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In the spotlight this week:
- Laguna Woods Village Hosting Community-wide Golden Anniversary Party
- 50th Anniversary Book Available from the Historical Society
- United and Third Mutual AB 512s
- El Toro Water District Declares a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage
- Fun Club Happenings!
Read on for what's up!
GRF Accepting Applications for Board
Applications are now being accepted for qualified candidates willing to serve on the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors for a 3-year term. There are 4 vacancies to be filled on the GRF Board.
This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your Community. To apply, contact the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center for an application and specific instructions on the election process. Please fill the application out completely (blue form) and return to the Corporate Secretary or Administrative Assistant (Kim Taylor or Christine Polek in the General Manager’s Office).
The deadline for submitting the application is September 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Call 949-597-4265 for more information.
El Toro Water District Declares a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage
The El Toro Water District (ETWD) Board of Directors declared a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Aug. 15, 2014 in response to the State Regional Control Board’s (SWRCB) Emergency Conservation Regulations limiting outdoor water use.
Under a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage, lawn watering is limited to three days per week during the months of April through October. In the months of November through March, lawn watering is limited to one day during the week.
“The District recognizes and thanks its customers for taking measures to conserve water, but we need to do more in these extraordinary circumstances. We are in a serious drought,” said ETWD General Manager Bob Hill.
Effective Aug. 30, 2014, ETWD residents and businesses must comply with limited irrigation schedules based on their city of residence. Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo are scheduled for Mon., Thu. and Sat. or Sun. Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods and Lake Forest are scheduled for Tue., Fri., and Sat. or Sun. “These state mandates require the District’s compliance. We will work diligently to educate our customers about what this means – what we are doing, what they can do and how we can assist them in reducing their water usage.” said Hill.
In addition to the limited irrigation schedule, the SWRCB ordered four prohibited activities:
- No direct application of potable (drinking) water to driveways and sidewalks.
- No watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff to adjacent property, walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
- Use of a hose to wash a vehicle, unless using a positive shut-off nozzle.
- Use of potable water in a non-recirculating fountain/decorative water feature.
Laguna Woods Village Hosting Community-wide Golden Anniversary Party
Laguna Woods Village will culminate its year-long 50th birthday party with a week of celebratory events beginning September 8.
When construction of the Village began in the spring of 1963 on the rolling coastal hills that were once the property of Moulton Ranch, the initial phase included 530 units. The first ten homeowners moved into the community on September 10, 1964. Fifty years later, Laguna Woods Village is a vibrant, active community, making up the vast majority of what’s now the city of Laguna Woods.
Residents are encouraged to join their neighbors in marking this special milestone. Below is the list and details of events in which they can participate during the week-long 50th birthday celebration:
Monday Sept. 8: Club Expo at Clubhouse 5
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Details: All clubs and organizations are invited to participate in and promote themselves at the Club Expo. Clubs can participate by displaying items pertaining to their group or organization. Come learn about the variety of clubs and organizations that meet in the Village. Get information about membership, upcoming events, and meet new friends! Space is limited. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from Martinez Catering. Contact Clubhouse 5 at 597-4382 for more information.
Tuesday Sept. 9: Talent Show at Clubhouse 3
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Details: Enjoy the talents of your friends and neighbors at the Village Talent Show! Enjoy an evening of entertainment and drinks at the GRF bar. Do you have a special talent? Participants can drop by Clubhouse 3 to fill out an entry form no later than Sept.1. Tickets are required to attend and may be picked up in the Clubhouse 3 Box Office. Call Clubhouse 3 at 597-4289 for more information.
50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Sept. 10
Elegant Evening will feature Filet and Lobster Dinner, Champagne, Live Orchestra, and Dancing - Hurry! Only a few tickets left.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 marks Laguna Woods Village’s 50th Anniversary, and to celebrate, the Golden Rain Foundation and the Historical Society of Laguna Woods have planned an elegant evening of fine dining, champagne, music and dancing.
“The Historical Society is excited to host an evening dedicated to honoring the 50-year history of Laguna Woods Village,” says Bob Ring, President of the Historical Society. “I look forward to an evening spent with fellow residents who share a love for this beautiful community and all it has to offer.”
The date marks the day the first ten families moved into the community. Today, 50 years later, what’s now known as Laguna Woods Village is a thriving a community of over 18,000 residents.
50th Anniversary Book Available from the Historical Society
Get your limited edition copy of "Laguna Woods Village at 50 Years" from the Laguna Woods Historical Society now!
The full color, hard copy book chronicles the history of Laguna Woods from predevelopment to the present. The price is $50.00 (including sales tax). The first 250 books sold will be signed by the three authors. The Historical Society will print a total of 1,000 books, each of which will be numbered. The book will not be reprinted.
The books are now available for purchase, each weekday, at the Historical Society building next to Clubhouse 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Questions about SCE Streetlights
Residents have noticed some streetlights have become brighter in recent weeks. According to Frank Wasko, Southern California Edison (SCE) Regional Manager, “SCE has replaced the old mercury vapor walk way lights In Laguna Woods that were installed in the 1970's with brand new high pressure sodium vapor lights.” Questions about the new streetlights should be directed to SCE Customer Service at 1-800-655-4555.
Apple Harvest Dinner on Sept.23
Join us as we welcome autumn and kick off apple season with our annual Apple Harvest Dinner!
The Apple Harvest Dinner will be held in the Clubhouse 2, Main Lounge on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. This autumn-themed buffet by Jolanda will include butternut squash soup, carrot and apple salad, autumn green salad, apple-stuffed chicken with a honey mustard glaze, braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, roasted squash, biscuits and apple butter, apple bread pudding, coffee and tea. Tickets are $15.00 per person and are available in the Clubhouse 2 office.
Diners may bring their own wine or other beverages; glasses will be provided. Tables of four to ten are available. Reservations are required and no take out food is permitted. For more information and questions call 597-4285.
Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse Five on Sept. 27
Come join the fun at the Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse Five! Dance to the Rock and Roll covers from the 70s, 80s and 90s of Close Enough from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission to the dance is only $5.00 at the door. The GRF bar will be available from 6:00 until 8:45 p.m.
The B-bus is available on Saturday evening to transport residents to and from the dance, but trips must be scheduled in advance with the Transportation Department by calling 597-4659 before 3:30 p.m. the day of the event. If you have questions about the dance, please call the Clubhouse Five office at 597-4382.
Movie on the Lawn Sept. 30
Grab the gang and cruise on over for a special showing of George Lucas’s 1973 classic, American Graffiti! Join us on the Clubhouse Two Lawn on Tuesday, September 30. The movie will start at sundown (around 7:00 p.m.) but all are welcome to arrive early, snag a spot in the grass and enjoy light music as the sun sets.
This event is FREE for residents and their guests! Popcorn and warm beverages will be available for sale on the lawn. Guests are welcome don’t forget to bring your own picnic and libations!
Remember to bring blankets, coats, hats, mittens and maybe even someone to cuddle with! And please, only low chairs so everyone can see.
Call Recreation at 949-597-4273 for more information.
Recreation Announces 2014 Fall Celebrity Series Lineup
The ever-popular Celebrity Series returns to Clubhouse 3 with a wonderful program for Fall 2014. The Recreation Division invites audiences to experience an array of dynamic performances that feature celebrities that are both seasoned and vibrant. This season offers a tribute to a great American pop duo, folk music, comedy, and female hits from the 60s and 70s. As in seasons past, the Celebrity Series boasts talent that is sure to please discriminating audiences.
The fall series lineup is:
Close to You: A tribute to the Carpenters – August 30, 2014
Jerry Burgan Folk Trio: Original member of We Five Band – October 11, 2014
The Greatest Comedians: Starring Brad Zinn – November 1, 2014
The Grovelles: Hits of the Greatest Female Artists (60’s & 70’s) – December 6, 2014
All shows begin at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for subscriber renewals requesting the same seats go on sale Monday July 14 to July 27. Subscriber renewals who would like to change seats may purchase tickets beginning July 28 to July 31. New series subscriptions and single show ticket sales begin August 1.
Pricing: Regular Seating (Rows AA-O): $23/Series $80 ($12 Savings)
Value Seating (Last 3 Rows): $15/Series $50 ($10 Savings)
Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed 12:00 to 12:30 for Lunch), Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The box office now accepts the following credit cards: Visa, Master Card and Discovery. For further information call: 597-4288
OCVCD Tips to Avoid West Nile Virus Infection
West Nile virus is on the rise in Orange County. According to ABC 7 news, Six Santa Ana residents have been infected, as well as one each in Costa Mesa, Orange and Laguna Niguel. The district has found 105 dead birds carrying the virus in north county cities.
According to Orange County Vector Control Division (OCVCD), the best way to prevent West Nile Virus infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Keep reading for tips on mosquito bite prevention.
Budget Calendar for Development of 2015 Business Plan
Click here for a copy of the Budget Calendar, which includes meeting dates and locations where development of the 2015 Business Plan will take place.
Laguna Woods Village residents are encouraged to attend the budget meetings for GRF and their Housing Mutual to involve themselves in the budgeting process.
Business planning meeting recaps will be posted as the Meetings for Development of the 2015 Business Plans are underway.
Bus System has Returned to Regular Service
The bus system has returned to regular service. The installation of fire suppression systems in the buses is complete.
Community Project Updates
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.
Guided Autobiographical Writing Class starting Sept. 9
The Recreation Division is proud to present “Guided Autobiographical Writing”, an introductory class designed to help you recall, organize and share the contents of your life experiences. The class will meet on September 9 and continue meeting on Tuesdays in the Community Center Rooms from 6:30-9:00 p.m. until November 18. The instructor will host a FREE PREVIEW on September 2 for those interested in finding out more about the course in the Spruce Room at 7:00 p.m.
Sheri Kohlmann is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and a certified instructor from the Birren Autobiographical Studies Program and has taught various writing programs over the past few years to residents of Laguna Woods Village. This course will make it easy for you to finally get your memories, family history and life stories written, just two pages at a time!
Students of all writing levels are welcome to register. Space is limited; call 597-4273 to register. This class has a $125 fee and is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY.
Click here for a flyer.
GRF Establishes Clubhouse 2 Renovation Ad Hoc Committee
GRF announced today the establishment of an ad hoc committee that will be tasked with preparing recommendations for the renovation of Clubhouse 2.
The Committee will research fiscally responsible renovation options that maintain Clubhouse 2’s current structure while enhancing its functionality. Work will also be necessary to bring the building into compliance with current building codes.
Plans had been in the works to renovate Clubhouse 2 before the focus shifted to replacing the nearly 50 year old building. GRF leaders anticipate that the work performed back then will help guide the Ad Hoc Committee.
"Quite a bit of research and planning has already been done regarding the renovation of Clubhouse 2," says Mary Stone, GRF Secretary and Ad Hoc Committee Chair. "I believe we can pick right up where we left off in late 2012."
Introducing: New Yoga Instructors!
Beginning July 3rd, the Recreation coordinated Yoga Class will be taught by new instructors Zahir Movius and Kim Min.
“Come experience the many benefits of yoga: stress reduction, peace of mind, better sleep, weight loss and greater physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual balance” says Zahir!
MORE Music choices added to the Digital Deluxe Package
Music lovers can now enjoy MORE of their favorite music with the Digital Deluxe package. GRF Broadband Services has increased its listening options to over 40 music channels covering several different genres.
More music choice:
900 Beautiful Instruments
901 Jazz Vocal Blend
910 60’s Revolution
921 Classic Hits Blend
924 Today’s Hits
925 Retro Disco
926 Groove Lounge
932 Big Band Swing
934 Great Standards
938 Y2K Hits
The music channels are only available to customers with a Set-Top Box and who subscribe to the Digital Deluxe Package.
The addition of these channels was automatic. No action is required from subscribers to receive these channels.
A complete digital channel line-up is available at the Laguna Woods Village Community Center or www.lagunawoodsvillage.com.
GRF Announces More Channels Available in HD
GRF Broadband Services has added 14 popular channels in High Definition (HD) to the cable line-up. Now, HD subscribers with an HDTV and an HD or DVR Set-Top Box can enjoy over 110 HD channels (some channels require a Premium Movie Package subscription).
Free Guitar Workshop Offered by Recreation
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the guitar, but thought it was too hard to learn or just didn’t have the time? Well, here is your chance to experience a sample.
The Recreation Division presents a FREE Guitar Workshop with experienced instructor, Cherri Farrah. Cherri has discovered a fun and simple way to teach the basic building blocks of mastering the guitar and is trained on the six string, twelve string, classical and Spanish guitar.
The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20th from 2 -3 PM at Clubhouse Two in Dining Room #3 and will cover guitar history and basics followed with Q & A time. No registration is needed. Feel free to drop by. Please bring pencil, paper and your guitar for a complimentary tuning. This workshop is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY, call the Recreation Division for more information at 597-4273.
Third Debuts Monthly Newsletter for its Residents
The Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board is now publishing a monthly e-mail newsletter to keep its residents informed about news and events in Third Mutual. The newsletter will be sent each month shortly following the regular Board meeting. Topics include: a message from the President of Third Mutual, Board information (including operating rule additions or changes), setting the record straight, and project updates and highlights.
“The Third Board created a Communications Committee earlier this year in an effort to explore and expand opportunities for enhanced communication with the residents,” said Mike Straziuso, Third Board President, “and this newsletter is a product of those efforts. I hope the residents of Third enjoy this publication and find it useful.”
Residents of Third who would like to receive this free monthly e-mail newsletter may sign up by clicking “Sign up for Our Newsletter” on the top right corner of this page. To see the current edition, click Resident Links, Boards and Committees, Third Mutual, or click here.
A small number of printed copies of the e-mail newsletter will be available in the Community Center on the first floor in the racks outside of the Recreation Department, and at each of the clubhouses, for residents of Third who do not have access to e-mail.
Laguna Woods Village featured on 60 Minutes
Sunday, May 4, on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl reported on the groundbreaking 90+ study conducted by Dr. Claudia Kawas at UCI that has revealed some unexpected findings. Several Laguna Woods Village residents were a part of the study.
In case you missed it, the full episode of 60 Minutes is available to watch at CBSnews.com for free! Click below to watch:
Significant Projects and Achievements 2013/2014
On September 10, 2014, Laguna Woods Village will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Laguna Woods Village is not just a great place to live, it’s a lifestyle opportunity, an ideal environment for those transitioning from careers and work to active retirement.
50 years ago, a community was born. We now we look to the future, and 50 more years of Resort Living, California Style.
Click here to download the Projects and Achievements pamphlet, or keep reading for just a few examples of programs and projects that contributed to the ongoing maintenance of Laguna Woods Village.
Third Mutual’s Position Regarding the United vs GRF Lawsuit
On April 23, The Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board of Directors (Third) held a Special Open Meeting where they adopted a resolution ratifying Third’s position regarding the United Laguna Woods Mutual (United) vs The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) lawsuit. Resolution 03-14-47, adopted April 23, 2014, affirms that: (1) Third opposes the lawsuit filed by United, and (2) Third urges United to drop the lawsuit immediately, and (3) Third urges United to resume cooperative and neighborly work on the project of amending the GRF Trust and GRF Bylaws to include reasonable and well defined limitations on GRF power as well as to resolve problems such as Trust termination date and other problems observed by the Paul Hastings study.
Third believes that the current dispute could have and should have been avoided by cooperation between United, Third and Laguna Woods Mutual No. Fifty, that the amendment which is the basis of the lawsuit is invalid, and that the lawsuit itself is anathema to the cooperative spirit which has been the backbone of Laguna Woods Village for 50 years.
Free Donation Pickups from Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is offering free donations pickups for useable furniture, clothing, and household goods. Below are the items they are looking for:
Tips on How to Stop Junk Mail
Tired of all of those unsolicited credit card offers clogging up your mailbox? Sick of lugging catalogs and junk mail to the recycling bin? All of this unwanted mail creates nothing but headaches and wasted paper, so it’s no wonder putting an end to it is a priority for many people. While you can’t eliminate everything, you can noticeably reduce the avalanche of paper in your mailbox just by picking up the phone or hopping online.
Here are a few simple ways to put a kibosh on the heaps of junk mail that keep piling up:
So Long, Pre-Screened Credit Offers: If your credit is anywhere near good, credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—are selling your name to credit card companies as a hot prospect. That’s why you’re getting those “you’ve been pre-approved” offers every day.
Put an end to it by calling 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688). You will need to provide your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number and date of birth to ensure your opt-out request matches your credit record rather than someone else who shares your name. You can also opt out via the Internet at: www.optoutprescreen.com/opt_form.cgi.
Keep reading for more tips on cutting down on junk mail!
Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements
Drivers will see construction activity ramping up on the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in South Orange County as crews begin work on a $249 million traffic-relief project.
The Measure M I-5 South County Improvement Project will add a carpool lane in both directions between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, as well as rebuild the Avenida Pico interchange in San Clemente.
Learn more about the project and view closures and a detour map at www.octa.net/I-5Pico.
OCTA has launched a new way to receive I-5 South County Improvement Project information! Simply text SOUTHOC5INFO to 67076 to begin receiving weekly text message alerts with important closure and detour information.
For additional information or questions, email email@example.com or call 1 (800) 724-0353.
Political Candidates: Rules for Distribution of Materials
Campaign season has begun, and Village residents may notice political publications on their front door thresholds. Political candidates and their volunteers/workers must obtain a Pass to Distribute Information from the Community Access Department before entering and distributing publications in the Community.
The GRF rules only permit candidates and their volunteers/workers to leave publications at the thresholds of front doors. Publications may not be distributed in community facilities, on vehicles, on doors, in mail boxes, posted on trees, street light poles, gates/fences or any other surface within the community. The Pass to Distribute Information does not allow the candidate or their volunteers/workers access to any community amenities or facilities.
Village Activities Center Specific Plan Info
Based on input from the community and numerous public outreach meetings, the Golden Rain Foundation of Laguna Woods has submitted a Specific Plan to create a foundation and vision for the future use of properties owned by the Golden Rain Foundation.
This Specific Plan, encompassing approximately 72 acres, is submitted in accordance with the City of Laguna Woods General Plan. The General Plan designates all properties included in this Specific Plan as Urban Activities Center (UAC).
Please note: the Specific Plan document is a large file and may take a few minutes to download.
United Mutual Seeking Resident Comments on Bylaws
During the current United Bylaws review, the United Governing Documents Review Ad Hoc Committee invites comments from United Members to ensure their opinions are considered during this important review process. Submissions will be accepted using the established form, available for members’ convenience in two formats: a handwritten form available for a designated deposit-box in the Community Center lobby, or by electronic form on the Village website.
Keep reading for instructions...
50th Anniversary Logo Available for Clubs and Realtors
Laguna Woods Village will hold a year-long 50th birthday party in 2014.
As we approach this Golden Anniversary, Village clubs and area realtors are invited to include the official Laguna Woods Village 50th Anniversary logo on their marketing and informational materials.
This logo is available via the Laguna Woods Village Governmental and Public Affairs office. Village leaders encourage local businesses and clubs to act today.
Construction of the Village began in the spring of 1963 on the rolling coastal hills that were once the property of Moulton Ranch. In the initial phase, 530 units were built; the first ten homeowners moved into the community on September 10, 1964. 50 years later, Laguna Woods Village is a vibrant, active community, making up the vast majority of what’s now the city of Laguna Woods.
Those interested in obtaining an electronic copy of the limited edition 50th Anniversary logo, along with the rules of its use, can contact Heather Rasmussen, Public Relations Specialist, at 949-268-2292, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Toro Water District Recycled Water Expansion Updates
El Toro Water District is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-phase Recycled Water Expansion Project that will increase the amount of recycled water produced for local irrigation. By producing more recycled water, the District will save precious imported drinking water (potable) for household consumption and sanitary uses. This project will expand the District’s existing Water Recycling Plant and install a new recycled water distribution system to increase treatment and delivery of recycled water for irrigation in portions of Laguna Woods and Laguna Hills.
Questions? Please call Project Helpline at 949.837.0880 or send an email to email@example.com and we’ll respond promptly to your inquiry.
For day-to-day updates on all construction involving this project, please click here.
For a Smart Map which illustrates current and upcoming construction, please click here.
Visit the ETWD project website for more details - www.etwd.com
ETWD Expands Recycled Water Treatment and Distribution
Background: El Toro Water District (ETWD) is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-phase Recycled Water Expansion Project that will enhance local water supplies and reliability, reduce dependence on imported water and expand recycled water deliveries to meet future customer demand.
The Recycled Water Expansion Project includes two components.
• The District will expand its existing Water Recycling Plant to allow for the delivery of up to 1,675 acre feet per year of recycled water. One acre foot of water is the equivalent of enough water for two families of four for a year.
• Simultaneously, the District will construct approximately 100,000 feet or 19 miles of recycled water pipeline beneath the roadways in Laguna Woods and the northwest portion of Laguna Hills.
Fact Sheet about Recycled Water Expansion Project
Link to ETWD Recycled Water Expansion Project Website
Development around Oakbrook Village Shopping Center
On November 13 2012, the Laguna Hills City County approved a transformative two-phase redevelopment proposal for the existing Oakbrook Village Shopping Center.
Keep reading for details and to view a site plan...
Please be aware of these different types of scams which have been reported recently by some Village residents.
Always practice caution when opening e-mails from unknown senders. Be especially cautious of e-mails received from a funeral home condoling the death of an unnamed "beloved friend." Clicking the link in these messages will open a computer virus.
Keep reading for two examples of funeral home scam e-mails, and for more reported scams.
City of Laguna Woods Offers Green Home Certification
Beer and Wine is now Available at the Village Greens Cafe!
The Village Greens Café is now serving beer and wine along with their delicious food offerings! No outside liquor of any kind is permitted in the building – effective immediately. If you wish to bring wine there is a $5 corkage fee per bottle.
The Village Greens Café opens at 6:30 a.m., serving breakfast till 10:30 a.m. From 11:00 a.m. to closing the lunch and the afternoon menu is available. The Village Greens Café phone number is (949) 206-1525
Click here to see the menu!
The Village Greens, located on an SCGA rated 27-hole golf course, is open to all Village residents and guests 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.
The Village Greens is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. during daylight savings.
New GRF Semi-truck Receives California Clean Idle Certification
The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) maintains a fleet of vehicles to support field services provided throughout Laguna Woods Village. A key vehicle in the fleet is the GRF semi truck. The semi truck is used to tow buses and other large vehicles for repair, and to deliver manlifts and pettibones for carpentry and painting, and mowers and other equipment to landscaping jobsites within the Village.
In 2012, GRF replaced its 18-year old semi with a new, eco-friendly Mack semi-truck. The truck, which 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.
The GRF semi-truck has received a Clean Idle Certification from the State of California.
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Sheep, Goats Help Restore Natural Habitat in Laguna Canyon
To prevent area brush fires, The Irvine Company is using about 500 sheep as part of a targeted grazing program to clear invasive, non-native plants and undergrowth that feeds wildfires. Sheep will begin grazing on a 105-acre portion of eastern Laguna Canyon for three weeks starting March 3rd. The method is approved by the California Department of Fish and Game and is an alternative to clearing with bulldozers, controlled burning or chemicals.
The sheep that are grazing in March eat green grasses and mustard plants that proliferate after the winter rains. Those invasive plants compete with native plants for water and nutrients. By the time summer comes round, those green grasses and mustard plants dry out and die, becoming potential fuel for fires.
The sheep help reduce the number of those plants before they can die out.
Village Corporations Honor OC Firefighter of the Year
OCFA Engineer Jay Sellars was Commended at February 23rd American Legion Banquet
On February 23, all four Boards of Laguna Woods Village joined the American Legion-Post 257 in honoring Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Engineer Jay Sellars for his invaluable service to the Village community.
Sellars, an OCFA Battalion 4 Engineer, was named South Orange County Fire Fighter of the Year at the OCFA Best & Bravest Award Ceremony on February 2. In addition to his outstanding work as a firefighter at Station #22, Sellars has worked with the City of Laguna Woods to ready its emergency response team, and has worked to retool Battalion 4’s Earthquake Command Post.
“The residents in United Mutual truly appreciate the exceptional work of Engineer Sellars’, says Ron Beldner, President of United Mutual. “I believe I speak for all the Boards when I say that we appreciate his compassion and care with regard to the circumstances of our residents.”
The American Legion-Post 257 banquet took place on Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Clubhouse 1.
For more information, call 1st Vice Commander Don McIntosh at (949) 457-9787.
Always have your license with you when you drive in the Village!
E-Books can be Downloaded Free through Orange County Public Library
Laguna Woods Branch Now Offering Self-Service Checkout
Borrowing books is only a click away thanks to Orange County Public Library new e-book rental program. E-books can be downloaded on to any e-book readers such as a Kindle, Ipod, Ipad and other smart devices. To checkout and download an e-book, you will need a valid library card, internet access, smart device and free software for the computer or smart device to use the site. After the e-rental is finished the e-book will simply be removed automatically from the smart device.
Click here for the Orange County Public Library for more information
Laguna Woods City Hall Library has a new self service check-out that is open during city hall hours of Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:30pm. If you need assistance, a librarian is available Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:30pm.
City of Laguna Woods Dog Park
The City of Laguna Woods dog park is located on Ridge Route between Moulton and Avenida Carlota.
The park is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The park is currently open to both big and small dogs at the same time. There is a small area at the east end of the park that may be used exclusively by small dogs if there are larger dogs in the park.
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The City Can Help Dispose Household Waste
New Look for Village Website!
The Laguna Woods Village website (www.lagunawoodsvillage.com), which in recent years has grown to become the online hub for residents to access up-to-the-minute Village news and information, is undergoing a long-awaited facelift.
Residents who visit the site will now enjoy easier navigation and access to much more timely information about their community.
Keep reading for a quick reference guide to the new features on the Village website.
Turf Reduction Program & Water-Wise Gardens in United Mutual
The United board directed staff to explore ways to comply with the water restrictions in place by El Toro Water District. Given that turf grass is considered a high water usage plant, areas of turf where use is infrequent are being eliminated, and replaced in a newly created turf reduction program. Continue reading for updates and information.
New Open House Sign Regulations
The corporations of Laguna Woods Village have adopted a sign regulation that will allow real estate professionals to place standardized directional signage to scheduled open houses in the Village.
Although the sign policy has been approved by the governing boards, the City of Laguna Woods Municipal Code does not currently allow signage of this nature. Real estate professionals will not be able to post directional signage until the Municipal Code is modified by Ordinance.
Real estate professionals can contact the Community Services department of Laguna Woods Village at (949) 268-2337 or visit www.lagunawoodsvillage.com for details on the Laguna Woods Village Open House Directional Sign regulations.
GRF Requires Vehicle Decal
In order to avoid having abandoned or inoperable vehicles in the Community, and to ensure all overnight guests have been authorized to park in the Community, the GRF Board of Directors modified the Traffic Rules and Regulations. Keep reading for details.
Guided Autobiographical Writing
The Recreation Division is proud to present “Guided Autobiographical Writing”, a class designed to help you recall, organize and share the contents of your life experiences. The class will meet on January 17th and continue meeting on Tuesdays at the Community Center in the Pine Room from 7:00-9:00pm until March 27th. The first class is a FREE preview. Join instructor Sheri Kohlmann, a member of the Association of Personal Historians and a certified instructor from the Birren Autobiographical Studies Program, in this course that makes it easy for you to finally get your memories, family history and life stories written, just two pages at a time.
Students of all writing levels are welcome to register. Space is limited; call 597-4273 to register. This class has a $100 fee and is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY.
United, Third Water Heater Electrical Upgrades
The United Board of Directors and the Third Boards of Directors have approved an upgrade to the electrical system in manors to support the water heaters that are installed throughout the community. All United Mutual manors will have their electrical systems upgraded within the next couple years. Third Mutual manors located by Gate 5 and 6 will also have their electrical system upgraded within the next several years. (Third Mutual manors not in the Gate 5 and 6 areas have updated electrical systems that do not require the upgrade).
Affected addresses will receive a letter informing the resident of the electrical upgrade. Staff will call to schedule an appointment for the electrical upgrade with the manor owner. In most cases, the upgrade will take approximately one hour.
Residents who have questions about the Water Heater Electrical Upgrade program should call the Operations Coordinator at (949) 268-2591.
The Foundation of Laguna Woods: Pennies from Heaven
‘When it rains, it rains pennies from heaven’. Remember that old song?
What do you do with the pennies and other coins you collect and plan to “do” something with? One of our residents, who recently passed away, had instructed her daughter to give hers to THE FOUNDATION OF LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE. There were two containers and the total from the two came to over $40.00 – a not inconsiderable sum.
How simple is that? And it’s a gift that keeps on giving. One of our residents in need will be the beneficiary.
Personal Training with Matt and Sarah
Want to get in better shape, but don’t know where to start? A personal trainer can help you get the most out of your workout. A 30-minute session with one of the Village’s fitness professionals is only $25.
Matt Larsen trains at the Community Fitness Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sarah Lin trains at the Clubhouse 1 Fitness Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To sign up from personal training sessions call 597-4284 or 268-2275 and ask for Peter Quan or Ed Romo. A minimum number of sessions are required.
United Approves Walkway Lighting; Cul-de-Sac 7 Selected for Pilot
The United Board approved the Maintenance and Construction's recommendation on walkway lighting. Keep reading for more information.
The Village Bans Styrofoam Use at Clubhouse Events
The Village is doing its part to join the city’s efforts to reduce the use of Styrofoam products. The Golden Rain Foundation board approved the policy prohibiting the use of any Styrofoam products at all recreational events/ functions. Styrofoam cups, containers and other products will no longer be used at Clubhouse and recreational events. The policy applies to outside vendors who cater events within the community as well.
In 2004, Laguna Woods City approved a total ban on Styrofoam products at events the City sponsors or co-sponsors.
Door to Door and Phone Solicitation of Contractor Services
The Laguna Woods Village customer service department has once again received calls regarding a serviceman who claims to be an employee of PCM.
This person is not an employee of PCM. You are under no obligation to speak with him on the phone or allow him into your home.
Read on for tips on how to identify a PCM employee.
Please Report Irrigation Runoff to Property Services
Village at Work Video Series
Check out episodes of Village at Work, a series that focuses on the operations of the Village!
Resident host, Sheila Bialka, interviews Village staffers to learn more about the resources available to the community. Topics include water conservation, security, and customer service.
"Village at Work" is shown on the TV6 News (Monday through Friday at 8:30am, 12:30pm, and 5:00pm). The Village at work can also be viewed online on YouTube.
Click "more" to watch "Village at Work"!
US News and World Report names the Village one of the Best Places to Retire!
From US News and World Report: "More than three quarters of the population is over age 65 in Laguna Woods, Ca., a small southern California city just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. A 2,100-acre age-restricted community houses the majority of the residents. Laguna Woods Village, formerly called Leisure World, caters to those age 55 and older. "We wear age like a merit badge—the older you are, the more badges you have," says Ruth May, 77, a former travel agent who has lived at Laguna Woods Village for 13 years. "We all think we're much younger than we are. It makes me feel comfortable." May says she enjoys socializing primarily with people her own age and keeps in touch with her grandson online. "I communicate with my one grandson via Facebook," May says. "I don't know how to Twitter yet.""
Read the article online by clicking the link:
A Message from Supervisor Pat Bates
Supervisor Pat Bates was on Legislative Connection recently and wanted to share this link with residents about Measure M2 and the environmental work that is being completed in South County:
About Legislative Connection: Channel 6 exclusively produces Legislative Connection for Laguna Woods Village. Host Wendy Bucknum, Governmental and Public Affairs Manager for the Village, puts local politicians on the record about issues of importance to our community. Notable guests have included the Hon. Lawrence W. Stirling (ret.), Former California State Assembly Member and Co-author of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act; California State Controller John Chiang; U.S. Rep. John Campbell (CA-48): Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates and California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore.
Video Tour of Laguna Woods Village
Be the first to experience Resort Living, California Style as you are guided through this coastal community located in beautiful Southern California. Keep reading to watch a brief YouTube tour of the Community.
Tear-Off Form Required on all Approved Community Event Flyers
The State of California Recognizes the Village for being Green
Laguna Woods Village has earned special recognition from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery through its 2010 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP). Keep reading for more details.
Questions About Daytime Irrigation
You may notice irrigation running during day time hours in the community.
El Toro Water District has granted a waiver to all four corporations to allow daytime operation of their irrigation systems to accommodate newly seeded areas where turf is being repaired. Lawns are typically repaired with seed during the rain season, in part to take advantage of the precipitation anticipated during those months. The waiver is in effect from October 2009 through March 2010.
EZ Pay is the Best Way To Make Manor Payments
EZ Pay is a convenient and reliable way for residents to instantly make assessment payments on or before the sixth day of each month due date. Members who are not already using EZPay are encouraged to enroll. Click headline for more details. (As an alternative method, manor payments are accepted by check only at the Community Center front reception desk. Payments should be enclosed in appropriate payment envelopes.)