Resident LinksWhat's up this week in the Village
In the spotlight this week:
- July 4th Holiday Schedule
- Fourth of July Outdoor Concert at Clubhouse 2
- Don’t Forget to submit your photos for ‘A Week in the Village’!
- Fun Club Happenings!
Read on for what's up!
July 4th Holiday Schedule
Some community facilities will be affected by the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.
The Administrative offices will be closed on Friday, July 3.
Click here for the Fourth of July Holiday Schedule
Fourth of July Outdoor Concert at Clubhouse 2
This Independence Day, let Doc Rock-It take you on a musical journey to Retroville, where the cars were boss and the pompadours were cool!
The second concert in the Summer Outdoor Concert series will be held on the front patio and lawn area at Clubhouse 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Tickets are $4 in advance and are available at the Clubhouse 2 box office, Recreation office, and Clubhouse 3 box office. Tickets will be $5 on the day of the concert.
“Residents should come ready to enjoy two hours of great music,” said Bruce Gardner, Clubhouse Two supervisor. “And after the concert, residents are welcome to watch the fireworks from the Lawn Bowling greens.”
Enjoy the music of Elvis, the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley and the Comets, Fats Domino, Sam Cooke, The Coasters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin and many, many more!
A food stand featuring hot dogs, BBQ chicken, and all the fixings will be open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (or until supplies last) and will be catered by Martinez Catering.
A limited number of tables will be available on the patio the day of the concert on a first come basis. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets for the grass area. Residents are welcome to bring their own food and drinks to the concert.
For more information, call Clubhouse 2 at 949-597-4285. Recreation events are limited to Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.
Residents needing a bus home from the Concert must make reservation with the Transportation Department. B-Bus reservations are accepted between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 p.m. Please call 597-4659.
Notice: Upcoming Clubhouse 1 Maintenance
Clubhouse 1 will be undergoing painting and maintenance between July 20 and August 14.
The Billiard Room, Drop in Lounge, Game Room, Bocce Courts, and Shuffleboard Courts may be closed for several days during this time. Please contact the Clubhouse prior to using these facilities to confirm they are open.
The Clubhouse and Fitness Center will be closed between July 20 and 24.
Pool 1 and the locker rooms will remain open with no disruption in service.
Please call Clubhouse 1 at 597-4281 for updated information.
Don’t Forget to submit your photos for ‘A Week in the Village’!
The GRF Board Wants Your Photos to Represent the Vibrant Lifestyle
at Laguna Woods Village
What does a week in the Village look like to you? The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) wants to see your photos of life in the Village through your eyes.
The project, entitled “A Week in the Village,” will help GRF accumulate photos that demonstrate the vitality, location, diversity, and lifestyle of Laguna Woods Village.
A big thank you to the residents who have already submitted their photos!
The official “Week in the Village” runs from July 4 through July 10. All submissions must be received by July 15.
The photos that best demonstrate the lifestyle at Laguna Woods Village will be selected by GRF and posted to the Laguna Woods Village website, LagunaWoodsVillage.com. Photos may be used for other marketing purposes, too, such as brochures and advertisements, to showcase the robust community that is Laguna Woods Village.
Images can be easily uploaded at AWeekintheVillage.com where the Photographer’s Release and Model Release consent can be readily reviewed and accepted. Photos must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 10 inches width), digital jpeg images. As noted, any featured individual in the photograph must sign a Model Release. The releases are also available for review at LagunaWoodsVillage.com. The photographer is responsible to secure and provide all necessary releases.
Photo submissions must be uploaded by July 15, 2015. For more information, please visit AWeekintheVillage.com. Showcase the animated spirit of Laguna Woods Village by capturing the essence of what the community means to you!
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 performed which results in excessive construction-related noise is permitted between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For work that does not result in excessive noise, such as painting and carpet installation, permitted hours remain 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. No work whatsoever shall be permitted on Sunday.
Contractors performing emergency work at the direction of the Boards and PCM 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.
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.
Swimming Lessons Offered This Summer
Register now for swim lessons!
30-minute lessons are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays this summer. The cost is $35 per session and the lessons take place at Pool 6.
Register at the Recreation Division Office. No make-up lessons or refunds. Open to Laguna Woods Village residents only.
Please click here for more details.
For questions, contact the Aquatics Office at 597-4419 or the Recreation office at 597-4273.
Movie on the Lawn Featuring Singing in the Rain on July 23
Hop, skip and dance over every puddle so you don’t miss this special showing of Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s 1952 classic, Singing in the Rain! Join us on the Clubhouse 2 Lawn on Thursday, July 23 for this outdoor screening. The movie will start at sundown (around 7:30 p.m.) but all are welcome to arrive early, snag a spot in the grass and enjoy light music and trivia as the sun sets.
This event is FREE for residents and their guests. Warm beverages will be available for sale on the lawn. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and libations!
Remember to bring blankets, coats, hats, mittens.
Call Recreation at 949-597-4273 for more information.
Fall Celebrity Series 2015
The Recreation Division is sponsoring the Fall Celebrity Series 2015. Come enjoy our unique line-up with one-of-a-kind performances. Tickets for renewals only, are on sale July 20-August 3 and any remaining tickets go on sale August 4. Ticket pricing: regular seating $23 single/$80 series and value seating $15/ $50 series. All performances will start at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September - WE FIVE
WE FIVE' who were Grammy nominated folk-rock group in the 60’s,' will be performing their hit songs: “You Were on My Mind” and “Let’s Get Together,” which sold over 60 million copies. They were the first ever to be San Francisco’s “Top 40” sound group. Also, they were best new artist in 1965. WE FIVE puts on a stunning performance consisting of love songs, that San Francisco folk sound, and vibrant memories of the 60’s.
Saturday, October 3 - Monte Revolta
Come celebrate the Halloween season with these go-go ghouls. Monte Revolta Band performs hit songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with a Halloween twist. This night of fright will keep you intrigued throughout an interactive performance.
Saturday, November 7 - Waylon Jennings Tribute Featuring Jeremy Manley
The Outlaw Band, featuring Jeremy Manley, is the ultimate tribute band to Waylon Jennings. Jeremy continues to strive to keep Waylon Jennings' spirit alive and his fans enthused through a one of a kind live performance. His love for county music has transformed into becoming one of the main Waylon Jennings tribute bands around.
December 5 – Cruise Ship Kings of Comedy/Magic
Cruise Ship Kings of Comedy stars three of the top cruise ship comedy stars! They have headlined on the Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Lines. Bruce Gold is a stand-up comedian and comic magician. Eric Buss is an inventive comedian and provides magical fun. The last performer is Ivan Pecel, an award-winning comedian juggler. They have performed on The Tonight show, Letterman, America’s Got Talent, and Masters of Illusion TV series. These gentlemen have extraordinary talent and will keep you laughing all night long!
Third Introduces Village Helper Program
The All-Volunteer Program, Led by Director Judith Troutman, Aims to Assist Residents in Navigating the Complex Request and Resolution Processes in Laguna Woods Village
Third Laguna Hills Mutual (Third) has developed the Village Helper Program, a program exclusively for residents of Third to assist them in navigating the complex request and resolution processes in Laguna Woods Village.
Although many residents can navigate the systems successfully, this program is designed to assist people who are in need of help or frustrated. The program, conceived and led by Third Director Judith Troutman, is run completely by resident volunteers.
Keep reading for more info and a printable reminder card...
Suspect a Community Rule Violation? The Compliance Department is here to Investigate
In order to protect and encourage the wellness, safety and harmony of the residents of Laguna Woods Village, there are rules and restrictions to which residents must abide. Each resident of the Community is obligated to comply with the rules, terms, and conditions as set forth in their Mutuals’ governing documents. The Mutual Boards actively administer these rules, and engage their staff to enforce them.
The Compliance Department at Laguna Woods Village receives written complaints from residents on matters alleging a violation of Mutual rules.
9-1-1 Ambulance Subscription Program Continued Under New Provider
Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015, Care Ambulance Service will replace Doctor’s Ambulance as the 9-1-1 emergency medical transportation provider for Laguna Woods. The change in providers follows a competitive procurement process and a decision made by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Care Ambulance Service has provided emergency medical transportation services elsewhere in Orange and Los Angeles counties since 1998.
The City of Laguna Woods and Care Ambulance Service are pleased to announce that the popular 9-1-1 Ambulance Subscription Program will continue to be offered without interruption. For an annual enrollment fee of $60 per household, Care Ambulance Service will waive all co-payments that residents would otherwise owe for 9-1-1 ambulance trips. Insurance payments – regardless of the amount – will be accepted as payment in-full, which means that participating residents will typically have no out-of-pocket expense for transportation by ambulance following a 9-1-1 call.
“The City realizes how important the 9-1-1 Ambulance Subscription Program is to Laguna Woods residents, which is why we began to work with Care Ambulance Service immediately after their contract was awarded by the Board of Supervisors,” said Mayor Cynthia Conners. “We appreciate Care’s commitment to helping to control our residents’ medical costs in times of need.”
For the convenience of residents, Care Ambulance Service will conduct in-person enrollments at Laguna Woods City Hall beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015 through Friday, June 5, 2015 from 2 to 5 p.m. Enrollment forms may also be obtained from Laguna Woods City Hall beginning on Monday, June 1, 2015. Please note that residents who were previously enrolled in the subscription program offered by Doctor’s Ambulance are required to enroll with Care Ambulance Service prior to Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in order to receive uninterrupted subscription services.
For more information, please contact Care Ambulance Service at (714) 288-3809.
Attention: TV Channel Line-up CHANGES
If you are have trouble locating your favorite channels, they may have moved. This is part of the process GRF Broadband Services is taking to transitions to an all-digital system.
If you rent a set top box: Nothing needs to be done on your part. All changes will automatically be done for you.
Keep reading for a list of channels that have moved, or will be moving, and for instructions on what to do if you can't view you favorite channel.
Third Approves Increase in Golf Cart Charging Fee to Cover Increased Electricity Costs
As a convenience to the residents, Third Laguna Hills Mutual (Third) allows the recharging of battery-powered golf carts in assigned spaces of carports and under-building parking for an annual fee. Due to escalating electricity rates, Third has increased the annual golf cart electric charge from $100 to $155 per year. The increase is effective May 1, 2015. Please note that current customers will be invoiced a prorated amount of $36.00 on May 1 to cover the remainder of 2015.
Guest Pass Applications for 2015- 2016
The current Annual Guest Passes and Non-Resident Owner Passes will expire June 30, 2015. Effective immediately, applications are available at all Clubhouses, the Towers, the Village Library, and in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center. Both applications can also be accessed on the Laguna Woods Village website at www.lagunawoodsvillage.com. Go to Resident Links, Forms. Each form is highlighted in colored boxes for quick access.
A maximum of five Annual Guest passes can be issued per manor for Resident Members only. One application can be used for all five passes. Non-Resident Members are allowed one pass for each owner. New passes will be effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
Applications are now being accepted. All applications must be returned to the Community Access department in the Laguna Woods Village Community Center located at 24351 El Toro Road, or mailed to Professional Community Management Inc., Agent, Attn: Community Access, PO Box 2220, Laguna Woods, CA 92654-2220. Each application must be accompanied with a legal-sized self-addressed stamped envelope so that passes can be mailed accordingly. Stamps should be the Forever Stamp to ensure delivery. The mailing of passes will begin no later than June 1, 2015.
Applications not received by May 31 may not be processed in time to meet the June 30 expiration date of the existing passes. Passes will be processed in the order received. Applications that are incomplete, are not accompanied by an appropriate self-addressed stamped envelope, or for any reason cannot be processed without additional information, will be delayed and will be processed as time permits.
Please be advised that passes will not be processed at the counter during this renewal period.
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.
Guard Yourself Against Bicycle Theft
In the last 90 days, Laguna Woods Village residents have reported 11 bike thefts, primarily in the areas of the community east of Moulton Parkway. The Orange County Sheriff Department is actively investigating these thefts with close cooperation from Laguna Woods Village Security.
Residents should keep their bicycles indoors if possible, or chained securely with a theft-resistant locking mechanism.
Information on the bicycle thefts should be directed to the OCSD at 949-770-6011.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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...
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!