Two-week educational tour planned

Join Osher Lifelong Learning Institute(OLLI) instructor Ladd Terry on a tour of Ireland, July 5-19.

The retired college professor led six tours of England and Ireland through the Study Abroad Programs at Orange Coast College and Long Beach City College. Currently he teaches OLLI classes in Leisure World and at Long Beach State University.

The two-week tour in July is unique in that participants live with Irish families during their stay, immersing themselves in Irish culture and history.

The tour costs approximately $3,500, which includes air fare, room and board, entry to all venues, a theatrical play, a two-week bus and rail pass.

Some of the more provocative moments participants experience are such historic sites as St. Michan’s 11th century Viking parish church whose catacombs beneath the church include the familial remains of Bram Stoker (author of “Dracula”); a bell ringing lesson high up in the belfry of Christ Church Cathedral; an examination of the 8th century Book of Kells at Trinity College; a walk through the 5,000-year- old burial mound of Newgrange; and exploring the 6th century monastic site of Glendaloch and the gardens of Powerscourt in the Wicklow mountains.

After a day of touring participants may choose to enjoy the warm hearth of a rural pub with lilting strains of traditional Irish music fiddled with joyous and welcome abandon.

For more information, contact Dr. Terry at or 439-4808 or Festival Travel/Robert White at (714) 221-6381.



Printing Museum

Trip planned to holiday program

The Leisure World Garden Club will escort its last tour of the year to the International Printing Museum in Torrance on Dec. 14.

The museum will present a special holiday program, “The Dickens Tale.” Holiday carolers will sing favorite holiday songs throughout the day.

Participants will have an opportunity to make a greeting card on an old world press. There will be time to stroll though the museum and view all the old printing presses.

The tour includes a full lunch, bus transportation and the show. The cost is $40. Half the tickets are sold, so make reservations now by calling Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346.

—Gail Levitt


Young Americans

Get tickets now to holiday show

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

What a way to kick off the holiday season.

The cost is $65, include bus, driver’s gratuity and admission. Residents who took this trip in the past 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.


On the Go

The Gamble House, Pasadena—Tuesday, Nov. 26, $40, LBCC Senior Center, 938-3048.

Thanksgiving Brunch – Thursday, Nov. 28, $109, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Masters of Harmony, Carpenters Center — Nov. 30, $20, Jim Clement, 682-1747.

Five Crowns Restaurant/Roger’s Gardens—Monday, Dec. 2, $68 with dinner, LBCC Senior Center, 938-3048.

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.

Mission Inn Christmas—Dec. 17, $79 includes dinner, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

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.

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

Laughlin, Riverside Christmas Party— Dec. 8-11, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

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.


Traveling Tigers

Members take road trip to International Balloon Fiesta

by Joanna Matos

LW contributor

Up, up and away was the mind set of 13 Traveling Tigers as they recently motored for two days to the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M.

The group had a 4:30 a.m. departure to Fiesta Park and the Ascension Field. The morning temperature was 27 degrees, which kept everyone moving despite wearing cold weather gear.

Hot chocolate, coffee and legendary breakfast burritos were served in their private Chasers Club tent, which was a comforting haven.

At 7 a.m., the green flag on the Ascension Field indicated perfect weather. With winds less than five miles per hour, the balloons, aka envelopes, were laid out, unfolded and tethered ropes attached. Two burners and two stainless steel propane tanks were placed in the riding basket, then the moment arrived when the roar of the gas was aimed inside the envelope.

The striped shirt Fiesta launch directors, also known as Zebras, instructed the “right of way ascension and safety rules,” then gave hand signals to the owners to board their baskets. The land crew unhooked the tether lines and the massive balloons floated gently up, up and away.

The Traveling Tigers learned that the calm air of sunrise is ideal for flying. They walked on the field among the balloons and watched up close the procedure of the ascension. Shouts of excitement, cheering and applause followed every balloon on its way up. It was a photographer’s delight.

By 10:30 a.m. some balloonists landed while some floated miles away.

Albuquerque has a law that during Fiesta days, a balloon can land anywhere in the city if it can come down safely. The balloon team, called “chasers,” drives to the landing site and packs up.

There were 550 balloons from the U.S. and 19 countries registered to fly during the nine-day event.

After returning to their hotel for a mid-day rest period, Friendly Excursions motored them back to the Chasers Club tent for a catered dinner, live band entertainment and colossal fireworks.

The highlight came when the massive balloons, tethered to the ground, row after row, fired up their burners and lit up at the same time for about two hours. It was perhaps the most spectacular single moment at the Balloon Fiesta.

The Traveling Tigers agreed “that they could now cross this experience off their bucket list.”


Photo HOT AIR from propane burners fills the balloons and lifts them to an upright position. Joanna Matos photo



Trip set to see holiday lights

at Mission Inn

The New York Club, in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Seniors Club, will escort a holiday trip to the Mission Inn in Riverside for a docent-led tour of the historic inn decked out in its holiday finest on Dec. 17.

The trip, $79, includes dinner at Black Angus with the choice of four entrees.

The bus departs from Clubhouse 4 at 1:45 p.m. and returns around 9 p.m.

For more information and reservations, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.


Around Town

• Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy, Weekends: Nov. 23 - Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Experience unique artwork by 175 artists, live holiday entertainment, outdoor cafes, art classes and demonstrations, petting zoo, Santa and much more. The Winter Fantasy offers amazing art gifts, thousands of holiday decorations and picture-perfect moments.

• Victorian Christmas Heritage Hill Historical Park, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Come and see the park’s buildings decorated for the holidays and enjoy holiday entertainment, children’s crafts, historical exhibits, and visits with Santa. Admission is $3 for children (3-12) and $4 for adults.

• Rancho Los Alamitos Holiday Open House and Tour, Thursday, Dec. 12, and Friday, Dec. 13, 4-8 p.m. with carolers from 5-8 each evening. Enjoy the beautifully decorated ranch house and complimentary holiday treats. Evening tours feature seasonal music under the eaves of the Horse Barn. Free admission. Call the Rancho, 431-3541, or email, for parking required reservations. The decorated ranch house will be open for regular tours

Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 18-21, from 1-5 p.m.

• Heritage Hill Historical Park Candlelight Walk, Dec. 14-15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Experience an enchanted evening with luminaria-lit paths, historical buildings aglow with holiday lights and period decorations. There will be performers in each building along with strolling carolers and visits with Santa. Food will be for sale at the event. Admission is $3 for children (3-12) and $4 for adults.