Good News, Night Owls: Village Fitness Centers Now Open Later
Many residents have asked for later hours at the fitness centers, and we are happy to oblige! All fitness centers (Community Center, Clubhouse 1 and Clubhouse 5) will be open until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Fitness Center hours are:
Clubhouse 1: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Please note that gym equipment will not be available during the Saddleback Emeritus classes that take place between noon and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, through the end of the Spring Semester on May 17, 2017.
Community Center: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Please note that during Recreation Department circuit training classes, only cardio equipment is available.
Clubhouse 5: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
It has been just over a year since Brad Hudson took the helm as CEO of Laguna Woods Village. Mark your calendars to tune into Village TV where Brad will deliver his “State of the Village.” Discover how, working with the Village Boards of Directors and staff, Brad has improved efficiencies, technology, and transparency in the Village, and learn about several high-priority projects and what’s to come.
“State of the Village” with Brad Hudson airs Friday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. on VTV Channels 6, 6.1 and 406, with replays:
- Tuesday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m.
On Monday, May 29, 2017, the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk will traverse a portion of Laguna Woods Village beginning at 7:00 a.m.
The race starts on Calle de La Louisa, enters Laguna Woods Village by way of Gate 2, traverses around a certified/sanctioned course on Via Estrada, to Calle Aragon, to Avenida Sevilla, to Avenida Majorca and back to Via Estrada and back out Gate 2 again.
Streets surrounding the Village will be closed as well; please click on "More" below for specific closures or visit the race website, www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com, for more information.
The City of Laguna Woods, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration will be hosting a National Prescription Medication Take Back Day event on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Laguna Woods City Hall (24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637). Residents may bring unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications to dispose of – free and anonymous, no questions asked. Sharps will not be accepted. For more information, please call (714) 647-4133.
Please be aware of upcoming planned outages affecting some United laundry rooms and some elevators. Keep reading for a list of addresses and an outage map.
OC Public Libraries presents Eastern European Genealogy with Michelle Sandler on May 11 at 1:00 p.m.
Michelle Sandler is the current Vice President of Programming for the Orange County Jewish Genealogy Society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and a Master’s in Library Science. Michelle has been involved in Jewish Genealogy for 33 years, in various capacities.
In this presentation Michelle will discuss:
What is an Index? What is a Soundex? Ellis Island Changed Our Name •All Our Records and Towns Were Destroyed in Europe •Nobody In The Family Knows Anything About Our Past •There's No Paper Trail to Follow •Talking to oldest family members •How to look up US census records, naturalization records, ships’ arrival records, maps and gazetteers, and searching for records from the Old Country.
Michelle will also address genealogical translation guides, bibliography, and close with questions.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP at email@example.com or call 949-360-1730.
Safety Presentation on Thursday, May 25
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at City Hall, City of Laguna Woods, 24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods
Leading causes of home fires
Home escape plans
Smoke & carbon monoxide alarms
Meet your local firefighters! Seating is limited! RSVP: Please call City Hall at (949) 639-0500.
Good news! Laguna Woods Village continues to enhance its gate access technology, evidenced by RFID decals, new arms and cameras at Gates 5 and 6, and new barcode passes for visitors.
We are happy to announce our latest upgrade: online guest registration with DwellingLive. The online system will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.
Register your guests online by visiting lagunawoodsvillage.com and clicking the guest registration link at the top.
Once you are presented with the login page, simply use your email address of record and default password to get access to your guest information. Your current email address of record is:
Email: Your email address on file
Default Password: Your Resident ID (the number on your ID card)
If you don't know your email address on file, or you want to make a change to your information, please contact Resident Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-597-4600.
Keep reading for more information and to watch a training video.
The WiFi installation at certain facilities is complete ahead of schedule! All Clubhouses, the Library, Village Greens and Community Center are now running on the latest WiFi technology so residents can enjoy the benefits.
The Security Department now has a bike patrol team. Officers on bicycles will be able to go where standard patrol vehicles cannot, and more swiftly than on foot. The bike patrol team is a new and positive way for Security to make contact with residents, guests, and most importantly, those who may not be authorized to be in the community. The Security Department has up to seven bicycle officers to pull from to patrol the streets of Laguna Woods Village.
Third Mutual has now received permission to operate (PTO) from Southern California Edison on eight of their 12 solar installations.
As part of Third’s “Bettering the Community” efforts, photovoltaic solar panels were installed on 12 Garden Villa buildings. The Board and Staff continue to work with SCE to secure PTO for the remainder of the project.
The panels generate power through solar energy, offsetting Third mutual energy demands in common areas, thereby saving members money while helping the environment. The six panels are pumping energy to the grid, which means savings are already occurring.
Clubhouse 1 presents Timeless Melodies - The American Experience to take place on Wednesday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge.
Timeless Melodies celebrates the American promise, a story best told through songs. The songs of the great composers Porter, Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers, Hammerstein, and others embrace the very ideals of a democratic republic, derived from its struggles, yearnings and accomplishments. Join Larry Maurer and Timeless Melodies celebrates The American Experience.
Tickets are $6 and may be purchased in the Clubhouse 1 Office by check, credit card or exact cash. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Assisted hearing devices are available. See staff to check out a receiver. Feel free to bring your own headphones or earbuds.
For further information, call 949-597-4281. Recreation events are limited to Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.
Laguna Woods Village Social Services Department and Alzheimer’s Orange County will present a seminar called Strong Body = Strong Brain on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Clubhouse 7 from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.
Kari Walker, a Gerokinesiologist will teach practical techniques that will strengthen your body while stimulating your brain. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to learn how to keep your brain healthy.
This is a free workshop provided to all residents. No reservations are necessary. Please call Social Services 949-597-4267 with any questions.
Cable customer service is moving to Resident Services on the first floor of the Community Center. Beginning Monday, April 10, residents will no longer have to bring their cable boxes and monthly payments to the third floor. The new home of Broadband and Cable customer service can be found at Window 9 in Resident Services. To reach them, call 949-837-2670 or email email@example.com. The VTV Studio remains on the third floor.
On Tuesdays, the Easy Rider bus takes riders to the Aliso Viejo Town Center for destination shopping. The bus takes shoppers from Clubhouse 1 at 10:00 and 11:00 am. and returns back to Clubhouse 1 are 12:15, 1:40 or 2:40 pm. Grab a meal, do some shopping, even see a movie--the options are limitless. No charge, but please make a reservation as space is limited.
Can’t make it this Tuesday? Not to worry, we'll see you next time.
For more information, call 949-597-4678 and ask for Becky Jackson.
Laguna Woods Men’s Golf Club and Laguna Woods Village will co-sponsor the
2017 Memorial Golf Tournament and Dinner
Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Memorial Tournament is an annual event to remember the Men’s Club Members who have passed away. It will be a fun day of golf, dinner and entertainment. Most importantly, the proceeds will help the residents of our Village who are in need of assistance.
A free milkshake to go with your burger—what could be better? An Easy Rider bus to take you to lunch, that’s what! Village residents who take any Easy Rider East Bus on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will receive a coupon for a free Deluxe Milkshake with your meal at Ruby’s Diner. No reservations needed. Just hop on the bus and Shooby Dooby on down to Ruby’s. Questions? Call the Transportation Division at 949-597-4678 and ask for Becky Jackson.
Have you ever considered serving as a Building or Block Captain? The position is a great way to stay involved, meet new people, and contribute to a friendly and safe community. Whether it is supporting neighbors or acting as a liaison to the various boards or staff, Captains play an important part in preserving the high standard of living that has come to be expected of an exclusive retirement community.
Great news! Southern California Edison (SCE) has granted permission to operate (PTO) for United's solar program. In 2016, United installed solar panels on 30 carports in United. VMS Staff received the PTO on February 9, 2017. The PTO was the last step needed before the panels could be energized and begin capturing solar energy. The solar energy captured will offset United's energy demands, thereby saving the community money while helping the environment.
By Security Chief Tim Moy
Over the past few weeks, four bicycles have been stolen from carports. We expect that the thefts occurred during the evening or early morning hours, and it appears that bolt cutters were used. There are no known suspects at this time.
Things to do to protect your bicycle:
• Record the serial number, model, make and color of your bike;
• Take photos of your bike;
• Etch your manor number onto your bike;
• Invest in a heavy duty bicycle lock, e.g. a U-Lock, hex or quad chain; and
• Secure your bike by locking it to a metal post or other immovable object, or storing inside your manor or garage.
Contact Security immediately at 949-580-1400 if you encounter any suspicious individuals. If you see someone and are unsure as to whether or not to call us, we ask that you err on the side of caution and call. Remember, if you see something, say something!
The City of Laguna Woods has the lowest crime rate of any city in Orange County. But, that doesn’t mean its citizens are immune from petty crime. Just last week, two golf carts were stolen by individuals in the Village. Fortunately, the golf carts were recovered quickly and returned to the owners thanks to vigilant actions of residents, Village Security, and the OC Sheriff.
Remember: do not leave your keys in your golf cart! A petty criminal looks for an easy target, and in the Village, these opportunities are found in the form of an unlocked car, unsecure carport cabinet, and unattended property. When items are left unsecured, it only takes a thief a few seconds to “grab and go,” and your valuables may be gone forever.
Please see Chief Moy’s Quarter 4 publication, “Hide it, Lock it, or Lose It,” for more tips on protecting yourself and your property.
Gates 5 and 6 are now open to all traffic, and the gate arms have been activated.
Residents of Laguna Woods Village must have an RFID decal on their vehicle to enter the community via the resident lane. The RFID decal will automatically open the Gate arms without the assistance of the Gate Ambassadors; just pull up within two feet of the arm, and it will open to allow you access. Guests, visitors and residents driving a vehicle without an RFID tag must use the guest lane.
Drivers: use caution when entering the community, do not tailgate, and please, only one car at a time.
If you did not get an RFID decal, please visit Resident Services during normal business hours. Beginning in 2017, each decal will cost $25.
Click the video below to learn more about the new and improved access system at Gates 5 and 6. Questions? Call 949-597-4600
The Recreation Division presents Ageless Ballet, a new dance fitness class scheduled on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Clubhouse 1 in the multipurpose room. Ageless Ballet is wildly popular oversees, and the Recreation Division is excited to offer it at Laguna Woods Village!
The class will be taught by Elsie Hill, who studied ballet throughout her youth and graduated from CSU Fullerton with her a BA in Dance. She has taught for multiple dance studios in Orange County, is a certified personal fitness trainer through I.D.E.A., and has been with West Coast Movement Project dance studio since 2013. The 60-minute class will include 20 minutes of warmup stretching, 20 minutes of barre work (using chair backs), and 20 minutes of center work and dancing. The class is modified for the senior demographic, and there will be no jumping or turning.
Students should wear comfortable exercise clothes that they can move in. Ballet slippers are not required, and are only recommended for students with healthy feet; those who need extra support should wear supportive sneakers.
This program is designed to cater to older adults by helping participants improve balance, strength, flexibility, postural adjustments and most importantly, heart health.
Punch cards will be available in the Recreation Division or Clubhouse 1 office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for students is $70 for 10 Classes; Laguna Woods Village residents only. For more information, call 949-597-4273.
Have you ever wanted to learn tennis or wish to better your game? Experience a new approach: beginners, intermediate and advance players welcome to learn with Chang Kyu Bae, an USPTA Professional, Korea National Junior’s and Women’s Team Coach, Federation Cup Team Coach, Barcelona Olympic Team Coach and International Tennis Federation Umpire
- Four (1 hour) Group Lessons: $80 Per Person
- One (1 hour) Private Lesson: $80 Per Lesson
Lesson dates and times are coordinated with the instructor.
Pre-registration required in the Recreation Division office or the Clubhouse 7 office. Laguna Woods Village residents only.
Questions? Call 949-597-4273
Effective January 7, 2017, the New Fee Structure for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) can be found by clicking here.
The Digital Deluxe $7.25/monthly Fee is no more!
The new fee structure was authorized by the GRF Board of Directors on October 4, 2016.
The City of Laguna Woods Municipal Code regulates a business conducted in a manor for the purpose of ensuring that there are no negative impacts on the neighbors.
When applying to conduct a business in your manor you should keep in mind that:
- Your home should remain a home/dwelling and not be changed by the business being conducted.
- Your business should not have employees working at the manor.
- Business should be conducted only inside the manor and should not operate outdoors, including garage (whether attached or detached), patio, balcony or carport.
- No signs or evidence of a business should be posted.
- Only one room of the dwelling unit or 25 percent of the gross floor area (whichever is less) should be used for the business.
- The business should not produce hazardous, combustible, chemicals or other materials that are dangerous.
- Tools and equipment used in the business should not create smoke dust, noise, odors, or vibration beyond that typically found in a manor.
Keep reading for a list of many businesses not allowed in a manor.
United residents, cast your vote for your favorite vinyl flooring now through August 15!
When the votes are tallied, the six most popular will be kept on hand in the Maintenance Department for swift installation at resale or when a floor qualifies for replacement. Other vinyl flooring options will still be available; however, residents who chose vinyl flooring not in stock will have to wait until the flooring is ordered and delivered before installation.
Vinyl flooring samples and voting slips are available in the Resident Services area of the Community Center for your convenience. Please stop by and cast your vote today!
Be a volunteer. Bring companionship to your neighbors. If you have two free hours each month to visit, consider being a Friendly Visitor. The Social Services Department is recruiting men and women for its Friendly Visitor Program. Required training classes are planned for two Tuesdays in September. For more information, please call Dawn Hibbs, volunteer coordinator, at 949-597-4376.
As you may know, the Village is now using Waste Management for trash service. It has come to our attention that some residents are without a trash can since our previous trash provider, WARE, is picking up their trash cans but Waste Management hasn't delivered some of the new ones yet.
If you not yet received your new trash can from Waste Management, please call them at 714-558-7761 and they will deliver one to you. You may also make this request on their website at wm.com.
If you witness water waste, here’s how to report it
Many of us have witnessed water abuse: flooded sidewalks, running hoses, broken water lines, sprinklers running on rainy days. In the middle of a drought, that’s painful to watch and no longer acceptable.
El Toro Water District – which serves Laguna Woods and surrounding communities – would like your help. If you see water waste, talk to your neighbors. Or inform El Toro Water District of the problem. Here’s how:
- Go to ETWD.com and click on the yellow bar that says “Send a Report.” (It’s near the bottom of the home page.)
- Or call El Toro Water District Customer Service at 949.837.0660 during business hours.
It is not necessary to contact Village Management Services, Inc. or Laguna Woods officials.
The Village boards and managing agent strive to maintain a beautiful and sound community, so there are always multiple maintenance and landscaping projects going on in Laguna Woods Village! Click through for brief updates on many ongoing maintenance and landscape projects in and around the community.
Congratulations on owning an electric vehicle! Laguna Woods Village strives to be a green community, and supports your decision to reduce your vehicle’s carbon footprint.
Below are recommended guidelines for electric vehicle charging, so that everyone can share the electricity without interruption:
1. Golf carts generally charge during daylight hours. Therefore, electric cars should limit their charging time to between dusk and dawn. Refer to your manufacturer’s vehicle manual for specifics on how to set the appropriate charging times.
Come one come all to the newest drop-in lounge in the Village. Grab a neighbor and stop by the Par 3 golf course soon. Or, after your golf game, swing by and check out the relaxing space, featuring comfortable furniture, a television, outdoor patio, and a place to play cards.
After 5:00 p.m., the drop-in Par 3 Lounge is rentable for residents. Contact the Recreation Department Offices at 949-597-4227 for more information.
The Par 3 lounge is located adjacent to the Par 3 course and starter building. Parking is available at Cul-de-Sac 373.
How Do You Thrive? Laguna Woods Village wants to know!
Laguna Woods Village has created an online community to showcase the many ways that residents are enjoying life and thriving at Laguna Woods Village. With hundreds of clubs and an array of activities, Laguna Woods Village wants to show the world what we are all about!
The Thrive Project is a collaborative online project created for the residents, by the residents. Residents are invited to use their smart phone, video camera, or still camera to capture special moments when they are thriving and upload them to ChannelThrive.com/submit for others to see. Share how you celebrate life: this destination is all about your experiences. Show the world what brings you joy!
Visit ChannelThrive.com now to see how your neighbors are thriving and to learn more!
By Laguna Woods Village Security Director Tim Moy
Over the course of my law enforcement career, I had the opportunity to directly supervise or manage multiple investigative teams. One such assignment was the Economic Crimes Detail where I witnessed firsthand the shameless criminal enterprises that target our elderly communities. I was well aware of the frauds, scams and other forms of theft aimed indiscriminately at various demographics across our county, however, what was most appalling was the directed attack against our seniors.
Even with laws in place designed specifically to protect our senior citizens, financial elder abuse continues to be a growing problem within our society. Sadly, criminals who make a living stealing from others have no moral compass and will not hesitate to swindle the hard-earned life savings of unsuspecting victims, especially seniors. As you know, most criminals are opportunistic in nature and will prey upon those who offer the greatest return at the lowest risk of being identified and/or prosecuted. Unfortunately, in many cases, seniors fall within this group and potentially make ideal targets.
Despite ongoing efforts to educate our communities on the most current scams, many will still become victims. Although some forms of theft are difficult to avoid, staying informed and vigilant are the first steps to identifying and preventing a potential scam.
Keep reading for a few of the more common financial scams occurring within our region...