Enter Laughing, an improv group, led by professional comedienne Mary Galliani, has changed its meeting dates. The group was meeting every Thursday but now it meets every first and third Thursday, plus the fifth Thursday when there is one (this only happens in May, July and October this year). They meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 10 a.m. Coffee and cookies are served.
Improvisational theater, sometimes called just improv, is a form of theater where most of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed, with no pre-planning.
Performing improv  is used as an educational tool by public speakers, actors, politicians, teachers and many others to improve their ability to think on their feet when they are in front of an audience.
It is even used in psychotherapy as a tool to gain insight into a person’s thoughts, feelings and relationships.
Mary invites everyone to sit in on one of her sessions and laugh along with the rest of the group.

Ben Berg and the Company invite the community to “An Evening with the Company at the Copacabana” Saturday, April 19, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. to the music of Eric Nelson at the piano. Sandy Hunt will add to the magical evening with her violin.
The show starts at 7.
Admission is free, because the club wants to make an evening of entertainment affordable for all. Get there early for a good table. Bring supper, favorite beverages and dancing shoes. Dress to impress as Tommy Williams opens the evening with a special song. He is decorating the clubhouse so it will have a nightclub ambiance.
Entertainment will continue with Ben Berg at the piano, Steve Nichols on trumpet, Eric Nelson on the piano, and Pure Joy will dance. Vickie Van Ert and Terry Humphrey will sing, and “Elvis” will be in the house. There will be a grand finale featuring Tommy and the entire cast.
Then the dancing starts as Ric Dizon turns the clubhouse into a dance club.
Th evening will include a 50/50 cash drawing and a grand prize of Tommy Williams singing at the winner’s next big event, birthday or other celebration. People must be present to win.
Join the club by signing up on its email list. There are no dues. Volunteers can get involved by joining the club’s Behind the Scenes Group. Be part of the production by helping with the 50/50 drawings, costumes, sound, scenery, and all those important jobs that help make a production come to life by calling Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588.
The club needs to borrow four folding chairs, white, wood or bamboo, for the night.
For more information or to loan the chairs, call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or email her at

The Cabaret Entertainers will perform at at 7 p.m., May 29, in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is invited to the show, which is designed to provide nightclub ambiance with round tables covered with cloths, candle light and snacks. Bring a favorite beverage for a night of cabaret-style entertainment.
Admission is free; there will be a 50/50 drawing.

Today, March 13, the Photo Arts Club will discuss the use of Picasa, a free photo editing and enhancing software. Following the talk, members will review their monthly photo submissions. Beginner and advanced photographers are encouraged to attend. The Photo Arts Club meeting is held every second Thursday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 from 1:30 until approximately 3.

by Joan Rose
LW contributor

Leisure World artist Kate Pedigo will exhibit her artwork in a Spotlight on the Artist reception hosted by the Leisure World Art League from 1-3 p.m., Friday, March 14, in the main meeting room in Clubhouse 4.
 At 102 old, Kate is proud to have been born in the same year as Ronald Reagan—1911. She is an active and amazing centenarian. She has lived in Leisure World for 20 years and joined in the Art League 18 years ago. She became interested in art when she was about 60 years old and took up painting classes and life drawing classes using nude models. At the time, she lived in Eagle Rock, Calif., and became president of the Eagle Rock Art Association. Her influence extended to surrounding art associations.  She also attended art classes for five years at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.  
 While living in Eagle Rock, she coordinated and finished five 4-by-8 foot murals for the city of Eagle Rock, and they are displayed  in the Eagle Rock City Hall. Kate has written and illustrated books about her life and the historic events she remembers and has lived through. Some of these books will be for sale at the reception. She has won many awards for her artwork. She also enjoys sculpting.
 Kate has always loved to travel and has visited all 50 states, South America, Europe and Australia. Kate says she especially enjoyed camping and fishing in Alaska. 
Kate lives alone and keeps busy with her art work and with the Video Producers Club, where she has learned to operate the big video editing machine.
Come and see Kate’s artwork on March 14 and enjoy her paintings, along with some light refreshments.

DJ Bond will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a dance party March 14 from 6-10 p.m. in Cluhouse 4. Everyone is invited to make this a great St. Pat’s celebration. Invite family and friends to the event, which will feature DJ Bond singing and playing guitar and a 50/50 drawing. Bring favorite beverages and snacks.
Donations are accepted. For more information, call Carol Bond at 296-8807.
The Valentine’s party featured people dancing country, social and rock-and-roll dances, including the mambo, Italiano, the Hokey Pokey and many more. A special thank-you goes to Johanne Hanne for the beautiful Valentine’s decorations.

Regular performances of the Let The Good Time Roll Club are held on the third Saturday of the odd-numbered months. These shows are free and include decorations and snacks provided by the club.
This year the club is seeking to raise money for an improved video screen system in Clubhouse 2. “If our club can raise the money, we feel the Golden Rain Board will let us donate an Elmo system with a screen to make karaoke lyrics visible from the stage and to make lecture presentations more effective,” said club president Frank Destra.
There are still tickets left for the St. Patrick’s Day Party to be held Saturday, March 15, in Clubhouse 2. The Let the Good Times Roll performers are planning a corned beef dinner with free beer and wine and dessert. The dinner will include salad, rye bread, cabbage, potatoes and carrots along with slices of corned beef. There will be mustard and horseradish sauce to complement the corned beef.
Dessert will be green ice cream, either pistachio nut or mint chocolate chip.
Free beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic lime punch will be available with dinner. People may bring their own beverages. There will be ice and cups available.
Rock and roll music will be played by the Ben Berg Rhythm Rockers and country western music will be furnished by Terry Otte and Abilene. There will be Irish songs sung by the club performers, and Tommy Williams will sing “Danny Boy.”
Dinner tickets, $25, include a door prize ticket, and there will be two 50/50 raffles: One at 8:30 for early birds and one at 9:30 for the night owls. Call Frank or Martha Destra at 431-6368 for information or tickets.
—Martha Destra

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

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Don Peterson will play March 15.

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 Ballad of Grace’s True Love

It was full fifteen years since I had seen her,
I wasn’t sure at first that it was Grace,
Yet there was that familiar regal bearing,
That timeless beauty still shone in her face.

I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing,
My first love up there in the choir loft,
I’d slipped into the church pew in the far back,
I’d come in late and closed the door real soft.

My mind went back to that last time we parted,
The judge blamed me for what my friend had done,
John’s accusation sent me off to prison,
Yes, my friend John said I had fired the gun!

Now as the pastor gives the benediction,
I think I’ll hang around and wait awhile,
But my heart breaks—I know she hasn’t waited,
Her teenaged daughter joins her in the aisle.

My tear-filled eyes betray me and I stumble,
Then suddenly there’s Grace down by my side!
Her eyes are wide with unexpected wonder,
Her joy at seeing me she cannot hide!

“You’ve come back, Charles,” she cries and, “Oh I love you!”
She pulls me to her breast in an embrace,
She lifts her voice and calls the people round her,
And says to them while tears stream down her face:

“For years in holy whispers you’ve condemned me,
Looked down your noses, scorned me for my sin,
You wouldn’t let your girls play with my daughter,
And you refused to ever take me in.

I’m here to tell you now Charles is my true love,
And I’ve been faithful to him all my days,
Though Elder Smith and Deacon Jones have tempted,
And practic’ly have begged for me to stray!

And Pastor Bill—he’s shown me so much kindness,
He wants to bring salvation to my life,
He tells me ‘bout the comfort I could bring him,
He tells me ‘bout the coldness of his wife!

My Charles and me we love each other truly,
I got from him the greatest gift of all,
This lovely girl here Charles, she is your daughter,
And like her momma she stands proud and tall!”

So from that day my life was changed forever,
I threw away my sharpened huntin’ knife,
That I had planned to use on an acquaintance,
Now I just love my daughter and my wife!
—Fred Wind

THE LEISURE WORLD CHORALE will feature Bill Frambach and Jerry Tester in a performance of “going to a hukilau” at the Leisure World Chorale’s “Songs of the Islands” concert March 15 at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. They threw the net out for some ama ama to bring the the party but snagged a couple of mermaids, Sandra Hunt and Anita Ragole, who will perform at the luau too. The Chorale invites residents to dress in colorful Hawaiian shirts and muumuus and come for an island afternoon.

The LW Garden Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 17, in Clubhouse 2. The club is proud to announce two guest speakers for the March general meeting. Luis Estevez of the City of Seal Beach Public Works Department and Mark Weaver, GRF Community Facilities Manager, will both give short presentations. They hope to increase awareness of initiatives being taken to better protect the environment and conserve resources within Seal Beach and Leisure World. These local initiatives are part of the worldwide efforts recognized each year on April 22, Earth Day.
Mr. Estevez has 15 years experience in local government. He is currently the deputy director of Public Works for the City of Seal Beach. His responsibilities are diverse, encompassing the maintenance of all streets, parks, the beach and the pier. He manages the city’s water and sewer utilities. His presentation will highlight water conservation actions and landscape improvements being undertaken in the City of Seal Beach.
Mr. Weaver has been employed by the GRF for 33 years and currently serves as the community facilities manager. He oversees the Physical Property and Service Maintenance departments, and his primary function is the maintenance of all trust property. Dovetailing with Mr. Estevez’s topic, he will give information about LW’s efforts to ensure future resources through water conservation, recycling and possibly even solar power.
The Garden Club will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a white elephant donation event. People who bring a ceramic or metal planter in good condition will receive an extra door prize ticket. The donated planters will be replanted by Garden Club members and be placed on sale at the April meeting. This is a great opportunity to clean out closets and help the Garden Club raise money.
The We Care donation table for non-perishable goods and cash donations will be set up. Attending club members will receive a door prize ticket at the membership table as they come in. 
The 50/50 raffle table and the plant sales table will be available for sales before the meeting starts.  At the close of the meeting Faye Summers and her committee will serve light refreshments. All LW members and their guests are welcome. Don’t forget to wear green.
—Katie Hamilton

The Theater Club’s annual Country Western Dinner Dance will have a new theme this year. On April 5, Clubhouse 2 will be transformed into the Bent Fork Farm, featuring food served at the table, entertainment by Terry Otte and Abilene and a cowpoke show.
There will be group singing, buckboard riders being chased through the prairie, shady visitors just off the train and a few acts from the past that people have loved.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, March 17; Wednesday, March 19; and Friday, March 21; at the bottom of the ramp that leads to the Loft. The Loft is located between the Administration Building and the Health Center. People who don’t want to pick a seat in advance or want to buy individual tickets may call Sam Jones at 598-0880.

The Friends Bookstore is a not-for-profit organization that annually gives three scholarships of $4,000 each to students at Cal State San Jose, Santa Ana Community College and Cal State Long Beach to help students earning degrees of library science.
The Friends Bookstore funds many of the materials used by shareholders at the Leisure World Library. When LW residents make purchases at the bookstore, it is a contribution benefiting others.
The Friends Bookstore offers books of many selections, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, magazines and a boutique case stocked with donated merchandise year round for LWers’ shopping pleasure. Greeting cards with a new price of 50-75 cents and birthday cards for 25 cents will be sold in March. Come browse the store Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12:30.

To keep bones strong try walking and weight-bearing exercises, says Reid Blackwelder, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), in the March 2014 issue of AARP Bulletin. Dancing is a great form of weight-bearing exercise. People learn how to round dance and square dance in classes, and once the dances are learned, they can be danced at parties anywhere in the world. At national conventions, there may be several hundred squares dancing at the same time.
Round dances cover ballroom-type dances such as the waltz, tango, foxtrot, two-step, rumba, cha-cha, jive and many others. The steps of the various dances are taught in class. When dancing, the cuer tells the dancers what steps to take next during each dance.
Round dancing couples dance in a large circle, and everyone does the same step at the same time.
In square dancing, eight people dance in each square. In class, people learn all the steps used in many difference square dances.
At parties, the caller tells the dancers which steps to take next for each dance.
In line dancing, each person dances in a line with other dancers. The instructor teaches the steps for each choreographed dance.
During each dance the dancers are told which steps to do next. The dances are mostly danced in a class. Occasionally dancers will line dance at parties.
There is a round dance class for new beginners every Sunday from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The ongoing beginners round dance class for more advanced students is held every Sunday from 5:30-6:45 p.m.
Classes are $5 and held at 5946 Westminster Blvd. at Springdale and Westminster in Westminster. Singles and couples are welcome. For information call (714) 803-0250.
A new square dance class has just started. It is held Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman in Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome.
The ongoing beginners line dance class is held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the same place. For information call (714) 803-0250.
Leisure Whirler Club dances are held the first Friday of each month.

The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a variety of classes starting March 24 from 9-11:15 a.m. in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up for classes at the lab Monday-Friday from 1-3 p.m. Class size is limited. The following is the list of classes:
•Monday, March 24, Windows 7
•Tuesday, March 25, Windows 8
•Wednesday, March 26, Android Tablet
•Thursday, March 27, iPad Tablet
•Friday, March 29, Introduction to Facebook
Coffee tea and snacks will be available during the break. Handouts will be provided. Classes cost $5 each. Comparable training outside Leisure World would cost $50.
People can bring tablets, phones or Windows 8 laptops, and instructors will integrate them as much as possible.
Arrangements can be made for people who want to work together on assignments by calling John Retterath, 544-2210


The Science Discussion Club will meet today, March 13, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The group examines the history of science in the Western World, specifically the Scientific Revolution. The work of Kepler, Galileo and Newton will be considered. How this history and science is still current and vital today will be emphasized.
This club is open to all and meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 2-3:15 p.m. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.

A life drawing class is held from 9 a.m.-noon, Thursdays, in the Art Room of Clubhouse 4. The class is for artists who would like more experience in drawing or painting the human figure.
There is no instructor, but students can watch and learn from the other artists in the class, if needed. Live models are commissioned for the sittings (the models usually live in Leisure World), and artists can come to the Art Room and sketch, draw or paint the models.
The models are paid $20 a sitting; the class fee is $2 per class, which goes toward the model fees. For more information on the class or how to become a model, contact Carmen Leslie at 430-6950. 

The Leisure World Art League will hold a pastel workshop with teacher Carmen Leslie in the Art Room at Clubhouse 4 from 1-3 p.m., on Thursday, March 20.
The workshop costs $20 for those who bring their own pastels and supplies or $25 if supplies are furnished. Reservations can be made by calling Carmen Leslie at 430-6950.

Learn the Country Two Step and Swing before the Theater Club Country Western Dinner Dance in April. Country two step and swing will be taught tomorrow, Friday, from 6:15 -7:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C.
A salsa dance class will be Friday from 7:15-8:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in Room C. Learn salsa dance basics and styling.
A new dance class will be offered every Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 in the lobby. Learn to move to the music.
Singles and couples are welcome. Invite friends and family. Partners are not needed. The fee is $5 a class per person. Instructor Jeremy Pierson has taught dancing for over 20 years.
For more information, contact Jeanine Greb, 296-5921.

The Genealogy Workshop will have a workshop on Finding Females in Your Family Tree on March 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library, Clubhouse 3, Room 10. Everyone is invited.
A general membership meeting will be held March 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Dues, $10, are now payable.
Membership includes free access to club computers and websites, assistance from helpful workshop aides and companionship with other researchers.


The Community Sing will celebrate St. Patrick’s day Monday, March 17, with as many songs of the old sod as possible, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Prospective amateurs need to sign in with the emcee at 6, with two copies of sheet music, ready to sing for three minutes. Group song leader is Lewis Ward, and his half-time guest is popular soloist, Linn Atkins.
On March 3, Amateur Time started off with Betty Ballen singing a different version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Then Carmen Edwards performed “My Reverie,” followed by Sam Calderone who sang “Put Your Hand in the Hand” and “Amore” while accompanying himself on the ukulele.
Marge St. Claire did a piano solo of “Moon River,” after which Valentino Perry sang “They Say That Falling in Love is Wonderful” and “Smile.” Byong Choi performed “Somewhere My Love,” and Peter Innerbickler ended the amateur time singing “On the Street Where You Live.” Piano accompanists were Barbara McIlhaney and Carol Robinson.
 Ellen Brannigan, dressed in her Mardi Gras costume,  led an enthusiastic crowd of Leisure World singers in several fun songs.  
At 7:15 she introduced her half-time guests Max Cadabona and Bennie  De La Cruz. Bennie sang “Four Walls.” Max sang “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” and the pair sang “Silver Wings” and “Could I Have This Dance?”
The audience showed its delight and appreciation of the performance with loud applause and many compliments for them
Ellen wrapped up the evening with more group singing and closed by having everyone join her in “Kum ba Yah.”
Thanks to Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; Barbara McIlhaney, pianist; and Betty Ballen, emcee.  
—Ethel Carter

The Company is sponsoring the new ballet class. Lynn R. Heath and Sandy Hunt are two students who attend every Saturday. Meet them in Clubhouse 6, second floor, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. There are ballet barres, and men and women are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing.
The club is considering adding another class so people are invited to attend Saturday and give their input, maybe to have a beginner and an experienced class for students who have taken ballet before and want to go to the next level. Also under consideration is a center floor class.
Club officials are asking the GRF Recreation Committee to ap prove a ballet barre for the other wall and need donations to cover the cost. People are welcome to donate. Pending approval by the committee, early donations will help purchase the equipment and accelerate installation.
For more information, call Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or contact her at

During Mardi Gras, masks are worn to hide faces so people can be free to let out their alter egos. It was Mardi Gras night at Karaoke, and singers were happy to grab the mike to belt out tunes without the traditional masks. First timer David Locy did a nice smooth “Cool Water.” Mariza Joaquin had dancers movin’ and shakin’ to “Fame,” and the audience enjoyed the lovely voice of Christy Johns – welcome back. People laughed watching Harold Hughes assist Helen Schultz while singing “Help Me Make It Through the Night.”
It’s a good time on Wednesday nights in Clubhouse 1 from 5:30 on. There are excellent, trained performers and others who are trying hard – but everyone is having fun and singing with gusto. The audience claps for everyone, and the singers love it. All are welcome.

The Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group’s Terry Humphrey turned Clubhouse 4 into a little bit of the Big Easy last week for a gala tribute to Mardi Gras. The Velvetones, under the direction of Carl Hathaway, took the stage and, in the spirit of the evening, played “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Jovial Dick Freeman portrayed Rex, king of the Mardi Gras, and Tommy Williams sang.
Heartfelt gratitude to the lady of many talents, Shirlene Chavez, who takes reservations, is treasurer, and, with her husband, Joseph, is official greeter.
Thanks to dining room captain Carmen Johnson and all who helped make the night a success.
The next dinner dance will be held March 16 for a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Wear green and be Irish for the night with deejays Diane and Chuck Burnett. Bill Frambach will lead the sing-along. An Irish dinner will be on the menu.
Reservations are required. Call Shirleen Chavez, 596-2669, or Marge Archibald, 598-4056, by noon, Friday.