We welcome you to join us in on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 7pm via Zoom to discuss the book “The Premonition” by Michael Lewis. This is an open event for the residents & their guests who would like to join us.
“For those who could read between the lines, the censored news out of China was terrifying. But the president insisted there was nothing to worry about. Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis’s taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19. The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected.
A thirteen-year-old girl’s science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm’s-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu…everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work. Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.”
Sound interesting? If so, start reading and join us on Jan 19th at 7pm via Zoom. We hope to see you there!
This year we are honoring the legacies of Steve Kuykendall and Paul Kennard, two gentlemen who were amongst the first residents of West Ocean. Their dedication to our community helped build the West Ocean Association we have today.
Steve Kuykendall was the West Ocean Board Treasurer for 10 ½ years. As a proud veteran, Steve was a founding board member of Fisher House Southern California Inc. which provides free, temporary lodging for veterans and their military families while a loved one is in the hospital. Under Steve’s leadership and determination the Fisher House VA-Long Beach was built. Like other Fisher House locations this house is a “home away from home”.
To help make this house truly a “home away from home” we are asking for donations of $25 gift cards. These gift cards will help Fisher House VA-Long Beach buy things they need and provide opportunities for their guests to get out and take a break.
Paul Kennard was a co-founder of our West Ocean Book Club which started in 2010. His love for books and reading was palpable and he shared it beyond our community. As a Long Beach Rotary Club member Paul was a major force in the Reading by Nine program which provides funding and children’s books to Long Beach area schools, libraries, childcare centers, nonprofits, and other literary organizations that promote reading and literacy. While wearing his Dr. Seuss hat, Paul loved reading his favorite book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” by Dr. Seuss, to kids.
What was your favorite book to read when you were in elementary school, or what book do you like to read to young kids? Help us honor Paul’s legacy by donating that book.
On the Giving Trees in each lobby you will find ornaments that indicate the types of $25 gift cards we need and ornaments that just say “K-5 Book”. Next to each tree are flyers with more information. Please take an ornament that indicates the item you would like to donate and grab an information sheet.
If you have any questions please let the front desk know and they will connect you with the Giving Tree organizer.
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The current health order states that the City of Long Beach, “Continues to require face masks of all individuals in indoor public settings. Indoor public settings include common areas and shared spaces in multi-family housing and lodging facilities.”
Based on the foregoing, the wearing of face masks is still required for everyone (resident, guest, vendor) in the indoor Common Areas of the Association, such as elevators, hallways, fitness centers & common area rooms (unless you are by yourself or only with household members in the room), and the lobbies.
We thank you for your understanding and for continuing to show courtesy towards one another as differences of opinion remain. Thank you!