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What's up this week in the Village

In the spotlight this week:
GRF Accepting Applications for Board
- Car enthusiasts invited to first ever Village Car Show!
- Broadband Services Increases Channel Line-up
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for what's up!

Bar at 19 Restaurant and Lounge Open for Business

The new bar in the Village Greens lounge area is open for business as of September 12, 2014. The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) and the operators of 19 Restaurant and Lounge have entered an interim agreement allowing operation of the bar while a final agreement is negotiated.

“The GRF Board is happy to announce that residents may enjoy a drink at the new bar at the Village Greens,” says Mike Comer, GRF President. “Although we are still working out the details of the contract, the Board felt it was important to offer this amenity to our residents while negotiations are ongoing.”

Transportation Division to Implement Streamlined Weekend Bus Routes Oct. 4

Beginning Saturday, October 4, bus system routes will be modified to provide shorter travel times and overall cost savings.

The Sunday and Holiday bus routes have been modified slightly, and some stops have been converted to request-only. No bus stops have been removed from the Sunday and Holiday routes. Bus stop requests on the weekend are made the same way as the Monday through Friday request-only stops: call 949-597-4659 to request a pick up, and inform the bus driver on your return trip where you should be dropped off.

Keep reading for more information and a schedule of Information Meetings.

GRF Accepting Applications for Board

Applications are now being accepted for qualified candidates willing to serve on the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors for a 3-year term. There are 4 vacancies to be filled on the GRF Board.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your Community. To apply, contact the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center for an application and specific instructions on the election process. Please fill the application out completely (blue form) and return to the Corporate Secretary or Administrative Assistant (Kim Taylor or Christine Polek in the General Manager’s Office).

The deadline for submitting the application is September 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Call 949-597-4265 for more information.

Network Channel Location Changes

As Broadband Services has increased the number of Digital Sub-Channels that can be seen on HD TV’s, while adding the channels to our line-up, there were some network channel location changes.  Here is a list of where you can now locate the following channels on your HD TV.


Broadband Services Increases Channel Line-up

Broadband Services customers will enjoy an increase in available local programming by mid-September with the addition of 19 local channels & 1 Digital College Sports Channel.


The 50th Anniversary Laguna Woods Village Anniversary Golf Tournament was a Huge Success!

The 50th Anniversary tournament and luncheon, hosted by the Historical Society of Laguna Woods and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF), took place on Sept. 11, and was sold out on two levels…the number of golfers who participated and the number of sponsors for the event.

The first place winners of the tournament were Leo Pak, Tae Yoon, Myung Jung, and John Suh.

Second Place winners were Craig Olson, Ron Vickers, Matt Olson, and Tommy Li.

Third Place winners were Charlie Green, Gred Yune, Mike Walo, and Don Durbin.

Closest to the Pin Winners were Ted Spence for the men and Young Chang for the women.

The Putting Contest winner was Bill Blaine.

Thank you to all who participated in the event and the generous sponsors who helped to make the tournament a huge success.

El Toro Water District Declares a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage

The El Toro Water District (ETWD) Board of Directors declared a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Aug. 15, 2014 in response to the State Regional Control Board’s (SWRCB) Emergency Conservation Regulations limiting outdoor water use.

Under a Level 1 Water Supply Shortage, lawn watering is limited to three days per week during the months of April through October.  In the months of November through March, lawn watering is limited to one day during the week.

“The District recognizes and thanks its customers for taking measures to conserve water, but we need to do more in these extraordinary circumstances.  We are in a serious drought,” said ETWD General Manager Bob Hill.

Effective Aug. 30, 2014, ETWD residents and businesses must comply with limited irrigation schedules based on their city of residence.  Aliso Viejo and Mission Viejo are scheduled for Mon., Thu. and Sat. or Sun.  Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods and Lake Forest are scheduled for Tue., Fri., and Sat. or Sun. “These state mandates require the District’s compliance.  We will work diligently to educate our customers about what this means – what we are doing, what they can do and how we can assist them in reducing their water usage.” said Hill.

In addition to the limited irrigation schedule, the SWRCB ordered four prohibited activities:

- No direct application of potable (drinking) water to driveways and sidewalks.
- No watering of outdoor landscapes that cause runoff to adjacent property, walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures.
- Use of a hose to wash a vehicle, unless using a positive shut-off nozzle.
- Use of potable water in a non-recirculating fountain/decorative water feature.

50th Anniversary Book Available from the Historical Society

Get your limited edition copy of "Laguna Woods Village at 50 Years" from the Laguna Woods Historical Society now!

The full color, hard copy book chronicles the history of Laguna Woods from predevelopment to the present. The price is $50.00 (including sales tax).  The first 250 books sold will be signed by the three authors.  The Historical Society will print a total of 1,000 books, each of which will be numbered.  The book will not be reprinted.

The books are now available for purchase, each weekday, at the Historical Society building next to Clubhouse 1 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Click here to download the order form.

Questions about SCE Streetlights

Residents have noticed some streetlights have become brighter in recent weeks. According to Frank Wasko, Southern California Edison (SCE) Regional Manager, “SCE has replaced the old mercury vapor walk way lights In Laguna Woods that were installed in the 1970's with brand new high pressure sodium vapor lights.” Questions about the new streetlights should be directed to SCE Customer Service at 1-800-655-4555.

Korean, French, and Mandarin Chinese classes return!

“Korean: Fast, Easy and Fun!” with instructors Peter Chong and Hyunmi In. Students will learn to speak, read and write Korean, including survival terms, in just a few weeks. Class meets every Tuesday in the Community Center Elm Room from 3:10 - 4:00 p.m. for beginning students and 4:10 - 5:00 p.m. for intermediate students. Please bring paper and a writing tool; class begins on 9/9.

Parlez-vous Français? Resident instructor, Anne Turner, teaches residents the French language, every Wednesday in Dining Room 2 of Clubhouse 2. Students will be submerged in French I speech and culture from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., returning French II students will meet from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. covering advanced material. Students of all levels are welcome to return on 9/10.

Instructor Grace Sams invites back all former and new students on 9/15.  The class is taught using the new Pin Ying system and meets in the Pine Room of the Community Center building every Monday. Students will become acquainted with Chinese customs and culture, learn simple greetings phrases and will be able to carry on basic conversations: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. beginning level, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. primary level, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. advanced level.

The Recreation Division is proud to offer a variety of language classes, which also include Russian and Italian. Classes are free and residents may drop-in anytime. No registration required; classes are limited to Laguna Woods Village residents only. Call 597-4273 for more information.

Apple Harvest Dinner on Sept.23

Join us as we welcome autumn and kick off apple season with our annual Apple Harvest Dinner!

The Apple Harvest Dinner will be held in the Clubhouse 2, Main Lounge  on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. This autumn-themed buffet by Jolanda will include butternut squash soup, carrot and apple salad, autumn green salad, apple-stuffed chicken with a honey mustard glaze, braised short ribs, mashed potatoes, roasted squash, biscuits and apple butter, apple bread pudding, coffee and tea. Tickets are $15.00 per person and are available in the Clubhouse 2 office.

Diners may bring their own wine or other beverages; glasses will be provided. Tables of four to ten are available.  Reservations are required and no take out food is permitted. For more information and questions call 597-4285.

Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse Five on Sept. 27

Come join the fun at the Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse Five! Dance to the Rock and Roll covers from the 70s, 80s and 90s of Close Enough from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Admission to the dance is only $5.00 at the door. The GRF bar will be available from 6:00 until 8:45 p.m. 

The B-bus is available on Saturday evening to transport residents to and from the dance, but trips must be scheduled in advance with the Transportation Department by calling 597-4659 before 3:30 p.m. the day of the event. If you have questions about the dance, please call the Clubhouse Five office at 597-4382.

Movie on the Lawn Sept. 30

Grab the gang and cruise on over for a special showing of George Lucas’s 1973 classic, American Graffiti! Join us on the Clubhouse Two Lawn on Tuesday, September 30. The movie will start at sundown (around 7:00 p.m.) but all are welcome to arrive early, snag a spot in the grass and enjoy light music as the sun sets.

This event is FREE for residents and their guests! Popcorn and warm beverages will be available for sale on the lawn. Guests are welcome don’t forget to bring your own picnic and libations!

Remember to bring blankets, coats, hats, mittens and maybe even someone to cuddle with! And please, only low chairs so everyone can see.

Call Recreation at 949-597-4273 for more information.

Car enthusiasts invited to show their cars at the first ever Village Car Show!

Cruise on down to Clubhouse Five on Saturday, October 18! The Recreation Division invites car enthusiasts to show their automobiles at the first ever Village Car Show. Owners of classic cars, modified cars, hot rods, stock cars, and more are encouraged to participate for a chance to win cash prizes.

Register in the Recreation Division office by Thursday, October 16. Space is limited and applicants will be approved by staff on a first come first served basis. A $15 (cash, check or credit card) entry fee will be due for each car entered, and the owner must provide a copy of their valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, car registration, and a photo of the vehicle.

Residents and their guests are invited to spend an enjoyable morning viewing beautifully modified cars, and socializing. Martinez Catering will be onsite with coffee, juice, bottled water, and pastries available for purchase (while supplies last). The event is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse Five parking lot. There is no charge to view the cars.

Attendees will be casting votes; staff will be awarding plaques, cash prizes, and a Meguiar’s Ultimate Car Care bucket (valued at $125) to the winners at 11:30 a.m., based on the votes. Prize categories are as follows: Best in Show, Best in Show - Runner Up, Best Exterior, Best Interior, and Best Engine.

This event is free for residents and their guests. All guests of residents must be cleared through the gates. The Village Car Show is sponsored in part by Humana, 2014 Title Sponsor. For more information please contact the Recreation Division at 949-597-4273.

Recreation Announces 2014 Fall Celebrity Series Lineup

The ever-popular Celebrity Series returns to Clubhouse 3 with a wonderful program for Fall 2014. The Recreation Division invites audiences to experience an array of dynamic performances that feature celebrities that are both seasoned and vibrant. This season offers a tribute to a great American pop duo, folk music, comedy, and female hits from the 60s and 70s. As in seasons past, the Celebrity Series boasts talent that is sure to please discriminating audiences.

The fall series lineup is:

Close to You:  A tribute to the Carpenters – August 30, 2014
Jerry Burgan Folk Trio: Original member of We Five Band – October 11, 2014
The Greatest Comedians:  Starring Brad Zinn – November 1, 2014
The Grovelles: Hits of the Greatest Female Artists (60’s & 70’s) – December 6, 2014

All shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for subscriber renewals requesting the same seats go on sale Monday July 14 to July 27. Subscriber renewals who would like to change seats may purchase tickets beginning July 28 to July 31. New series subscriptions and single show ticket sales begin August 1.

Pricing: Regular Seating (Rows AA-O): $23/Series $80 ($12 Savings)

              Value Seating (Last 3 Rows): $15/Series $50 ($10 Savings)

Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed 12:00 to 12:30 for Lunch), Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The box office now accepts the following credit cards: Visa, Master Card and Discovery.  For further information call: 597-4288

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.

GRF Establishes Clubhouse 2 Renovation Ad Hoc Committee

GRF announced today the establishment of an ad hoc committee that will be tasked with preparing recommendations for the renovation of Clubhouse 2.

The Committee will research fiscally responsible renovation options that 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.

Plans had been in the works to renovate Clubhouse 2 before the focus shifted to replacing the nearly 50 year old building. GRF leaders anticipate that the work performed back then will help guide the Ad Hoc Committee.

"Quite a bit of research and planning has already been done regarding the renovation of Clubhouse 2," says Mary Stone, GRF Secretary and Ad Hoc Committee Chair. "I believe we can pick right up where we left off in late 2012."

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

GRF Announces More Channels Available in HD

GRF Broadband Services has added 14 popular channels in High Definition (HD) to the cable line-up. Now, HD subscribers with an HDTV and an HD or DVR Set-Top Box can enjoy over 110 HD channels (some channels require a Premium Movie Package subscription).

Third Debuts Monthly Newsletter for its Residents

The Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board is now publishing a monthly e-mail newsletter to keep its residents informed about news and events in Third Mutual. The newsletter will be sent each month shortly following the regular Board meeting. 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.

“The Third Board created a Communications Committee earlier this year in an effort to explore and expand opportunities for enhanced communication with the residents,” said Mike Straziuso, Third Board President, “and this newsletter is a product of those efforts. I hope the residents of Third enjoy this publication and find it useful.”

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 for free! Click below to watch:

Significant Projects and Achievements 2013/2014

On September 10, 2014, Laguna Woods Village will celebrate 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.

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:

Children's Clothing
Household Goods
Men's Clothing
Women's Clothing
Computer Systems

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.


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:

Keep reading for more tips on cutting down on junk mail!

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

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 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...


50th Anniversary Logo Available for Clubs and Realtors

Laguna Woods Village will hold a year-long 50th birthday party in 2014.

As we approach this Golden Anniversary, Village clubs and area realtors are invited to include the official Laguna Woods Village 50th Anniversary logo on their marketing and informational materials.

This logo is available via the Laguna Woods Village Governmental and Public Affairs office. Village leaders encourage local businesses and clubs to act today.

Construction of the Village began in the spring of 1963 on the rolling coastal hills that were once the property of Moulton Ranch. In the initial phase, 530 units were built; the first ten homeowners moved into the community on September 10, 1964. 50 years later, Laguna Woods Village is a vibrant, active community, making up the vast majority of what’s now the city of Laguna Woods.

Those interested in obtaining an electronic copy of the limited edition 50th Anniversary logo, along with the rules of its use, can contact Heather Rasmussen, Public Relations Specialist, at 949-268-2292, or email her at

El Toro Water District Recycled Water Expansion Updates

El Toro Water District is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-phase Recycled Water Expansion Project that will increase the amount of recycled water produced for local irrigation.  By producing more recycled water, the District will save precious imported drinking water (potable) for household consumption and sanitary uses.  This project will expand the District’s existing Water Recycling Plant and install a new recycled water distribution system to increase treatment and delivery of recycled water for irrigation in portions of Laguna Woods and Laguna Hills.

Questions? Please call Project Helpline at 949.837.0880 or send an email to and we’ll respond promptly to your inquiry.

For day-to-day updates on all construction involving this project, please click here.

For a Smart Map which illustrates current and upcoming construction, please click here.

Visit the ETWD project website for more details -

ETWD Expands Recycled Water Treatment and Distribution

 Background: El Toro Water District (ETWD) is undertaking a comprehensive, multi-phase Recycled Water Expansion Project that will enhance local water supplies and reliability, reduce dependence on imported water and expand recycled water deliveries to meet future customer demand.

The Recycled Water Expansion Project includes two components.

• The District will expand its existing Water Recycling Plant to allow for the delivery of up to 1,675 acre feet per year of recycled water. One acre foot of water is the equivalent of enough water for two families of four for a year.

• Simultaneously, the District will construct approximately 100,000 feet or 19 miles of recycled water pipeline beneath the roadways in Laguna Woods and the northwest portion of Laguna Hills. 

Fact Sheet about Recycled Water Expansion Project

Construction Alerts

Link to ETWD Recycled Water Expansion Project Website

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Development around Oakbrook Village Shopping Center

On November 13 2012, the Laguna Hills City County approved a transformative two-phase redevelopment proposal for the existing Oakbrook Village Shopping Center.

Keep reading for details and to view a site plan...


Please be aware of these different types of scams which have been reported recently by some Village residents.

Always practice caution when opening e-mails from unknown senders. Be especially cautious of e-mails received from a funeral home condoling the death of an unnamed "beloved friend." Clicking the link in these messages will open a computer virus.

Keep reading for two examples of funeral home scam e-mails, and for more reported scams.

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.

The Community Center

The Laguna Woods Village Communtiy Center is located at 24351 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92653 (949) 597-4200. 

Many facilities at the Laguna Woods Village Community Center are available to residents, clubs and organizations.
Keep reading for details!