OCFA—DANCING IN AMPHITHEATER

An Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) spokesperson has confirmed that the OCFA does not prohibit dancing during performances at the Leisure World Amphitheater, adding that Leisure World officials are nonetheless free to implement whatever restrictions they consider necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of all Amphitheater patrons.

Under current Leisure World regulations, dancing is only allowed in the upper patio areas to the right or left of the Amphitheater seating area.

 

AMPHITHEATER SCHEDULE

The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present Amphitheater season 2014, which will continue on Thursdays through Sept. 11. Shows begin at 8 p.m. until September, when they will start at 7:30.

This year, three shows are designated as “popular,” as shown in bold print below. When a large audience is expected, GRF members will be limited to one non-resident guest. GRF identification is required.

The minibus will make a special evening run Thursdays to accommodate shareholders attending Amphitheater shows. See page 23 of the 2014 Minibus Schedule for more information. Access bus service is available by reservation. A bus will be waiting after the show to take passengers home.

The following is the show schedule, which can also be found online at www.lwsb.com:

•July 24: Kingston Trio, sponsored by John’s Landscaping

•July 31: Music in the Miller Mood, featuring Tex Beneke

Orchestra and the Modernaires

•Aug. 7: Debbie Reynolds, sponsored by Superwire

•Aug. 14: U.S. Navy Band, sponsored by the Y’s Service Club

•Aug. 21: The Rat Pack

•Aug. 28: Frankie Avalon

•Sept. 4: Country-western Tribute to Roy Orbison & Patsy Cline

Kelly McDonald, comedy host; sponsored by

the Golden Age Foundation

•Sept. 11: Terry Otte & Abilene

 

POETRY CORNER

 

This poetry feature showcases 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.

My Deep Appreciation

Through Virginia there was a sight

I will always remember—

in a little village at the entrance of Luray Caverns,

national heroes with 23 names on a copper plaque

to honor their lost heroes from this village

who gave their lives in the Korean War.

 

I felt deep appreciation for their sacrifices

for the freedom of South Korea.

I will remember them in my prayers forever.

—Cho Heah (Grace) Lee

 

CREATIVE WRITERS

The Leisure World Creative Writers Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 25, in Clubhouse 3. The guest speaker is novelist Don Westenhaver, author of “The Whiplash Hypothesis,” an international thriller about the oil business.  

Don is now a director of finance with a major automobile company. He lives in nearby Buena Park. He is married with two daughters.  His mother lived in Seal Beach Leisure World for 10 years.

A business meeting will follow Don’s presentation. Club President Fred Wind will conduct the meeting. Refreshments will be served. The refreshment hostess is Jan Baylis. All are welcome.

 

ENTER LAUGHING

Enter Laughing, a comedy improvisation class, meets from 10 a.m.-noon the first, third and fifth Thursdays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All are welcome. For more information, call Mary Galliani, 430-1388.

 

GRF WEEKLY DANCE

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. The Stardust Trio will play July 26.

 

ASTRONOMY CLUB

The Astronomy Club will meet from 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The program will include a DVD presentation, “The Beginning Of Earth.”

People will discuss the objects in the evening sky, and there will be a talk on “Mars, The Birthplace of Man.”

The club’s large Dobsonian telescope will be available to view the sky. All are welcome. Free coffee and snacks will be available.

 

PLAY REVIEW

“Damn Yankees,” a revival of the musical; music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross; book by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop, based on “The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant,” by Douglas Wallop. Now being presented by 3D Theatricals at the Plummer Auditorium, 210 East Chapman Ave., Fullerton, 92832, through July 27, and from Aug. 2-10 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA, 90278, (714) 589-2770, www.3DTshows.com; ticket prices: $31-$65; running time: 2 hours, 20 minutes.

 

by Larry Blake

LW contributor

 

For the first half of the 20th century, the national sport of Americans was baseball. Players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle were role models and heroes to the youth of America. The most successful team was the New York Yankees. If you were a baseball fan, there was no middle ground in how you felt about the Yankees, either loving them or hating them.

The musical “Damn Yankees” is a Faustian story, where the protagonist sells his soul to the devil. The time is the 1950s, the height of the period when the New York Yankees dominated baseball with players like Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Hank Bauer, and Whitey Ford. As successful as the Yankees were, the Washington Senators were the opposite, as year after year they finished near the bottom of the standings. Joe Boyd (Robert Hoyt) is an unhappy Washington Senators fan.

After watching the Senators lose again on television, Joe declares he would sell his soul to help the Senators. The devil, here named as Mr. Applegate (Jordan Lamoureux), hears his cry and makes an offer. He will make Joe a young baseball star in exchange for his soul. Joe thinks about it and talks Applegate into an escape clause, just in case it doesn’t work out. Applegate reluctantly agrees to the clause, and then turns Joe into the young Joe Hardy (Cameron Bond) and we are off and running.

All of Washington, D.C., is in love with Joe Hardy. But the success doesn’t change Joe’s need to be with his wife, Meg (Cynthia). The young Joe rents a room at his former house, reigniting the bond between the two.

All of this love stuff doesn’t sit well with Applegate, whose kicks come from people being miserable. Plagues and suicides are his passions. To lure Joe away from his home life, Applegate brings on his best homewrecker, the voluptuous Lola (Alexis Carra). But Lola’s attempt at seduction, in the show-stopping number, “Whatever Lola Wants,” falls flat. She has never before had a man choose love over her before.

This being a traditional musical comedy, all ends well as Joe Hardy is turned back into Joe Boyd and lives happily ever after with Meg. The devil loses and love wins.

With this production, 3D Theatricals continues its high quality of presenting musicals. In the lead role of Joe Hardy, handsome Cameron Bond sings and dances with a charm that you will feel compelled to watch his every move. Alexis Carra is a sexy Lola who will dance her way into your heart. Jordan Lamoureux moves and delivers like a slimy serpentine as Mr. Applegate.

The score, by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, is one the best from the American Musical’s Golden Age. It contains the hit songs “Heart”, “Whatever Lola Wants”, and “Two Lost Souls.” Director Alan Souza and choreographer Dana Solimando keep the proceeding moving as quick as a Nolan Ryan fastball.

Baseball is no longer the primary sport in America. It has been passed in popularity by football and basketball. There are a lot of reasons for that. But watching Joe Hardy’s meteoric rise in “Damn Yankees” reminded me of the Los Angeles Angels’ center fielder, Mike Trout. Trout has helped remind us of the glory days of baseball, as he is often compared to Mickey Mantle. And “Damn Yankees”, when performed as well as it is in Fullerton, is a reminder also of the glory days of the American Musical Comedy. This “Damn Yankees” is a grand slam.

 

CABARET AND FRIENDS

The Cabaret and Friends, produced and directed by Tommy Williams, will present “An American Tribute” honoring the armed forces past and present July 25 in Clubhouse 4. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the 2:30 matinee and at 5:30 for the 6:30 show.

The cast, which includes Bette Fritz, will perform songs from WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. Also included will be dancing and comedy with lots of American pride on a beautiful stage setting.

The Clubhouse 4 stage and tables will be decorated.

Seating is first-come, first-served, no reservations.

 

BALLET CLASS

A ballet class meets in Clubhouse 6, second floor, Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. for an hour of stretch and dance. Beginners are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. The class is $3.

Instructor Mel Lockett has studied ballet at the Laguna Beach Ballet Co. and owns Lockett Dance Studio. For more information, call Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or lynnRheath@gmail.com.

For more dance practice, a beginning tap class is held Tuesdays at the Amphitheater stage at 12:30 p.m. Leeta Kesler is the instructor. She has training in classical ballet, tap and jazz and choreographs. There is no charge for this practice. For more information, call her at 493-3497.

 

CLOGGERS

Leisure World Cloggers dance classes are scheduled Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. for advanced and intermediate students. The beginners class starts at 10:30 a.m. Classes are held on the stage of the Leisure World Amphitheater. All residents, men and women, are welcome to participate.

For more information, call Betty Currie at 598-9974.

 

LAPIDARY CLUB

The Lapidary Club will have its annual barbecue from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug. 6, in the Clubhouse 1 barbecue area.

There will be a sign-up sheet in the Lapidary Room to RSVP. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, dips and chips and more will be available. Cost is $5 for members; guests, $7. People should bring a side dish. People whose last names start with A through M should bring salads; N-Z, desserts.

 

LEISURE TIME DANCERS

The Leisure Time Dancers has started a new series. Big band swing will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the salsa/mambo at 2. Classes are held Mondays in Clubhouse 6.

For more information, call 434-6334.

 

SATURDAY EVENING DANCE

Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. This month, she will teach the tango from 9-10 and the merengue from 10-11.

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

 

COMMUNITY KARAOKE

The Community Karaoke audience enjoyed Tony Tupas, who has the same warm, smooth singing style as his father Pete and uncle Tino Tupas last week. Everyone sounded great with their chosen tunes. Some beautiful, popular songs were Joanne Gado’s “Time After Time,” Joan Hargrave’s “You Are My Sunshine,” Mariza Joaquin’s “I Just Fall In Love Again,” Shirley Ranaldi’s “Don’t Worry ’Bout Me,” Sally Glauser’s “Til There Was You,” Rick Hering’s “He’ll Have To Go,” Dave Locy’s “Harbor Lights,” Joe Mesner’s “Ain’t She Sweet” and Ken Harpham’s “Memories Are Made Of This.”

Karaoke is held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Submit song request slips to host Walt Bier to be put in rotation. People come to relax and enjoy the variety of vocalists and song selections.

 

COMPUTER CLUB

The Leisure World Computer Club will offer a class on digital cameras with PCs at 9 a.m., today, July 24, at the Computer Lab on the ground level of Clubhouse 5.

On Friday, July 25, the club will have a free discussion about any computer-related topic. People can ask questions about computers, tablets, smart phones or any electronic device. Come to the Computer Lab between 9 and 11 a.m. and have a doughnut and coffee.

Computers are available and laptops can be used where possible. Handouts will be provided.

Customized training for groups can be arranged by talking to John Retterath, 544-2210. Additional training features can be covered in class sessions.

 

DANCING FEET

The Dancing Feet Club will host ballroom dancing lessons Friday, Aug. 8, at Clubhouse 4.

Ballroom and line dance lessons will start at 6 p.m. The DJ will play ballroom and line dance music until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes dance lessons and light snacks. Bring beverages. For information, call (551) 998-4223.

 

THEATER CLUB

The Leisure World Theater Club will meet tomorrow, Friday, July 25, at 10 a.m. in the loft above the Amphitheater. Steve Nichols will give an update on the upcoming show “The Good Olde Days,” which he is directing. It will debut at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, in Clubouse 2. Admission is free.

The club will sponsor a celebration of life in memory of the club’s founder Alex Brett Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. A video of  Alex’s performances and productions will be shown. Refreshments will be served.

 

WHIRLERS

The Leisure Whirlers will have a square dance party from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1, in Clubhouse 4. There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. The theme is “Beach Ball Party.” Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9 p.m. The potluck and socializing starts at 9. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation, so everyone can dance. Parties are $6. For more information, call 237-2682.

The Fourth of July dance drew a good turnout. Thanks to Lenore Velky for the decorations. There were several new people who had never danced before, and caller and cuer Mel Branham taught them how to do an easy square dance. Everyone dressed in red, white and blue for the occasion.

Square dancing is the official folk dance of California. There is a free celebration of square dancing Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, home of Olvera Street. Dancing will be in the open air La Plaza de Los Angeles located in the center of the monument at 125 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles.

An introductory square dance class will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, from 3-5 p.m. sponsored by the Southern California Round Dance Teachers’ Association at the Cedarbrook Dance Center, 12812 Garden Grove Blvd,. Garden Grove, CA, 92843, (949) 637-4169. Cost is $3. Couples and singles are invited.

 

SCIENCE DISCUSSION

The Science Discussion Club will meet today at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The club will discuss the history of science in the western world, specifically the Scientific Revolution and Sir Isaac Newton. Everyone is welcome. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.

 

RADIO SERVICE CLUB

The Leisure World Amateur Service Radio Club will meet at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Everyone is welcome to join. The club needs LW volunteers to help during a disaster. Learn about radio operations and disaster preparation.

The Radio Club attended a memorial service for longtime member and past president Ron Cole July 6. He worked for many years to provide LW with the best emergency communications available. He will be greatly missed.

 

MINI FARMERS

The annual Mini Farmers picnic and regular general meeting will be held today, July 24, at 11:30 a.m. in the picnic area of Clubhouse 1.

People should bring a side dish, maybe something from the garden, and the club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, paper products, etc.  

 

SOS BEACH CLEAN-UP

Save Our Beach (SOS) will sponsor a beach clean-up at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 16.

Volunteers should meet at the beach parking lot at the end of First Street.

Bring garden/work gloves and a trash grabber, or they will be provided for people who don’t have them.

Check in and pick up supplies at the blue canopy.

Reusable trash bags will be available.

For more information, log on to SaveOurBeach.org.

 

GRF AMPHITHEATER RULES

The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present the 2014 Amphitheater season.

For a complete list of performances, see the show schedule is in this section and online at www.lwsb.com.

To ensure an enjoyable season for everyone, people are asked to adhere to the following rules for the Amphitheater shows:

•No video or audio taping of performers. This could result in the performer walking off the stage and canceling the show.

•Do not save seats. Amphitheater seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

•Do not sing along with performers unless asked to do so by the performer on stage.

•Dancing is only allowed in the upper patio areas to the right or left of the Amphitheater seating area.

•All guests must be accompanied by a resident with a Golden Rain Foundation photo identification card.

•The number of non-resident guests will be limited to one per GRF member when a program is considered popular and will attract a large audience.

Residents will be required to show their member photo identification card when entering the Amphitheater for these popular shows.

•No one is allowed to sit or stand in the aisles.

•No smoking is permitted in the Amphitheater area. (GRF Policy 1412.2)

•Lower flags on scooters so people can see the stage.

•Walkers should be left in the aisle; do not take walkers to the seating area.

•Handicap seating is at street level where the blue handrails are located at the middle of the Amphitheater.

•No pets are allowed at the Amphitheater (GRF Policy 1023).

 

FOLK DANCE

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE—Tina Huang is wearing a costume from Africa that she bought on a recent trip to Kenya.  World cultures, music and dance are the focus of Leisure World Folk Dancing which meets every Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Easy dances are taught by teacher Henrietta Bemus with recorded music from all around the world. Admission is free for first-time visitors.

 

DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND

THE SOUTH BAY DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND will perform in concert from 6:30-8:15 p.m., Aug. 6, in Clubhouse 4. The concert is hosted by the Dixieland Jazz Club and will feature guest singer tenor Tommy Williams. There will be a 50/50 raffle. For more information, visit www.dixielandjazzclub.com.