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The Battleship IOWA will host a stirring Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at 9:48 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, culminating with a wreath being set adrift in the Los Angeles Harbor. The timing coincides with the moment (Pacific Time) the attack commenced on the U.S. Battle Fleet 72 years ago.

The ceremony will be held at the Pacific Battleship Center, USS IOWA BB-61, 250 South Harbor Blvd., San Pedro. The ceremony is free. Ship tours cost $18 for adults; $10, youth; and $15, senior citizens

At the ceremony, the national ensign will be lowered to half-mast, a bugler will sound taps, and “Aloha Oe” will be sung to render honors to the 2,403 Americans who lost their lives that day.

Two survivors of the attack will be recognized during the ceremony. Howard Bender was a yeoman aboard USS Maryland (BB 46) on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941. Jack Hammett was serving as a hospital corpsman in the naval hospital across the channel from Battleship Row. Both Navy veterans went on to serve in the Pacific throughout World War II. Hammett and Bender will be available for interviews until 1 p.m. in IOWA’s wardroom.

“Battleship IOWA is Southern California’s most immediate connection to the U.S. Navy’s heroic role in World War II,” said Jonathan Williams, president and chief operating officer of the Pacific Battleship Center. “This ship fought in the Pacific, and her decks are the ideal place to commemorate those who survived the Pearl Harbor attack—and to honor those who served aboard the ship during the war.”

For more than two decades San Pedro Harbor was the home port for many of the ships attacked on Dec. 7, including the battleships California, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

The Arizona arrived at the San Pedro Battle Fleet anchorage in 1921, where she remained until April 1940. Arizona and the bulk of the fleet were ordered to Pearl Harbor when tensions between the U.S. and Japan heightened.

Dave Way, curator of the Pacific Battleship Center, reflected on the local tie: “Many sailors who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor were part of the San Pedro community fabric,” Way said. “Battleship sailors enjoyed liberty on San Pedro streets after long deployments, cheered for their shipmates during fleet competitions at Trona Field, and met girls for sodas along Sixth Street.”

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Arizona exploded and sank with a loss of 1,177 men—211 of whom called California home.

Battleship IOWA’s museum has opened a temporary exhibit featuring Pearl Harbor artifacts, photos from the attack and other items.

This event is part of IOWA Remembers, the annual series of events and ceremonies presented by the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) aboard Battleship IOWA. This series advances PBC’s mission to “Celebrates the American Spirit” by commemorating national, military and naval dates of importance. Visit for more information about this series, Battleship IOWA and the Pacific Battleship Center.

Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-5-p.m.




Food Finders is a multi-regional food bank and food rescue program headquartered in Signal Hill. Volunteers pick up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distribute it directly to missions, shelters and social service agencies to feed the needy and impoverished.

On average, Food Finders helps provide enough food for 39,000 meals a day, reducing food waste throughout Southern California.

Leisure World residents can support Food Finders by registering Ralph’s Rewards cards to benefit the non-profit agency (NPO #83233). The store will automatically set aside a small percentage of grocery receipts for Food Finders. Come to The News Office to get a copy of the Ralph’s Community Contribution scanbar letter to register for the deduction, which is based on shopping dollars. There is no cost to the customer.

People will have to re-register every 12 months by asking their Ralph’s cashier or go online at



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.

Late submissions cannot be accommodated.



The Leisure World swimming pool and hot pool will be closed for annual maintenance starting Monday, Dec. 9.

The facility is expected to reopen Saturday, Dec. 21.

Updates will be provided.

—Terry DeLeon,

GRF recreation supervisor



Reconstruction of the east half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge is well under way.

Pile driving activity will resume the week of Dec. 9 and continue intermittently for the next two months.

The pile driving rig for the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector was recently relocated to the center median of the I-405 freeway, west of Valley View Street. Pile driving will begin at 7 a.m. Pile driving activity also will continue this week in the center of the I-405 and I-605 freeways for the new 7th Street/eastbound SR-22 to northbound I-605 connector. Pile driving throughout the project corridor is typically conducted weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., although based on the operation, some work may fall outside of this timeframe.

In other construction news, portions of the southbound I-405 freeway are closed nightly through Friday, Dec. 6.

For more detailed information, including closure times and recommended detour routes, visit The project will connect the northbound I-405 carpool lane to the carpool lane on the northbound I-605, among other improvements.

In other construction, a median reconstruction project on Valley View Street (between Lampson and Chapman Avenues) is under way in Garden Grove. Lanes will be reduced on Valley View street as part of this project.



HAPPY HOLIDAYS—The holiday season is in full swing. This Santa adorns the doorway of a unit at Mutual 7’s Building 164, 1260 Northwood Road. Leisure World residents are welcome to highlight excellent exterior holiday decorations by sending in a brief description with mutual and unit numbers. The News will print the addresses each week, so people can enjoy the festive season. A select number of holiday photos will be printed in the Dec. 19 edition. People may email address information to Send high resolution JPGs to the same address for possible publication, space permitting.



LB COMMUNITY BAND: The Long Beach Community Band will bring a program of holiday music to Clubhouse 2 from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11. All are welcome to the free event.


CARPORT LOCKERS WANTED: The Y Service Club is in need of carport lockers to store donated rummage items for its semi-annual rummage sales. If you have one available, call Jim

Mueller, 493-3801, or Gordon Geddes, 799-9627.


COATS NEEDED: Margaret Majsa of Mutual 4 is seeking donations of coats and winter jackets for teens who have been aged out of the foster care system and are in transition programs. Call Margaret, 493-2901, for a pick up, or drop off donations at 48-F, Mutual 4.


POKER TOURNAMENT: The Leisure World Series of Poker Tournament will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Hawaiian Gardens Casino. The tournament is open to Leisure World residents, Laguna Woods Village residents, and friends and family. Cost is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. A full buffet breakfast is included; $1,200 in cash prizes. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Cards are in the air at 9. Call Cleo Looney at 342-9400 to buy tickets in advance.


SB PARADE: The 35th annual Seal Beach Christmas Parade will usher in the holidays with bands, floats, lots of kids and Santa. This year’s theme is Surf, Sand and Santa. The parade is Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. It will start at Ocean Avenue and Main Street, meandering down Main to Pacific Coast Highway.


EMERGENCY KITS FOR SALE: Seal Beach police volunteers have emergency kits for sale as a fund raiser through Dec. 15. To get one, call Sylvia Klebe of Mutual 3 at 260-8918 or visit the police facility at the Seal Beach Pier. Kits can be delivered.