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What's up this week in the Village

In the spotlight this week:

- Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
- United Mutual Accepting Applications for Board Vacancy
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for what's up!

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
Photo by Steve Parks

Some community facilities will be affected by the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday which is on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  The Administrative Offices will be closed on both days.

Click here for the Thanksgiving Day holiday schedule.

Need a ride for Thanksgiving?

Need a ride to a Village Clubhouse or to a resident's home on Thanksgiving Day?

You can call to reserve a ride starting on Nov. 23.  Just call 949-597-4659.  Rides can be provided on Thanksgiving Day between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The United Board is looking for Volunteers!

The United Board welcomes the opportunity to network with residents. If you have an area of expertise that you feel would benefit our community, then we want to hear from you. Click the following link to fill out the Committee and Task Force Volunteer Form. Enter your name, manor number, and professional field. You may also email your resume to United President Lenny Ross at As committees and task forces are formed, the Board may call upon qualified residents to be part of the team. Thank you for considering lending your experience for the betterment of our Village!

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

Corporate Members Elect Three New GRF Board Members

At the Corporate Members Annual Meeting November 12 2015, the Corporate Members elected Mike Comer, Beth Perak, and Judith Troutman to serve on the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors. Each Director will serve one, three-year term expiring in 2018.

Thank you to retiring directors Stanley Feldstein, Sharon Roddan, and Lucy Shimon for your service.

United Mutual Now Accepting Applications for Board Vacancy

Applications are now being accepted for qualified candidates willing to serve on the United Laguna Woods Mutual Board of Directors for one term expiring November 2016.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community. To apply, visit the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center to obtain an application and specific instructions on the election process. Please fill the application out completely (pink form) and return it to Corporate Secretary Kim Taylor in the General Manager’s Office.

The deadline for submitting the application is November 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The election will be held at a United Board Meeting (date to be determined). Please call 949-597-4262 for more information.

Laguna Woods Village featured on 60 Minutes Australia!

Laguna Woods Village was featured on 60 Minutes once again, this time in Australia! The Village was included as part of a report on the groundbreaking 90+ study conducted by Dr. Claudia Kawas at UCI.

Click here to watch the 60 Minutes Australia special:

On May 4, 2014 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.

Third Mutual to take Proactive Measures for Outdoor Water Conservation

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

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

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

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Take Precautions against Yellow Fever Mosquitos

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) has confirmed the presence of yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) in South Orange County. The yellow fever mosquito can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever.

According to an OCMVCD press release, the yellow fever mosquito is recognizable by its bright silver lyre-shaped marking and white banded legs. They can live both indoors and outdoors, and primarily bite humans. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in containers holding as little as a teaspoon of water, and eggs, which are laid just above the water line, can survive dry conditions for six months or more.

All residents are urged to adhere to the following recommendations made by OCMVCD (Keep reading...)

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

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

Check out the Village YouTube Channel by clicking here:

Corporate Members Vote to Recall GRF Directors Mary Stone, Kathryn Freshley

At a Corporate Members Meeting November 2, 2015, the Corporate Members voted to recall GRF Directors Mary Stone and Kathryn Freshley. The positions vacated by the recall will be filled at a Special Corporate Members meeting, date to be determined.

Don't Miss the Upcoming Laguna Woods Village Town Hall Meetings!

Calling all residents: get your questions answered at the upcoming Laguna Woods Village Town Hall meetings! GRF will host Multi-Board Town Hall Meetings each Thursday in October. As always, the floor will be open for questions from the audience. Representatives from the Housing Mutuals (United, Third, and Mutual Fifty) will be invited to attend and participate.

The next Multi-Board Town Hall Meeting will be held:

Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. at Clubhouse 5 in the Main Lounge.

Keep reading for a full schedule of Multi-Boards Town Hall Meetings and TV6 replay times and dates.

Monday Night Football

Come join the excitement and view the new season of football Mondays at Clubhouse 5. The games will be shown on the big screen beginning at 5:30 pm doors open a ½ hour prior to game time. Tickets are not needed this is a free event and seating is on a first come basis so get here early to secure your seat.  There will be free chips and salsa, hot dogs are available to purchase. Here are the games for the month of November. 

Monday, November 2               

Indianapolis Colts @ Carolina Panthers                    5:30 game time

Monday, November 9                      

Chicago Bear @ San Diego Chargers                       5:30 game time

Monday, November 16 

Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals                    5:30 game time

 Monday, November 23 

Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots                       5:30 game time

Monday, November 30 

Baltimore Raven @ Cleveland Browns                      5:30 game time

Fall Celebrity Series Event on Dec. 5 and New Year's Eve Event

Recreation Division is sponsoring the Fall Celebrity Series 2015. Ticket pricing: regular seating $23 single and value seating $15. All performances will start at 7:00 p.m. Inquires please contact the Clubhouse 3 box office at 949-597-4289.

December 5 – Cruise Ship Kings of Comedy/Magic

Cruise Ship Kings of Comedy stars three of the top cruise ship comedy stars! They have headlined on the Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines. First comedian is Bruce Gold; he is a Stand-up comedian and Comic Magician. Also, Eric Buss an inventive Comedian and Magical Fun. The last performer is Ivan Pecel he is an award-winning comedian juggler.  They have performed on The Tonight show, Letterman, America’s Got Talent and Masters of Illusion TV series. These gentlemen have extraordinary talent and will keep you laughing all night long.

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. The Recreation Division is sponsoring New Year’s Eve event at Clubhouse 3 Theater. The Swing Cats Big Band, featuring the Swing Kittens is comprised of a 17-piece band, three singers and six dancers. Join us at Clubhouse 3 Theater for a night out watching the ball drop at 9:00 p.m. from New York, on the big screen. Let’s ring in the New Year, dancing to the Foxtrot, Jitterbug or the Mambo. It will be a night to reminisce the beloved 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. We are ecstatic to bring well-trained professionals and their distinct style to Laguna Woods Village Theater. Tickets go on sale December 3 at the box office at Clubhouse 3. Tickets are reserved seating: $25 and $18(last 3 rows). Show time is 8:00 p.m. and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call the Box Office at 597-4288.

The Swing Cats bring that big band sound from Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Harry James and many more. The Swing Kittens bring an additional flare to the band. Their dynamic trio brings a vocal harmony with a youthful twist. The Swing Cats have performed all over Southern California and Europe.

How to Report Water Waste

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

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

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

  • Go to and click on the yellow bar that says “Send a Report.”  (It’s near the bottom of the home page.)


  • Or call El Toro Water District Customer Service at 949.837.0660 during business hours.

It is not necessary to contact Professional Community Management or Laguna Woods officials.

Construction Noise Permitted only During Approved Hours in Laguna Woods Village

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

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

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

In United Mutual, work performed which results in excessive construction-related noise is permitted between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For work that does not result in excessive noise, such as painting and carpet installation, permitted hours remain 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. No work whatsoever shall be permitted on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Project Updates

The Village boards and managing agent strive to maintain a beautiful and sound community, so there are always multiple maintenance and landscaping projects going on in Laguna Woods Village! Click through for brief updates on many ongoing maintenance and landscape projects in and around the community.

Development around Oakbrook Village Shopping Center

On November 13 2012, the Laguna Hills City Council approved a transformative two-phase redevelopment proposal for the existing Oakbrook Village Shopping Center.

Click here to view a site plan.

Click here to visit the City of Laguna Hills website for the latest updates on the project. The plan is officially named SDPM-12-11-2137 on the Laguna Hills website.

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.