ARTS AUGUST 2014 SUNDAY NIGHT BALLROOM by Janice Laine for the Golden Rain News The Fun With Music Club presents Jim Spencer, teacher and entertainer, at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the music room of Clubhouse 4. The class, $5 each, was originally part of Coastline College’s outreach program for seniors; however, about four years ago the college stopped its funding. Not wanting the class to end, people learned they could sponsor Jim and other music lecturers if they had a registered club. Bylaws were written; officers were elected, and the club was born. Walter Gobas was the founding president. When he died last year, Flo Dartt stepped in, and she’s been keeping the Fun With Music Club organized ever since.
Jim has been a performer since he was 3 years old. His mother sang with the Metropolitan Opera, and his father was a guitarist for country-western singer Patsy Cline, so his background included all music genres. His studies included piano, harpsichord, organ, violin, mandolin, voice, music composition, and acting. With his varied background, Jim has used all this knowledge to appear in roles on the musical stage, screen, TV and to appear as concert keyboardist and vocalist around the world. Jim is the founder of Spencer Music and Artist Development, where he trains upcoming musicians and serves as their agent.
Jim keeps the Fun With Music class lively, teaching interesting facts about various music genres, secret gossip about the musicians, and how the politics of the day play a part in how entertainment changes.
His store of knowledge allows him to lecture without notes. He frequently breaks into song, amazes the class with imitations—he loves to do Ethel Merman—and wallops out ditties on the piano.
Come and join the group on Saturday morning.
For more information, call Flo Dartt, 799-3841, or Janice Laine, 296-8647.
Visit for weekly blogs, and information on his lectures, workshops, concerts, books and albums. 

The Community Karaoke Club celebrated Steve Nichols’ 65th birthday last week. He proudly showed off his Medicare card while Tina Schaffer sang “That Don’t Impress Me.”
First-time singer John Coleman belted out “I Got The World On A String,” as did Joe Mesner with “Shine On Harvest Moon” and Bill Hultquist with “Blue Suede Shoes.”
Valentino Perry had people line dancing while he did “New York New York.” Linn Atkinson sang “The Nearness Of You,” and regular vocalists performed a variety of tunes.
It was another happy crowd enjoying birthday cake and a friendly atmosphere. The club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1. People can practice songs from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6.

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, GRF members will be limited to one non-resident guest shows for shows that are expected to draw a large audience. GRF identification is required. The Aug. 28 show featuring Frankie Avalon will be limited to one guest.
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 remaining show schedule, which can also be found online at
•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

“Heaven is for Real,” rated PG, will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. on Aug. 27 in Clubhouse 4.
“Heaven is for Real” is the true story of the 4-year-old son of a small-town Nebraska pastor who, during emergency surgery, slips from consciousness and when he awakes, he recounts his experiences on the other side.

The Science Discussion Club will meet Aug. 14 and 28 at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
The topic is the history of science in the Western World, including the history and developments of the scientific revolution.
The club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, from 2-3:15 p.m. There are no dues or membership requirements. For more information, call Mark Barnett, 430-2435.

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. The Stardust Trio will play Aug. 23

The Astronomy Club will met at 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. The program will include a DVD, “Our Magnificent Solar System.” There will be a talk on “The Evolution of Our Galaxy, the Milky Way.”
Members will also discuss the best objects to see in the September sky through the club’s large Dobsonian telescope. All are welcome.Coffee and snacks will be available. To request a special topic, call Mike Clairmont, vice president, 860-0902.

The Leisure World Computer Club will offer two classes from 9-11:15 a.m. through Aug. 22, in the Computer Lab of Clubhouse 5, located on ground level. People should sign up for classes, $5 each, at the lab weekdays from 1-3 p.m. On Aug. 21, an Introduction to Windows 8 class will be held, and on Aug. 22, Introduction to Facebook.
Coffee, tea and snacks will be served. Handouts will be provided.
Bring tablets, phones or Windows 8 laptops, for integration, when possible. Customized training is available upon request.

A ballet class meets at1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor, for an hour. No experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome. Basic exercises are repeated every week so people get the benefits of stretching and learn the moves. Wear comfortable clothing. The class is $3 each. For more information, call Diana Winkler at 493-0139 or Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588.

The Coin Club hosts bingo classes at 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information, 431-1901.

People are invited to browse a vast selection of greeting cards at the Friends of the Library Bookstore adjancent to the Leisure World Library. Cards are 25 cents.
The bookstore also sells hardback and paperback books, and boutique items.
The bookstore is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

DEEJAYS Ed Bolos and Ric Dizon (above) after the tango circle dance taught by dance instructor Richard Sharrard. The next Dancing Feet Club ballroom and line dance will be held on Sept. 12 at Clubhouse 4. The dance lesson begins at 6 p.m., followed by ballroom and line dancing until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes the dance lesson and light snacks. For information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.

The Genealogy Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Socializing starts at 9:30. “Finding Your Ancestral Village in American Records” is the topic. Guest speaker Paul Lipinsk will cover record type, location and content. Lipinsk has been a researcher for more than 30 years and is currently the editor of the publication “The Bulletin.”
New Genealogy Workshop discussion topics are coming in September. The discussions are held from 1:30-2:20 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Genealogy Research Library.  There is no discussion meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month in lieu of the general meeting. Everyone is invited. The Genealogy  Research Library is located in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.  People are welcome to suggest discussion topics.
The following discussions are scheduled:
• Sept. 3: “Genealogy Blogs,” explaining what are they and how to use them
• Sept 10: “The Census,” a decade-by-decade overview and how to use the information
• Sept 17: “Before Disaster Strikes,” on saving and protecting ancestral belongings
The Genealogy Research Library is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.
Join the Genealogy Club for a yearly fee of $10. Membership includes unlimited access to computers with programs such as,, Fold and other websites. Copies of previous speaker handouts and in many cases audio recordings of their presentations are also available at the research library. For more information, call Doris Dragan at 598-1151.

The Whirlers will meet from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 in Clubhouse 4 for music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. The theme will be Vacation Tee Shirt. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will alternate from 7-9 p.m. The potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. after the dancing. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Parties are $6. For more information, call 237-2682.
Square and round dancing are called and cued all over the world in English, so no matter where people travel, they can dance.
The Cypress Twirlers have announced that the group will disband after their 58th anniversary dance in February. The Twirlers dance on the second Friday of each month at Cedarbrook in Garden Grove. For more information or to volunteer to help run the club, call Tom Kitchens at (714) 840-1750.

“The Tavern,” a revival of the comedy by George M. Cohan, now playing at Shakespeare Orange County at the Garden Grove Festival Amphitheatre, 12740 Main Street, Garden Grove, through Aug. 23, (714) 590-1575,; ticket prices: $25. Running time: 2 hours.

by Larry Blake
for the Golden Rain News

At the beginning of the 20th century, one of the most prolific theater writers was George M. Cohan.
Today he is mostly remembered for songs that he wrote like “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Over There,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
Cohan’s rarely produced comedy, “The Tavern,” is now being presented in a charming production at Shakespeare Orange County.
The play takes place in colonial times and is set in a roadside tavern. The wind is howling, and several people take refuge from the storm in the tavern run by Freeman (Craig Brown), his son Zach (Connor Dugard), and a hired young girl, Sally (Mikki Pagdonsolan).
The first stranger to arrive is known only as the vagabond (Bo Foxworth). The vagabond proves himself to be a mischievous fellow, delighting in the events that enfold. His charm radiates more and more as the evening progresses.
A woman is discovered in the wood shed. She is Violet (Dianne Manaster), who has a mysterious past. She was on her way to the capital to seek an audience with the governor but got lost. Why she needs to see the governor is kept secret.
The mystery deepens with the arrival of the governor (Gene Godwin) himself, along with his daughter Virginia (Monique Marie Gelineau), and her fiancé, Tom (Morgan Lauff).
Everyone is suspicious of each other until the sheriff (Michael Drace Fountain) arrives, and all is settled. A final twist to the identity of the vagabond is revealed, and the audience leaves the theater in smiles.
This production gives a glimpse into the genius of George M. Cohan. A period piece for sure, it reflects the morals of the time it was written, 1920.
It surprised me with its relevancy to today, almost 100 years later. The production at Shakespeare Orange County is led by Bo Foxworth as the vagabond. Foxworth skips across the stage with the grace of a feather floating in the air and seems to have a constant twinkle in his eye. This is one of the most memorable of performances I have observed so far this year.
This is the second production at Shakespeare Orange County under the new artistic director, John Walcutt.Walcutt is putting the company in a delightful direction. For a pleasant evening, check out “The Tavern.” George M. Cohan is no doubt smiling at it all from above.

SATURDAY AMPHITHEATER SHOW—The South Bay Dixieland Jazz Band will celebrate 10 years with a show on the Amphitheater stage at 8 p.m. on Aug. 30. Singer Tommy Williams and the Swing Fix dancers (pnhoto above) will be featured. The show is sponsored by the Leisure World Dixieland Jazz Club. All residents and guests are welcome to attend. For more information about the band, log on to

The following is a partial list of dance classes and venues available weekly in Leisure World:
• Leisure World Cloggers holds classes Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. for advanced and intermediate students and at 10:30 a.m. for beginners on the Amphitheater stage. All are welcome. For more information, call Betty Currie at 598-9974.
• Dancing Feet Club will host a ballroom and line dance on Sept. 12 at Clubhouse 4. Dance lesson begins at 6 p.m., followed by music for ballroom and line dancing until 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes dance lesson, light snacks and bottled water. People are welcome to bring beverages. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.
• International Folk Dance
meets at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Learn easy line and circle dances from around the world. Beginners are welcome.
• Leisure Time Dancers offers a big band swing class at 2 p.m. on Mondays, followed by salsa/mambo at 3 in Clubhouse 6. For more information, call 434-6334.
• Saturday Morning Dance Club has classes taught by Candi Davis at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. Learn the waltz 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.
• Kang Nam line dance class is taught by Young Ah Ko from 9-10:30 a.m. on Mondays, followed by a Korean folk dance class taught by Grace Lee from 11 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 2. No experience is necessary. All are welcome. To sign up or for more information, call Philip Bak, 431-0321.
• Line Dance, novice beginners, meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6; beginners meet at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays in Clubhouse 1; and advanced beginners meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6. All are welcome; $3 per class. Barbara Magie is the instructor.
• The Grapevine Line Dance Club meets from 2-5 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Newcomers, beginners and dancers who need practice are invited to come early. Beginning classes are from 2-3 p.m. and intermediate dance are from 4-5. New dances will be taught from 3-4. Classes are free. For more information, call Jack or Aranee Carrigan, 596-8273.
• Beginning Tap Dance class is at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on the Amphitheater stage. Leeta Kesler, who is trained in classical ballet, tap and jazz, leads the tap practice of beginning steps. For more information, call 493-3497.

HUI O HULA dancers took the people at the Los Alamitos Community Center island-hopping around Hawai’i Aug. 14. Dancers performed hula requested by the audience. Thanks to first Vice President Phyllis Pierce (fifth from l) for the invitation to entertain and to good sport Julia Bulla (middle) for wearing such a cute costume for the Senior Club luau. Seniors are welcome every Thursday for activities such as bingo and crafts. Julia, who dresses to the nines every week, will be there. Call 252-9676 or email for LW hula class information and the Hui O Hula Club entertainment schedule.

The Leisure World Theater Club’s production of “The Good Old Days” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 in Clubhouse 2. Doors will open at 6:15.
Admission is free, and there will be a 50/50 drawing. Bring beverages and snacks.
Shirleen and Joseph Chavez will recreate a skit, “Park Bench,” from television’s “Laugh-In.”
In other Theater Club news, there will be a general membership meeting in the loft at 10 a.m. on Aug. 22.

The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc. will meet on Aug. 22. The social hour starts at 10 a.m., with the meeting and program at 11.
The topic is “Falling Leaves” a design by Genny Morrow taught by Jan Heiistermann.
The club meets at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., Long Beach, 90807. The church is at the corner of Orange Avenue and Bixby Road. For more information, call (714) 345-2338.

TERRY OTTE & ABILENE, a local country-rock band, will perform a free concert/dance at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23 in Clubhouse 2. It will be set up with tables and chairs. Bring beverages and snacks. Dancing is allowed. The band plays on the fourth Saturday of the month.