Happy Anniversary

Trents celebrate 62 years of marriage

Walt and Bobbye Trent of Mutual 15 will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 12. Walt and Bobbye were married on Jan. 12, 1952, in Lovington, N.M., while Walt was serving in the U.S. Army.

They traveled with parents and grandparent from Midland, Texas, to Lovington, to be married because Walt only had a three-day pass from his military duties.

The newlyweds then traveled to El Paso, Texas, where Walt was stationed at Fort Bliss.

When Walt is asked to explain his long marriage he says: “Firstly, I attribute it all to Almighty God; secondly, I was fortunate to marry a wonderful girl; and thirdly we have been blessed with long lives. For all of this I am grateful.”

The Trents plan to spend their anniversary with friends and family.

The Trents have lived in Leisure World for four years, and it is where they hope to spend their remaining time together.



Friendship Club

Computer/eBay classes taught Monday, CH 3

Computer classes conducted by the Friendship Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, are open to all Leisure Worlders and their guests.

A repeatable introduction to the personal computer (most versions) with Jeff Sacks will be conducted Monday, Jan. 13, from 9-10 a.m., followed by open computer questions about PCs and/or Macs from 10-11 a.m. Questions about how to use Windows 8 or how to find a Windows 7 PC can also be included. Inquiries should be submitted in advance by calling Jeff at (714) 642-0122.

Maxine Smith conducts a separate question-and-answer forum, Let’s Talk eBay, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants do not need to attend the computer class to attend the eBay class. Max suggests bringing questions and if possible, an item to sell, or tell her something to buy. Many people come to the class for advice, etc.

Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops are welcome.

Light refreshments are served. The cost is $5 for one or both classes.

For information or to add your name to the e-mail list, call Jeff.


Spanish Club

Long-standing club is disbanding

With regret, the Spanish Club has decided to disband.

The officers tried to find a new officers and board members, beginning in September, but nobody was willing to take on the responsibility.

The club books will remain open for three months for those who want to see the club’s finances during the past year. After that time the club will donate the balance, $2,447.74, to the Golden Age Foundation.

Thanks to all members and volunteers who made the club possible so for many years. Muchas gracias.

—Enrique Baldoni




‘Knowledge from Nature’ is program

Chapter RT of the PEO Sisterhood will gather Monday, Jan. 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, for its first regular meeting of the new year. Social time is 10:30 a.m., the meeting begins at 11 followed by the program and brown bag lunch.

The program will be “Knowledge from Nature.” Everyone is encouraged to come and welcome the new year with a bang.

Those with tickets will enjoy Founders Day on Jan. 18.

The PEO card and luncheon parties will resume on the fourth Wednesday of the month. All card players are welcomed back on Jan. 22. 

Members thank Ro Lynch for her tremendous, faithful and energetic four years of service as card party chairman, as she takes a well deserved rest. Chapter RT is pleased to welcome Jan Krehbiel as the new chairman. 

All card players are welcome, so remind friends and get a foursome together, ladies, mixed couples and gentlemen. For card party information call Jan, 431-8240.

 —Eve Magnus


Nikkei Club

Three singers will perform Jan. 11

The Nikkei Club of Leisure World will meet on Saturday, Jan. 11. The door will be open at 10:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 4. Lunch will be served as soon as Sango Restaurant delivers it. In November, lunch arrived shortly after 11 a.m.

After a short business meeting the program will begin.

Leila Claudio and Mila Cruz will perform.

Leila performed for the Nikkei Club last year with the Harmonizers. She has traveled to many places in Egypt and sailed on the Nile River. She has also visited many ruins in Indonesia, and recently returned from Bali, where her sister owns a restaurant. Leila is an accomplished guitar player.

Mila worked as the assistant to the director of student services at Cal State, Long Beach. She enjoys singing and performing. She has a pleasant personality and is the mother of two children.

The second part of the program will be Byong Choi. He has a strong tenor voice. He will sing three songs, “La Paloma” in Spanish, “O Solo Mio” in Italian, and “Santa Lucia,” probably in Spanish. He was classically trained as a singer in elementary and middle School in Korea. He is greatly influenced by he older sister and his wife, Yong. His older sister sang many famous songs in Italian and Spanish. His talent developed by singing at his wife’s restaurant and piano bar in Indiana. Bong has a degree in accounting from University of Ohio in Athens, Ohio.

—Roger Miyashiro



Travel to Arctic Circle with local filmmaker

To inaugurate its first meeting of the year, the Seal Beach International Friendship Association (SBIFA) will visit the Arctic for a “chilling experience” while people in Southern California revel in the wonderful warm weather.

Recently, newspapers and television news have reported how an ice breaker bringing food and supplies to a research station in Antarctica became mired in thick pack ice and had to wait for a more powerful ice breaker to be sent from Australia to free it from its ice prison. Such events remind one just how unforgiving the north and south polar regions can be. These areas have some of the toughest conditions on earth with subzero temperatures, icebergs that can smash ships and terrain that has killed hundreds of explorers. Yet people remain fascinated by these remote areas at the poles; though few will ever get to experience it in person.

The SBIFA has invited local film maker and adventurer, Jackie Baird-Bunker, to its meeting on Jan. 16 to show her movie “Arctic Summer at 80 Degrees North.”

Jackie lived aboard a double-hulled ice breaker in the Svalbard region of the Arctic for two weeks during the Arctic Summer to film the region and its amazing wildlife, flora and fauna.

Experience what it is like to stand in the bow of the ice-rated Plancius as it slowly cuts a path through thick pack ice above the Arctic Circle and listen to the steel drum beat like music as huge ice chunks strike the ships hull.

See polar bears and herds of walrus napping on island shores, walk across the tundra to visit tiny cabins used by explorers and hunters to survive the punishing winters of the Arctic and the graveyard for those who did not survive in this environment — all from the comfort of the Seal Beach Senior Center meeting room in the Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Ave.

Members and the public are welcome to attend the SBIFA dinner meeting on Thursday evening, Jan. 16, at 6:30. Cost for members is $12 each or $22 for couples; non-members $15 or $27 for couples; $10 for students age 21 and under. Pay by check at the door or exact cash.

Reservations are required and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited. RSVP by Jan. 12 with Claire Yeh at 431-5414 (e-mail



Schmooze Club

‘Our Town’ presentation is Jan. 14

Don’t miss the Schmooze Club’s program, “Our Town,” presented by Janeice McConnell or the hot chicken soup “meal in a bowl” from Rabbi Shmuel Marcus on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Schmoozing and refreshments begin at 10 a.m.followed by the program at 10:30.

Donations are gratefully accepted. All interested Leisure Worlders and their gusts are welcome. An RSVP is required by Sunday, Jan. 12, to Evelyn Glick, 598-2022.

“Our Town” is a three-act play first presented Jan. 22, 1938, and went on to receive the Pulitzer Prize. It is one of the most performed plays in the world with a performance every 30 minutes throughout the world. It’s 76th anniversary will occur this month.

Janeice McConnell will discuss the play with a reading from “Our Town.”Janeice is a dynamic speaker, avid theater-goer, former teacher, speaker for the League of Women Voters of Long Beach and former member of the Peace Corps.

Tell friends and make reservations as soon as possible.


Sunshine Club

Garden Club president is guest speaker

Maria Giegerich, Leisure World Garden Club president, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club meeting on Jan. 17 in Clubhouse 3, Room 8 at 10 a.m.

Maria will talk about how to grow indoor and outdoor plants and flowers.

She moved to Leisure World in 1996 from Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, where she lived over 29 years. She was born and raised in Long Beach, Calif. She was a school teacher and principal in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Merced and Avalon for over 30 years.

She joined the LW Garden Club in 1999. She has held a variety of offices, including president since 2005.

The Sunshine Club of SBLW is designed to help ethnic people get along in the community and for neighbors to have better communications. It also hopes to give shareholders opportunities to learn about GRF rules and regulations.

The Sunshine Club meets Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.

Members use the Golden Rain News as a textbook to get the best out of living in Leisure World.


Vietnamese-American Club

Holiday celebrated with food, song

Twenty-four members of the Vietnamese-American Club who did not have relatives to visit during the Christmas holiday gathered in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, to celebrate the holiday.

They ate, drank champagne and sang karaoke Christmas songs. They had a great time.

Next month the club members will celebrate Lunar New Year, the Year of the Horse, with their traditional “Ao Dai” and “Li Xi,” a custom of giving “lucky” money for new year.

Photos — CHRISTMAS GATHERING— Members of the Vietnamese-American Club (photo above) wait to have a taste of the yule log. Vivian Tran (photo right) slices the turkey for the Christmas dinner.


Photo— As the clock moved slowly to mark the end of the year 2013, excitement was mounting among the Filipino American Association (FALW) members and guests at the annual potluck year-end party Dec. 31, in Clubhouse 3. At 12 o’clock sharp, midnight, well-wishers embraced each other and an impromptu singing of “Auld Lang Syne” and other songs followed accompanied by toots of horns and other musical instruments. Some who still remember their native greetings blurted “Manigong Bagong Taon!’ or “Have a prosperous New Year.”