Iowa by the Sea Iowans and individuals who have a connection with the state of Iowa are invited to the 114th annual Iowa By the Sea Picnic Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The picnic will be held on the pier in front of the battleship Iowa (BB-61). The new venue is a historic museum located at Pier 87 in Los Angeles harbor. The picnic is a family oriented, non-alcoholic event with an emphasis on fun and safety.

This year’s picnic will feature a catered barbecue meal, entertainment, adult and children’s games and activities, door prizes, Iowa memorabilia and free Iowa stuff. 

For information and a brief history on the picnic, visit the website, www.

Reservations, $25 for adults, $10 for children 6-12, can be made online and paid through PayPal or by sending a check to the Iowa Association of Long Beach, P.O. Box 92801, Long Beach, CA, 90809.

Since the meal is catered, reservations and full payment must be received by tomorrow, July 25.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.


Relatively Speaking


Taylor Yaffee, grandson of Ron and Gene Yaffee of Mutual 15, was drafted by the Los Angeles Reign, one of eight teams in the new National Professional Grid League.

Taylor was drafted July 10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

His dad, Don, Ron and Gene’s son, younger brother Mitchell and girlfriend Andrea Gregrow were there to share in this proud moment. 

Although the Reign lost in its quarterfinal exhibition match to the Miami Surge, Taylor was singled out in the recap of the match for helping his team by lifting 310 pounds in the seventh event. 

Taylor’s strong areas are rope climb, handstand pushups, box burpees and other gymnastic-type events.

The team’s first official competition will be Aug. 19 at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rhinos. 

All home games will be held at the Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach.


Multicultural Council


Members of the Vietnamese-American Club will perform at the Multicultural Council’s Saturday Amphitheater show, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. They will perform two folk dances, “Bamboo Hats” to the song “Hue, My Love City,” sung by Quynh Hoa and “Umbrella Dance” to the song “It is Beautiful Day.”

The Vietnam Club was organized in 2007. Its name was changed in 2009 to the Vietnamese-American Club.

The club seeks to enhance friendship and create good contacts among Vietnamese people living in Leisure World. It also provides news and programs that are pertinent to its members.

The club strives to introduce the Vietnamese culture and develop a close relationship with LW shareholders.

Trung Vinh “TV” Tran is the club’s fourth president.

The club meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, on the fourth Friday of the month at noon.

Meetings include sharing members’ favorite dishes, karaoke music and guest speakers who provide educational information.

Annual membership is $10. Currently there are about 50 Vietnamese-American Club members.

The Multicultural Council invites all shareholders to enjoy the cultural performances.

The show is approximately 90 minutes.


Sunshine Club


Sunshine Club members and past guest speakers and their families enjoyed the club’s third annual picnic in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area July 5.

More than 60 people attended.

The club provided barbecued chicken and marinated beef. Members brought various side dishes.

Club member William Frambach led the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem was sung by Ren Villanueva.

Myrrah Villanueva gave the invocation. Janice Laine, Anne Seifert and Betty Coven, frequent guest speakers, gave congratulatory remarks asking club organizers and members to keep up the good work.

The Hui O Hula entertained with their dances, and brought audience into dance mode with a few audience participation numbers. Jojo Weingart, Hui O Hula teacher, showed how to play Hawaiian music instruments, including Puili (sticks), Uli Uli (feather) and Ipu (drum).

Ed Bolos, dance teacher, led few line dances and Lito Jarimillo led a sing-along of oldies.

The Sunshine Club thanks those who showed up early to set up, and Tony Ahn and Henry and Kate Kim, who barbecued the meat for the event and stayedlate to make sure the place was cleaned the way it started.

The Traveling Tigers will be guest speakers in August, along with GRF Building Inspector

Kevin Black.

Randy Ankeny, GRF executive director, was the last week’s guest speaker and shareholders filled the room. He covered many issues about LW, and answered questions from members. He reiterated his office is always to open to shareholders.

The Sunshine Club meets Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, (occasionally Room 2) from 10 a.m.-noon. Membership is not required; everyone is welcome. Refreshments are provided.

To contact the Sunshine Club, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

– Anna Derby

Class Reunion


Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Class of 1959, is planning a 55-year reunion weekend in Temecula, Calif., Oct. 17-19.

On Friday evening, Oct. 17, there will be an informal gathering at the Temecula Stampede in Old Town Temecula.

The main event will be held Saturday evening, Oct. 18, at the Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, from 5-11 p.m., with dinner, dancing and reconnecting.

Sunday there will be a no-host brunch at Wilson Creek Winery at 10 a.m.

More information and reservation forms are available at, or by calling Vickie Johnson Wehrly, (310) 469-3647, or Lynne Johnson Coats Trampush, (951) 246-9532.


Nikkei Club


Nikkei Club will host a potluck picnic at 10:15 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Those who attend will provide salads, desserts or rice dishes, enough for six persons. The alternative is a $7 donation.

The club will provide the entree (beef, chicken, yakisoba), watermelon, bottled water and hot water (tea).

Guests will socialize and see Hui O Hula perform while enjoying the meal.

For information, contact Howard Okamoto, 594-4270.