Sunday Night Ballroom

Sunday Night Ballroom’s scheduled Dec. 1 dinner dance has been cancelled. Dances will be held on Dec. 8 and 15. The club meets at 5:30 p.m., Sundays, in Clubhouse 4.

On Dec. 8, the theme is Christmas Around the World, featuring the Goldentones Band, formerly the No Name Band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Dinner, $10, is served at 6, and dancing starts at 7. People who want only to dance may arrive at 7.

There will be a Christmas sing-along, followed by favorite golden oldies for dancing. The band is comprised of 10 talented musicians, including three acclaimed vocalists, Anita Ragole, Terry Humphrey and Carmen Edwards.

For reservations, call 598-4056 or 430-2531.

On Dec. 15, the Velvetones, a 19-piece big band under the direction of Carl Hatheway, will play. Lori Banta and Tommy Williams will provide vocals.

Reservations are required by calling 596-2669 or 598-4056 now.

The club will not meet Dec. 22 and 29.

—Carol Robinson and Marge Archibald


Theater Club

The Theater Club will hold a holiday party and potluck dinner at 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, in Clubhouse 4. Members whose last names start with A-G should bring desserts; H-S, salads or side dishes; and T-Z, main dishes. People should provide meats and desserts in serving-size portions. Bring serving utensils with food items. Be sure to pick up dishes afterward. This will be the club’s last party of the year.

Hosts are Sandy Post, Anita Ragole, Shirley Rinaldi, Jeanne Ryan and Toby Richman. Hosts should arrive at 4 p.m. to set up the dining and beverage tables. Copies of the host direction sheets will be available upon arrival. They will assist Shirley Duckworth, kitchen manager, and Bill Kuss with the preparations.

All members are asked to help clean up at the end of the dinner.

Call Carol Robinson, 430-2451, or Ellen Brannigan, 594-9606, to participate in the holiday party entertainment. Already signed up are Anita Ragole, Pat Kogok, Chuck and Diane Burnett, and Ellen Brannigan.

The Theater Club will have a table at the flea market in Clubhouse 2 at 9 a.m., Nov. 30. There will be over 24 real and faux furs hardly used in past productions. There are vests, capes, jackets, in neutral and animal prints, various sizes and colors. Prices range from $10 and up. Some garments still have price tags on them. Professional model Kitty Miranda will show them to shoppers. Costumes will also be available.

—Ellen Brannigan


The Lapidary Christmas Party will be held Dec. 9 in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Meet at 11:30 for socializing. Lunch will served at noon. Members are asked to buy tickets in advance from Nelson Melville on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. A correct count is needed so the caterer prepares enough food.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 5.

The cost is $9 per person for members and their guests. People who are not in the Lapidary Club are welcome to attend; tickets will be $12.50 per person.

—Rod Carpenter


THE DANCE CLUB will offer a holiday dance sampler class Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20, from 6-7 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. All levels of dancers are welcome. The ongoing west coast swing class is taught Fridays from 7-8 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Come and learn smooth and cool west coast swing styling that is fun and easy. Instructor Jeremy Pierson invites singles and couples. People do not need partners; $5 per class per person. For information, call Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.


Dancers & Mixers

Dancers & Mixers will have a holiday dance from 7-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Clubhouse 4.  Everyone is invited. Caremore Healthcare Group will be there to supply snacks. Live music for dancing will be provided by Linda Herman. There will be a variety of music played including a mixer and a couple of line dances. Partners are not needed. This is a fun group of people out for a night of socializing and dancing. Bring beverages. There will be a 50/50 drawing.  

The nomination for officers will be held. The club is always looking for new people to step up for board positions, and volunteers are also needed.  

November’s dance was sponsored by Caremore Healthcare Group. The club appreciates Caremore’s support this year.

Thanks to the decorating committee, made up of of Bill and Grace Lesher, Linda Herman and Marian Beattie and door greeters Margie Thompson and Walt Bier. 

Start the holiday season by celebrating with the Dancers & Mixers Club Dec. 3. For more information, contact Linda Herman, 431-1257.

—Linda Herman


Astronomy Club

The Astronomy Club will meet from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 4, at Clubhouse 3, Room 3, for a Christmas party and program. The program will include a talk by noted amateur astronomer Michael Beckage. He will speak on the large astronomical telescope ( The Leviathan of Burr ) that he viewed in Ireland.

The party will feature pizza and coffee, and if time permits, members will view the sky through a large Dobsonian telescope for the remainder of the evening.

All are welcome. There are no dues. Loaner scopes are available.

—Michael Clairmont


Dixieland Jazz Club

The South Bay Dixie Jazz Band will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Clubhouse 4.

Officers will be elected for 2014, and people are welcome to participate as volunteers.

The band will welcome to the stage two special guests, trombonist David Burns and banjo player Jim Jones, who also sings and is a jazz historin with more than 15,000 recordings of dixie music.

Bring neighbors and friends for a night of music from 1900-1930.

People may bring snacks and drinks. Coffee, tea, cookies and popcorn will be available.

—Luis Schillaci


Coin Club Bingo

The Coin Club will host bingo Friday, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2,  at 6 p.m. Bingo is held on the first Friday of each month. All LW residents are welcome. There are no dues.

There will be a 50/50 cash raffle; tickets, $1 each. The prize will be split with one half going to the winner and one half going to the club. There will be two games with special prizes.

For more information, call James Dean, 296-5171.

—James Dean


Genealogy Workhop

he Genealogy Workshop will have a holiday luncheon on Dec. 11 from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Sign up and pay by Dec. 4 in the Genealogy Library located Clubhouse 3, Room 10.

Members pay $10; guests, $12. A traditional holiday meal will be served. There will be door prizes and entertainment.  The Genealogy Library will be closed the week of Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving, and the Genealogy Workshop will not meet in November and December. The Genealogy Library will also be closed from Dec. 24-Jan. 7.

—Kay Fluharty


Saturday Morning Dance Club

Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In November, she is teaching the waltz from 9-10 and the bolero from 10-11. Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.


Community Sing

On Dec. 2, Leisure World Community Sing will meet at 6:30 in Cluhouse 1. People who want to perform as amateurs must sign in at 6 with the emcee, two copies of sheet music in hand, ready to perform for three minutes only, so all may participate. Group singing, led by Ethel Carter, begins at 7. Her half-time guest will be boogie-woogie pianist Ben Berg.

On Nov. 18, amateur time opened with Bob Smallwood singing, “Oh What It Seemed to Be.” He was followed by Jerry Tester, who sang “Precious Lord.” Then Ethel Carter sang “Who Will Buy?” from “Oliver!” Valentino Perry sang “You’ll Never Know,” followed by Peter Innerbickler, who sang “If I Ruled the World.” Byong Choi ended the amateur session by singing Shubert’s “Serenade” in Korean.  Pianists who accompanied the singers were Betty Ballen, Barbara Chambers, Jean McPharlin, Barbara McIlhaney and Carol Robinson. 

After the pledge of Allegiance led by Bob Smallwood, a fine group of Leisure World songsters joined Carmen Edwards in her well-chosen selection of group songs until 7:15, when she brought on Hui O Hula as her half-time guests. The dancers performed five numbers: “The Beauty of Kaua’i,” “The Full Moon of the Night,” “I Love You,” “Beautiful Kaua’i” and “What a Wonderful World,” which involved audience participation. Members of the audience showed their appreciation of the colorfully costumed dancers with much applause. 

Carmen did an enthusiastic wrap-up of group singing and then everyone joined Carmen and Betty in “Kum ba Yah.” 

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

—Ethel Carter


Video Producers Club


by Joe Osuna

LW contributor


Several new locally produced shows will air in December on local Time Warner Cable Channel SBTV-3 or 15.102, and Verizon Cable Channel 37. The programs are submitted by members of the Video Producers Club, who are certified video producers. Copies of the programs are available for $15 per DVD from SBTV Station Manager Robin Fort-Lincke, who can be contacted at or 696-1404.

Club information is available on the Internet at

The following is a partial list of new December shows (see the Nov. 21 issue, page 12 for more debuts):

•Baltimore Radio Show

A half-hour of advice on video camcorders and editing with host Dr. Marcia Baltimore. Guests are Bonnie Cooper and Joe Osuna. The program is a live digital radio program, which aired on CRN talk Internet radio Nov. 14. The local Superwire office hosted the radio show in its studio. Bob McCauley arranged for the techical interface devices to make it happen. Joseph Valentinetti is the photographer, camera operator and did the audio recording. Bob McCauley is the technical director. Joe Osuna is the video producer.

Macular Degeneration

Dr. Stanley Carson, South Coast Retina Center, gives a one-hour explanation of macular degeneration. Terri Furlow, LW Health Care Center administrator, introduced Dr. Carson. Joe Osuna is the video producer.

•Low Vision

Dr. Avanti Patel of the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, gives a half-hour presentation on ways people with low vision can be assisted in daily life. LWer Charles Fulghum gave information on the Leisure World Low Vision Club. Joe Osuna is the video producer.


OLLI Senior University

Winter registration for OLLI senior university will begin Dec. 2, by mail or in person in the OLLI Office located in the Human Services and Design Building (HS&D), Room 100, at California State University (CSULB). It is near the intersection of Palo Verde Avenue and East University Drive. Class offerings are listed in OLLI’s publication, The Sun, or online at

The following is a partial list of classes: Plato, Winter Olympics, Life Transitions, New Color Tools for Paper Artists, among other new offerings. Returning will be Taking Better Photos, Drawing Workshop, Intermediate Spanish, Ukulele, Folk Guitar and more. For those looking to improve their health and endurance, OLLI offers Tai Chi Chih, Discover the Exerciser Within You, Longevity Stick and others. 

All fitness classes are held in the CSULB Life Fitness Center, Rooms 107 and 110. OLLI computer classes are conducted in a 12-seat state-of-the-art PC and Mac lab by skilled instructors. These and many other classes will be offered from Jan. 21-March l7.

OLLI holds classes at several locations: HS&D Building on the CSULB Campus, Rooms 101 and 119; OLLI Pine Avenue at 737 Pine Ave., Suite 202; OLLI Leisure World; Rec Park Lawn Bowling Center; and at the Albert Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Willow, Long Beach.

OLLI at CSULB’s annual membership fee of $40 covers winter, spring, ssummer and fall sessions and is pro-rated for the spring and summer sessions at $20.

Tuition is $10 per lecture class; $35 per eight-week class; and $20 per four-week computer class. Parking permits are available for a fee.

For more information, call the OLLI at CSULB Office at 985-8237, send an email to or visit the website at

—Judie Irving


GRF Movie

“Prancer,” rated G, will be shown at 2 p.m., Dec. 1, in Clubhouse 4. Jessica, the daughter of an impoverished farmer, still believes in Santa Claus. So when she comes across a reindeer with an injured leg, it makes perfect sense to her to assume that it is Prancer, who had fallen from a Christmas display in town. She hides him in her barn and feeds him cookies, until she can return him to Santa. Her father finds him and decides to sell him to the butcher, not for venison chops, but as an advertising display.


GRF Weekly Dance

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

Linda Herman will play on Nov. 30.


PLAY REVIEW: Fiddler of the Roof

“Fiddler on the Roof, a revival of the musical, music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; book by Joseph Stein; now playing at the Huntington Beach Playhouse, Huntington Beach Central Library Theatre, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, 92648; through Dec. 1, (714) 375-0696,; ticket prices: $20, general admission; seniors, $18; running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes.


by Larry Blake

LW contributor


Community theaters rely on cash cows. Cash cows are theatrical productions that continually bring in audiences over the years. They are like comfort food for audiences. “Fiddler on the Roof” opened in New York in 1964 and has been a cash cow for theaters, especially community theaters, ever since. It is now being presented in a good production by the Huntington Beach Playhouse.

Based on the stories of Sholem Aleicheim, “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the story of Tevye (Michael Castro). Tevye is the milkman in the village of Anatevka, a Jewish community in pre-revolutionary Tsarist Russia. Villagers are are trying to survive troubled times. How do they survive? Mostly by honoring their traditions, which we are taught in the opening number, “Tradition.”

Tevye and his wife, Golde (Megan Cherry), have five daughters. The oldest, Tzietel (Carole Louise Duffis), loves the tailor Motel (Chase Evans). They want to be married. But in Anatevka, tradition dictates that marriages are arranged by the parents. They are given help, for a fee, from the local meddling matchmaker, Yente (Dee Shandera). She arrives before Sabbath to announce that she has a match for Tzietel, the older, but wealthy butcher, Lazar Wolf (Jason Robert Hoskins).

The love of Tzietel and Motel wins out, and after a very funny production number, “The Dream,” the young lovers marry, and traditions, the glue of this village, start to break up. These strays from traditions elevate “Fiddler on the Roof” from being entertainment only. With two of his other daughters breaking tradition, there is a parallel as to what is happening world-wide. It is not just the little village of Anatevka that is changing. When you add the charming Jewish humor to the powerful drama of a flight of a segment of mankind fleeing persecution, then you have some of the reasons why “Fiddler on the Roof” has continued to succeed.

Any production of “Fiddler on the Roof” turns on the performance of the actor playing Tevye.

At Huntington Beach Michael Castro gives a good, though not great, portrayal of the man who implores “If I Were a Rich Man.” The biggest flaw in his performance is his annoying habit of upstaging himself, often. He is pleasant enough in the role, but makes mistakes that are easily avoided.

The supporting cast is led by Dee Shandera as Yente, the Matchmaker. Shandera is the best of the large cast at embracing the Jewish humor and the appropriate accent. She takes a character who isn’t liked by the other characters on stage, and brings warmth and glow that had the audience eating out of her hand on opening night.

Many of the readers of this column have seen “Fiddler on the Roof” many times since 1964. I have lost track of how times I seen it or performed in it. This production has enough unique touches by director Larry Watts to warrant another viewing of “Fiddler on the Roof.” When humor is written as well as it is in this musical, a revisit is always welcome.


Hui O Hula Club

Hui O Hula Leisure World’s hula dance club. Classes are offered three times a week, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome.

The beginner class meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. Regular dancers meet twice a week on Monday at 10 and Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. For information, call 252-9676.

Last week the hui had a visitor from Honolulu, Nevilla “Nevi” Leilehua Kaanana Tagupa, a friend of dancer Ellie Keck. Nevi was a professional hula dancer in Waikiki from 1955-65 and graciously agreed to perform. She gave a talk and then danced “Hula Town” and “Koula” for the regular and beginner classes. It was enjoyed by everyone. The dancers also enjoyed her stories and the chocolate-covered macadamia nuts that she brought from Hawai’i.

Hui O Hula will be starting its 10th year in Leisure World in 2014. Starting January, the club will offer free hula for everyone, including men.

This class will be designed for those who just want to sway to Hawaiian music and exercise mildly. Details will be forthcoming.

—Jojo Weingart


Mini Farmer’s Annual Christmas Potluck

The Mini Farmer’s annual Christmas potluck and dinner dance will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Clubhouse 2. Tickets are $5. There dinner will include be a 50/50 raffle and entertainment by The Versatiles.

To obtain tickets or for more information, call Glinda Davis at (714) 943-1818 or Gladys Sumners at 290-7593.


Leisure Time Dancers

The Leisure Time Dancers meet Mondays for ballroom dance classes in Clubhouse 6. Jeremy Pierson is filling in for Richard Sharrard for this series of classes.

The first class is big band swing starting at 2 p.m. and country/Texas Two-Step starts at 3. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. Cost is $5 for one hour; $9 for two hours. For more information, call Jeremy at (909) 996-7713.

—Richard Sharrard


Coin Club holiday lunch

The Coin Club’s annual holiday lunch will be held at 1 p.m., Dec. 11, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Members in good standing dine free. Guests are $10. Members and guests are admitted by ticket only. Reservations are required. Come and enjoy an Italian lunch.

People who have not reserved a place at the holiday table should call Frank and Martha Destra at 431-6368 by Dec. 6.


Poetry 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 club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Fiction-Nonfiction Group meets on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.


In the Springtime


The hills, mountains, prairies and valleys were green,

Springtime coming our way was sublime,

The birds were singing, bees were buzzing,

Love and courtship in the making.

Flowers were blooming, yard had been tended,

To get it fresh and green,

Seeds had been sprouting,

Seedlings planted in the garden.

Hummingbirds were buzzing

At the orange blossoms trees blooming.

Blue jays, mockingbirds singing

While their mates sat nesting,

Seated passionately to incubate

The eggs for offspring in the making;

Conflict arose between two species,

Blabber mouth mockingbird rattled incessantly,

Blue jays, meanest, had no mercy,

They picked on the mockingbird nest while away;

Then sat there to claim the territory,

Poor mockingbird evicted without decree.

As time went on to count the blessing

Of having an offspring to raise in the spring,

But mockingbird was hopelessly betrayed

By the blue jay’s illegal prey.

Mockingbird returned, kicked blue jays away,

Sang lullaby while hummingbirds buzzed,

Blue jays sat at a distance whispering

A tune of their own making.

—Joe Z. Sabroso