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In the Spotlight this week:
- Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Traditional Irish Fare at Clubhouse Two
- Supervisor Patricia C. Bates to Host Seventh Annual South County Senior Summit on March 21
- Clubhouse Two Presents Parisian Dinner March 25
- Enjoy All-You-Can Eat BBQ and Line Dancing at the Village Hoedown March 29
- Fun Club Happenings!
Read on for this week's Village Spotlight!
Purchase Your Village 50th Anniversary Calendar Before They Sell Out!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Laguna Woods Village, a special edition Anniversary Calendar has been created for 2014.
The beautiful, full-color calendar is filled with interesting historical facts and amazing pictures from the Village’s early years. It also lists many of the recreational events that residents will enjoy throughout the upcoming year, including key anniversary milestones and celebrations.
"We're very much looking forward to kicking off the Village's 50th anniversary and celebrating with residents throughout the year," said Larry Souza, GRF President. "This calendar is a nice memento that will also keep residents informed about upcoming anniversary celebrations and other recreational activities throughout the year."
The calendar is now on sale at the Recreation office and the Golf Pro Shop. Cost is only $7.
Free Document Shredding Event at City Hall on Mar. 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m
Green Monster Shredding, the document shredding service used at several City recycling events over the past few years, will provide free document shredding at City Hall on Friday, March 7, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., while you watch. The shredding machine will destroy all types of paper and file folders, even those with metal fasteners.
Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements
Closures begin Sunday night
Drivers 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 night, 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.
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.
Supervisor Patricia C. Bates to Host Seventh Annual South County Senior Summit Mar. 21
On Friday, March 21, well over 800 older adults are expected to attend the 7th annual South County Senior Summit, hosted by Orange County Supervisor Patricia C. Bates in collaboration with the Orange County Office on Aging and Age Well Senior Services.
The focus of this year’s Senior Summit will be “Are You Prepared to Age in Place?" Keep reading for details!
The Recreation Division Now Offers MELT Method® classes!
Free Demonstrations Offered in March
The Recreation Division has announced it will offer two new MELT Method® (MELT) classes.
Offered by the Fitness Center Staff, MELT is a self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain in just ten minutes a day. By learning how to MELT, you can learn to actively partake in decreasing stuck stress daily so it doesn't accumulate and cause symptoms that sap your vitality and energy.
Materials will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. For the soft roller class, all work is done on the floor, so bring a yoga mat or small towel.
Moulton Road Work Between El Toro and Santa Maria thru March 15
Southern California Edison will be installing new cabling and equipment on a portion of Moulton Parkway to improve service in the Laguna Woods and south Orange County area. This will take place on Moulton Parkway, between El Toro Rd. and Santa Maria starting on Feb. 7 and continuing until March 15. Click here to see a diagram of the roadwork.
The work will be conducted during the day with the closure of the number 3 lane and bicycle lane, continuing the closure of these lanes due to the County’s Moulton Smart Street project in this area, and at night between 9:00 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. where only the number 1 lane northbound will be kept open.
Questions? Call SCE at (714) 973-5573.
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
You 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.
Recreation Offers Guided Autobiographical Writing Class: Free Preview Mar. 4
The Recreation Division is proud to present “Guided Autobiographical Writing”, an introductory class designed to help you recall, organize and share the contents of your life experiences. The class will meet on March 11 and continue meeting on Tuesdays in the Community Center Rooms from 6:30-9:00pm until May 13. The instructor will host a FREE PREVIEW on March 4 for those interested in finding out more about the course!
Sheri Kohlmann is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and a certified instructor from the Birren Autobiographical Studies Program and has taught various writing programs over the past few years to residents of Laguna Woods Village. This course will make 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 $99 fee and is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY.
Self Defense Kung Fu Class Begins March 13
Challenge your mind and body in new ways! The Recreation Division is proud to present, back by popular demand, Master Charles Robert teaching self defense through the art of Northern Shao Lin Long Fist Kung Fu.
Self defense is more important than ever for seniors today. Students will learn stretches, kicks, forms and technical training as well as basic self defense knowledge of the three predators, assertiveness, escape techniques, hand strikes, leverage over brute force, and more. Take advantage of this chance to improve strength, balance and endurance as well as increasing general awareness. Sign up in the Recreation Office in advance or attend the free preview on March 6th at 10:00 a.m. at Clubhouse 6 to check out the class. However, due to the format of this class, SPACE IS LIMITED!
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Traditional Irish Fare at Clubhouse Two
Clubhouse Two invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with all the corned beef and cabbage you can eat. Put on your finest green attire and enjoy a delicious Irish buffet and a pint or two of brew.
Dinner includes corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots, Irish potato soup, rolls and butter, coffee, tea, and crème de menthe for dessert. The full GRF Bar opens at 5:00 p.m., and will be serving Guinness and green beer for the holiday. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.
The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner takes place at Clubhouse Two on Monday, March 17. The buffet is only $15, and tickets can be purchased at the Clubhouse Two Office. Call 587-4286 for more information.
Clubhouse Two Presents Parisian Dinner March 25
Join Clubhouse Two for an intimate Parisian dinner on Tuesday, March 25. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with an appetizer and GRF no host bar. The buffet, catered by Jolanda, will begin at 5:30.
The evening will begin with an olive tapenade with toasted baguette appetizer. Vichyssoise soup will be served at the table, followed by a buffet offering salad with fennel and orange, haricots vert, carrots Vichy, buttered noodles, beef bourguignon, chicken cordon bleu with béarnaise sauce, and fresh baguettes. The dinner finishes with served strawberry crème crepes. Coffee or tea will be included, and wine glasses will be provided for guests who wish to bring their own wine. Takeout food is not permitted.
Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat BBQ and Line Dancing at the Village Hoedown March 29
Clubhouse One presents the Village Hoedown on Saturday, March 29. This fun Western-themed evening features an all-you-can-eat barbeque buffet with music and line dance calling presented by Doug Houston.
“Break out your cowboy boots and get ready to enjoy great food and line dancing at Clubhouse One!” says Laura Cooley, Clubhouse One Supervisor.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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
Link to ETWD Recycled Water Expansion Project Website
Development and Renovation at and around Oakbrook Village (Trader Joe's) Shopping Center
The City of Laguna Hills
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...
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!
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
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!
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.""
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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:
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.)