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What's up this week in the Village

In the spotlight this week:

- Gate 6 Re-Opening on Friday, June 24 at 5:00 p.m.
- "Who's Your Daddy" to Perform on June 25
- Summer Horse Show on June 25
- Movie on the Patio Featuring Roman Holiday on June 30
- - Fun Club Happenings

Read on for what's up! 

Applications Now Being Accepted for United Board Vacancy

Applications are now being accepted for qualified candidates willing to serve on the United Laguna Woods Mutual Board of Directors.  The term will expire in 2018.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community.  To apply, visit the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center to obtain an application and specific instructions on the election process. Return the completed application to Corporate Secretary, Kim Taylor, in the General Manager’s office no later than noon on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

The election will be at the United Board’s regular board meeting on July 12, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room.  Please call 949-597-4262 for more information.

SCE Rotating Outage Procedures and Policies

As summer approaches, we believe it is prudent to review Southern California Edison’s (SCE) rotating outage procedures and policies, as well as the Outage Notification Communications (ONC) programs that SCE would use in the event of rotating outages.  In addition to summer approaching, State Officials have stated there is an increased a possibility of rotating outage events due to the recent restricted operations of Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility that services Southern California.

In the event the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) declares a Stage 3 alert creating a rotating outage event, SCE will use both the ONC and the SCE Alert programs to communicate with our customers.  Note that SCE will also follow these same notification procedures for other major emergencies such as wildfires, inclement weather or earthquakes that can cause significant interruptions and/or lead to transmission Stage 3 alerts.

Temporary Closure of Portion of Equestrian Trail

Southern California Edison (SCE) is replacing an underground electrical vault along Avenida Carmel, near Building 277 (inside Gate 1) beginning on Tuesday, July 5 and ending on Friday, July 22.

This work requires excavation, traffic detours, and power outages to the surrounding areas.  The equestrian trail, which runs along Avenida Carmel, across from Building 277, will be closed at that location during construction.

The scheduled electrical outages in that area will be on Friday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m. and on Friday, July 15 at 10:00 p.m.

The contractor will provide notification fliers to the manors affected by this work.

Planned SCE Power Outage for June 27 and July 6

Please be aware that there SCE power outages planned for Tuesday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. has been canceled.

There is a planned outage on June 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on July 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

There is a planned SCE power outage on Wednesday, July 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For any questions call SCE at 1-800-655-4555.

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Gate 6 Re-Opening on Friday, June 24 at 5:00 p.m.

After three months of waiting, Gate 6 will reopen on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and be open until 11:00 p.m. Gate improvements include a new gatehouse, utility and technology installation, paving, and landscaping.  

Last week, Gate Ambassadors walked the new gatehouse in preparation for the opening.  Residents will continue to enter the gate and be manually greeted by one of our friendly Ambassadors.

After Gate 5 opens this fall, the barrier arms will be activated and all residents will be issued a new decal.

The Boards of Laguna Woods Village look forward to enhanced security, easier access for residents and guests, and more efficient operations.

Gate 5 renovation is scheduled to commence on August 1, 2016.

Upcoming Summer Events at the Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center

The Recreation Department is hosting two summer events in the Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center (formerly Clubhouse 3):  an a cappella singing group, “Who’s Your Daddy”; and hypnotist, Steve Bayner.Tickets are $15 and $25 and are now on sale at the Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center box office.

On June 25, “Who’s Your Daddy”

“Who’s Your Daddy” isn’t just Jerry Springer’s favorite question. It’s also the name of the a cappella singing group.  Formed four years ago by three longtime friends, “Who’s Your Daddy!” brings a whole new approach to performing songs such as “Sundown”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, and “Reelin’ in the Years.” The Daddies have sung the National Anthem at the Staples Center opening the L.A. Kings games and at NYC’s Madison Square Garden opening the Knicks and Rangers games. They will be performing at 7:00 p.m. Click here to hear their music.

On July 22, Hypnotist, Steve Bayner (Sponsored by CARE Ambulance)

The Steve Bayner Hypnotist Show is one of the most sought-after, successful shows of its kind. Each year, Steve performs before millions of people. Audience participation is key to each show’s success.  Volunteers become the stars of the show.  The remaining viewing audience is captivated by the show filled with impromptu reactions and hilarious talents.  Each show has its own personality and humor, reflecting the uniqueness of the individuals in the audience.

Kitchen Fee For Residents or Clubs

During the April 5, 2016 GRF Board Meeting, a resolution was passed regarding a kitchen fee for residents or clubs.

A $25 kitchen fee will be charged when major appliances in the kitchen are used for meal preparation/service while renting a small dining room. The small dining rooms include Clubhouses 1 and 2 Dining Rooms and Clubhouse 6 Main Lounge.

A $50 kitchen fee will be charged when major appliances in the kitchen are used for meal preparation/service while renting a large dining room or a Main Lounge. The large dining rooms include the Clubhouse 3 Dining Rooms, and Main Lounges in Clubhouses 1, 2, 5, and 7.

Major appliances include the stovetop, oven, dishwasher, propane BBQ, and pantry access (dishes, flatware).

The use of the refrigerator, freezer, microwave and or coffee urns ONLY will not result in a charge.

This kitchen fee does not apply when a GRF approved caterer is providing service to group; the caterer pays a separate fee.

This fee will be collected by Clubhouse Staff when arranging for setup needs and check should be made payable to GRF.

Art, Art, Everywhere!

The Laguna Woods Art Association has kindly loaned club members’ art work which is displayed at the Community Center. Nearly 80 artists competed to showcase their art and the finalists were chosen by a panel of six Art Association members and three VMS staff. Stop by and take a self-guided tour.



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Summer Horse Show on June 25

On Saturday, June 25, there will be a Summer Horse Show.  It will start at 9:00 a.m. and will last until about 10:30 a.m. There will be local riders as well as riders outside of the Village.

Free admission and free refreshments sponsored by Palm Terrace, 2016 Title Sponsor. Come early for best parking. Overflow parking in City Hall parking lot.

Those interested in learning more about the Horse Show can call the Equestrian Center at (949) 597-4275.

Voice Lessons with Hea Suk Park on June 29

Voice lesson free demonstration on Wednesday, June 29, at Clubhouse 6 from 1:30 p.m.until 3:00 p.m. No registration required.

International soprano Hea Suk Park, has garnered acclaim worldwide in recital, concert and opera. In concerts and as a solo recitalist, Hea Suk has enthralled audiences with her “rich,gleaming” soprano voice at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and on world stages in Italy, Spain, Austria, Norway, Korea, and Los Angeles. With 25 years of performing and teaching experience, Hea Suk provides specialized instruction in vocal production and interpretation, tailored to the individual needs of each student.

Hea Suk Park is also offering lessons in Exclusive Breathing Technique:

30 Minute Private Lesson- $40
45 Minute Private Lesson-$60
60 Minute Private Lesson- $75
Group Lessons Available

Click here for flyer.

Movie on the Patio Featuring Roman Holiday on June 30

Benvenuti a Roma! Don’t miss this special showing of Roman Holiday (1953), a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

This outdoor screening will be held at Clubhouse 1 Patio on Thursday, June 30. The movie will start at sundown (around 8:20 p.m., subject to change) but all are welcome to arrive early and snag a spot in the patio.

This event is free for residents and their guests. Warm beverages, snacks, and popcorn will be available on the patio. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and libations, and chairs!

Remember to bring blankets, coats, hats, mittens.

Call Recreation at 949-597-4382 for more information.

Saturday Night Dance at Clubhouse 5 on July 23

Clubhouse 5 will be hosting the “July Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party,” Saturday, July 23. Dance to the Rock and Roll music of The Dinosaurs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Dinosaurs perform great rock dance music from the early 50's through today! Instrumentals, jazz and blues are just some of the genres played by this exceptional group who have been thrilling audiences with their diverse talents everywhere they’ve been booked! Admission to the dance is only $5.00 at the door. You Must show your Village ID in order to purchase tickets. The GRF bar is available from 6:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.

The B-bus is available on Saturday evening to take you to the dance and pick you up but you must contact the Transportation Department in advance to make these arrangements (949) 597-4659.  If you have question about the dance, please call the Clubhouse 5 office at 597-4382.

Lost and Found List Now on Village Website

If you have lost an item in the Village, please click here to see a list of recently found items.  If you see your item on the list, you may call 949-597-4435 or email  You will receive a response within 24 hours.



Missing Your Trash Can?

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

PILOXING® Classes Tuesdays at Clubhouse 6

PILOXING® is taught by Rachel Gibson, Certified Personal Trainer, PILOXING® Instructor and Flex Instructor. The class fuses non-Stop, cardio fusion of standing pilates, boxing and dance classes.The one-hour class takes place on Tuesdays at Clubhouse 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The cost for the class is $50 for 10 group lessons; new students can attend one free lesson before registering in the Recreation Division office.

Silver Sneakers and Flex members may attend the class free of charge, please bring your membership card to class or contact the instructor for eligibility at or call 714-878-6632. PILOXING® cardio fusion incorporates cutting edge research and fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. The program uniquely blends the power, speed, and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of standing pilates.

These techniques are also supplemented by the use of weighted gloves, further toning the arms and maximizing cardiovascular health. Add to that exhilarating dance moves and you have a muscle-toning, fat-burning workout that will make you feel physically and mentally empowered! PILOXING® is open to Laguna Woods Village residents only. For more information, call the Recreation Division Offices at 949-597-4273.

Q&A with Broadband Services Director Russ Ridgeway

The Broadband Services Division at Laguna Woods Village provides quality cable television and high-speed internet services to the Community. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the cable lineup reflects the demands of the resident viewers at a price that is affordable.

Russ Ridgeway, Broadband Services Director, explains how he and his staff accomplish this goal on the behalf of GRF, and answers some frequently asked questions, in the following Q&A:

Where does GRF get the television programming that it offers to the residents of Laguna Woods Village?

GRF has contracts with each cable TV programming provider. That means since there are hundreds of channels on the cable system, there are hundreds of contracts that must be negotiated and complied with. GRF either negotiates directly with a provider or joins into a universal contract that has been negotiated by the National Cable TV Cooperative (NCTC), which represents hundreds of small cable companies, including GRF. By joining together the members have much more bargaining power than if each acted independently.

Fortunately, programming agreements are usually multi-year contracts so not every contract is negotiated each year.

Coyote Alert

Laguna Woods is experiencing increased coyote activity. Keep your cats inside and your dogs always on a leash when they are out of the house. Carry a stick and a whistle or rattle and walk with others if possible. Avoid walking your dog in the early morning hours or anytime after dark.

To report a coyote, especially one exhibiting unusual or stalking behavior, call Animal Control at 497-0701.

Click here a City flyer on coyote awareness

Keep reading for watch a brief PSA on coyote safety.

The United Board is looking for Volunteers!

The United Board welcomes the opportunity to network with residents. If you have an area of expertise that you feel would benefit our community, then we want to hear from you. Email your resume to United President Lenny Ross at As committees and task forces are formed, the Board may call upon qualified residents to be part of the team. Thank you for considering lending your experience for the betterment of our Village!

Please note: if you are interested in volunteering at a Recreation Facility, contact the Recreation Division at 949-597-4273.

Third Mutual to take Proactive Measures for Outdoor Water Conservation

Due to the ongoing drought conditions affecting Southern California, El Toro Water District is now applying a drought penalty to Tier 3 and 4 irrigation water as of August 1, 2015.

Because of the new ETWD water budget formula, Third Mutual’s high tier water bill jumped from previously less than $3,000 to nearly $60,000 in August 2015, and to over $10,000 in September 2015. Third Mutual is currently protesting these charges.

Recycled water is not subject to tiered pricing as potable water is, and in Third Mutual, approximately 125 out of 273 irrigation water meters have been converted to recycled water. The majority of non-recycled irrigation water meters remaining are in the Gates 9, 11, and 14 areas. Third is looking closely at ways of reducing outdoor water usage in these areas.

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Town Hall Meetings, Board Updates, and More Available on the Village YouTube Channel!

Did you know? Laguna Woods Village has a YouTube channel! There you will find an abundance of informative Community videos, including weekly Board updates, Multi-Boards Town Hall Meetings, Meet the Candidates meetings, and so much more!

Check out the Village YouTube Channel by clicking here:

How to Report Water Waste

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 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.

Construction Noise Permitted only During Approved Hours in Laguna Woods Village

In the interest of protecting the quiet enjoyment of each residents’ manor in Laguna Woods Village, Third Laguna Hills Mutual (Third) and United Laguna Woods Mutual (United) have adopted hours that construction work may take place in the community.

The approved hours for construction work differ between Third and United Mutual:

In Third Mutual, no construction work for or by the residents shall commence prior to 7:00 a.m. and no work shall be permitted after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Work on Saturday shall be permitted from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for work that results in construction-related noise (e.g. cutting tile, hammering, use of power tools). For work that does not result in excessive noise, such as painting and carpet installation, permitted Saturday hours are 7:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. No work whatsoever shall be permitted on Sunday.

In United Mutual, work may be performed on Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No work whatsoever shall be permitted on Saturday or Sunday.

Contractors performing emergency work at the direction of the Boards and the managing agent are exempt from the time and noise restrictions listed above.

If construction work by or for a resident takes place outside of these defined hours, the resident may be held responsible for the nuisance, which may include disciplinary action or a fine.

UCI 90+ Study Seeking New Recruits for Groundbreaking Successful Aging Research

The 90+ Study of the University of California Irvine announces the expansion of its study of the oldest-old, those aged 90 years and older.

This study, begun over 10 years ago (in 2003), was recently highlighted on CBS’s 60 Minutes and in the Orange County Register. It has also received considerable attention from the scientific community as it is one of the largest studies of the oldest-old and has produced significant findings related to longevity, successful aging, and dementia.

About 1500 Laguna Woods Village residents are members of this select group but more are needed. 

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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.