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Par 3 Drop-In Lounge Now Open

Come one come all to the newest drop-in lounge in the Village. Grab a neighbor and stop by the Par 3 golf course soon.  Or, after your golf game, swing by and check out the relaxing space, featuring comfortable furniture, a television, outdoor patio, and a place to play cards.

After 5:00 p.m., the drop-in Par 3 Lounge is rentable for residents. Contact the Recreation Department Offices at 949-597-4227 for more information.

 

Three for Free January!

Miss the RFID deadline?  If you don’t have your RFID decal yet, you can get up to three stickers until January 31, 2017 for no charge.  The decals are required to open the gate arms at Gates 5 and 6.

Don’t delay! Beginning February 1, 2017, RFID decals will be $25 each. Visit Resident Services Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Vehicles must be present to have the decal applied by staff—we’ll even throw in a free headlight cleaning.

 

Digital Deluxe Subscribers now Available to all Set-Top Box Subscribers

Beginning this month, all set-top box subscribers will have access to the digital deluxe content. That’s 16 standard-definition, 3 high-definition, and 41 music channels—a total of 60 channels. Set-top box rentals will go up by $1; however, current subscribers to the digital deluxe music package may see a small decrease in their monthly Broadband bill.

Visit lagunawoodsvillage.com to view all channels added to the monthly set-top box subscription. Happy viewing!

 

Third Accepting Applications for Board Vacancy

Third Laguna Hills Mutual is accepting applications for qualified candidates willing to serve as a Director. The term will expire in 2018.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community. To apply, visit the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center to obtain an application and specific instructions on the process. Return the completed application to Catherine Laster in the General Manager’s office.  Please call 949-597-4262 for more information.

 

GRF, Third, United Board Meetings to be Held at City Hall during Board Room Renovations

On January 27, the Board Room will close for renovation. During construction, the City of Laguna Woods has opened its doors to the Village Boards to host their monthly meetings in the City Hall Council Chambers. The Boards will hold their meetings on the scheduled dates and times.  The meetings will be televised live on Channel 6, 6.1 and 406. Committee meetings will be held in the Community Center conference rooms. Check the online Board and Committee Meeting Calendar for details and meeting locations.

 

Clarification: In the January 1 “Top Ten Things to Know” article regarding assessments, it should have been specified that “electricity” referred to common-area electricity.



What’s on the Horizon for TV6: Town Hall on Jan. 26

On January 26, CEO Brad Hudson will present his vision for Channel 6, and discuss the various improvements that have been made to-date to the channel and the cable network over the last several months.

Join us Thursday, January 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Center Board Room.

Come listen and ask questions! The GRF board wants to know what residents like and dislike about TV6, and what shows or content would draw more viewers. Residents are encouraged to submit questions, comments and suggestions to Brad before the meeting by emailing generalmanager@vmsinc.org or calling 949-268-2412.

Can’t make it in person? The Town Hall will be broadcast live on channels 6, 6.1 and 406, and rebroadcast at later dates and times which at times to be determined.



Hide it, Lock it, or Lose it: Golf Cart Key Edition

The City of Laguna Woods has the lowest crime rate of any city in Orange County. But, that doesn’t mean its citizens are immune from petty crime. Just last week, two golf carts were stolen by individuals in the Village. Fortunately, the golf carts were recovered quickly and returned to the owners thanks to vigilant actions of residents, Village Security, and the OC Sheriff.

Remember: do not leave your keys in your golf cart! A  petty  criminal  looks  for  an  easy  target, and  in  the  Village, these   opportunities   are   found   in   the   form   of   an   unlocked car, unsecure carport cabinet, and unattended property. When items are left unsecured, it only takes a thief a few seconds to “grab and go,” and your valuables may be gone forever.

Please see Chief Moy’s Quarter 4 publication, “Hide it, Lock it, or Lose It,” for more tips on protecting yourself and your property.



Third Mutual Creates a “Brighter Future” in Gate 14

As part of Third Mutual’s “Bettering the Community” efforts, the lighting fixtures in the Garden Villa and LH21 building breezeways, walkways, stairways and laundry rooms are in the process of being converted to LED. LED lighting fixtures are more energy efficient, contain no mercury, require less maintenance and provide more light for better visibility than the current incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) lighting fixtures.

The installation of LED lighting fixtures in Gate 14 Buildings 4006, 4007, 4008, 4009, 4010, 4011, 4025 and 4026 has already been completed by VMS electricians. The LED lighting fixture conversion in buildings 4003, 4004, 4005, 4012, 4013, 4014 and 4015 should be completed by the end of the first week in January. The process of upgrading the fixtures should not inconvenience residents.

Enjoy the brighter future!



Don’t Delay! Get your RFID Decal

Gates 5 and 6 are now open to all traffic, and the gate arms will be activated soon.

Residents of Laguna Woods Village must have an RFID decal on their vehicle to enter the community via the resident lane. The RFID decal will automatically open the Gate arms without the assistance of the Gate Ambassadors; just pull up within two feet of the arm, and it will open to allow you access. Guests, visitors and residents driving a vehicle without an RFID tag must use the guest lane.

Drivers: use caution when entering the community, do not tailgate, and please, only one car at a time.

If you did not get an RFID decal, please visit Resident Services during normal business hours. Beginning in 2017, each decal will cost $25.

Click the video below to learn more about the new and improved access system at Gates 5 and 6. Questions? Call 949-597-4600



Irv Piken Celebrates 108th Birthday at Laguna Woods Village

On December 20, Laguna Woods Village resident Irv Piken celebrated his 108th birthday at the Community Center Fitness Center! Irv is a beloved fixture at the fitness center, and was joined by over two dozen friends, family and fellow Village fitness enthusiasts to celebrate this impressive milestone.

Irv, who has lived in Laguna Woods Village for 39 years, is a regular at the fitness center, where he works out at least twice a week—some weeks, up to five. Irv uses almost every piece of strength equipment in the fitness center, but his favorite is the compound rowing machine.

“The staff and the residents at the fitness center look forward to seeing Irv when he comes in for his regular workouts,” says Peter Quan, Laguna Woods Village Fitness Supervisor. “Irv is a great guy, and an inspiration to us all.”

In honor of his 108th birthday, Irv received Certificates of Recognition from the City of Laguna Woods, State Senator John Moorlach, State Assemblyman Matthew Harper, and Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.



Timeless Melodies - “Love is Here to Stay” Love Songs at Clubhouse 1 on Feb. 1

Clubhouse 1 presents our next, Timeless Melodies - “Love is Here to Stay” Love Songs in Popular Music to take place on Wednesday, February 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge.

Most of the Great Standards are love songs. You'll hear the best of the great songwriters at their very best.  Join Larry Maurer of Timeless Melodies for a Valentine's Day tribute to the Great American Love Songs.

Tickets are $6 and may be purchased in the Clubhouse 1 Office. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, call 597-4281.

Assisted hearing devices are available.  See staff to check out a receiver. Feel free to bring your own headphones or earbuds.



Ageless Ballet with Elsie

The Recreation Division presents Ageless Ballet, a new dance fitness class scheduled on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Clubhouse 1 in the multipurpose room. Ageless Ballet is wildly popular oversees, and the Recreation Division is excited to offer it at Laguna Woods Village! Enjoy a FREE preview on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 for residents who want an introduction to the class.

The class will be taught by Elsie Hill, who studied ballet throughout her youth and graduated from CSU Fullerton with her a BA in Dance. She has taught for multiple dance studios in Orange County, is a certified personal fitness trainer through I.D.E.A., and has been with West Coast Movement Project dance studio since 2013. The 60-minute class will include 20 minutes of warmup stretching, 20 minutes of barre work (using chair backs), and 20 minutes of center work and dancing. The class is modified for the senior demographic, and there will be no jumping or turning.

Students should wear comfortable exercise clothes that they can move in. Ballet slippers are not required, and are only recommended for students with healthy feet; those who need extra support should wear supportive sneakers.

This program is designed to cater to older adults by helping participants improve balance, strength, flexibility, postural adjustments and most importantly, heart health.

Punch cards will be available in the Recreation Division or Clubhouse 1 office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for students is $70 for 10 Classes; Laguna Woods Village residents only. For more information, call 949-597-4273.



Third Accepting Applications for Board Vacancy

Third Laguna Hills Mutual is accepting applications for qualified candidates willing to serve as a Director. The term will expire in 2018.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community. To apply, visit the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center to obtain an application and specific instructions on the process. Return the completed application to Catherine Laster in the General Manager’s office. Please call 949-597-4262 for more information.



Third Appoints Marcy Sheinwold to VMS Board

On Friday, November 11, 2016, the Third Mutual Board elected Marcy Sheinwold to be a Director on the Village Management Services, Inc. (VMS) Board. Ms. Sheinwold replaces Steve Parsons who has just been elected to the Third Mutual Board. She will serve until December 2018.

Ms. Sheinwold holds degrees in Law and Health Services Administration, and has been a very active resident of the Village. She currently is President of the Laguna Woods Village Foundation and serves on the Boards of the Bridge and Film Clubs as well as the Reform Temple. During her career, she held a number of important local government positions in Nassau-Suffolk counties in New York and worked for several law firms specializing in health related cases.



Pardon our Dust! Work on Downstairs Fitness Center has Begun

Construction on the new Community Center first-floor fitness center began on Thursday, November 10.

Please be aware that during the demo and relocation, there will be noise and dust, and certain areas will no longer be accessible. The corridor and exit door beyond the mailroom have been permanently blocked. The upstairs fitness center will remain open until the end of January; downtime will be about two weeks.

We appreciate your patience as we get ready to move the fitness center to its new and improved first floor location. We anticipate the new first-floor fitness center will open in mid-February. In the meantime, fitness buffs can use the Clubhouse 1 fitness center and the new, un-staffed Clubhouse 5 fitness center, which will open on January 6.



New Tennis Instructor Chang Kyu Bae

Have you ever wanted to learn tennis or wish to better your game? Experience a new approach: beginners, intermediate and advance players welcome to learn with Chang Kyu Bae, an USPTA Professional, Korea National Junior’s and Women’s Team Coach, Federation Cup Team Coach, Barcelona Olympic Team Coach and International Tennis Federation Umpire

Cost:

  • Four (1 hour) Group Lessons: $80 Per Person
  • One (1 hour) Private Lesson: $80 Per Lesson

Lesson dates and times are coordinated with the instructor.

Pre-registration required in the Recreation Division office or the Clubhouse 7 office. Laguna Woods Village residents only.

Questions?  Call 949-597-4273



Monthly Set Top Box Rental Fee Restructure Elimination of the Digital Deluxe Fee

Effective January 7, 2017, the New Fee Structure for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) can be found by clicking here.

The Digital Deluxe $7.25/monthly Fee is no more!

The new fee structure was authorized by the GRF Board of Directors on October 4, 2016. Any questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed by attending the GRF Media and Communications Committee meeting, scheduled for November 14, December 12 and January 9 at 1:30 p.m., in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center, Board Room. Alternatively, you can write to the Committee at P.O Box 2220, Laguna Hills, CA 92654.

Note:Committee meeting dates are subject to change.



GRF Election Results

On November 8, the Corporate Members met and elected Diane Phelps, Joan Milliman, Richard Palmer, and Ray Gros to the GRF Board. Thank you to retiring directors John Luebbe and Mary Stone!

 



Help the Village Take a Crack at Sidewalk Deterioration

There are over 50 miles of concrete sidewalks in Laguna Woods Village, and while the majority of sidewalks are in a good state of repair, the number of parkway trees, soil conditions, and other factors contribute to deterioration. This manifests as cracked slabs, uplifted sections, differential settlement, and depressions which can hold irrigation water. VMS staff continuously inspects these very important elements of roadways, and strives to maintain infrastructure in good repair. However, at times one of these conditions may be overlooked and staff receives communication from concerned residents pointing out the deficiencies. To expedite the repairs of these parkway locations, residents are encouraged to call Resident Services at 949-597-4600, who will route the call to the appropriate department for timely service.



Building a Heart Safe Community

The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) is dedicated to building a Heart Safe Community, and has developed the Laguna Woods Village Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. There are now 24 strategically placed AED’s throughout the community, located in Clubhouses, golf course, recreation areas and the Community Center. Village Management Services, Inc. is currently training all of its employees in the most current American Heart Association standards in CPR/AED and First Aid.



Conducting Business in Your Manor

The City of Laguna Woods Municipal Code regulates a business conducted in a manor for the purpose of ensuring that there are no negative impacts on the neighbors.

When applying to conduct a business in your manor you should keep in mind that:

  • Your home should remain a home/dwelling and not be changed by the business being conducted.
  • Your business should not have employees working at the manor.
  • Business should be conducted only inside the manor and should not operate outdoors, including garage (whether attached or detached), patio, balcony or carport.
  • No signs or evidence of a business should be posted.
  • Only one room of the dwelling unit or 25 percent of the gross floor area (whichever is less) should be used for the business.
  • The business should not produce hazardous, combustible, chemicals or other materials that are dangerous.
  • Tools and equipment used in the business should not create smoke dust, noise, odors, or vibration beyond that typically found in a manor.

Keep reading for a list of many businesses not allowed in a manor.



Recreation Classes Punch Cards

Prepaid punch cards for Recreation Division classes are now available for purchase at the clubhouse office where the class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Class punch cards may be purchased with a major credit card or check payable to GRF. Multiple cards may be purchased at one time. Recreation Division classes are for Laguna Woods Village residents only; please be prepared to show your resident ID card when making a purchase.

Clubhouse 1 - Ballroom with Ed Van Ornum, Ballroom with Candi Davis, Flexibility Training with Brittany Kelley

Clubhouse 2 (after reopening) - Line Dancing with Doug Houston, Zumba with Mia Alicea


Performing Arts Center - Tap Dance with Letty Smyth, Belly Dancing with Jheri St. James

Clubhouse 5 - Ballroom with Candi Davis, Line Dancing with Doug Houston (during CH2 renovations only)

Clubhouse 6 - Piloxing with Rachel Gibson, Zumba with Mia Alicea

Clubhouse 7 - Tennis with John Prickitt

The Recreation Division office, located inside the Community Center will continue to sell all prepaid class cards. Call 949-597-4273 for more information.



Kitchen Fee For Residents or Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



United Residents Asked to Cast Their Vote for Vinyl Flooring

United residents, cast your vote for your favorite vinyl flooring now through August 15!  

When the votes are tallied, the six most popular will be kept on hand in the Maintenance Department for swift installation at resale or when a floor qualifies for replacement. Other vinyl flooring options will still be available; however, residents who chose vinyl flooring not in stock will have to wait until the flooring is ordered and delivered before installation.

Vinyl flooring samples and voting slips are available in the Resident Services area of the Community Center for your convenience. Please stop by and cast your vote today!



Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Friendly Visitor!

Be a volunteer. Bring companionship to your neighbors. If you have two free hours each month to visit, consider being a Friendly Visitor. The Social Services Department is recruiting men and women for its Friendly Visitor Program. Required training classes are planned for two Tuesdays in September. For more information, please call Dawn Hibbs, volunteer coordinator, at 949-597-4376.



Missing Your Trash Can?

As you may know, the Village is now using Waste Management for trash service.  It has come to our attention that some residents are without a trash can since our previous trash provider, WARE, is picking up their trash cans but Waste Management hasn't delivered some of the new ones yet.

If you not yet received your new trash can from Waste Management, please call them at 714-558-7761 and they will deliver one to you.  You may also make this request on their website at wm.com.



How to Report Water Waste

If you witness water waste, here’s how to report it

Many of us have witnessed water abuse: flooded sidewalks, running hoses, broken water lines, sprinklers running on rainy days. In the middle of a drought, that’s painful to watch and no longer acceptable.

El Toro Water District – which serves Laguna Woods and surrounding communities – would like your help. If you see water waste, talk to your neighbors. Or inform El Toro Water District of the problem. Here’s how:

  • Go to ETWD.com and click on the yellow bar that says “Send a Report.”  (It’s near the bottom of the home page.)
  • Or call El Toro Water District Customer Service at 949.837.0660 during business hours.
     

It is not necessary to contact Village Management Services, Inc. or Laguna Woods officials.



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.



Introducing: Saturday Docent Tours

If you are new to the Village, or just want to learn more about what the community has to offer, sign up for a docent tour. It includes a tour of the Community Center, clubhouses, and residential areas. Tours are hosted by long-time residents, some of whom are past board members.

To accommodate residents who are still working, Laguna Woods Village is now offering a docent tour on Saturdays. The inaugural Saturday tour will take place January 28 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Contact Community Services at 949-268-2337 to sign up for the tour. Call now if you are interested; there is no charge for the tour, the bus holds up to 21 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Two docent tours are also offered every Thursday, including a morning and an afternoon session.



Retirement Living TV Now Showing on Laguna Woods Village Cable

Broadband Services is excited to announce the addition of RLTV (also known as Retirement Living TV) to the cable channel lineup. RLTV features programming specifically targeted to people over the age of 50. Their Emmy Award-winning content focuses on everything from financial planning and second careers to travel and entertainment; from health and wellness to volunteerism and community-building. RLTV offers an all-star lineup of interesting and engaging celebrity hosts including Joan Lunden, Jean Chatzky, Sam Donaldson and more.

Tune in now to channel 150 to enjoy RLTV. If you can’t locate channel 150 on your television, call Broadband Services customer support at 949-837-2670.



The Greenbook is Available online!

The Business Plans (budgets) for the Laguna Woods Village corporations are available for review. Commonly referred to as the Greenbook, it comprises the 2017 Business Plans for United Laguna Woods Mutual (United) and Third Laguna Hills Mutual (Third), each of which has its own operating budget and reserves. Each owner in the Community also has an individual membership in the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF), which is responsible for the community-wide facilities and has its own operating budget and reserves. The GRF assessment is charged to each of the Mutuals based on the number of dwelling units.

Click here to view the 2017 Greenbook (Business Plan)



Introducing the Thrive Project

How Do You Thrive? Laguna Woods Village wants to know!

Laguna Woods Village has created an online community to showcase the many ways that residents are enjoying life and thriving at Laguna Woods Village. With hundreds of clubs and an array of activities, Laguna Woods Village wants to show the world what we are all about!

The Thrive Project is a collaborative online project created for the residents, by the residents. Residents are invited to use their smart phone, video camera, or still camera to capture special moments when they are thriving and upload them to ChannelThrive.com/submit for others to see. Share how you celebrate life: this destination is all about your experiences. Show the world what brings you joy!

Visit ChannelThrive.com now to see how your neighbors are thriving and to learn more!



Avoid the Scams!

By Laguna Woods Village Security Director Tim Moy

Over the course of my law enforcement career, I had the opportunity to directly supervise or manage multiple investigative teams. One such assignment was the Economic Crimes Detail where I witnessed firsthand the shameless criminal enterprises that target our elderly communities. I was well aware of the frauds, scams and other forms of theft aimed indiscriminately at various demographics across our county, however, what was most appalling was the directed attack against our seniors.

Even with laws in place designed specifically to protect our senior citizens, financial elder abuse continues to be a growing problem within our society. Sadly, criminals who make a living stealing from others have no moral compass and will not hesitate to swindle the hard-earned life savings of unsuspecting victims, especially seniors. As you know, most criminals are opportunistic in nature and will prey upon those who offer the greatest return at the lowest risk of being identified and/or prosecuted. Unfortunately, in many cases, seniors fall within this group and potentially make ideal targets.

Despite ongoing efforts to educate our communities on the most current scams, many will still become victims. Although some forms of theft are difficult to avoid, staying informed and vigilant are the first steps to identifying and preventing a potential scam.

Keep reading for a few of the more common financial scams occurring within our region...