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In the spotlight this week:
- Recreation Classes Punch Cards
- Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse 5 on August 27 
- 2017 Reservation Schedule Update
- Fun Club Happenings

Read on for what's up! 



Labor Day Holiday Schedule

Some community facilities will be affected by the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Click here for the complete Labor Day schedule.

 

 



SCE Power Outage Planned for areas in Third Mutual Aug. 25 and 29

https://www.sce.com/wps/scethemeresponsive/static/themes/scethemeresponsive/images/logo.pngSCE has informed Village management that a power outage will be affecting areas of Third Mutual on August 25 and August 29.  Click on "More" to see the specific addresses.  You can also check the status of these outages by visiting sce.com/outage and referencing the outage number # 779972 on August 25 and outage number #780433 and # 780799 for August 29.

For further information or questions about this outage, please email scepoc@sce.com or call 1-855-683-9067.

Keep reading for more info and to view the SCE Power Outage Map...



GRF Election Results

On July 28, the Corporate Members met and elected John Luebbe and Joan Milliman to the GRF Board to replace the seats vacated by Margaret Klein and Richard Johnston.  Mary Stone was elected Treasurer of the GRF Board.

 

 



Applications Now Being Accepted for United Board Vacancy

Applications are now being accepted for qualified candidates willing to serve on the United Laguna Woods Mutual Board of Directors. The term will expire in 2018.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community.  To apply, visit the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center to obtain an application and specific instructions on the election process. Return the completed application to Executive Assistant, Catherine Laster, in the General Manager’s office no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7.

The election will be at the United Board’s regular board meeting on September 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room. Please call 949-597-4265 for more information.



Candidates File For Seats on Third board

Five candidates have filed nomination papers to run for four open seats on the Third Board, held by directors Rosemarie diLorenzo Dickins, Wei-Ming Tao, Ray Gros and Bert Moldow. Third Mutual candidates seeking a 3-year term are Joseph Camera, Rosemarie diLorenzo Dickins, Bert Moldow, Steven Parsons and Frederic Sherman. Next week the Globe will publish Third’s candidate statements and profiles. Ballots for both mutuals will be mailed August 26 and must be returned by 5:00 p.m. September 27. Ballots will be counted September 29 at special meetings in the Board Room – Third at 9:00 a.m. and United at 2:00 p.m. Meet the candidates: United Mutual 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 30 in the Board Room. Meeting will be broadcast live on Channel 6.



Important Clubhouse 2 Update

Although the fence has been removed, Clubhouse 2 is not open to visitors just yet. It is still an active construction zone, so there are safety issues.

An announcement will be made here on the Village website, in the Village Breeze, and on TV6 when Clubhouse 2 is scheduled to reopen.

 

 



Gate 5 Under Renovation

Part Two of the gate security pilot project began Aug.15 with the closing of Gate 5 to all vehicle traffic.  As part of this project, a new gatehouse will be installed with access control infrastructure, traffic lane reconstruction and landscaping upgrades.

For our active walkers, a pedestrian gate is open so residents may access Clubhouse 1 and other retail businesses seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Golfers, please access Gate 1 through the El Toro tunnel by the Lutheran Church.

Gate 6 is accessible 24 hours a day throughout the renovation to Gate 5.

During the renovation, we recommend that residents take necessary precautions when driving near the construction areas, and plan accordingly when making trips in and out of the community.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Projects Department at 268-2427.



2017 Reservation Schedule Update

This year the 2017 reservation calendar will open on Thursday, September 1.

The Recreation office will open at 8:00 a.m. on September 1 and residents will sign-in as they arrive. As an alternative, any resident who wishes to make a reservation is encouraged to go on September 1 to Clubhouse 1, 3 or 5 to schedule reservations for 2017. The clubhouses will be available on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for walk-in reservations. Starting Tuesday, September 6, walk-in reservations for 2017 will be made by appointment only at the clubhouses.

The Recreation Office will be relocating to a new location in the Community Center the first week in September. 

The Recreation Division would like to thank you for your patience during this delay and office relocation. If you have any concerns, feel free to come to the Recreation Division office, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, or call 949-597-4227 for more information.

Please note: Annual Rollover billing, and Lottery Card results will be sent out at the end of August. Clubs/residents who have an Annual Rollover, or have submitted Lottery Cards will have until October 15, 2016 to make payment.



Exciting News from Broadband Services

Broadband Services is excited to announce that support is now available on Saturdays!

If you experience problems with your Broadband Cable service, you can now call the customer service line, 949- 837-2670, on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for assistance and scheduling.

Broadband Services is also excited to announce Friday Movies on Channel 6. By popular demand, Channel 6 has expanded its movie offerings to two days per week. The Friday movies for August and September include: A Walk to Remember, A Hologram for the King, The Jungle Book, Louder than Bombs, Money Monster, and Captain America: Civil War. Friday movies air at 7:00 p.m. on Channel 6. Monday movies will continue as well; check the TV6 guide for movies and airtimes.



Installation of Solar Panels at Garden Villas - Informational Meeting on Sept. 7

Join Third Mutual at a special “Bettering the Community” meeting, where they will present a plan for the installation of solar panels on 12 Garden Villa buildings.

On Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Board Room, representatives from the Third Board, Village Management Services, Inc. staff and representative from Solar Optimum will give a brief presentation, detailing the location where the solar panels will be installed, the installation process, the project's schedule and information on the contractor. Following the presentation, they will be available to answer questions from the audience.

The program involves the installation of photovoltaic solar panels on 12 Garden Villa rooftops. These panels will generate power through solar energy, offsetting Third mutual energy demands, thereby saving the community money while helping the environment. Through a Power Purchase Agreement with CARE Funding, Third Mutual can take advantage of tax credits that would otherwise not be available.

Installation is set to begin Sept. 15, 2016, and will be complete by Dec. 31, 2016.

All Third residents, especially those in Garden Villa buildings, are encouraged to attend. Join Third for this important presentation Sept. 7, 2016, at 2 p.m. in the Community Center Board Room. The Bettering the Community meeting will be televised live on Channel 6 and replayed at the times below. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.  (Live)

Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday, September 10  at 1:00 p.m. (Replay)

Wednesday, September 14  at 2:30 p.m. (Replay)



SCE Construction Occurring on August 29

Please be aware that a crane will be placed in CDS 222 to replace a SCE transformer. Traffic control technicians will be present to assist around construction area.

If you have project related questions, please call the Projects Department at 949-597-4625.


 



Don't Miss the Gate Access Town Hall Meeting on September 8

Improvements are coming to Gate Access in Laguna Woods Village! Learn about the upgraded features and the upcoming radio-frequency identification (RFID) decal rollout program at a special Town Hall meeting Thursday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Center.

The new gate access system will increase security, improve guest access management, make it easier to identify unauthorized vehicles, and give our security team the investigative tools they need to make the Village a safer place. This will be achieved through RFID recognition, automated gate arms, and an improved guest and vendor access entry system.

GRF Director John Luebbe will give a brief introduction to the new access system. IT Director Chuck Holland and Security Director Tim Moy will provide details and will be available for questions.

Have all your questions answered Thursday, September 8 at the Gate Access Town Hall. The Town Hall will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Center Board Room and will be televised live on Channel 6. If you can't make it in person, the Town Hall will be uploaded to the Laguna Woods Village website and rebroadcast on Channel 6:

Thursday, September 8 at 4 p.m. (Live) 
Friday, September 9 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 15  at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 17 at 1 p.m.

Questions about the Town Hall? Call Heather Rasmussen at 949-268-2292.



Village Cooling Centers Open for Hot Days

Whenever the temperature is above 90 degrees, Cooling Centers are open to residents at both Clubhouses 1 and 5 until 10:00 p.m. 

Need a ride?  Hop onto any Village bus to get to Clubhouse 1.  Or, call the Transportation Department at 597-4659 for a ride.

Cool off, relax, get a cool drink of water, and visit with friends at the clubhouses.

Hot Weather Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water; don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid strenuous activities if you are outside or in non-air conditioned buildings. If you are working outdoors, take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area.
  • Never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in closed cars or other vehicles.
  • Check on those who are at high risk to make sure they are staying cool – including seniors who live alone, people with heart or lung disease, and young children.
  • Stay cool indoors – if your home is not air conditioned, visit public facilities such as shopping malls and libraries to stay cool.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay out of the sun if possible, and when in the sun wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and use sunscreen.


Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse 5 on August 27

Clubhouse 5 will be hosting August Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party on Saturday, August 27.  Dance to the Rock and Roll music of the band "Close Enough" from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Close Enough perform great rock dance music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s! Admission to the dance is only $5 at the door. You must show your Village ID in order to purchase tickets. The GRF bar is available from 6:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.

The B-bus is available on Saturday evening to take you to the dance and pick you up, but you must contact the Transportation Department in advance to make these arrangements by calling (949) 597-4659.  If you have question about the dance, please call the Clubhouse 5 office at 597-4382.



Movie on the Patio Featuring The Parent Trap on August 29

Don’t miss this special showing of The Parent Trap (1998), a film about “identical twins, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents, discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.”

This outdoor screening will be held at Clubhouse One Patio on Monday, August 29.

The movie will start at sundown (around 7:30 p.m., subject to change) but all are welcome to arrive early and snag a spot in the patio.

This event is free and for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests only. Beverages, snacks, and popcorn will be available on the patio, compliments of Title Sponsor Palm Terrace. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic, libations, and you’re welcome to bring your own chair or use those provided by the Clubhouse.

Remember to bring blankets, coats, and hats.

Call Recreation at 949-597-4382 for more information.



Coyote Alert

Laguna Woods is experiencing increased coyote activity. Laguna Beach Animal Control has reported that there have been three coyote attacks on Laguna Woods Village pets, since Tuesday, June 21. The attacks all occurred near Gates 11 and 13.

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.

To report a coyote, especially one exhibiting unusual or stalking behavior, call Animal Control at 497-0701.

Click here for a City flyer on coyote awareness

Keep reading for watch a brief PSA on coyote safety.



Recreation Classes Punch Cards

Beginning Thursday, September 1, prepaid punch cards for Recreation Division classes will be available for purchase at the clubhouse office where the class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Class punch cards may be purchased with a major credit card or check payable to GRF. Multiple cards may be purchased at one time. Recreation Division classes are for Laguna Woods Village residents only; please be prepared to show your resident ID card when making a purchase.

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

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


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

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

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

Clubhouse 7 - Tennis with John Prickitt

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



SCE Rotating Outage Procedures and Policies

Since summer is upon us, we believe it is prudent to review Southern California Edison’s (SCE) rotating outage procedures and policies, as well as the Outage Notification Communications (ONC) programs that SCE would use in the event of rotating outages.  State Officials have stated there is an increased a possibility of rotating outage events due to the recent restricted operations of Southern California Gas Company’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility that services Southern California.

In the event the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) declares a Stage 3 alert creating a rotating outage event, SCE will use both the ONC and the SCE Alert programs to communicate with our customers.  Note that SCE will also follow these same notification procedures for other major emergencies such as wildfires, inclement weather or earthquakes that can cause significant interruptions and/or lead to transmission Stage 3 alerts.



Kitchen Fee For Residents or Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Art, Art, Everywhere!

The Laguna Woods Art Association has kindly loaned club members’ art work which is displayed at the Community Center. Nearly 80 artists competed to showcase their art and the finalists were chosen by a panel of six Art Association members and three VMS staff. Stop by and take a self-guided tour.

 

 



Get Connected Phone List

Click here for a list of phone numbers helpful to new and existing residents.

 

 

 



United Residents Asked to Cast Their Vote for Vinyl Flooring

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

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

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



Lost and Found List Now on Village Website

If you have lost an item in the Village, please click here to see a list of recently found items.  If you see your item on the list, you may call 949-597-4435 or email lostandfound@vmsinc.org.  You will receive a response within 24 hours.

 

 



Resident Volunteer Opportunity

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



Missing Your Trash Can?

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

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



Q&A with Broadband Services Director Russ Ridgeway

The Broadband Services Division at Laguna Woods Village provides quality cable television and high-speed internet services to the Community. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the cable lineup reflects the demands of the resident viewers at a price that is affordable.

Russ Ridgeway, Broadband Services Director, explains how he and his staff accomplish this goal on the behalf of GRF, and answers some frequently asked questions, in the following Q&A:

Where does GRF get the television programming that it offers to the residents of Laguna Woods Village?

GRF has contracts with each cable TV programming provider. That means since there are hundreds of channels on the cable system, there are hundreds of contracts that must be negotiated and complied with. GRF either negotiates directly with a provider or joins into a universal contract that has been negotiated by the National Cable TV Cooperative (NCTC), which represents hundreds of small cable companies, including GRF. By joining together the members have much more bargaining power than if each acted independently.

Fortunately, programming agreements are usually multi-year contracts so not every contract is negotiated each year.



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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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: www.YouTube.com/LagunaWoodsVlg



How to Report Water Waste

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

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

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

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

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



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 may be performed on Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No work whatsoever shall be permitted on Saturday or Sunday.

Contractors performing emergency work at the direction of the Boards and the managing agent 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. 

Keep reading...



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.



Avoid the Scams!

By Laguna Woods Village Security Director Tim Moy

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

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

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

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