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In the Spotlight this week:
- Bus System to Return to Regular Service July 14
- 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament Sept. 11
- Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance on July 19
- Grandparent’s Fun Day
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for this week's Village Spotlight!



50th Anniversary Golf Tournament Sept. 11

On September 11, 2014, the Historical Society of Laguna Woods, the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF), and Professional Community Management (PCM) staff will host the 50th Anniversary Laguna Woods Village Anniversary Golf Tournament.

The event, commemorating the Village’s golden anniversary, includes a very special 9/11 tribute, 18 holes of golf, a continental breakfast, a carved turkey and prime rib buffet lunch, beverages at selected holes, a golf shirt, a golf cap, a golf towel, a swag bag, participation in contests, an opportunity drawing, and more!

Click here to sign up, or keep reading for more information...



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.

 



Majority of United Voters Vote "No" to Recall United Board

 

The vote on the United Recall Election, which took place on July 2, is as follows:

OPPOSED TO recalling the United Board Members - 2132

IN FAVOR of recalling the United Board Members - 925



Step Right Up and Get Your Tickets for Grandparent’s Fun Day!

Laguna Woods Village’s favorite multi-generational event, Grandparents Fun Day, is back! On Saturday, Aug. 2, Clubhouse 2 will be transformed into a carnival, featuring plenty of fun, food and activities for grandkids to enjoy with their grandparents.

Children will enjoy water slides, a bounce house, an obstacle course, a dunk tank, game booths, prizes, a magician, cartoon artists, Village clowns, face painters, arts and crafts, popcorn, cotton candy, healthy snacks, snow cones and more!



Orange County Fair Express

The OC Fair Express buses will be serving south county this year from the Laguna Hills Transportation Center and the Junipero Serra Park-and-Ride in San Juan Capistrano every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  A regular bus fare (typically $4 round-trip) will get you right to the entrance of the fair where you will avoid any parking costs ($10) and get a $3 coupon off admission (regular admission) is $12. In other words, for $13 you get transportation to and from the fair, including admission.

 



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
906         Alternative
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).



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



Movie on the Lawn Featuring "The Sandlot" on August 19

Play Ball! Gather your team together for a special showing of David M. Evans’ 1993 summer baseball classic, The Sandlot! Join us on the Clubhouse Two Lawn on Tuesday, August 19th. The movie will start at sundown (around 7:30 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 and a perfect opportunity to invite grandkids to the Village for some summer fun! 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.



T’ai Chi Classes Free for Residents

The ancient Chinese practice of T’ai Chi has been called the perfect exercise and it’s accessible to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. T’ai Chi has been shown to improve balance and coordination, lower blood pressure, reduce arthritis pain, increase vitality and promote overall health and well-being.

The Recreation Division is proud to offer T’ai Chi every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Clubhouse Seven. Resident instructors Robert Chen, Celina Yu, James Tung and Cecilia Jen welcome students to join anytime, no registration required.

New students can learn the basics every Tuesday at 9 a.m. then join the group from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each class will build upon the previous weeks lesson and every odd month (January, March, May, July, etc.) the instructors begin again from step one.

This class is FREE and for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. Call 597-4273 for more information.



Belly Dancing Class starts July 23

The Recreation Division offers students the opportunity to personally discover more about belly dancing! Classes meet on Wednesdays in the Rehearsal Room at Clubhouse Three. The introductory class is held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and beginning level class from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The next routines will be taught July 23 through August 27. The Introductory Class: Mosaic Scarf Dance and Beginning Class: Dina's Veil Dance.The cost for seven group lessons is $35 ($5 per class), students can register in the Recreation office; registration is limited to Village residents only.  One free class may be taken for new students to preview this exciting class, for more information call 949-597-4273.



Dancing Stars Around the World on July 26

 

For the benefit of the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village and the Saddleback Memorial Foundation

An international dance showcase "Dancing Stars Around the World", will take place on July 26, at 7:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 3 Theater.   Many accomplished dancers are giving their time and talents freely to bring the high caliber dancing of many cultures (Irish, Russian, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Indian) to entertain us.   Do not miss this opportunity to see a brilliant show and to help a good cause.  Buy your tickets now at the Box Office of Clubhouse 3.  Tickets are $18 and $21.

Click here for a flyer.



50th Anniversary Book Available for Preorder from the Historical Society

Preorder 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.

Click here to download the preorder form.



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:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/over-a-barrel-90/



Annual Guest Passes Now Being Processed

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.

Please be aware that approximately 1,000 guest pass applications were received by Property Services after the May 31 deadline and, therefore, are still being processed. Guest pass applications are being handled in the order in which they were received; therefore Property Services will be unable to take care of Annual Guest Passes over the counter until the mailed applications have been processed.

There will be no extension for the Annual Guest Passes that expired on June 30, 2014. Residents can call in their guests through the Gate Clearance System at 949-597-4301 until their guest passes are received.



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 Laguna Hills Mutual’s Position Regarding the United Laguna Woods Mutual vs the Golden Rain Foundation 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.



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.



South County Clerk Recorder Office open on Saturday, July 26 at Laguna Hills Office

The Laguna Hills branch Orange County Clerk Recorder office provides South Orange County residents with a convenient location to access their services.  They will be special Saturday hours on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The South County Office offers copies of birth, death and marriage records, marriage licenses, civil marriage ceremonies, filing fictitious business name statements, recording of real property transactions, copies of property records, notary public registrations, filing environmental impact reports, and more.

Go to www.ocrecorder.com for other information.



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:

Appliances
Automobiles
Children's Clothing
Furniture
Household Goods
Men's Clothing
Women's Clothing
Computer Systems
Books
Sofas
Suits

You can schedule a pickup by calling 1-800-728-7825 or by clicking here to go to their website to schedule the pickup. There are also drop-off locations which you can find by clicking here.

 



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

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.

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 southoc5info@octa.net or call 1 (800) 724-0353.



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.



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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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.



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).

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...

 



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…



Limited Edition 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 heather.rasmussen@pcm-inc.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 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 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...



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!


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.

Click here for more pictures!


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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. 

Keep reading for more pictures!


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.)