MY VILLAGE NEWS
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This Memorial Day, please take a few moments to remember our troops, past and present, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our nation.
In this issue, learn about the array of Memorial Day events the Village is offering, find out how to obtain an additional electrical outlet for your golf cart, learn about the prestigious tennis tournament the Laguna Woods Tennis Club is hosting, and look for your or your friend’s name in the list of Senior Games winners.
Monday, May 28 is Memorial Day – Remember our Fallen Troops at these Events around the Village!
Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012
Laguna Woods Village Runners on your Marks ... Get Set ...
Memorial Day marks the 14th annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K, and 10K. The popular event takes place in the beautiful Orange County cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel.
This year’s event honors the United States Marine Corps’ Dark Horse Battalion. National Public Radio did a compelling series on the Dark Horse Battalion’s experiences and sacrifices. You can read and listen to it here.
"I think it’s wonderful that this race honors our military heroes during a weekend in which we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our nation’s freedom", says Pat Feeney, GRF Director.
Fitness-conscious Laguna Woods Village residents will receive special discounted pricing as part of the event’s promotion of healthy living, a commitment shared by Laguna Woods Village’s management.
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American Legion hosts Memorial Day Ceremony at Clubhouse 1
The American Legion Post 257 will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony in the Main Dining Room at Clubhouse 1. The Legion invites all Village residents to attend this free event to remember the brothers and sisters who have passed on to "Post Everlasting."
The Orange High School JROTC Silent Drill Team will welcome guests to the festivities at 10:40 a.m. on the patio behind Clubhouse 1 and the ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Rev. Jim Juhan will be the featured speaker, followed by keynote speaker Bill Southern, Senior Military Instructor for Orange High’s JROTC program.
The Recreation Division presents the All American Boys Choir Memorial Day Concert at Clubhouse 3
The All American Boys Chorus, which has performed concert tours worldwide, will present a special Memorial Day concert at 3 p.m., Monday, May 28 at the Clubhouse 3 auditorium. Tickets ($10) are available at the Clubhouse 3 box office.
The All American Boys Chorus is comprised of young men, aged 8 to 15, from more than 30 cities in Southern California. The group reflects a rich diversity of cultures, instilling ethnic harmony and cultural respect.
The chorus has performed more than 50 concert tours to Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and throughout the United States. The Memorial Day concert is presented by the Recreation Division.
Enjoy a Memorial Day Dinner at Clubhouse 5
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and what better way to ring in the warmer months than with a traditional barbeque dinner? The Memorial Day Dinner, hosted by the recreation division, includes chili, barbeque chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, fruit, tossed green salad, and apple pie for dessert. Coffee and tea will be provided. The dinner is catered by Jolanda.
A GRF bar opens at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tickets ($13) may be purchased at Clubhouse 5 (checks only, please). Residents will not be permitted to bring their own alcoholic beverages to this dinner.
Watch out for Rattlesnakes!
The staff has been receiving an increasing number of calls from residents and employees reporting rattlesnakes in the community. Given the seasonal increase in the mice population, this is not uncommon.
Residents should not attempt to catch or kill the rattlesnakes. Instead, all such calls should be directed to Laguna Beach Animal Control at 949-497-0701.
If you encounter a suspected poisonous snake in the community, maintain a safe distance and try to warn others from getting too close until the snake has moved on. If the snake is lingering in an area where people or pets are likely to be present, please report it to Animal Control. If the snake is sighted after normal business hours please make the report to Security Dispatch at 949- 580-1400 and they will report it to Animal Control. For more information on rattlesnakes in California, visit the California Department of Fish and Game here.
Ask Jerry - How can I request an additional golf cart charging outlet?
Throughout the community, there are outlets that residents use to charge electric golf carts. Should a resident find that the outlets in their carports are not sufficient, additional outlets and/or circuits can be requested via the Variance Request Process. Any resident who wishes to add an additional electrical outlet/circuit for the purposes of their own exclusive use, most often for the purpose of charging a golf cart, may do so at their expense only after seeking their Board's approval through the Variance Request process.
The annual golf cart electrical fees would still apply. For more information regarding variances and permits, please visit the Permits and Inspections counter in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center. Mutual Fifty residents should go to the Towers Administration Office on the second floor of Tower I to apply for an additional outlet and/or circuit.
Be There - The Laguna Woods Village Tennis Club to Host National Tier One Tennis Tournament
The Laguna Woods Tennis Club will host the Verne Hughes Memorial United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Hard Court Championships for men’s 75 and older age brackets. The tournament will be held the week of May 21, 2012 at the Laguna Woods Village Tennis Courts.
Verne Hughes Memorial United States Tennis Association (USTA)
Verne Hughes, a Laguna Woods resident and Laguna Woods Tennis Club member, was an elite player who won 100 Gold Ball trophies and five world championships while dominating his class for about 40 years.
Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members who meet the age requirements. For more information please contact the Tournament Director, Rich Haskell at 949-837-6846 or e-mail at email@example.com. Residents and visitors are invited to attend.
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Did U Know? The Village Greens is now Serving Beer and Wine!
The Village Greens Café now offers beer and wine to complement its delicious menu. The Café serves breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the lunch and afternoon menu is available from 10:30 a.m. to closing (6:30 or 7 p.m.).
The Village Greens, located on an SCGA rated 27-hole golf course, is open to all Village residents and guests. The facility consists of 17,800 square feet of combined interior space and outdoor decking – an increase of 9,500 square feet from the former golf starter building. The building includes golf carts for rent, a pro shop, equipment storage, and a number of meeting rooms available for Village clubs and residents. All Village residents will have access to the new full service restaurant and café with spacious outdoor decks and spectacular views of Orange County’s Saddleback Valley and Santa Ana Mountains.
Contact the Village Greens at 949-206-1525.
Kudos - Congratulations to the Senior Games Medalists!
You ran, bowled, golfed, danced, tossed horseshoes, played paddle and table tennis, volleyball and softball and much more – and won a raft of awards during the annual Senior Games.
Medalists and participants in the Games were celebrated at a closing ceremony on Monday, April 30. Participants were treated to a free breakfast, a photo slideshow assembled by volunteers from the Camera Club, and special gifts.
"More than 560 residents participated in this year’s Games, which featured 26 sporting events," announced Lynn Dvorak, GRF First Vice President, Community Activities Committee Chair, and official emcee of the Closing Ceremony.
Special thanks to Fladeboe Automotive, the title sponsor of the Games for the fourth year in a row.
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Conservation Corner - New GRF Semi-truck Receives California Clean Idle Certification
The Golden Rain Foundation’s new Mack semi-truck is not only a workhorse vehicle around the Village, it’s also environmentally friendly as evidenced by the Clean Idle Certification bestowed on it by the state of California.
The truck, which replaced an 18-year-old vehicle this year, runs on low-sulfur diesel, uses a urea-based reactant coupled with a particulate filter to significantly reduce the amount of particulates released into the air.
As part of the fleet of vehicles used to support field services provided throughout Laguna Woods Village the truck is used to tow buses and other large vehicles for repair, to deliver manlifts and pettibones for carpentry and painting, and mowers and other equipment to landscaping jobsites within the Village.
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