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HOW OLD ARE YOU? If you are 100 years old or more, the Centenarian Project, overseen by an ad hoc committee of the GRF Board of Directors, wants to interview you for a column in the Golden Rain News, possibly a TV interview, and an invitation to be honored at a special luncheon celebration for all Leisure World residents who are 100 years old or more. You’ll soon receive a letter with more information, or you may contact Pat Lay Wilson at 596-9013 or


DUTCH TRANSLATION: Nina Hearn of Mutual 8 needs a Dutch translator to interpret a long-lost letter from her father to her mother. She thinks it might be a proposal of marriage. Call 596-8621.


FLEA MARKET: The Creative Writers Club will have a flea market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, in Clubhouse 2. More than 60 tables of merchandise will be available. The Theater Club will have a table in the lobby, selling 25 furs worn only three times in a production, vests, capes and jackets. Model Kitty Miranda will help shoppers find the right selections. Lunch and refreshments will be available.


MISSING BACK DROP: Kip Watson of Mutual 3, who takes photos for the LW Baptist Church, reports that his blue photo backdrop is missing from a cupboard in the Clubhouse 4 Art Room. He asks the person who borrowed it to return it; 598-7232.


CASSETTE PLAYER WANTED: Dorthy Geisler of Mutual 1 is seeking a cassette player for a nursing home resident. If you have one to give away, call her at 598-1477.


ST. HEDWIG’S CHRISTMAS DINNER: LWers are invited to attend St. Hedwig’s 34th annual Christmas dinner at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25, in Quinn Hall, 11482 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos. People who will be alone this Christmas are invited; RSVP by calling 598-7060 by Dec. 22.



The Friends of the Library Bookstore annual Christmas Boutique is open for holiday gift buying Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It is located adjacent to the LW Library. Friends volunteers cull treasures all year long from bookstore donations and reserve them for the holiday boutique. Come browse for jewelry, curios and much more.

People should leave their donations inside the bookstore or call Gladys Sumners, 290-7593, for a pick-up. Do not leave items outside.

Proceeds from the boutique benefit the library and go toward $12,000 in library science scholarships.

The bookstore has ongoing sales on books, CDs, movies on tape, DVDs, puzzles and greeting cards.

—Joan Shramek



The volume of visitor traffic through Leisure World gates increases significantly during the holidays.

The goal is to make sure residents and guests enter the community safely without any delays.

The following tips are provided to help Leisure World guests expeditiously access the community.

When calling into the Main Gate to register a guest, provide the Gates & Patrol Office with a mutual and unit number. This will allow staff to find electronic records and input the guest information. Shareholders will also need to provide their names, the answer to a confidential question that only they would know, the guest’s name, and when he or she is arriving. During this process, shareholders will have the following options for guests:

•In and out: This option allows guests to come in and out of the community throughout the day until 11 p.m. This option is good for family members or contractors who may need to leave the community to purchase goods, get lunch or simply run errands. It eliminates the need to call numerous times for the same day.

•Directions: This option lets staff know that the guest will need directions to the shareholder’s residence.The guest will be provided with a Leisure World map and show them where to go.

•Call first: This option lets staff know that the shareholder would like a phone call before the guests is allowed into the community.

Staff will try to reach the shareholder by phone when the guest arrives. If the shareholder does not answer, the guest will not be allowed into LW.

•After 11 p.m.:This option is required for the guest who will arrive between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Guest passes annually issued to shareholders are not valid after 11 p.m., so shareholders will have to call Gates & Patrol to grant access to guests arriving after 11 p.m.

•Additional days: This option keeps a guest’s name registered for entry up to 30 consecutive days.

Shareholders should ensure that guests have shareholders’ last names, first names, and mutual and unit numbers when they arrive at the Main Gate.

When guests arrive without this information, they are asked to come into the office and staff works to confirm their visits.

Guests who do not have guest passes must enter Leisure World through the Main Gate. If they attempt to enter the St. Andrews Gate or the North Gate, they will be redirected to the Main Gate. The satellite gates are only for vehicles with valid resident/employee decals or people with guest and service passes.

Mutual Policy 7501 restricts non-resident visitors and guests from bringing dogs into mutuals. Shareholders should let guests know in advance, so that they may make other arrangements for pets.

Residents should ensure that vehicle resident decals are up to date. The Gates & Patrol Office issues decals seven days a week from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., except on rainy days.

Residents may use their Leisure World ID cards to access the community but are asked to enter at the Main Gate in the “Visitors Without Passes” lane. This allows staff to safely verify a resident’s identity. Residents who attempt to enter via the “Passes Only Lane” with a LW ID card draws the traffic officer’s attention away from the busy intersection he or she is directing. For more information, contact Jaime Guerrero at 431-6586 ext. 279.

—Jaime Guererro,

Gates & Patrol chief



Seal Beach police volunteers have emergency kits for sale as a fund raiser through Dec. 15. To get one, call Sylvia Klebe of Mutual 3 at 260-8918 or visit the police facility at the Seal Beach Pier. Kits can be delivered.



Southern California Edison has cancelled a planned power outage affecting Mutuals 3, 4 and 5 that was set for Dec. 5-6. It has no immediate plans to reschedule the outage.

It was originally scheduled to take place Nov. 22-23 to upgrade the infrastructure and complete other repairs.



The Leisure World swimming pool and hot pool will be closed for annual maintenance beginning Monday, Dec. 9. It is expected to reopen Saturday, Dec. 21. Updates will be provided.

—Terry DeLeon,

GRF recreation supervisor