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What's up this week in the Village

In the spotlight this week:
- Register for the 12th Annual Laguna Woods Village Games!
- Families Welcome at Easter Sunday Buffets at Clubhouse 2 and Clubhouse 5
- Annual Village Equestrian Center Easter Bash on April 4
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for what's up!



Register for the 12th Annual Laguna Woods Village Games!

The 2015 Village Games are set to begin on Wednesday, April 8. Last year, over 500 Village residents participated, including over a dozen residents over the age of 90. Hundreds of gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the champions of over 27 different sporting events.



First Ever Smoke-Free Building Designated in Laguna Woods Village

Laguna Woods Village resident Barbara Copley has finally realized her dream of living in a permanently non-smoking building. Barbara, a 15-year resident and former director, spearheaded the effort to designate Building 410 as “smoke-free.”

“I am thrilled that the day has finally come where I can say my building is officially ‘smoke-free’,” says Barbara. “I feel that this designation is so important because it helps protect the health and safety of my neighbors and myself.”



Families Welcome at Easter Sunday Buffets at Clubhouse 2 and Clubhouse 5

Enjoy Easter Sunday with the family, but without all the cooking! Clubhouse 2 and Clubhouse 5 are hosting a delicious buffet on Sunday, April 5, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.

The buffets will be catered by Jolanda. The menu will include fresh strawberries, molded fruit salad, Caesar salad, Greek salad with feta cheese, marinated asparagus salad, red potatoes, ham with Cumberland sauce, prime rib au jus with horseradish, Cornish game hen with ginger and garlic, cold poached salmon with cucumber dill sauce, assorted rolls, coffee and tea and assorted desserts. Take home food is not permitted.

Tickets are on sale now, and are only $21, available at both the Clubhouse 2 and the Clubhouse 5 offices. Families are welcome, so bring the grandkids – kids aged six to ten are half price, and kids five and under  are free!

Tickets will not be available at the door. Purchase your tickets early there are a limited number available. Checks and credit or debit cards are accepted as payment, and the last day for refunds is Wednesday, April 1. Recreation events are limited to Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.

Diners needing a bus home from the buffet must make 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, call Clubhouse 2 at 597-4285 or Clubhouse Five at 597-4381.



Annual Village Equestrian Center Easter Bash Slated for April 4

Laguna Woods Village residents and their families are invited to the Equestrian Center on Saturday, April 4 for a fun-filled morning of Easter activities.

The event, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., will include a horse parade, Easter egg hunt, pony rides, clowns, and lots of fun. The Easter Bunny is even expected to make an appearance!

“We’re excited to welcome Village residents and their families to the stables once again for this annual Easter tradition,” says Jerry Storage, General Manager. “The children will love the pony rides, the Easter egg hunt, along with free refreshments and Easter goodies.”

Reservations are not necessary. Residents are encouraged to arrive early as parking is limited and the event is always well attended.

The stables are a request-only bus stop on Saturdays.  Call Transportation at early as 7:00 a.m. on the day of the event to request a pickup at 597-4659.

For more information, please call the Equestrian Center at (949) 597-4275.



Budget Calendar for Development of 2016 Business Plan

Click here for a copy of the Budget Calendar, which includes meeting dates and locations where development of the 2016 Business Plan will take place.
 

Laguna Woods Village residents are encouraged to attend the budget meetings for GRF and their Housing Mutual to involve themselves in the budgeting process.

Business planning meeting recaps will be posted as the Meetings for Development of the 2016 Business Plans are underway.



Clubhouse 2 Renovation Project

GRF has established an ad hoc committee that will be tasked with preparing recommendations for the renovation of Clubhouse 2.

The Committee is currently researching fiscally responsible renovation options that will maintain Clubhouse 2’s current structure while enhancing its functionality. Work will also be necessary to bring the building into compliance with current building codes.

Keep reading for current information on the Clubhouse 2 Renovation Project.



Reporting SCE Streetlight Outages

If residents encounter a streetlight that is out, please report the outage to SCE Customer Service at 1-800-655-4555 or click here to report the outage online.

Visit www.sce.com and click Outage Center for more information.



ETWD Water Budget Variance Request Form Now Available

Indoor water use budgets are calculated by El Toro Water District (ETWD) based on the number of residents in the home and an average use per day, per person utilizing a Water Budget-Based Tiered Conservation Rate Structure. But, according to the ETWD website, it is acknowledged that not all water uses are equal in their benefits to the community. The first priority for water use is for health, safety and sanitary purposes.

Click here to access the ETWD Water Budget Variance Request Forms.



2015 Vehicle Decal Year Stickers

In order to accommodate a system modification that was needed to enforce a directive by United Laguna Woods Mutual and Third Laguna Hills Mutual to limit the number of permitted vehicles based on the number of original bedrooms in a manor, use of vehicle decals for the year 2014 was extended through the end of January 2015.

Security will remove expired 2014 decals beginning Monday, February 23. All residents who still have 2014 decals should come to the Community Access department for new year stickers if they have not yet received them in the mail. Questions, call Community Access at  949-597-4443.



Cul-de-sac 219 Bridge Now Open!

The bridge at Cul-de-Sac 219 that goes over the flood channel is now open for vehicle traffic!

A large group of board directors, staff, and Third residents gathered at the bridge to celebrate the re-opening of the bridge at 10:00 a.m. on February 3. Third President Jim Matson gave opening remarks, then GRF Director and Third Resident Stanley Feldstein and Garden Villa Association President Lynn Jarrett cut the caution-tape "ribbon." Third resident Gary Empfield was the first to drive across the bridge in his 2001 Plymouth Prowler.Donuts and coffee were served.



United Walkway Lighting Enhancement Project Underway

United Laguna Woods Mutual is pleased to announce that enhancements to walkway lighting are underway.

The United Lighting Ad Hoc committee worked with staff to develop a comprehensive program that will bring enhanced walkway lighting to the community while realizing long-term cost savings. Replacing the existing compact fluorescence lamps with LED bulbs will double the light output, and their extended life will help reduce labor costs associated with bulb replacement.

In the interest of expediting the project, the United Board approved hiring two temporary maintenance employees to complete the Walkway Lighting Enhancement Project. The Walkway Lighting Enhancement Project began January 27, 2015, with completion anticipated by the end of early 2016.



Check Out these Beautiful Photos from the Chinese New Year Celebration!

Laguna Woods Village’s 5th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration was held on Sunday, February 8 at the Clubhouse 3 Theater.

The colorful and exciting evening was filled with Chinese folk dances, music and songs, performed by Laguna Woods Village residents and well as dancers and musicians from surrounding Chinese communities, accompanied by an Erhu (Chinese violin) master from China.

Keep reading to view photos from the event.



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.



City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon 5K,10K & Kids Run May 25

Memorial Day - May 25, 2015 - marks the 17th 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 25, 2015.

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.

Laguna Woods residents get a special discount. Click here for the resident sign-up form which you can then fax in or bring with you to the race and sign up prior to the start.The resident discount is not available if you signup online.

Keep reading for more information!



Aquatic Fitness Returns with Casey Chavez

Join Casey Chavez, Aquatic Fitness Instructor for a fun filled total body workout! Students will enjoy oldies and Top 40 music while getting an aerobic workout. Please bring a water noodle and water bottle to class. Hurry, space is limited!

Session One: March 16 through May 29

(Class canceled on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day)

21 Classes - $63

Session Two: June 1 through August 14

22 Classes - $66

Session Three: August 17 through October 30

(Class canceled Monday, September 7 for Labor Day)

21 Classes - $63

Aquatic fitness with Casey Chavez takes place Mondays and Fridays at Pool 1 from 5:00 to 5:50 p.m.

Register  in the Recreation Division office with cash, check (payable  to GRF) or by credit card; credit card payments may be made by phone. Laguna Woods Village residents only. Please call 949-597-4273 for more information.



Tickets on Sale Now for Spring Celebrity Series at Clubhouse 3

The Recreation Division invites audiences to experience an array of dynamic performances that feature celebrities that are both seasoned and vibrant. You can purchase tickets at the Clubhouse 3 Box-Office. Ticket prices are reserved seating $23/ $80 series and value seating $15/ $50 series. All shows will start at 7:00 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30 pm. If you have any questions please call 949-597-4288.

April 11 - Remembering the Ladies, A Loving Tribute to the Ladies of Film

A Loving Tribute to the ladies of film brought to you by acclaimed British Singer-Entertainer-Comedienne, TONI MORRELL!  Remembering the ladies has been voted “Best Solo Show in California Theatre" and "Best Special Theatre Event in Los Angeles" by BroadwayWorld.com. Toni produces a powerful, electrifying tribute to ladies like: Cher, Carol Channing, Edith Piaf, Bette Midler, Marlene Dietrich, Lucille Ball and many more.

May 9 - Swing Cats, A big band wartime revue featuring a 17-piece band, 3 singers and 6 dancers

Swing Cats big band takes you back to the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Swing Cats brings that big band sound from Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Harry James and many more. They have performed all of Southern California and now will be performing at Clubhouse 3 Theatre.



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.



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.

 



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.



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.

Click here to download the order form.



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
906         Alternative
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 Mutual Provides 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:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/over-a-barrel-90/



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:

Appliances
Automobiles
Children's Clothing
Furniture
Household Goods
Men's Clothing
Women's Clothing
Computer Systems
Books
Sofas
Suits

You can schedule a pickup by calling 1-800-728-7825 or by clicking here to go to their website to schedule the pickup. There are also drop-off locations which you can find by clicking here.

 



Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements

Measure M Logo SmallDrivers 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 southoc5info@octa.net 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.

Keep reading...



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...

 



ETWD Expands Recycled Water Treatment and Distribution

 Background: El Toro Water District (ETWD) has undertaken 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

Smart Map which illustrates current and upcoming construction

ETWD Recycled Water Expansion Project Website

Keep reading...



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...



SCAM ALERTs

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
The purpose of the Laguna Woods Green Home Program is to encourage residents to incorporate sustainable appliances and building practices into their homes and thereby promoting the environmental health of the community.
 
The Laguna Woods Green Home program is a voluntary program that is available for all residential units – existing or new. The program is specifically designed to meet the unique circumstances found in multifamily developments.
 
To receive certification, a home must meet at least two practices in each of the following categories:
 
1)     Energy Use Reduction
2)     Water Use Reduction
3)     Air Quality Improvement
4)     Waste Reduction
 
Applications and information packets are available at Laguna Woods City Hall, 24264 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 and on the City’s website www.laguanwoodscity.org. If you have any questions about the voluntary Green Homes Program or need further assistance, please contact the Deputy Building Official at (949) 639-0527 or ggates@lagunwoodscity.org.  
 
Keep reading for more information!


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.

Click here for more pictures!


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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!
The Security Department would like to remind drivers that a license is required to operate a motor vehicle in Laguna Woods Village according to the Traffic Rules and Regulations, Sections 2.1 and 3.0.  Any person driving in Laguna Woods Village must have their valid driver’s license in their possession while operating a motor vehicle (Traffic Rules and Regulations, Section 3.0).  The licensing rule does not apply to golf carts.
 
Any person driving without a valid license in their possession may be fined $200 by GRF for the first offense (Traffic Rules and Regulations, Section 12.5).
 
So before you drive your motor vehicle, make sure you have your valid driver’s license with you!


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: 
http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/slideshows/places-with-the-most-retirees/


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:

http://www.octa.net/M2Home.aspx   

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.)