Hui O Hula is LW’s Hawaiian dance group. Anyone can have fun dancing the hula. A new session for those who just want to sway to Hawaiian music and have a gentle workout will start in January, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The club hopes this healthy and fun way to start the New Year will help promote better balance and grace through hula dancing. All—including men—are welcome at no charge. For class information or to book a hula performance, email or call 252-9676.

The hula club will host a Christmas party on Dec. 19 in Clubhouse 2. Everyone is invited.

“Mr. Hank” Barto will start the holiday entertainment program on the piano.

Other entertainment will include a Christmas hula performance, dance performances, skits and singing.

The live band “Hana Hou,” featuring the hui’s good friends Carrie Kumabe and Diana Pemstein from Barefoot Wahines, will be playing music as well. Everyone is welcome. BYOB and food.

Doors open at 5:45, first come, first seated.

A table for eight or more can be reserved in advance by calling Kaye Huff at 431-2242.

—Jojo Weingart



The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

The Jim Gilman Band will play Dec. 7.



The Lapidary Christmas party will be held Dec. 9 in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Meet at 11:30 for socializing. Lunch will served at noon. Members are asked to buy tickets in advance from Nelson Melville on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. A correct count is needed so the caterer prepares enough food.

The deadline to purchase tickets is today. The cost is $9 per person for members and their guests. People who are not in the Lapidary Club are welcome to attend; tickets will be $12.50 per person.

—Rod Carpenter



Due to holiday printing deadlines, editorial submissions for the Dec. 26 issue of the Golden Rain News must be in by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18. The classified advertising deadline is 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20.

The editorial deadline for the Jan. 2 edition is 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26.The classified advertising deadline is 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27.



Due to holiday printing deadlines, editorial submissions for the Dec. 26 issue of the Golden Rain News must be in by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18. The classified advertising deadline is 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20.

The editorial deadline for the Jan. 2 edition is 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26.The classified advertising deadline is 2:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27.



The Coin Club’s annual holiday lunch will be held at 1 p.m., Dec. 11, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Members in good standing dine free. Guests are $10. Members and guests are admitted by ticket only. Reservations are required. Come and enjoy an Italian lunch.

People who have not reserved a place at the holiday table should call Frank and Martha Destra at 431-6368 by Dec. 6.

This year’s meal includes salad, lasagna with meat balls and spumoni ice cream for dessert. Coffee will be provided, but guests may bring their own beverages. People who need a special vegetarian or diabetic diet should let the club know in advance. Seating is by reservation only.

—Dennis Nesteby



The Grapevine Line Dance Club meets from 6:30-8 p.m., Thursdays, in Clubhouse 6, Room 1. There will be no classes Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

The dances are high beginner/easy intermediate. Newcomers should come early. The group starts with easy instruction and finishes with more challenging dances. Classes are free. Regular participation helps people master routines. For more information, call 596-8273.

—Aranee Carrigan



The Coin Club will host bingo tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2,  at 6 p.m. Bingo is held on the first Friday of each month. All LW residents are welcome. There are no dues.

There will be a 50/50 cash raffle; tickets, $1 each. The prize will be split with one half going to the winner and one half going to the club. There will be two games with special prizes.

For more information, call James Dean, 296-5171.

—James Dean



The Leisure Time Dancers meet Mondays for ballroom dance classes in Clubhouse 6. Jeremy Pierson is filling in for Richard Sharrard for this series of classes.

The first class is big band swing starting at 2 p.m. and country/Texas two-step starts at 3. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. Cost is $5 for one hour; $9 for two hours. For more information, call Jeremy at (909) 996-7713.

—Richard Sharrard



by Ellen Brannigan

LW contributor


The Theater Club will hold a holiday party and potluck dinner at 5 p.m., today, Dec. 5, in Clubhouse 4. Entertainment will be provided by club members. See the Playbill for further information.

Members whose last names start with A-G should bring desserts; H-S, salads, or side dishes; and T-Z, main dishes. This will be the club’s last party of the year.

Hosts are Sandy Post, Anita Ragole, Shirley Rinaldi, Jeanne Ryan and Toby Richman. Shirley Duckworth is the kitchen manager.

The new officers for the club are Taylor White, president; Diane Burnett, first vice president; Bill Kuss, second vice president; Lil Loring, secretary; and Sam Jones, treasurer.

The ballots were printed, distributed, voted, collected and counted by the nominating committee comprised of Phil Vlaic, chair, and Chuck Burnett, Tillie Stiehr and Bob Slater.

Thanks to the outgoing officers.



Leisure World residents are welcome to submit reviews of their favorite restaurants. Include your name and mutual and telephone numbers. Make sure the restaurant’s full name, telephone number, address and operating hours are provided. People may submit takeout menus with the information. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows.


Glory Days

620 Pacific Coast Highway

Seal Beach, CA


Let this serve as a warning if you are tempted to go to the Glory Days restaurant in Seal Beach after reading Tim Grobaty’s column in the Nov. 21 issue of the Press-Telegram. Glory Days is in the old Finbar’s Italian Restaurant location on Pacific Coast Highway, but has no resemblance to that restaurant, as it was completely gutted and rebuilt. The owner even moved the front door to the side.

Our experience was terrible. The drink orders were taken right away, and my beer and my husband’s water were served fairly quickly. I had to ask two more times to get the water that I had ordered at the same time. There is no beer list—you have to depend on your server to see what is on tap. The server kept coming over to see if I needed more beer.

It took over 25 minutes for us to receive our food— two Dodger dogs that were listed on the menu as the “real” thing and served with the works, including a pickle and a bag of potato chips at $5.95 each and a half portion of fries, which was an extra $3. The dogs were served with nothing on them. We had to ask for all the condiments, which were brought to us in small plastic cups with no utensils for spreading.

The two tables next to us were having the same trouble getting their food, but the server was certainly pushing the drinks.

—Gene Yaffee



Candi Davis teaches dance classes at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 for the Saturday Morning Dance Club. In December, she will teach west coast swing from 9-10 and the bolero from 10-11.

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

—Gordon Flewell



On Dec. 9, the Leisure World Community Sing will convene at 6:30 in Clubhouse 1. Prospective amateurs need to sign in at 6 with the emcee, with two copies of sheet music. Carmen Edwards will lead group singing, starting at 7. Her half-time guest will be soloist Valentino Perry.

On Nov. 25, amateur time opened with Bob Smallwood, singing a John Denver song, “My Sweet Lady.” He was followed by Mark Barnett who sang “Love is Blue” while accompanying himself on guitar. Third to perform was Rick Dizon who sang “Still,” then Joe Sabroso did a rendition of “Besame Mucho.” Next came Tommy Williams who sang “This is the Moment.,” followed by Peter Innerbickler with “Come Back to Sorrento.”

Amateur time ended with Byong Choi singing “Santa Lucia.” Thanks to accompanist Carol Robinson and technical assistant, Ric Dizon.

Ellen Brannigan led an enthusiastic group of Leisure World singers in the old-time favorites.

At 7:15, she introduced her half-time guest, Pat Kojok. Pat did a very fine presentation that included “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” (from “My Fair Lady); “I Enjoy Being a Girl” (from Flower Drum Song”); a country song “Anytime” and “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings on Me.” Thanks to Anita Ragole for assisting Pat.

Ellen led an energetic wrap-up, and everyone joined her and Betty Ballen in singing “Kum ba Yah” to close a fun evening.

Thanks to Barbara McIlhaney, pianist; Joe Sabroso, book lender and stage manager; and Betty Ballen, emcee.

—Ethel Carter



Women of Note will have concerts Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 5450 East Atherton Street in Long Beach, 90815, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Atlantic at Seventh Street in Long Beach. 90813. Women of Note is a secular community vocal ensemble presenting vibrant programs free of charge to the public. Contact director Carla Strandberg at for more information. See the list of songs to be sung at



The Computer Club will not meet Tuesday, Dec. 10. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Computer Club classes will not be held Dec. 23. The next series of classes are scheduled for Jan. 20-31.

The Computer Club Lab will not be open on Mondays in December or on holidays when Golden Rain Foundation offices are closed.



“Surviving Christmas,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m., Dec. 8 in Clubhouse 4.

Facing the prospect of spending Christmas alone, a self-absorbed millionaire returns to his childhood home to recapture the magic of his past.

When he finds the house occupied by a new family, he offers them a tidy sum to pretend to be his kinfolk.

The film stars Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate and Catherine O’Hara.



Sunday Night Ballroom will have a dinner dance featuring the Goldentones band Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

The smallest band with the biggest sound, the Goldentones, under the direction of Carol Robinson, will be on stage playing holiday music and more. The band was formerly known as the No Name Band.

For reservations, call 596-2669 or 598-4056.

The theme is Christmas Around the World.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Dinner, $10, is served at 6, and dancing starts at 7.

People who want only to dance may arrive at 7.

There will be a Christmas sing-along, followed by favorite golden oldies for dancing.

The band is comprised of 10 talented musicians, including three acclaimed vocalists, Anita Ragole, Terry Humphrey and Carmen Edwards.

For reservations, call 598-4056 or 430-2531.

On Dec. 15, the Velvetones, a 19-piece big band under the direction of Carl Hatheway, will play. Lori Banta and Tommy Williams will provide vocals.

Reservations are required by calling 596-2669 or 598-4056 as soon as possible.

The club will not meet Dec. 22 and 29.

—Marge Archibald



Editor’s Note: This poetry feature will showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the first Monday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Fiction-Nonfiction Group meets on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.


Leisure World Holidays


Light poles striped like candy canes with a big red bow.

Lights twinkling on roof eaves spread a welcoming glow.


The Chorale will sing songs, sacred and dear,

Songs jolly and happy enjoyed every year.


Menorahs in windows with candles so bright

A new one is lighted for Hanukkah each night.


The Clubs all have parties with treats to enjoy,

Security Guards collections promise each child a toy.


Mail carriers bring packages and greeting cards galore,

When shopping it seems, the whole world is at the store.


The TV and radios quote endless bad news,

Computer blogs join in, with their critical views.


But neighbors greeting neighbors keep our spirits up high,

Sharing fruitcakes, candies and all kinds of pie.


So as Leisure World celebrates this season of caring,

Let’s be thankful for the spirit of the holidays we’re sharing.

—Phyllis Poper



Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed with trumpets, joyous choruses and thundering timpani Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. at Long Beach City College Auditorium, 4901 East Carson Street, in Long Beach. Artistic Director Rob Istad will lead the symphony orchestra, Long Beach Camerata Singers and acclaimed vocal soloists Linda Leyrer, soprano; Jane Shim, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Preston, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone. Tickets are $10-$40; for more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 522-1045. The concert will be followed by a free cookie reception.

The 80-voice Long Beach-based choir is the only professional ensemble to present this popular oratorio each year in Long Beach.

Composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and with the libretto by his friend Charles Jennens (1700-1773), the oratorio has continued to captivate audiences since its debut in 1742. When King George III of England heard the “Hallelujah” chorus, he stood in respect, and audiences adopted the tradition of standing whenever the “Hallelujah” chorus is sung. Today, “Messiah” is one of the best known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Handel’s “Messiah” is typically performed during the Christian advent season since strands of direct quotes from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible uniquely tell the story of Jesus Christ’s life and reflect on Jesus Christ as Messiah. The work is much like an opera in that it is divided into three acts. Part I begins with prophecies by Isaiah and others and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion of Christ and ends with the “Hallelujah” chorus. Part III covers the resurrection and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Long Beach Camerata Singers (LBCS) is a non-profit choir that has provided Long Beach residents with high-quality choral music for almost 50 years. Director Robert Istad is also director of choral studies at CSU Fullerton and assistant director of Pacific Chorale. The singers present eight concerts a year, including a fully-orchestrated performance of Handel’s Messiah and an annual Bach Festival. Repertoire encompasses a wide range of works from the Renaissance to the present.



The Genealogy Workshop will have a holiday luncheon on Dec. 10 from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. This is a change of date from Dec. 11. Members are $10; guests, $12. A traditional holiday meal will be served. There will be door prizes and entertainment.

The Genealogy Workshop will not meet in December. The Genealogy Library will be closed from Dec. 24-Jan. 7.

—Kay Fluharty



Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After featuring favorite Disney characters at the Long Beach Arena for 10 shows from Jan. 1-Jan. 5. The musical showcase stars royal contenders from the latest Disney film, “Brave,” and Sebastian and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and hooligans from “Tangled,” among other characters. Show times are Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 6 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 3, at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Get tickets, $22-$80, at TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. The box office is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.