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In the spotlight this week:
- GRF Accepting Applications for Board Vacancy
- Irv Piken Celebrates 106th Birthday
- Golden Rain Foundation AB 512s
- Fun Club Happenings!
Read on for what's up!
GRF Accepting Applications for Board Vacancy
Applications are now being accepted for qualified candidates willing to serve on the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors for a term expiring November 2016. The Board vacancy was created as a result of Director Carol Moore's successful bid for City Council.
This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community. To apply, contact the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center for an application and specific instructions on the election process. Please fill the application out completely (blue form) and return to the Corporate Secretary or Administrative Assistant (Kim Taylor or Christine Polek in the General Manager’s Office).
The deadline for submitting the application is January 2, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. The election will be held at a Special Corporate Members Meeting on January 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room. Call 949-597-4265 for more information.
Irv Piken Celebrates 106th Birthday with Friends and Fellow Fitness Enthusiasts at Laguna Woods Village
December 18, 2014…Today, over 50 friends, family and fellow Village fitness enthusiasts gathered at the community’s fitness center to celebrate Irv Piken’s 106th Birthday!
Irv, who has lived in Laguna Woods Village for 37 years, is a regular at the fitness center, where he works out at least five times a week.
Winter/Holiday Safety Tips from the Orange County Office on Aging
Stay safe and happy with these holiday safety tips from the Orange County Office on Aging.
Pool One and Pool Five are currently undergoing repairs
Attention Swimmers: due to urgent repairs, Pool One and Pool Five are currently closed.
Pool One’s annual maintenance schedule has changed. Pool One is currently closed and will reopen on Friday, December 19.
Pool Five is currently closed due to plaster repairs and will remain closed to undergo annual maintenance. Pool Five will reopen on Friday, January 23.
Please refer to the updated annual maintenance postings at the pools for current closure information.
No Bus Information Meeting in December
There will be no Bus Information Meeting in December. Meetings will resume in January after the holidays. Bus Information Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month in the Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge for all new and current residents in the community who would like to learn about the bus system available to them. 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, please call 597-4659.
Vehicles Parked by Overnight Guests Require an Overnight Parking Permit
The holidays are upon us, bringing friends and family together to celebrate the joys of the season. If you will be hosting guests at your home, please remember that all non-resident guests need to display an overnight parking permit on the driver's side of their vehicle's dashboard between Midnight and 6:00 a.m.
Prior to an overnight guest’s arrival, the resident must register their guest through the Gate Clearance System (597-4301) and notify the Gate Ambassador that the guest will be parking their vehicle overnight. The authorized guest will be issued the permit upon arrival at the Gate.
Unexpected and/or late evening overnight guests’ vehicles may be authorized to park overnight if the resident calls the Security Communication Center at 580-1400 after 9:00 p.m. to authorize overnight parking for that guest’s vehicle. The resident must provide their address, guest’s name, vehicle description and license plate number.
Transportation Department Collecting Toys for Spark of Love
The Transportation Department of Laguna Woods Village has a long tradition of helping collect toys for less fortunate children. The Transportation Department has been collecting toys for Orange County children since 1990. Last year, almost 500 toys were donated by Village residents through the Spark of Love campaign!
This year, the department will once again support the efforts of local Fire Station 22 to collect toys for the Spark of Love campaign.
“The firefighters at Station 22 provide invaluable emergency services to the residents in the Community,” said Gary Anderson, Transportation Supervisor at Professional Community Management. “This year, the bus drivers will again lend their support by collecting toys on the buses to contribute to the Station’s toy drive.”
Through December 23, residents may drop off donations of new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment in the special red containers on any of the Laguna Woods Village buses during hours of operation. Or, on Tuesday, December 23, the Transportation Office Staff will be available between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Koi Pond in front of Clubhouse 1 serving apple cider and cookies for everyone who drops off a toy in person!
New Meditation Class starting at Clubhouse 2
The Recreation Division is proud to add a new Monday afternoon meditation class. Instructor Zahir Movius will meet with residents on Mondays at Clubhouse 2 in the Main Lounge, starting January 5, 2015. The class will be held from 3:30 PM -5:00 PM every Monday.
Students will learn meditation and healing practices using sacred fire. Zahir will be teaching the practice and benefits of meditation; how to use fire, and the other elements: water, earth, air and sky, for self-healing, including relief of stress and negativity. Zahir has over 12 years of experience as a Zen Buddhist monk in California and Japan, 10 years of experience as a Sufi instructor of the Dances of Universal Peace, certified facilitator of Grof Holotropic Breathwork, and graduate of the Four Winds Society, school of shamanic light healing.
Classes are FREE and drop-in; no registration is required. Nothing is needed for the class - chairs will be provided. If you would like to sit on the floor, bring a yoga mat. Recreation Division coordinated classes are for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. Call 597-4273 for more information.
Corporate Members elect four new GRF Directors
John Beckett, Jo Ann di Lorenzo, Kathryn Freshley, and Kim Shirley were elected to the Golden Rain Foundation board by a vote of the Corporate Members at the Golden Rain Foundation Annual Meeting on November 12.
Their terms will expire in November 2017.
Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the Golden Rain Foundation appointed new officers at their Organizational Meeting; The new officers are:
President: Kathryn Freshley
First Vice President: Lucy Shimon
Second Vice President: Sharon Roddan
Secretary: Mary Stone
Treasurer: Margaret Klein
Congratulations to the new GRF Directors!
Carolers in 19 Lounge on Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, December 24, about 4:00 p.m. the Sunshine Carolers will share an hour of Christmas songs in the 19 Lounge area of the Village Greens building. Come and enjoy songs of the season and sing-along if you like. This is a gift to the community from the members of the Sunshine Performance Club and friends.
SOLD OUT - Dance into the New Year at Clubhouse 5’s Rocking Celebration Dec. 31
This year’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Clubhouse 5 on December 31 has sold out!
New Year's Eve Show at Clubhouse 3
Celebrate New Year's Eve with "A Really Big Show!" Recreation invites you to step inside the Rock 'n' Roll Time Machilne and travel back to enjoy The Ed Sullivan Show. Featuring Jerry Hoban as Ed Sullivan as seen in the hit movie "Pulp Fiction." All the sights, sounds and stories from the 1960s recreated by "Instant Replay."
Tickets now on sale at Clubhouse 3 for $25 each or $20 for last three rows. Show times are 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 31. For more information, call 597-4298.
2015 Year Strips for Vehicle Decals will be Mailed in December
Community Access is now preparing for the distribution of 2015 Vehicle Decals. In December, current residents will receive by mail the new “5” year sticker for application to their existing 2014 vehicle decals (for the exception, please see below). Please follow the instructions provided. Approximately 15,000 year stickers will be mailed. Please do not to go to Community Access directly for the “5” year sticker. Only residents with vehicles that currently do not display a Vehicle Decal should visit Community Access for a new decal.
Exception: the Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board of Directors, on April 15, 2014, adopted Resolution 03-14-43 which provides a Resident Vehicle Decal Limit for residents of Third Mutual. The limit is based on the number of original bedrooms in a manor. Specifically, up to two vehicle decals can be issued for a one-bedroom manor; and up to three vehicle decals can be issued for two- and three- bedroom manors. Also, up to two vehicle decals for golf carts and/or golf cars can be issued regardless of the number of bedrooms. This rule will be applied to the Vehicle Decal program for 2015. Therefore, residents in Third Mutual who are in violation of the rule will not receive year stickers via mail; affected residents will instead receive a letter with instructions on how to obtain year stickers for the vehicles they wish to retain. If you live in Third Mutual and have more vehicles than allowed, please come into Community Access at your earliest convenience to turn in any excess decals and have the records updated. This will help to avoid delays in processing your 2015 Vehicle Decal renewals.
United Mutual to Launch Monthly E-Mail Newsletter for its Residents
The United Laguna Woods Mutual Board is set to launch a monthly e-mail newsletter to keep its residents informed about news and events in United Mutual. The newsletter will be sent each month shortly following the regular Board meeting. Topics will include: a message from the President of United Mutual, Board information (including operating rule additions or changes), topics of interest, and project updates and highlights.
“The United Board endeavors to expand opportunities for enhanced communication with the residents,” said Pat English, United Board President, “To achieve this goal, the Board has created a monthly e-mail newsletter. I hope the residents of United find this publication informative and useful.”
Residents of United who would like to receive this free monthly e-mail newsletter may sign up by clicking here. Current editions will be available on the website under Resident Links, Boards and Committees, United Mutual. A small number of printed copies of the e-mail newsletter will be available in the Community Center lobby for residents of United who do not have access to e-mail.
United Mutual to realize 13 million gallons a year in water savings
The El Toro Water District (ETWD) is on its way to saving more than 13 million gallons of water per year through a toilet replacement program. To understand what 13 million gallons looks like, just imagine 13 football field-sized swimming pools at ten feet deep.
ETWD applied for a rebate on behalf of the United Mutual community in Laguna Woods Village, and recently received approval for $90,000 in rebates to replace toilets through a program sponsored by the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
“The largest amount of water used inside your home goes toward flushing the toilet,” said MWDOC Water Use Efficiency Program Manager Joe Berg. “Our rebate programs for replacing old fixtures with new high efficiency ones makes it a win-win for everyone, and most importantly helps fight the drought.”
PCM Landscape Manager assists University of California in Integrated Pest Management Education
An estimated 75,000 Spanish-speaking landscapers work in Southern California. Many lack adequate expertise in IPM and safe use of pesticides, in part due to the rarity of training opportunities in Spanish. Increasing educational services stressing pest prevention to this large clientele – which has quadrupled over 20 years – can significantly reduce overuse and misuse of pesticides in urban environments and improve the health and safety of the work environment for this important segment of the profession.
Thanks in large part to Laguna Woods Village Landscape Manager Jerry Rathje, over 600 Spanish-speaking landscapers have been trained under a contract between University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to reduce ground and surface water pollution leading to water quality degradation.
Enjoy Monday Night Football at Clubhouse 5
Mondays at Clubhouse 5, join your friends and family for Monday Night Football on the big screen. Tickets are not needed for this free event, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early to secure your seat. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the games begin at 5:30 p.m.
There will be free chips and salsa, hot dogs available to purchase, and libations for sale at the GRF bar.
- Monday, Dec 1st – Miami @ NY Jets
- Monday, Dec. 8th- Atlanta @ Green Bay
- Monday, Dec. 15th- New Orleans @ Chicago
- Monday, Dec. 22nd- Denver @ Cincinnati
Ongoing Italian Language class meets on Thursdays at Clubhouse 5
Buongiorno, Laguna Woods Village! “Let’s Speak Italian” is an ongoing Italian Language class that meets on Thursdays at Clubhouse 5 in Multi-Purpose Room #2.
Resident instructors Joseph LaFranca & Carl Distefano will resume class on October 2 beginning at 3:00 p.m. and will continue to meet each Thursday thereafter. The course will emphasize elementary Italian focusing on vocabulary building and grammar. Intermediate and advanced levels will be added on as needed. Please check with the instructor for additional details.
Students of all levels are welcome to join anytime. This class is a free drop-in class for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. For more information call 597-4273.
Network Channel Location Changes
As Broadband Services has increased the number of Digital Sub-Channels that can be seen on HD TV’s, while adding the channels to our line-up, there were some network channel location changes. Here is a list of where you can now locate the following channels on your HD TV.
Broadband Services Increases Channel Line-up
Broadband Services customers will enjoy an increase in available local programming by mid-September with the addition of 19 local channels & 1 Digital College Sports Channel.
El Toro Water District Declares a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage
The El Toro Water District (ETWD) Board of Directors declared a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Aug. 15, 2014 in response to the State Regional Control Board’s (SWRCB) Emergency Conservation Regulations limiting outdoor water use.
Under a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage, lawn watering is limited to three days per week during the months of April through October. In the months of November through March, lawn watering is limited to one day during the week.
“The District recognizes and thanks its customers for taking measures to conserve water, but we need to do more in these extraordinary circumstances. We are in a serious drought,” said ETWD General Manager Bob Hill.
Effective Aug. 30, 2014, ETWD residents and businesses must comply with limited irrigation schedules based on their city of residence. Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo are scheduled for Mon., Thu. and Sat. or Sun. Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods and Lake Forest are scheduled for Tue., Fri., and Sat. or Sun. “These state mandates require the District’s compliance. We will work diligently to educate our customers about what this means – what we are doing, what they can do and how we can assist them in reducing their water usage.” said Hill.
In addition to the limited irrigation schedule, the SWRCB ordered four prohibited activities:
- No direct application of potable (drinking) water to driveways and sidewalks.
- No watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff to adjacent property, walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
- Use of a hose to wash a vehicle, unless using a positive shut-off nozzle.
- Use of potable water in a non-recirculating fountain/decorative water feature.
50th Anniversary Book Available from the Historical Society
Get 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.
The books are now available for purchase, each weekday, at the Historical Society building next to Clubhouse 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Questions about SCE Streetlights
Residents have noticed some streetlights have become brighter in recent weeks. According to Frank Wasko, Southern California Edison (SCE) Regional Manager, “SCE has replaced the old mercury vapor walk way lights In Laguna Woods that were installed in the 1970's with brand new high pressure sodium vapor lights.” Questions about the new streetlights should be directed to SCE Customer Service at 1-800-655-4555.
OCVCD Tips to Avoid West Nile Virus Infection
West Nile virus is on the rise in Orange County. According to ABC 7 news, Six Santa Ana residents have been infected, as well as one each in Costa Mesa, Orange and Laguna Niguel. The district has found 105 dead birds carrying the virus in north county cities.
According to Orange County Vector Control Division (OCVCD), the best way to prevent West Nile Virus infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Keep reading for tips on mosquito bite prevention.
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.
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
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).
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 to email subscribers each month. 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.
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:
Significant Projects and Achievements 2013/2014
On September 10, 2014, Laguna Woods Village celebrated 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.
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!
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:
Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1 (800) 724-0353.
Political Candidates: 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.
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...
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 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 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...
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
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.
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:
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.)