of working in tabletop photography.

Tabletop photography is working with photos of small objects or a miniature scene arranged on a table. There are many websites about small commercial product photography using expensive equipment. However, there are also many ideas available for tabletop photos using equipment and materials most people have at home. This type of photography inspires creativity and is a venue for learning more about cameras, including ISO settings, lighting, aperture, shutter speeds and more.

All are welcome to attend.



The Leisure World Computer Club will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Clubhouse 4. A member of the Genealogy Club will be the guest, explaining genealogy software.

People will be able to renew club memberships and join the club. Dues are $5 per year.

The new club by-laws will be presented and voted on at this meeting. Refreshments and social time will be held before and after the meeting.

The Computer Club will sponsor 10 classes, starting Jan. 20 (see this page for specific class information.) People can register for the classes before then by signing in at the Computer Lab in Clubhouse 5. The lab is open from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.



The Mini Farm Club will meet at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

In November, Vice President Laurel Emery and Secretary Joyce Rettela were re-elected to two-year terms.

At this meeting, members will discuss plot management and fencing. Dues of $5 now payable. There will be an award for the best plot and honorable mentions. Refreshments will be served.



The Lapidary Club will begin collecting yearly club dues of $5 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Upper lockers are $5; lower ones, $3. People must be a club member to rent a locker. Include the locker fees with the dues.

Nelson Melville will collect the dues in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4.

During the year, the club has several jewelry-making and silver classes, which are publicized in the Leisure World News.



The Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, in Clubhouse 1. Carmen Edwards will lead group singing. Her half-time guest will be Pat Kogok.

Prospective amateurs should sign in with the emcee at 6 with two copies of sheet music, prepared to perform for three minutes.

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



The Science Discussion Club will meet from 2-3:15 p.m., today, Jan. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The topic is the history of science in the Western World. The group is specifically examining the Scientific Revolution, including Copemicus, Descartes, Kepler, Galileo and Newton.

The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays.

This club is open to all. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett at 430-2435.



The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Linda Herman will play Jan. 11.



“Shall We Dance,” PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m., Jan. 12, in Clubhouse 4.

Though John Clark has all he could ever ask for—including a successful law career and a loving wife—true happiness eludes him. But when an impulse prompts him to take ballroom dancing lessons, he finds an undiscovered passion within.



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.


The New Year


Once again the time has come to greet a new year!

While the days do dwindle, for me there is no fear.

It is written that the last day of one’s life is duly cast,

truly we all know that some morning will be our last.


We are so privileged to expect great things to come.

There is no doubt that there will be good or bad for some.

It is smart to be optimistic and hope for only the best;

We are so very lucky to do this in our well-feathered nest.


As the years do pass, we know that they are due to end,

but we can look forward peacefully to what is heaven sent.

To be so blessed as to have passed a century is such a boon.

There is always hope that the end will not come too soon.


It is a good feeling to know that in the good God we can trust,

To keep in fine spirits, expecting the very best is a must.

Thus the new year will come, and it is good to be around,

let us then hope that good hours will make each day count.

—Otto Ross

101 years old



The Theater Club’s newly elected officers are ready to get to work—2014 will see many changes. The first meeting of the executive board will be held in the loft on Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. It will be a busy one as the club considers a lot of new ideas. Committees will be formed, and new chairpersons named to head them.

A report of the decisions made will be given at the next general membership meeting. The officers want the club to be a friendly, welcoming group.

To that end, all prior members and Leisure World residents who have an interest in theater are invited to the membership meeting Friday, Jan. 24, in the loft at 10 a.m. Dues will be payable at that time.



The Poetry Workshop, which meets monthly to hear members’ poems, has a new meeting day. It will meet on the second Wednesday of the month, not the first Monday. The next workshop will be held Feb. 12.

The meeting will start at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Refreshments will be the same as before, coffee and cookies.  People who bring snacks should include sugar-free choices as well.


THE ART LEAGUE hosts a watercolor class (above) Fridays from 1-3 p.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Art Room. All are welcome, beginners and advanced painters. The Art League holds a general membership meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month, featuring an artist demonstrating his or her technique and refreshments. Watercolorist Judy Schroeder will be the demonstrating artist for the next meeting from 7-9 p.m., Jan. 23, in Clubhouse 4.



Valentino Perry of Valentino and Friends will present a concert, “Great Songs of the Most Popular Singers”at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, in Clubhouse 4.

The concert will feature the music of Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Matt Monroe, Jack Jones and others.

Valentino will sing “Volare,” the classic Italian song.

Special guest is Mike Viele, award-winning Dean Martin impressionist, and pianist Barbara McElhaney.

Songs include “That’s Amore,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Smile,” Toot, Toot, Tootsie,” “Shadow of Your Smile,” “Sway,” “Can I Steal a Little Love?,” “Always on My Mind” and others.

Doors open at 6 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and raffles of dinners at Pecorelli’s in Seal Beach and cash prizes.



A favorite Garden Club speaker, Norm Nakanishi, will share his ideas for raising beautiful bromeliads at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, in Clubhouse 2.

For a long time, bromeliads were considered advanced or expert houseplants, more fit for a greenhouse than a normal house. The truth is that bromeliads can be easily adapted to regular home conditions.

This is good news for the houseplant enthusiast because bromeliads are available in an astonishing array of colors/designs including red, green, purple, orange, yellow, banded, striped and spotted. Come to the meeting and learn how to make bromeliads thrive.

The January meeting marks the official beginning of the Garden Club’s 50th year anniversary since its inception in 1964. Members are proud of the club’s accomplishments and traditions.

The We Care donation table, a 50/50 raffle table, a plant sales table and special anniversary refreshments will be featured at the meeting.

All Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome.



The Long Beach Playhouse will stage the classic thriller, “Deathtrap,” by Ira Levin starting Jan. 17. 

One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, “Deathtrap” offers a rare and skillful blending of two theatrical ingredients: thrills and laughter. Sidney Bruhl, writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell that has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. He is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes. A possible break in Bruhl’s fortune occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller he recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit.

Performances run from Jan. 17-Feb. 15 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. 

Pay what you can Thursday, Jan. 16. The community can see this production for whatever they can afford. 

There is a Two for One Preview Friday, Jan. 17. Tickets are $12.

An Opening Night Champagne Reception with the cast will be held Jan. 18. Tickets are $27. 

 General admission tickets are $24, adults; $21, seniors; and $14, students. Tickets are available at or by calling 494-1014, option 1. 

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, across from the Long Beach Recreation Golf Course.



SBTV-3 has gone digital on Time Warner Cable. People who have digital TVs will find SBTV-3 is now on Time Warner channel 15.102. People with old analog TVs will need digital adapters, which can be ordered free from Time Warner and installed for free through the Superwire office in Leisure World.

Call Superwire at 735-0368 for information Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.



Leisure World residents are welcome to submit reviews of their favorite restaurants.

Include your name and mutual and telephone numbers.

Make sure the restaurant’s full name, telephone number, address and operating hours are provided. People may submit takeout menus with the information.

The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows.

For more information, call Arts & Leisure editor Ruth Osborn, 431-6586, ext. 388.



The dancers of Hui O Hula are looking forward to another fun year of dancing together. Classes are three times a week, on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome.

The beginners class will start today, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. A new hula named “Miloli’i” will be taught. Miloli’i is a fishing village on the Kona coast of the Big Island. Thesong tells the story of a stubborn donkey, Daisy the elephant, who was a main feature in the Waikiki Zoo; and an airplane ride to San Francisco. The dancers will learn to tie the story together with their hula hands.

The free hula dancing class is still offered every Monday morning at 11:15. Cool Hula is hula dancing for those who don’t care to perform and just want to sway to the melodic Hawaiian music.

Hui O Hula gives performances throughout the years at many healthcare and senior centers, shopping malls and private parties. Anyone who would like to entertain should come to the regular class on Monday at 10 and Tuesday at 2. An old but classic hapa haole song (meaning songs written in English) named “Hula Town” will start the new year. It will take about a month or so to learn this hula.

Each new song is a new project that doesn’t necessarily require past instruction.

The hula dancers’ next outing will be to celebrate LWer Nola Meredith’s life in Clubhouse 2. The hula club is collaborating with LW’s Silver Strings, Musical Strings, and Guitar Club as well as Carrie Kumabe and the Hana Hou band. Nola was well loved by the LW community. She was a talented singer who also played the ukulele.