Schmooze Club

RSVP for anniversary concert by Dec. 8

Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Schmooze Club will mark its 10th anniversary with a “Concert and Brunch Anniversary Celebration” in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at 10 a.m.

There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are required for brunch planning by Sunday, Dec. 8. Call Evelyn Glick, 598-2022, or Darlene Rose, 296-5140. Be sure to provide names of outside guests for entry at the Main Gate. Donations are gratefully accepted.

 The Israeli brunch at 10 a.m. is sponsored by Rabbi Shmuel Marcus and will be followed by a special 8th Day concert performed by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus. One of Jewish music’s hottest groups, 8th Day, has played hundreds of sold-out concerts while touring in Australia, Spain, Israel, Hong Kong and all over the United States. The fresh and unique sound is complimented by their catchy lyrics (mostly English with some Hebrew and Yiddish mixed in) and their spirited vocal harmonies. Their hit song, “Ya’alili” took the world by storm in 2011 and is still one the most popular songs in Jewish music today. The group has released four studio albums that get air play regularly on the radio in New York and Israel. 

 Fans and critics alike continue to be enthralled with the creativity and innovation of this one of a kind music group. Rabbi Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus have been long and cherished friends of the Schmooze Club. The club is honored and excited to have them perform for its 10th anniversary, and invite everyone who has attended the Schmooze Club during these years, as well as all interested Leisure Worlders and guests, to join members for this very special event.

—Darlene Rose



LW club donates money aid to Philippines victims

The Vietnamese-American Club of Leisure World and friends presented Ren Villanueva of the Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) $1,500 to help victims affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Many of the members had already donated to different organizations in the United States, but they still contributed to the LW effort.

A letter written by Debbie Deip Tran was sent to the FALW expressing the club members’ sorrow.

“We were deeply heartbroken by the devastating Haiyan Typhoon on Nov. 2, 2013, that passed through your nation, took away many lives, left immeasurable damages and affected millions of your people,” wrote Debbie.

“‘In union there is strength’(Aesop 620-560 BC), we jointly stand next to your people and share their pain. Please convey our expression of deepest sympathy and solidarity to the people of Philippines and our heartfelt prayers to the grieving families of the victims and all those affected by this calamity. May the Lord in His goodness protect all the people in the Philippines, and pour out his graces on your nation so that your country can soon be recovered.”


Sunshine Club

Members will gather at restaurant for lunch tomorrow

The next Sunshine Club meeting is tomorrow, Dec. 6, from 10-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.

Members will venture out for lunch, “dutch treat,” after the meeting. It will be an opportunity to get to know more about one another and to share things that there isn’t time for at the meetings.

Joyce Vlaic, president of Golden Age Foundation, was the guest speaker Nov. 22. She introduced her topic by asking questions about the GAF. One by one, members recalled pertinent facts, mentioning the names of the Foundation’s service programs. Joyce completed the narrative, adding details, and explaining what is required to maintain them.

The programs discussed included the Hospitality Center, Lifeline Service, Tax Return Assistance, Mobility Aid, Recycling Program, Flu Clinic, and Access Bus Service.

It was an eye-opening opportunity for members to discover the many ways the GAF works for the benefit of the community.

Joyce reminded members that nearly 200 volunteers are needed to continue the work of these programs. She extended an invitation to the Sunshine Club members to consider becoming active GAF volunteers. New volunteers are needed and are welcome. They find great satisfaction in assisting their friends and neighbors in these various ways and their service helps make Leisure World the wonderful place to live that it is.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Sunshine Club presented her with a donation check to the Golden Age Foundation, showing its appreciation for what GAF does for the LW shareholders’ benefit. Mrs. Vlaic was surprised when she found out that the contribution came from the Sunshine rummage sale held on Oct. 24.

Friday, Dec. 13, is the last meeting of the year. To celebrate the club will have a holiday potluck. A group photo will be taken to update the Sunshine Club’s annual program, which is used to promote the club and as a souvenir.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the potluck. Bring a main or side dish or a dessert to share with six-eight members. Call Anna Derby, 598-6796, and let her know how many will attend and what is being brought.

The Sunshine Club was established and designed to help all ethnic groups get along and have better communication with neighbors.

The Sunshine Club meets on Fridays, from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 8. Everyone is welcome to join. No membership is required. Refreshments will be provided. English is spoken in class. For more information, call Anna Derby, 598-6796.



Christmas party is Monday, CH3

Chapter RT of the PEO Sisterhood will gather Monday, Dec. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, for the Christmas party. Social time is 11:30 a.m.; lunch will be served at noon.

Entertainment will be Taylor White reading “The Christmas Carol.” Members will enjoy Carmen Edwards, with Carol Robinson on the piano, leading them in Christmas carols as they look forward to celebrating Christmas day. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Founder’s Day, Jan. 18, tickets are still available, but must be purchased from Eileen Dohl by Saturday, Dec. 14. Send $22, check or cash, to Eileen.

The Chapter is gathering funds for PEO’s Loving Concern Philanthropy, in honor of late member Jean McKenzie. This opportunity will be offered at the Christmas party or a gift may be mailed to Penny Rahming, checks made out to PEO TLC.

Monday, Jan. 13, will kick off the new year. The program will be “Knowledge from Nature.”

The P.E.O card and luncheon return on the fourth Wednesday of the month in January. All card players will be welcomed back on Jan. 22.


Yiddish Club

History of Hanukkah presented today

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet tonight, Dec. 5, at 7 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The topic will be “Hanukkah—The Feast of Dedication and the Struggle of the Maccabees for Freedom of Conscience.”

After new vocabulary words and proverbs in Yiddish are introduced, President Yakob Basner will present a lecture on the history of the holiday as a celebration of Jewish political courage and military prowess.

Stories and jokes connected with Hanukkah will be recited. Refreshments will be served.


Paws, Claws & Beaks

Annual holiday potluck is Dec. 11

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club will hold its annual holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 Room 3. It will be a potluck, and all Leisure World pet lovers are invited. Bring a dish to share, a special beverage if wanted and a gift for the white elephant exchange. The gift does not need to be animal-oriented or expensive. The club will also have a money tree and/or collect pet food for donations to pet charities.

At the November meeting, the club decided to make a large donation to CatPAWS.

Next year in May, the club will celebrate its fifth anniversary. At its Jan. 8 meeting the members will start planning for this auspicious occasion.

For more information, call Flo Dartt, 799-3841.


Nikkei Club

Members gather for lunch Dec. 12

The Nikkei Club will gather Thursday, Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Seafood Palace Restaurant, 6731 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, to kick off the holiday season.

Call Vic Kambe, 296-8237, for more information.



Bingo will be played Sunday

The Gadabouts will meet for bingo on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 1.

Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949, with questions.

—Phyllis Pierce


Britannia Club

Bring gift for charity to Dec. 12 meeting

At the Britannia Club’s October meeting the room was exceptionally decorated with striking displays of color in autumn leaves supplied by Beth Fuchs and golden centerpieces made by Marion Dodd. Generous members brought all kinds of apple and pumpkin baked treats. There was ice cream too.  Thanks to all who brought a canned food item for charity.

The meeting included the list of nominees for 2014 officers; a reminder to bring a useful unwrapped charitable gift to the Dec. 12 meeting; Marion’s reading about holiday foods around the world; and how names mean much different and funny things in England; and Letty Rush read an inspirational about things for which to be grateful.

Celebrating birthdays were Doris Dack, Connie Moore, Madge and Murphy. Belated wishes went to Marjorie Kimbrall for her October birthday. Doris Smith won the 50/50, and 10 members signed up for the Dec. 19 tea at Rancho Los Alamitos.    

Members munched and chatted, and Marion Dodd read aloud at random the notes of thanksgiving members dropped into the “hat,” which were lovely to hear and enjoyed by all.

—Shirley Rinaldi



Holiday party set

The Korean American Club will have its annual holiday party on Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. There will be entertainment and karaoke. Dinner will be served.

Non-members who would like to attend should call Suzanne Ahn, 594-6575, or Myung Lee, 881-5837.


Mutual 7

Potluck, bingo is planned Dec. 7

The Mutual 7 holiday potluck dinner and social is Saturday, Dec. 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

Wine, punch, snack and social is at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5.

Residents are asked to bring a ready-to-serve dish for eight-10 people with serving utensils. Salads, vegetables, main courses and desserts are suggested. Coffee and tea will be furnished. Residents should bring their own dinner beverage.

Mutual 7 bingo will be played after dinner. Bring unwrapped “white elephant” gifts for prizes.

Call Carol Rasmussen, 594-4139, for reservations.


Friendship Club

Computer/eBay classes taught

Computer classes hosted by the Friendship Club in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, are open to all Leisure Worlders and their guests.

A repeatable introduction to the personal computer (most versions) with Jeff Sacks will be conducted Monday, Dec. 9, from 9-10 a.m., followed by open computer questions about PCs and/or Macs from 10-11 a.m. Inquiries can be submitted in advance by calling Jeff Sacks, (714) 642-0122.

Maxine Smith conducts a separate question-and-answer forum, Let’s Talk eBay, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants do not need to attend the computer class to attend the eBay class. Max suggests bringing questions and if possible, an item to sell, or tell her something to buy. Many people come to her class for advice, etc. who are not beginners.

Wireless Internet is available in Clubhouse 3, so wireless laptops are welcome.

Light refreshments are served. The cost is $5 for one or both classes.

Call Jeff for more information about the classes.


PHOTO— HAPPY BIRTHDAY—LeRoy Caldwell, Mutual 12, celebrated his 97th birthday on Oct. 20 with his daughter, three granddaughters and a great-grandson at his granddaughter Erin’s new home. His son, his wife and three grandsons came later to celebrate.


PHOTO— BOOK SIGNING— Constance Dunn and Mark Weinmaster, Mutual 2, will be signing their new book “Bittersweet” at the Crema Cafe, 322 Main St., Seal Beach on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1-4 p.m. The book, a mystery, will be available for purchase.