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Pinochle Club

The Leisure World Pinochle Club plays Mondays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 1. The official start time is 1 p.m., but the action begins earlier with table set-ups, and there’s usually a pregame for 25 cents. Four games of four separate hands of pinochle are played, then the winning partners change tables until each person has played a hand 16 times. Attendees pay $2 to play for the day, and the winnings are paid to first through fourth place. Coffee and tea are available, and the club officers often provide a full meal once per month. There are occasional potlucks to celeberate a holiday; in the summer, there’s a luau. The Pinochle Club has existed for 60 years, and one of its main attractions is the social interaction. “Most of the friends I have in Leisure World, our friendship started at the pinochle table,” says Marge Dodero, who has lived at LWSB for 23 years. Anyone interested in learning the game can contact Dodero at (310) 968-9509.

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