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What's up this week in the Village?

In the Spotlight this week:
- Don’t Miss the Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance on April 26
- Enjoy an Evening of Comedy and Magic with Chipper Lowell on May 10  
- Enjoy Family without the Hassle of Cooking at CH5 Mother’s Day Buffet
- United Laguna Woods Mutual AB 512s
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for this week's Village Spotlight!



Applications available for 2014- 2015 Guest and Non-Resident Owner Passes

The current Annual Guest Passes and Non-Resident Owner Passes will expire June 30, 2014. Effective immediately, applications are available at all Clubhouses, the Towers, the Village Library, and in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center. Both applications can also be accessed on the Laguna Woods Village website at www.lagunawoodsvillage.com. Go to Resident Links > Forms. Each form is highlighted in colored boxes for quick access.

A maximum of five Annual Guest passes can be issued per manor for Resident Members only. One application can be used for all five passes. Non-Resident Members are allowed one pass for each owner. New passes will be effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Applications are now being accepted. All applications must be returned to the Community Access department in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center located at 24351 El Toro Road, or mailed to Professional Community Management Inc, Agent, Attn: Community Access, PO Box 2220, Laguna Woods, CA 92654-2220. Each application must be accompanied with a legal-sized self-addressed stamped envelope so that passes can be mailed accordingly. Stamps should be the Forever Stamp to ensure delivery. The mailing of passes will begin no later than June 1, 2014.

Applications not received by May 31 may not be processed in time to meet the June 30 expiration date of the existing passes. Passes will be processed in the order received. Applications that are incomplete, are not accompanied by an appropriate self-addressed stamped envelope, or for any reason cannot be processed without additional information, will be delayed and will be processed as time permits.

Please be advised that passes will not be processed at the counter during this renewal period.



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.



SCE Planned Outage on April 21

Planned Outage # 630056 scheduled to start on 4/21/2014 at 10:00 AM and end on 4/21/2014 at 12:00 PM will affect service at several addresses in Third Mutual, including some elevators, at the following address(es):



Registration Now Open for the 2014 Village Games

The 2014 Games are set to begin on Wednesday, April 9. Last year, over 450 Village residents participated, and hundreds of gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the champions of over 26 different sporting events. Two new exciting events – Archery and Target Shooting – have been added to the games.



Casting Call for Talented Villagers - Perform in 6-Hour Marathon of Entertainment Benefit June 21

The Sunshine Performance Club will present a 6-hour Marathon of Entertainment Event on Saturday, June 21 in Clubhouse 3 Theater from 3 to 9 pm for the benefit of the Alzheimer's Association. All talented entertainers are invited to participate in the event.

If you have a talent that you want to share on stage in our village, contact Sunshine at (949) 586-4100 to schedule an audition on Saturday, April 26 between 4 and 10 pm in the Clubhouse 3 Rehearsal Room.



Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast FUNdraiser – Saturday May 17th at Clubhouse 1

The Annual Pancake Breakfast has been a Laguna Hills Saddleback Kiwanis tradition for over 40-years! The ticket price is still only $5.00 for unlimited pancakes, sausages, orange juice and coffee, from 7:30-Noon at Clubhouse 1. There will be many vendors at tables displaying their literature and products in the back with live continuous entertainment by Sunshine and Friends from 9 am to Noon. Tickets are available at the door at event day or from Kiwanis members.



Enjoy Family without the Hassle of Cooking at CH5 Mother’s Day Buffet

Looking for a way to celebrate Mother’s Day without spending it in the kitchen? Invite your friends and family to celebrate Mother’s Day with a buffet at Clubhouse 5 May 11.

On the menu is Caesar salad, seafood ceviche, sliced tomatoes and onions, gravlax and cream cheese, blueberry blintz soufflé, Spinach and mushroom quiche, tropical fruit platter, spinach and black bean salad, main course includes herb crusted tri-tip with demi glaze sauce, spiral ham with assorted mustards, east Indian mild chicken curry, cold poached salmon with cucumber dill sauce, sides include scalloped potatoes, basmati rice with turmeric, roasted asparagus marinated, assorted rolls and butter. Dessert choices are carrot cake, lemon meringue pie, pecan pie, chocolate cake, and cherry cheese cake. Coffee and tea will also be served. Plastic tumblers will be provided for diners who would like to bring their own wine.



Enjoy an Evening of Comedy and Magic with Chipper Lowell at Clubhouse 3 May 10

Award-winning comedian and magician, Chipper Lowell, will entertain guests with his hilarious improv, props, juggling, audience participation and magic at Clubhouse 3 on May 10.

Chipper has been described as an "artistic cyclone of talent and comedy.” The red head can usually be found onstage doling out witty remarks, presenting bizarre feats of original magic, adlibbing with audience members who can't stop laughing, attempting pointless juggling stunts, pulling a seemingly endless barrage of unusual thing-a-ma-bobs and gadgets out of his prop trunks, and in short, creating a wonderful evening of high-energy laughs and amazement for all those in attendance.



All American Boys Chorus Returns to Clubhouse 3 May 26

The All American Boys Chorus is returning to Clubhouse 3 on Monday May 26 at 3:00 p.m. The All American Boys Chorus is comprised of young men age 8 to 15 from more than 30 cities in Southern California. The accomplished chorus has toured to Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada and throughout the USA. They are one of the most widely traveled boys chorus in the world.



Golden Ticket Found in 50th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar!

Village resident, Joan Davis, was the lucky person who found the "golden ticket"  in the Laguna Woods Village’s 50th Anniversary calendar she purchased and will receive two free tickets to Laguna Woods Village’s 50th Anniversary Gala on the evening of Sept. 10!

Tickets to the September 10th event, hosted by the Historical Society, will go on sale later in this year.

Currently, there is another golden ticket in one of the calendars for a copy of the 50th Anniversary book entitled Laguna Woods Village at 50 Years. The remaining special edition 50th Anniversary Calendars are available for sale now at the Recreation office and the Golf Pro Shop for $7 each.

The beautiful, full-color Anniversary Calendar is filled with fascinating historical facts and amazing pictures from the Village’s early years. It also details many of the recreational events that residents can enjoy throughout 2014, including key anniversary milestones and celebrations. It makes a wonderful Village commemorative item.



Wear a Festive Derby Hat for a chance to win a Prize at May 3 Kentucky Derby Party at Clubhouse Five

Village residents who can’t make it to Churchill Downs will have an opportunity to celebrate and watch the 140th Kentucky Derby in true southern fashion! Taking place Saturday, May 3 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Clubhouse Five, the event will feature the race televised on the big screen, lunch, a hosted bar, and contests and prizes.



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.



Families Welcome at Easter Sunday Buffet at Clubhouse Five

Enjoy Easter Sunday with the family, but without all the cooking! Clubhouse Five is hosting a delicious buffet on Sunday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.

The buffet will be catered by Jolanda. The menu will include fresh strawberries, molded fruit salad, Caesar salad, Greek salad with feta cheese, marinated asparagus salad, red potatoes, ham with Cumberland sauce, prime rib au jus with horseradish, Cornish game hen with ginger and garlic, cold poached salmon with cucumber dill sauce, assorted rolls, coffee and tea and assorted desserts. Take home food is not permitted.

Tickets are on sale now, and are only $20, available at the Clubhouse Five office. Families are welcome, so bring the grandkids – kids aged six to ten are half price, and under five are free!

Tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets early there are a limited number available. Checks and credit or debit cards are accepted as payment, and the last day for refunds is Wednesday, April 16.

For more information, contact Clubhouse Five at 949-597-4382.



Annual Village Equestrian Center Easter Bash Slated for April 19

Laguna Woods Village residents and their families are invited to the Equestrian Center on Saturday, April 19 for a fun-filled morning of Easter activities.

The event, which begins at 9:00 a.m., will include a horse parade, an Easter egg hunt, pony rides, clowns, and lots of fun. The Easter Bunny is even expected to make an appearance!

Special thanks to Humana, the event title sponsor. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Humana, Professional Community Management and Lake Forest Dental Group.

“We’re excited to welcome Village residents and their families to the stables once again for this annual Easter tradition,” says Jerry Storage, General Manager. “The children will love the pony rides and the Easter egg hunt, with special prizes hidden inside each egg.”

Reservations are not necessary. Residents are encouraged to arrive early as parking is limited and the event is always well attended. For more information, please call the Equestrian Center at (949) 597-4275.



City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon 5K,10K & Kids Run May 26

Memorial Day - May 26, 2014 - marks the 16th annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5k, and 10K, Honoring the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. This favorite Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful Orange County cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel. Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities! With a half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run/Walk (6.2 miles) and a Kid's Run (1/2 Mile), there is something for everyone! All events and the Finish Line Expo will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014.

The half marathon, 5K and 10K both start in front of the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center.The Kids Races start and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. 

Laguna Woods residents get a special discount. Click here for the resident sign-up form which you can then fax in or bring with you to the race and sign up prior to the start.The resident discount is not available if you signup online.

Keep reading for more information!



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!



The Recreation Division Now Offers PILOXING®

Free Class Fuses Boxing, Pilates and Dance for a Fun Workout

March 10, 2014… The Recreation Division is excited to now offer PILOXING® fitness classes! 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 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!



Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements

Measure M Logo SmallDrivers 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.

Beginning Sunday, March 9,  from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the on- and off-ramps in both directions will be closed at Pacific Coast Highway and Camino Las Ramblas. Closures to different ramps at different times will occur during the overall work window. In addition, a stretch of PCH/Camino Las Ramblas underneath I-5 will be closed in both directions. Detours will be in place.

Drivers will start to see a lot of activity taking place behind k-rail the week of April 7. Crews will begin saw cutting activities on the northbound and southbound I-5 freeway between Camino Estrella and San Juan Creek Road to prepare the roadway for the additional lane being added as part of the 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. Please share with your friends so they can sign up for future alerts.



Moulton Widening Project Updates

Moulton Widening extends from the bus stop just north of El Toro Road to Santa Maria along Moulton Parkway. The construction for the project is being overseen by the County of Orange.

Northbound #3 lane along the golf course will remain closed 24 hours for Edison work.

Southbound #3 lane and sidewalk from Santa Maria to Laguna Woods Self Storage will remain closed 24 hours until Phase 3 is complete. 

Southbound #3 lane from El Toro Road to Pacific Hills Calvary Church will remain closed 24 hours until Phase 5 is complete.  The tunnel under Moulton is now open.



Third Approves Limiting Number of Vehicle Decals Issued per Home

Board will make Final Determination after 30 Day Notification Period

In an effort to address parking space availability in Third Mutual, the board voted to limit the number of vehicle decals issued per home at their February meeting.

Third requires a valid GRF vehicle decal or parking permit to park in areas it owns or manages, including carports, garages, streets and parking spaces. The decal limit approved by Third is based on the number of original construction bedrooms per unit: one bedroom units are allowed up to two vehicle decals, and two and three bedroom units are allowed up to three vehicle decals. In addition, each home is allowed up to two decals for golf carts or golf cars, regardless of number of bedrooms.



Proposed Aliso Creek Entrance Upgrade

Maintaining the GRF-owned entry to Aliso Creek is important for residents, visitors and maintenance personnel.  Visual enhancements with landscaping and hardscape improvements for the entrance to Aliso Creek on Avenida Sevilla as requested by the Landscape Committee would be a welcoming addition to an already attractive part of the community.  The proposed design would include a more formal entry statement with new signage and seat walls as well as view platforms with seating.  The new entry design would provide better screening of the Moulton Niguel Water Storage area directly adjacent to the entry.

The Golden Rain Foundation will consider the proposed Aliso Creek entrance upgrade as part of their 2015 Capital Plan. Click here for an artist drawing of the proposed enhancements.



Gate 7 Gatehouse Project Underway, Click for Landscape Plan Drawing

Construction at Gate 7You may have noticed a small building under construction at Gate 7. The GRF Board approved a new gatehouse there to enhance the community entrance and incorporate necessary building improvements. The completed project will include a new gatehouse, a speed table with pavers at the entrance, ADA-compliant sidewalk and parking stalls, and beautiful new landscaping. The Gate 7 entrance and exit will remain open during construction — please drive carefully.

Click here for an artist’s drawing of the proposed landscaping at Gatehouse 7.



Sushi Lessons back by Popular Demand!

Back by popular demand! The Recreation Division is proud to present Sushi Lessons with acclaimed Southern California sushi chef, Megumi Doi. The class will meet on Fridays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at Clubhouse Six in the Main Lounge from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. In this course, you will learn about sushi ingredients and sushi making tools and techniques. Learn to make different types of sushi at each class, including California rolls, vegetable rolls, hand rolls, fun sushi for parties and more! Students will enjoy their creations after class along with freshly made miso soup!



PCM Employee Salvador Plascencia receives Recognition of Excellence Award

Professional Community Management (PCM) employee Salvador Plascencia has received a Recognition of Excellence Award for his contribution to the success of the expansive Laguna Woods Village composting operation.

A 25-year employee of PCM, Plascencia has worked in the composting work center since May of 2007. Using a grinder and a tractor with a front end loader, he annually grinds approximately 7,000 tons of green waste, creating feedstock to be placed into windrows (long rows of compostable materials) for composting. He regularly monitors the moisture and temperatures of those windrows, turning them to maintain uniformity, ultimately converting it into approximately 10,000 cubic yards of composted mulch and other soil amendments for use in the community’s landscape.



Political Candidates and their Volunteers/Workers must Follow 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.

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Water Conservation Crucial as Governor Jerry Brown Declares Drought

Governor Brown has declared a statewide drought emergency and is asking all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. California is experiencing a serious drought and the state will be challenged to meet its water needs in the upcoming year.

Calendar year 2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California, and current conditions suggest no change is in sight for 2014.

Water conservation is always important in California, but this year no Californian can afford to waste any water. We all need to do our part.

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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.



Third Mutual to Update Elevator Equipment in Three-Story Buildings

Important safety upgrades will be performed on one building each month through the year 2019

The Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board of Directors has approved a program to upgrade the elevators in all Garden Villa and three-story buildings beginning January 2014. The upgrades, important to the long-term performance and safety of the elevators, will include replacing the elevator doors and the pump system.

In order to complete these upgrades, elevators in each impacted building will be inoperable for 14 days. Building residents will be notified prior to the upgrade by letter, and notices will be posted throughout the building.

Building 2353 will be the first to receive an elevator upgrade. The work began on January 13, 2014.

Residents with questions regarding the elevator replacement program should contact the Projects Department at 949-268-2591. For support services or assistance referrals, residents may call Social Services at 949-597-4267.



Toll Roads Move to All Electronic Tolling – Cash Collection Ending in May

The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) will remove all cash toll collection from the 51-mile toll road network in May 2014 and introduce more payment options for new users.

Current FasTrak® customers don't need to make any changes to their accounts when cash collection ceases.  FasTrak®, which uses transponder technology affixed to a vehicle’s windshield, will continue to provide the lowest tolls and may be used on all toll roads, lanes and bridges throughout California.



Information Related to the Village Activities Center Specific Plan

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).

Click here to view the Village Activities Center Specific Plan

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...

 



Clubhouse 3 and The Recreation Division Announce The Celebrity Series for Spring 2014

The ever-popular Celebrity Series returns to Clubhouse 3 with a wonderful program for Spring 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 gospel and blues, a musical theatre review, a blockbuster pop diva review, and comedy and magic. As in seasons past, The Celebrity Series boasts talent from across the country, from New York City to Los Angeles. The talent doesn't just span the USA but generations as well. New and seasoned, we have it all.

February 1- Jason Walker – A Gospel & Blues Musical Performance

March 1 - Kellie Johnson – A Musical Theatre Review

April 5 - Instant Replay – A Pop Diva Review of the 70’s & 80’s

May 10- Chipper Lowell – Comedy & Magic



Board Meeting Recaps Online Courtesy of the Channel 6 News Hour

Each month after their regular open Board meeting, the Presidents of GRF, United, and Third give a meeting recap live on ThisDay, the Channel 6 news program. If you missed last month’s recaps, click here to view the segments on Channel 6’s webpage.

ThisDay, broadcast live each weekday morning at 8:30 a.m., and rebroadcast at 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., is the premier connection to the Laguna Woods Village community since the 1970s. ThisDay covers a wide range of subjects of interest to the community, such as consumer protection, current legislation, financial and legal advice, medical news, travel, cooking and housing. Each show presents information, entertainment, and a brighter side of retirement living.

Click here to view the Channel 6 News Hour Board President Meeting Recaps.



Performance Review reveals Efficient Landscape Division at the Village

William Baker and Associates LLC (WBA) has conducted a Landscape Division Performance Review for Laguna Woods Village. The review began on July 1, 2013 and continued until the submission of the Final Report on October 25, 2013. During this period of time WBA spent in excess of 400 hours on the various project tasks. This includes many days on the property observing work, meeting with senior staff, touring different areas of the operation, collecting data and documents, and conducting our own tests. Additional time was spent conducting staff interviews, doing research, and writing the report.

According to the Landscape Department Performance Review, performed by WBA:

The Landscape Department at Laguna Woods Village is working at an excellent level of efficiency. The principles and best management practices either meet or exceed anything we see in the private sector. Resources available to the Department are indeed being utilized in an economical and efficient manner. The standards for quality are superb, and there is constant attention to improving both how quickly and how well jobs are completed. It is our studied and professional opinion that policies, standards, and procedures comply with those set forth by both the governing body of the Association and the governmental regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over Laguna Woods Village.

Keep reading for the executive summary and links to the entire Performance Review and presentation…



Coyote Activity in the Village

Laguna Woods is experiencing increased coyote activity, particularly within the Village Gates 7 and 14 areas. Although no animals on leashes have been attacked, several cats and dogs off-leash have been killed. 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. Click here for information about coyote hazing.



Village Clubs and Realtors: Get your Limited Edition Laguna Woods Village 50th Anniversary Logo

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 heather.rasmussen@pcm-inc.org.



Laguna Woods Village Recreation Master Plan

The Recreation Master Plan is an investment in the current and future well-being and attractive nature of our community, ensuring that the infrastructure and recreational amenities that make Laguna Woods Village a unique and vibrant place to live are up-to-date and well-maintained well into the future.

A financially prudent plan, half of the estimated $18 million investment will be funded through reserves that had been set aside for this very purpose; the other half will be funded through low interest rate loans that will be paid back through the Facilities Fee. This plan will NOT result in new or special assessments of Village residents.

All residents are encouraged to attend the upcoming meetings about the Recreation Master Plan.

Keep reading for a comprehensive overview of the Recreation Master Plan...



El Toro Water District (ETWD) Recycled Water Expansion Project Construction 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 district@etwd.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

Construction Alerts

Link to ETWD Recycled Water Expansion Project Website

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Development and Renovation at and around Oakbrook Village (Trader Joe's) Shopping Center
On November 13th, the Laguna Hills City County approved a transformative two-phase redevelopment proposal for the existing Oakbrook Village Shopping Center. Laguna Hills City Council members praised the plan as the future of Laguna Hills and confirmed the project met the goals of the Urban Village Specific Plan.

Keep reading for details and to view a site plan...


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, May 7th 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.



Community Wide Recycling Program

The Village has a longstanding history of environmentally responsible recycling of various materials such as green waste, newsprint, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and assorted metals. The Village has now equipped each Cul-de-sac with a blue recycling bin.

Keep reading for more information on the program and important information on what you can and can't recycle!



WARE and The City of Laguna Woods Offer FREE Monthly Bulky Item Collection

Collecting bulky items illegally left at trash enclosures, on driveways or along curbs currently costs residents and businesses in Laguna Woods over $75,000 a year. In cooperation with the City of Laguna Woods, Laguna Woods Village and other residential facilities in the City, Ware Disposal offers free, monthly bulky item collection.

Read on to learn how to take advantage of this great program!



SCAM ALERTs

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
The purpose of the Laguna Woods Green Home Program is to encourage residents to incorporate sustainable appliances and building practices into their homes and thereby promoting the environmental health of the community.
 
The Laguna Woods Green Home program is a voluntary program that is available for all residential units – existing or new. The program is specifically designed to meet the unique circumstances found in multifamily developments.
 
To receive certification, a home must meet at least two practices in each of the following categories:
 
1)     Energy Use Reduction
2)     Water Use Reduction
3)     Air Quality Improvement
4)     Waste Reduction
 
Applications and information packets are available at Laguna Woods City Hall, 24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 and on the City’s website www.laguanwoodscity.org. If you have any questions about the voluntary Green Homes Program or need further assistance, please contact the Deputy Building Official at (949) 639-0527 or ggates@lagunwoodscity.org.  
 
Keep reading for more information!


Watch out for Rattlesnakes
The staff has been getting an increasing number of calls from residents and employees reporting rattlesnakes in the community. Given the seasonal increase in the mice population this is to be expected.

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 then please report it to Animal Control. If the snake is sighted after normal business hours please make the report to Security Dispatch and they will report it to Animal Control. 

For more information on rattlesnakes in California, visit the California Department of Fish and Game here.


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!
The Security Department would like to remind drivers that a license is required to operate a motor vehicle in Laguna Woods Village according to the Traffic Rules and Regulations, Sections 2.1 and 3.0.  Any person driving in Laguna Woods Village must have their valid driver’s license in their possession while operating a motor vehicle (Traffic Rules and Regulations, Section 3.0).  The licensing rule does not apply to golf carts.
 
Any person driving without a valid license in their possession may be fined $200 by GRF for the first offense (Traffic Rules and Regulations, Section 12.5).
 
So before you drive your motor vehicle, make sure you have your valid driver’s license with you!


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: 
http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/slideshows/places-with-the-most-retirees/


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:

http://www.octa.net/M2Home.aspx   

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.)