Arts & Leisure

 

Valentino & Friends

Dean Martin impressionist is guest

Valentino Perry of Valentino and Friends will present a concert, “Great Songs of the Most Popular Singers”at 7 p.m., today, 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. Pianists are Barbara McElhaney and Margie St. Clair.

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 cash prizes.

—Valentino Perry

 

 

Art League

Watercolor journaling is topic Jan. 23

The Art League will meet from 7-9 p.m., Jan. 23, in Clubhouse 4. The demonstrating artist will be Judy Schroeder, who will discuss watercolor journaling and ways to work in a smaller format.

“By recording the ‘everydayness’ of our lives, we have an enhanced appreciation for the daily experiences we all have and mostly forget,” she said. “It also keeps drawing and painting skills sharp and because it’s small and portable, working is not limited to huge blocks of time.”

Judy and her daughter, who works in fused glass, have owned Schroeder Studio Gallery in Old Towne, Orange, for over 15 years. They specialize in watercolors, art glass and American craft. The adjacent studio serves as a classroom and workshops are held on a regular basis.

Judy graduated from the University of Redlands with a BA in art and also received a special secondary teaching credential. She contributed a chapter for International Artist’s “Work Small, Learn Big,” a book devoted to the combination of ink and watercolor.

The Leisure World Art League holds a general membership meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month, featuring an artist demonstrating his or her technique and refreshments.

 

Community Sing

Chuck, Diane Burnett will be guests

The Leisure World Community Sing will meet Monday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse l.

Amateur time will kick-off the evening, so prospective participants need to sign in at 6 p.m. with two copies of sheet music, prepared to sing for three minutes.

Group singing, led by Lewis Ward, begins at 7. His half-time guests will be Chuck and Diane Burnett, a highly popular duo.

On Jan. 6, a fine group of LW old-time song lovers turned out for the first sing-a-long following the holiday recess. The first amateur was Joe Sabroso, who did “Besame Mucho;” Carmen Edwards followed with “You’re Getting to Be a Habit;” Peter Innerbickler sang “If I Give My Heart to You;” Jerry Tester followed with “How Great Thou Art;” Byong Choi did “Santa Lucia;” Shalla Callahan sang “Oh Boy;” Rick Dizon did “For the Good Times;” and Ethel Carter and Anita Ragole closed with “All Night, All Day-Swing Low Sweet Chariot.”

Accompanists were Carol Robinson and Pat Kogok.

After the flag salute, Lewis spoke briefly about Bob Smallwood, a faithful supporter and popular singer of cowboy ballads.

Then Ellen Brannigan led everyone through her first selection of zesty pop songs until half-time, when she introduced Vickie Van Ert as her guest artist.

Vickie presented a program of four solos: “You Belong to Me;” Anyone Who Had a Heart;” “Let Me Be There;” and closed with “Cowboy Sweetheart,” which included truly professional yodeling.

Everyone enjoyed Vickie’s singing immensely.

After Ellen wrapped-up group singing with more “old time” songs, everyone joined Lewis and Felicia in closing the musical evening with “Kum ba Yah.”

Thanks to Carol Robinson, pianist; Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; and Felicia Ward, emcee.

—Lewis Ward

 

Karaoke

Country music night slated for Jan. 29, CH 1

It was a little somber for the karaoke get-together as cowboy singer Bob Smallwood, wasn’t with us.

In memory of this special man the Wednesday, Jan. 29, gathering will be “Country Music” night. All the songs will be cowboy-western tunes as performers remember Bob serenading members for so many years.

The usual crowd was there with a variety of songs. David Noble sang a lively “Till I Kissed You” as the audience joined in. Shalla Callahan and Ellen Brannigan joined up to sing “Bye Bye Love.” Ray Jarris had a cute tune “Inka Dinka Do” as he imitated Jimmy Durante. The group was happy to welcome back soft-shoe dancer, Bill Vickers as he sang “It Had To Be You.” As requested by her friends, Sally Hunt did a lovely “Unchained Melody.”

Michelle Porter and Bob Barnum laughed their way through “We Are The Champions.” The crowd enjoyed “I’m In The Mood For Love” by Sam Calderone.

Come join the Karaoke party each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring snacks and wine to enjoy the music and the fun.

For singers there are club dues of $5 per year collected by Joe Sabroso. Practices sessions are held each Tuesday in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.with Bob Slater.

—Margie Thompson

GRF Dance

Peterson plays Saturday, CH1

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Don Peterson plays Jan. 18.

 

Genealogy Workshop

 

Workshop discussions begin Feb. 5

The Genealogy Workshop wants to thank all who came and/or donated prizes or time to the holiday party. It was a great success and was enjoyed by all. Thank you board members for providing a delicious meal, fine entertainment, and great camaraderie. Members are looking forward to a busy year.

The first Genealogy Workshop meeting of the year is Jan. 22 at 10 a.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 1. All are welcome, refreshments will be available at 9:30.

New officers for 2014 are: Linda Johnson, president; Robert Ponegalek, vice president; Mary Larson, recording secretary; Doris Dack, corresponding secretary; and Andrea Thresh, treasurer. Many thanks for everyone’s service.

Volunteers and appointments for committee chairs will be made at the meeting. The 2014 budget will be voted on, and speakers for the coming year will also be discussed.

The Wednesday workshop discussions will resume on Feb. 5. Talks will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library. Some of the upcoming topics are: work migration, WWI, WWII, CCC camps, ethnic migration patterns. Topic suggestions are welcome. Schedule and topics to be announced later.

All are welcome to the Genealogy Library, Clubhouse 3, Room 10, (off the main lobby) to look for information. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 1- 4 p.m.

— Kay Fluharty

 

Lapidary Club

Annual dues being collected now

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.

—Rod Carpenter

 

Science Discussion

Club examining Science Revolution

The Science Discussion Club will meet Jan. 23, from 2-3:15 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The group is discussing the history of science in the Western World, specifically the Scientific Revolution, including Copemicus, Descartes, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Emphasis is placed on how this history and science is current and vital today.

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.

—Mark Barnett

 

Sunday Ballroom

Tappers will be featured

The Leisure World Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Club will feature the LW Theater Club’s Tappers Sunday night, Jan. 19, in Clubhouse 4 at 5 p.m.

The Tappers have been tapping for many years in Leisure World. They will be tap dancing in a “Winter Wonderland.” Songstress,Terry Humphry will entertain with appropriate winter songs.

An optional “winter comfort food” buffett, $10, will be served at 5:30 p.m., bring-your-own-bottle.

Club president, Marge Archibald will preside over the festivities.

 

Computer Club

New class session begins Jan. 20

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.

—John Retterath

 

Hallmark

‘Follow the Stars Home’ shown Friday, 6 p.m

Tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 17, is Hallmark Movie Night at 6 in First Christian Chapel on Northwood Road, behind Carport 125. The Hallmark movie for this month is “Follow the Stars Home.” This is a heartwarming story of joy and rewards that can come about through love and sacrifice.

Dianne Parker meets and marries the handsome and charismatic Mark McCune, never noticing the quiet attention of his brother, David, a soft-spoken pediatrician. Their marriage seems perfect until the birth of their daughter, Julia, a baby with genetic abnormalities. Mark, who can’t face the idea of a less-than-perfect child, walks out, leaving Dianne to confront the challenges of being a single mom.

As the years pass, Dianne and her mother remain selflessly devoted to Julia. David introduces Dianne to a young girl from a troubled home as a “mother’s helper,” and things begin to change. Julia gains a best friend and Dianne finds renewed strength and hope. But David must wait patiently for a chance to reveal his true feelings for Dianne and Julia. Dianne learns that love is more than what you feel for someone. It’s what you are willing to give of yourself to another.

The Hallmark movies have been well-received and popular.It is advised that people arrive well before 6 p.m. in order to find seating of their choice. Hearing enhancement devices are available upon request. Everyone is welcome.

 

PHOTO— Friday Evening Dance—The Velvetones Big Band will host a night of swing music every third Friday of the month in 2014. Spend the night dancing with the Velvetones and enjoy the singing of Lorie Banta and Tommy Williams. There will also be special guest stars performing each month for everyone’s enjoyment. The Pure Joy Dancers will perform Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free. Bring favorite beverages and snacks. Tickets for a 50/50 drawing will be on sale at the door.

 

Play Review

New light shines on relationships in ‘Trudy and Max in Love’

“Trudy and Max in Love” a world premiere of the play by Zoe Kazan. Now playing on the Argyros Stage, South Coast Repertory, 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 92628-2197, through January 26, 714-708-5555, www.scr.org ; Ticket prices: $21-$72 (Senior discount available) running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes.

 

“What I’m saying is – and this is not a come-on in any way, shape or form – is that men and women can’t be friends because the sex part gets in the way.” That is a quote from the popular film “When Harry Met Sally.” That line, the sexual revolution, the issue of whether love is a choice or a spontaneous reaction, are all part of the very interesting new play, “Trudy and Max in Love,” now being presented at South Coast Repertory (SCR).

Max is 39 years old. He is a successful, award winning novelist. What he is not successful at are relationships with women. He does his writing in a “writing room” where writers converge to get away and concentrate on their work.

Max meets Trudy, a 27-year-old writer of young adult novels in the writing room. Trudy has been married for six years now, but the chemical attraction between the two is immediately apparent.

Trudy’s being married puts Max in a cautious way to move further along, at first. Initially they attempt to make their relationship only about friendship. But eventually, by the end of Act One, they act on their chemical attraction, which everyone in the audience could see coming.

Is sex a primal chemical reaction, or is it a choice that we make? Playwright Kazan, the granddaughter of legendary film director Elia Kazan, never answers the question, but leaves that up to the audience. What she does do that I found fascinating, is she reverses the roles that men and women play in most romantic comedies.

In most romantic comedies it is the male that is afraid of commitment. It is the male that won’t leave the wife. In this play it is the woman that is afraid to leave her husband. She still loves her husband but the passion and chemical attraction that she has with Max has left their marriage. Max is the passive player here. We find out that his first sexual experience wasn’t until the age of 24. Trudy is literally stunned and wants to know what’s wrong with him because, to Trudy, this is not normal behavior from a male, especially in the era after the sexual revolution.

In Act Two when their relationship is boiling, it is Trudy who decides to end the relationship and makes it crystal clear she wants to end it. Max, after waiting months, then moves on with his life. Trudy returns to berate him for not fighting harder for her. This is the unstable Trudy that we also see in her sessions with her therapist, where she’s been going for nine years.

This play raises many interesting questions about relationships in new ways that I’ve not seen before. Like most productions at SCR, it is being given outstanding production values. As Trudy, Aya Cash, manages to make Trudy someone you want to meet, even after she reveals the unstable things in her life. Michael Weston is controlled and steady as Max. The two of them together were exciting to watch.

The sexual revolution changed relationships forever. When people fool around outside of the marriage vows there are always consequences to pay. Though this play does cover some ground already covered in other pieces about this subject, it does bring some new light on the situation by making the woman the aggressor and the man the more passive in the relationship. This play will serve as a reminder of the joys of a relationship and the woes of a relationship, just in case you’ve forgotten and are contemplating entering into another relationship. Perhaps Harry was right with his advice to Sally, that a man and a woman can’t be just friends without the sex part getting in the way.

– Larry Blake

 

Let Good Times Roll

Doo-wop music takes stage Jan. 18

All dancers and music lovers are invited to the next doo-wop show and dance on Saturday evening, Jan. 18, at 6:30 in Clubhouse 2.

“Our entertainers have been working hard to present favorite music selections of the 50s and 60s and beyond. I will give you some comedy and time for dancing before and after the show,” says President Frank Destra.

Ben Berg and his Rhythm Rockers, Jay Clawson, Dutch V.K. and Vicki Van Ert, will perform several numbers. Along with Frank and Ben, other performers to take the stage will be Ellen Brannigan, Shalla Callahan, Shirlene and Joe Chavez, Vic DeGrazia, Ric Dizon, Judy Duvall, Carmen Edwards, Rosemary Freeman, Angela Kassell, Audrey McKenzie, Steve Nichols, Peter Sequeira, and Joe Tucky.

Other participating club members are Ruth Berg, Debi DeGrazia, Irene Dizon, Carol Graves, Tillie Stier, Martha and Michael Destra.

Bring a beverage of your choice or enjoy warm apple cider or coffee provided by the club. Cups and ice are also furnished.

There will be snacks and a party atmosphere, so come out and join the doo wop entertainers for an evening with old and new friends.

Tickets for a 50/50 drawing will be sold at the door.

—Martha Destra

 

Hui O Hula

Cool hula class sways in CH6

“Cool Hula,” a fun and free Hawaiian dance class, is offered every Monday at 11:15 a.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Everyone is welcome.

In this one-hour class, dancers follow instructor Jojo Weingart and sway along to exotic songs such as: “Hawai’i Calls,” “Lovely Hula Hands,” “My Little Grass Shack,” and “Tiny Bubbles.” Some songs will be in Hawaiian, but Jojo gives each song a little explanation before starting.

There is also a class for beginners on Thursday at 10 a.m. Call 252-9676 for more information.

—Jojo Weingart

 

Mini Farm Club

Plot management discussed Jan. 23

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 are now payable. There will be an award for the best plot and honorable mentions. Refreshments will be served.

 

Saturday AM Dance

West coast swing taught at 9-10

Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In January, she will teach west coast swing from 9-10 and the salsa from 10-11.

Dancers rotate, so partners are not required. People may attend one or both sessions, $5 each.

—Gordon Flewell

 

Poet’s 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 Poetry Workshop meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

 

Saville

 

In a long, winding burrow on the edge of a hill

Dwelt an ill-mannered groundhog known as Saville.

 

Saville was a hermit ‘cause some humans had tried

To pull him from his burrow—an act that hurt his pride.

 

He hated all the stories ‘bout Punxsutawney Phil

Who lived a life of leisure for his shadow-spotting skill.

 

“Phil ought to be ashamed of being such a goof.

It’s more than I can stomach; I’ve decided to stay aloof.”

 

One day Saville was working to enlarge his lower den

When his ears picked up a rustling—an intruder wand’ring in!

 

Saville growled a warning while ascending toward the sound.

His intention was to catch him and engage him in a round.

 

His adrenaline was pumping; he had weathered such attacks,

But then he took a second look which stopped him in his tracks.

 

The invader was a female who had gotten herself lost

When fleeing from a predator; two rivers had she crossed.

 

With heartbeats a-pounding in his tawny, furry chest,

Saville gave a grand tour to this sweet-smelling guest.

 

He even showed her his cache of grubs that he had lately hoarded.

She ate her fill, then shyly gave consent to be a-courted.

 

Now that Saville has found a mate he is no longer grumpy,

For someone helps him dig his paths and makes his road less bumpy.

—Ethel Carter

 

Leisure Whirlers

 

All are invited ‘Learn to Dance,’ for fun, great exercise

by Eleanor Thompson

LW contributor

 

Over 50 people had a delicious buffet and then danced the night away on New Year’s Eve as Mel Branham called the Square Dances and cued the Round Dances in Clubhouse 1.

During round dancing they did the waltz, tango, foxtrot, two-step, rumba, cha-cha and many more ballroom-type dances. The dances are choreographed by different people. Mel Branham and the other cuers tell the dancers which steps to take next. Square and round dances are danced all over the world and cued in English.

In square dancing, eight people dance in each square and many squares dance at the same time. Round dancing couples dances in a large circle.

Residents learn to square dance and round dance in class, and then attend Leisure Whirler dance parties held in Clubhouse 4 on the first Friday of the month. Classes and parties are also held around the Los Angeles area every day.

Classes and parties are a great way to meet people, have good fun and get great exercise.

Everyone is invited to learn the basics of dancing at “Learn To Dance,” on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at the Cedarbrook Dance Center, 12812 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove. The entrance is at the back of the complex, facing the freeway. The event, sponsored by the Southern California Round Dance Teachers Association, is for those who have never dance before. For information, call (949) 637-4169.

A new beginner round dance class is starting now. Partners are not required. The classes are held Sunday evenings from 6:45-8:15, at 5946 Westminster Blvd., (Springdale Avenue and Westminster Boulevard), Westminister, next to the Goodwill Store.

An on-going beginner class is held Sundays, from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the same location. For more information, call Mel Branham, (714) 803-0250.

 

Garden Club

Bromeliads expert is guest Jan. 20

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

Mr. Nakanishi has spoken to the Garden Club several times in the past. He has accomplished much in his horticultural career teaching classes for the Orange County Regional Occupation Center and the Huntington Beach Adult School. His knowledge of floral design and plant care is extensive. Mr. Nakanishi presently serves as president of the South Bay Bromeliad Society and the Orange County Cynbidium Society.

For a long time, bromeliads were considered advanced or expert houseplants, more fit for a greenhouse than a normal house. The truth is, however, 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 anniversary year. Members are extremely proud of the club’s accomplishments and traditions.

The meeting will feature a We Care table, 50/50 raffle and plant sales tables and special anniversary refreshments.

All LW residents and their guests are welcome.

 

Dixieland Jazz

Time to renew memberships

The Dixieland Jazz Band will take the stage in Clubhouse 4 on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. The doors open 6.

It is time to renew memberships. “We need you to keep Jazz alive,” says founder Louis Schallaci. “Thank you to all the members and sponsors for your 10 years of support.”

The $5 yearly membership, 42 cents per first Wednesday concert, and funds from the 50/50 raffle help pay outside musicians.

The South Bay Dixie Jazz Band will present virtuous and professional celebrities, again this year, with different instruments. It takes special talents to adapt to Dixieland. They have to read music, memorize, harmonize and express themselves with improvisation.

Patron membership, $100 annually, entitles the member to front table seating with up to four guests; member and two guests plus front table seating is $45 annually. Front table seating for singles is $25 annually.

Guests pay $2 at the door.

—Fanny Schallaci