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In the spotlight this week:

- Gate 6 Closure thru May 27
- Memorial Day Half Marathon 5k, and 10k, on May 30, 2016
- Lost and Found List Now on Village Website
-Kitchen Fee for Residents or Clubs
- Fun Club Happenings

Read on for what's up!

Annual Guest Pass Applications Due by May 31

Annual guest pass applications must be received by Community Access by May 31, 2016 to guarantee that you will receive your passes by June 30 and avoid a delay or backlog.  Residents may use one application for a maximum of five (5) annual passes per manor. Please print legibly. Residents may bring a completed application, along with a self-addressed, stamped business envelope, to the Community Access windows # 1, 2, or 3 in the Community Center. Or, residents may mail a completed application and must include a self-addressed, stamped business envelope, to:

Laguna Woods Village
Attn: Community Access
Village Management Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 2220
Laguna Hills, CA 92654-2220

Delays will occur, if the applications are difficult to read, missing a contact phone number, or missing a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope.

Please click here for the annual guest pass application.

Annual Lottery for Clubhouse Reservations for 2017

It is time again for the Recreation Division to hold its Annual Lottery for Clubhouse Reservations for 2017 (excluding Clubhouse 3 Auditorium). Beginning Monday, May 16, you may pick up lottery cards at the Recreation Division Office in the Community Center building. The cards are to be filled out with the date of the event being planned for 2017, the choice of facility, the type of event, as well as a second, third and fourth choice of date and facility. Be sure to have cards filled out and turned in to the Recreation Division Office by the cutoff date: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15. No late lottery cards will be accepted under any circumstances. The process may take up to 8 weeks. Everyone who put in a request will be notified by mail. Please do not call with questions about your date until after Monday, August 1, or until you have been notified by mail.

The purpose of the Lottery is to secure dates in advance for events that require long range planning, such as anniversaries, special birthdays, family reunions, holiday celebrations, special club events, etc. There is a limit of 6 lottery cards per club/resident. This will be the first time any dates for 2017 will be accessible. After August 1, reservations for 2017 can be booked as usual in the Recreation Division Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 949-597-4227.

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.

Tennis Court Resurfacing thru May 12

The Village tennis courts are being resurfaced thru May 12.  It is anticipated that only three courts will be resurfaced during any give time which will leave the other courts available for play.

FYI: If you are signed up to play in the Tennis portion of the Village Games, they will not be affected since there will still be courts available to play on.

2016 Village Games Results

Click here for a list of winners from this years games, which took place Wednesday, April 13 thru Monday, May 2.

There were 26 events scheduled throughout the community: archery, badminton, basketball, bicycling, billiards, bocce ball, bridge (duplicate, progressive), equestrian, fitness, golf (18 hole, 9 hole, par 3), horseshoes, lawn bowling, paddle tennis, petanque, pickleball, poker, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, target shooting, tennis, and volleyball.

Coordinated by the Recreation Division. For more information, contact 949-597-4273.

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  You will receive a response within 24 hours.



Cinco De Mayo Celebration on May 3

Clubhouse 1 is excited to present a Cinco De Mayo Celebration on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. and is catered by Martinez Catering. Door and no-host bar opens at 5:00 p.m. Featuring entertainment by Mariachi Romanza. The Buffet will include: chicken flautas, steak fajitas, carnitas, spanish rice, homemade refried beans, garden salad with italian and ranch dressing, fruit platter, chips & salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream,and tres leches or flan for dessert. Tea and coffee will be available.

Tickets are $18.50 per person and on sale now in the Clubhouse 1 office while supplies last. Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a resident. The last chance to purchase tickets or receive a refund is noon the day before the event. Payments by credit card and checks are accepted.

Diners needing a bus home must make a reservation with the Transportation Department. B-Bus reservations are accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please call 597-4659. For more information please call 597-4281.

Village String Band Spring Show on May 7

At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, the Village String Band will give a concert in the Clubhouse 3 theater. Tickets are still available at the Clubhouse 3 box office. It's an Emeritus class, a club of the village and a band that provides enjoyable shows year after year. Saddleback instructor, Louise Jacobs, directs the band. The club started in 1992 as the Country Hot Shots; in 1999 it became the Leisure World String Band; however, when the name of the community was changed, it became the Village String Band. It's too late to join the band for this year's performance, however, if villagers want to experience the joy of belonging to a lively band and making music together, the group rehearses weekly during the fall and spring semesters from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 rehearsal room and welcomes new members.

The band includes players of a variety of instruments -- piano, accordion, autoharp, ukuleles, guitars, harmonica, bass guitar, steel guitar and, drums as well as many fine singers. 

Kentucky Derby Party at Clubhouse 5 on May 7

Come to Clubhouse 5 on Saturday, May 7, and see who will be the winner at the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby!

The event will start at 1:00 p.m. and will be shown on a big screen. Pick the winning horse and you could win genuine Kentucky Derby merchandise.

The no host bar will open at 1:00 p.m. with special Derby day mint juleps for $3.00 each. The event is catered by Jolanda and will feature a genuine Kentucky menu with bluegrass appetizers including benedictine tort with pita chips, derby deviled eggs, pimiento cheese and crackers and a fresh fruit platter. Entrees include Lexington scalloped potatoes, southern meatball stroganoff with fettuccini noodles, spiral ham with mustard, sausage with peppers and onions, fried chicken, green beans with almonds served with fresh baked rolls and butter.Desserts will feature pecan pie, cheese cake or chocolate cake.

Post time is approximately 3:04 p.m. There will be a prize for the best hat.

Reservations for this event may be made at Clubhouse 5 only. Tickets cost $20.00. Payment by check or credit card only and go on sale Tuesday, April 5. No take home food is permitted. Last day for refunds is Thursday, May 5.

Mothers Day Buffet at Clubhouse 5 on May 8

The Mother’s Day Buffet will be on Sunday, May 8, at 1:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 5.

The buffet, catered by Jolanda, will feature: Caesar salad, seafood ceviche, sliced tomatoes and onions, gravlax and cream cheese, blueberry blintz soufflé, spinach and mushroom quiche, tropical fruit platter, spinach and black bean salad. The main course includes herb crusted tri-tip with demi glaze sauce, spiral ham with assorted mustards, east Indian mild chicken curry, cold poached salmon with cucumber dill sauce. The sides include scalloped potatoes, basmati rice with turmeric, roasted asparagus marinated, assorted rolls and butter. Dessert choices are carrot cake, lemon meringue pie, pecan pie, chocolate cake or cherry cheese cake. Coffee and tea will also be served.

Cost of the buffet is $24.00 per adult and children ages 6-11 are $12.00 (5 and under are free). Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 5, and may be purchased at Clubhouse 5 office only. Last day for refunds is Thursday, May 5. Plastic tumblers will be provided for any diners who would like to bring their own wine. No take home food is permitted, including any no shows.

Recreation Division Presents “An Evening of Award-Winning Comedy & Magic!” on May 14

Recreation Division is proud to present the remaining show of the Spring Celebrity Series. Come experience “An Evening of Award-Winning Comedy & Magic,” with three extraordinary performers: Taylor Hughes, Naathan Phan and Rob Watkins.

Taylor Hughes started out his career early on; he was one of the youngest entertainers to perform in all three showrooms at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, all before the age of 21.  Since then, Taylor has made a name for himself, performing all over the world, and has been featured on the hit television series “Masters of Illusion” on the CW Network.  He was recently awarded Best Illusion, Best Showmanship, and Best Comedy Magic by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of American Magicians.

Naathan Phan is known as the world's most “favorite, Asian-Scottish entertainer.” Naathan’s award-winning talents have been featured in hit movies such as Superbad and on national television including: NBC, Syfy, PopTV, the CW Network, & Comedy Central. He has recently appeared on “Wizard Wars” with Penn & Teller and “Masters Of Illusion” on the CW.

Our last performer is Rob Watkins who is one of the top ventriloquists in the country. He has appeared at the Magic Castle, as well as the long running touring show, “It’s Magic!” and “Celebrities of Magic”.

Ticket pricing: Regular seating $23 and value seating $15. Tickets can be purchased at Clubhouse 3 box office.  Questions, please contact the box office at 949-597-4288. All performances will start at 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for flyer.

Senior Summit on May 20

The annual South County Senior Summit is rapidly approaching.This year the event will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Clubhouse 3 and is hosted by Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Office on Aging, Age Well Senior Services, and Laguna Woods Village.

The program theme is “Aging Simplified: Orange County’s Commitment to Serving our Seniors.” Speakers will include Mark Refowitz, Health Care Agency, Director, Wendy Aquin with Social Services Agency, the Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Erin Ulibarri with the Office on Aging, and Marilyn Ditty, the CEO of Age Well Senior Services.

Title sponsors include CalOptima and Saddleback College.

To RSVP for the event, please call the Office on Aging at 1-800-510-2020 or 714-480-6450 or go to begins at 8:00 a.m. and the program will start at 9:00 a.m.

Since this is always a well-attended event, there will be a shuttle bus available at Clubhouse 1 to shuttle people who would like to park at Clubhouse 1 over to this event which is at Clubhouse 3.

Click here for flyer.

Flexibility Training Classes starting May 20

The Recreation Division is proud to offer Flexibility Training with instructor Brittany Kelley as an ongoing class. This class is designed to relieve muscle tension and pain, improve balance and posture, reduce the risk of injury and improve joint range of motion. Without an adequate amount of flexibility, daily activities such as bending over or getting out of bed can become extremely difficult.  Students will accomplish this by exploring various stretching techniques such as static, self-myofascial, active and dynamic.

Brittany Kelley is a National Academy of Sports Medicine- Certified Personal Trainer and Senior Fitness Specialist. She is a compassionate and dedicated personal trainer, with years of experience working with a variety of people. “I take pride in the relationships that I establish with my clients and I love helping people achieve goals that they believed were out of their reach.” Brittany has experience working in physical therapy clinics, directly with physical therapists. Her background in physical therapy has made her proficient in corrective exercise techniques and has given her a deep understanding of human anatomy.

Flexibility Training will meet every Friday, starting May 20 in Clubhouse One from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the main lounge. Class punch cards may be purchased in the Recreation Division Office; five classes for $25.00, pre-registration is required. This class is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. Please call 597-4273 for more information.

Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5k, and 10K, on May 30, 2016

Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 Marks the 18th annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5k, and 10K, Honoring the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion.

This favorite Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful Orange County cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel. Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities! With a half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run/Walk (6.2 miles) and a Kid's Run (1/2 Mile), there is something for everyone! All events and the Finish Line Expo will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016.

The half marathon, 5K and 10K both start in front of the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center. The Kids Races start and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center.

Click here for Flyer.
Click here for Registration Form.

All American Boys Chorus presents “America the Beautiful” on May 30

The All American Boy Chorus “America’s Most Beloved Boys Choir,” presents . . . America the Beautiful! Come join Clubhouse 3’s Annual Memorial Day Concert with the All American Boys Chorus. This is a recreation coordinated event, on Monday, May 30, at 4:00 p.m. Forty choristers will present audience favorites—from the California sounds of the Beach Boys to Broadway selections from The Lion King and West Side Story to pop standards of the 70’s and 80’s. There will also be swinging songs from the Big Band era and great jazz standards. The centerpiece of the concert will be a patriotic tribute to the USA Armed Forces. Join us on Memorial Day for a dazzling production that will both thrill and inspire.

This accredited organization comprised of young boys with extraordinary talent, encourages them to reach their maximum potential. The All American Boys Chorus travels all over Orange County and internationally. This professional squad range from 8 to 15 years of age from all over Southern California. All American Boys Chorus have been around for over 40 years. Tickets are on sale at the Box office at Clubhouse 3, reserved seating cost $10. If you have any questions please call 597-4288.

Gates 5 and Gate 6 Renovations

Gate 6 will be closed until Friday, May 27, 2016. Traffic will be blocked from entering and exiting the gate during the construction process. Gate 5 will remain open 24 hours for access.

Gatehouses 5 and 6 are scheduled to undergo complete renovations in the coming months. As part of this project, new gatehouses will be installed, and traffic lanes will be reconstructed.

The remodel project for Gate 6 is scheduled to be completed during April/May 2016.  All Gate 6 traffic will be directed to Gate 5 during this construction process.

Also temporary no parking signs will be placed on the outbound side from Via Mariposa/Via Puerta intersection to the entrance to CDS 213.  An electronic traffic message board will be placed on Via Puerta outbound lane just before the entrance to CDS 213.  The traffic message board will read Gate 6 closed March 28 thru May 27. After Gate 6 is completed the same process will take place at Gate 5.Gate 5 will be scheduled to be completed during June/July.

Traffic will be blocked from entering and exiting the gates during the construction process and detour routes will be in place for residents to access their manors.

In addition, landscape crews will be removing several trees and shrubs during the month of March in the surrounding areas of Gate 6, and will be closing inbound and outbound lanes as needed to facilitate the tree removal.

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

An emergency lane will remain open for emergency vehicles and for emergency ingress and egress only. GRF appreciates your cooperation and patience during this process.

Installation of New Vending Machines

During the week of March 11, new vending machines were installed in many common areas of the Village. Thirty percent of the content for these machines include healthy options, based on California schools nutritional standards.

These healthier snacks contain:

  • 35 percent or less total calories from fat
  • 10 percent or less total calories from saturated fat
  • 35 percent or less added sugar by weight of product

Click here for a list of all Village vending machine locations.

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

Pool 5 and 6 Reopening May 30

Pool 5 and 6 will be reopening Monday, May 30, 2016.




PILOXING® Classes Tuesdays at Clubhouse 6

PILOXING® is taught by Rachel Gibson, Certified Personal Trainer, PILOXING® Instructor and Flex Instructor. The class fuses non-Stop, cardio fusion of standing pilates, boxing and dance classes.The one-hour class takes place on Tuesdays at Clubhouse 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The cost for the class is $50 for 10 group lessons; new students can attend one free lesson before registering in the Recreation Division office.

Silver Sneakers and Flex members may attend the class free of charge, please bring your membership card to class or contact the instructor for eligibility at or call 714-878-6632. PILOXING® cardio fusion incorporates cutting edge research and fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. The program uniquely blends the power, speed, and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of standing pilates.

These techniques are also supplemented by the use of weighted gloves, further toning the arms and maximizing cardiovascular health. Add to that exhilarating dance moves and you have a muscle-toning, fat-burning workout that will make you feel physically and mentally empowered! PILOXING® is open to Laguna Woods Village residents only. For more information, call the Recreation Division Offices at 949-597-4273.

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.

Coyote Alert

Laguna Woods is experiencing increased coyote activity. 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 a City flyer on coyote awareness

Keep reading for watch a brief PSA on coyote safety.

The United Board is looking for Volunteers!

The United Board welcomes the opportunity to network with residents. If you have an area of expertise that you feel would benefit our community, then we want to hear from you. Email your resume to United President Lenny Ross at As committees and task forces are formed, the Board may call upon qualified residents to be part of the team. Thank you for considering lending your experience for the betterment of our Village!

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

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:

How to Report Water Waste

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

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

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

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


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

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

Construction Noise Permitted only During Approved Hours in Laguna Woods Village

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

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

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

In United Mutual, work 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. 

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Community Project Updates

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