Seasoned LW travelers visited new locale

Recently, residents Sandra deDubovay and Joe DiDonato returned from a 16-day cruise on the Carnival Legend visiting eight ports while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

They flew direct from LAX to London Heathrow. From there they got a shuttle bus to the port of Dover, England.

They made port in Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; Greenock, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Qaqortoq, Greenland; St. Johns, Canada; and ended in New York Harbor.

Being seasoned travelers the only new destination for them was Greenland.

Due to great weather and calm seas Carnival gave the passengers a bonus by deviating from the itinerary and navigating through Prince Christian Sound in Greenland. It was a magical day of sailing. This stunning fjord separates the mainland from Christian IV Island and other islands near the southernmost tip of Greenland. It is around 60 miles long and very narrow.

The Sound offers beautiful scenery with steep mountains and glaciers going straight into the water, creating icebergs. It was a marvelous experience.

Aappilattoq is the only settlement along the sound. It is the most northern post office in the world. The ship anchored nearby this settlement. Carnival gave everyone a complimentary postcard to write and then all the postcards were taken to the post office via the ship’s tender to be mailed. Carnival picked up the tab for all the postage. Everyone appreciated the thoughtful extra perk.

The next day they arrived at Qaqortoq, Greenland. Greenland is the largest island in the world with a population of about 56,840, of which 89-percent are Inuits. Greenland is located between the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. It is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. Its capital is Nuuk. Greenlandic is the official language. The currency is the Danish Krona. Three-fourths of the land is covered by the only contemporary ice sheet outside of Antarctica. It is the least densely populated country in the world, and has the fewest numbers of tourists visiting annually. All the towns are situated long the ice free coast, and there are no roads between cities.

There was no dock for a large cruise ship so everyone had to tender. Qaqortoq has little over 3,000 residents, so if all 2,100 passengers and 900 crew members went ashore it would double in size. It was a surprisingly warm picture-perfect day. There are some paved roads,but only four taxis in the entire town.

All the buildings are painted in colorful reds, greens, blues, etc. Because it is so small, there were no shore excursions available.

The passengers strolled, shopped and were thrilled to be there, because for 99 percent of them, this was a new country destination.

There were various presentations available at different times. For instance, the local choir sang every half hour at the main church and native songs were sung at the local square.

What is one of the most important things for the women to do? Shop. There was only one smallish gift shop selling souvenir t-shirts and trinkets. Everyone wanted to buy something to bring home. It was wall-to-wall people grabbing stuff, quite humorous. There were only three clerks, and it took a minimum of 30 minutes to get to the counter to check out.

Naturally, Sandra was in the fray and happily bought her souvenirs, no matter how frantic it was.

After shopping, walking around viewing interesting spots, taking pictures and going to the local presentations Sandra and Joe took the tender back to the ship.

This port made the entire trip memorable.

The sea days were relaxing and enjoyable with many varied activities. The food and entertainment were very good. The captain was Giuseppe Donato. “Giuseppe” is Joseph in Italian. So at the Captain’s Party, Joe kidded the captain that maybe somewhere in their family tree they were related.

Too soon it seemed they were docking in New York City and flying home.

It was another wonderful cruise for them to put in their memory bank.


Traveling Tigers

New officers installed at potluck

The Traveling Tigers Club will celebrate the end of its 33rd year with a holiday potluck meeting on Dec. 18 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

After business is completed, members will have a holiday white elephant gift exchange. A jolly old man in a red suit will preside over the festivities. 

Installation Chair Chuck Sones will conduct an installation of 12 new volunteers for 2014.

New officers for 2014 are Carolyn Boodman, president and publicity; Jean Muenzer, vice president; Glenna Hoff, secretary; Mickey Keswick, treasurer; Vic Armstrong, picnic chair; Chuck Sones, chaplain; Joanna Matos, trip coordinator; Gene Cooper, coffee hospitality; Honey Holland, sunshine chairperson; Janet Milligan, potluck clean-up; Vi Cooper, Internet chair and kitchen set-up; and Joyce Crockett, phone chair.

— Carolyn Boodman


Young Americans

Holiday spirit rings out at show

Children A Priority is sponsoring a trip to see the Young Americans Christmas Show at the La Mirada Theater on Friday, Dec. 13.

The cost is $65, include bus, driver’s gratuity and admission. Residents who have taken this trip say that it is a grand program and wonderful way to ring in the holiday season.

For reservations and more information, call Juanita Townsend, 431-4026.

The proceeds benefit children’s charities of Southern California.



Gondola Getaway/Big Red Bus Holiday Lights Tour —Tuesday, Dec. 10, Thursday, Dec. 12, $44, LBCC Senior Center, 938-3048.

Young Americans, La Mirada Theater —Dec. 13, $65, Children A Priority, Juanita Townsend, 431-4026.

International Printing Museum—Saturday, Dec. 14, $40, includes box lunch, Garden Club, Dee Neri, 431-5889.

Newport Harbor Lights Cruise – Wednesday, Dec. 18, $94, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Huntington Harbour Lights Cruise – Sunday, Dec. 22, $89, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Pauma Casino — Jan. 8, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Pala Casino— Friday, Jan. 17, $6, American Legion, Tony Dodero, 430-5828, or (714) 357-8196.

Rubel Castle, Glendora —Tuesday, Feb. 4, $42, LBCC Senior Center, 938-3048.

Valentine Special, L.A. Flower Mart—Thursday, Feb. 6, $32, LBCC Senior Center, 938-3048.

Carlsbad Flower Fields— March 19, $72 includes lunch at Hunter’s Steakhouse, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Fabulous Palm Springs Follies— Thursday, April 10, 2014, $75, Social Club 17, David Zimmerman, 594-7457, or Cathy Gassman, 596-4014.

Santa Barbara— March 19, $72 includes lunch at Enterprise Fish Co., New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Harrah’s Rincon — Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457.

Pala Casino — Thursdays, free, $5 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., reservations needed, (714) 283-8687.

Pechanga Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579.

Valley View Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 7:45 a.m., $6, $15 back in slots.


Overnight Trips

Quartsite, Ariz, Blue Water Resort— Jan. 21-23, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Yellowstone & Tetons in Winter – Jan. 25-30, David Nell andGood Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Coastal “Safari” By Rail – Feb. 5-8, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Palm Springs, Follies, Aerial Tramway — Feb., 11-12, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Wonder Valley Ranch — March 5-8, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Western U.S. and Canada— May 12-24, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.



Christmas party potluck is on Dec. 17

The Leisure World RV Club’s November campout at Tucalota Springs was fun. The campers began, as usual, at the El Dorado Golf Club restaurant for breakfast before heading out.

On the way out Don and Pat Chovanec pulled their rig out of the caravan figuring they would just catch up sooner or later.

After stopping for a few minutes they never saw the other rigs again until they arrived at the campground. They programed the address into their GPS system and were not too worried, however, when they arrived not one of the group was there. It turns out the GPS found a faster way to get there. The group arrived soon after and the members got down to some camping fun time.

Several had made a camping trek just two weeks before to the “Dixieland By The Sea” Jazz Festival in Pismo Beach, so it was good to be together again.

Tucalota Springs has a number of attractions, including a small “catch and release” fishing pond and a small “zoo” with several exotic birds featured. It is also close to a number of Temecula wineries.

Another feature is the ability to have a fire in the fire pits provided at each site. Members visited, ate and played games all weekend. A nice campfire rounded out the evenings.

The RV Club elected the 2014 board at its general meeting.

Trip Chairman Bob Kornier announced that he would have a new schedule of campouts ready by January, so members can begin planning their camping year. Bob also spoke about the popular New Year’s campout and the five-day campout to Quartzite, Ariz. in January. More information is available at the RV Lot Office.

President Bob Croft reminded everyone of the club potluck Christmas party on Dec. 17 in Clubhouse 4, and invited all members to attend.

PHOTO—LWRVC campers enjoyed a weekend at Tucalota Springs near Hemet.



Around Town

• Trees in Alamitos Bay are in place and at aglow each evening throughout the entire holiday season. Over 70 multi-colored and white trees celebrate the essence of the season with their stunning reflections across the water.

• The 35th annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade ushers in the holidays with bands, floats, lots of kids and Santa. This year’s theme is “Surf, Sand and Santa.” The parade runs down Main Street from Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway in Old Town Seal Beach, Friday, Dec. 6, from 7-8:30 p.m.

• The 31st Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade, steps off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is “Christmas by the Sea” and coincides with Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day opening up the theme to military and patriotism. More than 100 entries, including several floats and entries representing various military branches, floats, marching bands, drill teams and government officials will travel down one side of Second Street, make a u-turn at Bayshore Drive and head up the other side of the street to the beginning at Livingston Drive. Former Councilman Gary DeLong is the grand marshal.

• Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights is in its 51st year. Enjoy a narrated boat tour, Dec. 14-15, 18-23, through Huntington Harbour and see the thousands of lights and animated displays on brightly decorated homes, docks, decks and boats. The proceeds from the boat tours support youth music programs for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Tickets, $17 for adults, $10 for children, 2-12, are available by phone, (714) 840-7542; online at; or in person at 16889 Algonquin St., Huntington Beach, Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)



Enjoy Victorian Christmas event

The Leisure World Garden Club will escort a tour to the International Printing Museum in Torrance on Dec. 14 for a special Victorian Christmas program, “The Dickens Tale.” “Charles Dickens” will retell the “Christmas Carole” as Scrooge, while randomly using the audience as cast members.

The museum’s galleries are transformed into Fezziwig’s Warehouse with special presentations, tours, carolers, music, and the chance to print special Victorian cards on antique presses from the 1850s.

Characters from various Dickens novels, including the nefarious Fagin, the mad Miss Havisham and the dreamer Mr. Micawber, will be there.

There will be time to stroll though the museum and view all the old printing presses.

The tour includes a festive lunch of an English banger, gingerbread and punch, bus transportation and the show. The cost is $40. Make reservations by calling Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346.



No December trip

Due to the holidays, the New York Club’s will not escort a day-trip to Pauma Casino in December.

The next trip is set for Jan. 8. The cost of the trip is $15, with $10 cash returned in the machine.

For reservations and information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.


—Gail Levitt


PHOTO— LOOKOUT— This beautiful hawk was harassed by crows as he perched on the top of a Star Pine in Mutual 12 on Dec. 1.



Senior tickets available for


The Long Beach Camerata Singers and Symphony Orchestra ring in the holidays with an annual tradition of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3:30 p.m.

Radiant trumpets, joyous choruses and thundering timpani will make audiences of all ages want to sing, “Hallelujah!”

The New York Club has $10 senior tickets to the production at the Long Beach City College Auditorium, 4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach. Transportation is not included.

The production includes a full 80-piece orchestra.

Complimentary refreshments will be served after the performance.

For tickets, contact Jan Howser, 426-5343.