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What's up this week in the Village

In the spotlight this week:

- Temporary Closure of Portion of Equestrian Trail
- Hypnotist at Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center on July 22      
- Movie on the Patio Featuring Yankee Doodle Dandy on July 28       
- Fun Club Happenings

Read on for what's up! 

Elevator Power Outage Notice Bldgs. 3363 and 2370

There will be a Southern California Edison Power Outage affecting the elevators at Buildings 3363 and 2370 on Wednesday, July 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For further information, contact Southern California Edison’s contractor, Prye Electrics, at 714-292-9627.

Photo Contest: Attention All Shutterbugs!

Where’s Your Favorite Place to Hang in The Village?

Photo by Village Resident Stephanie Giannini

Calling all photographers with a talent for capturing a beautiful or unique perspective of “The Village” life! You are welcome to compete in this quarters’ Laguna Woods Village Photography Contest. The photo theme  should capture your favorite Laguna Woods Village facility.

The winner, chosen by our Media and Communications committee at their August meeting, will receive a $50 Visa card and complete photo credits.  Winning photos will be featured in our Village Breeze newsletter, on our social media sites, on our website, and in any upcoming marketing materials and advertisements.

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Select Laguna Woods Village Residents to Receive Brief Survey

A select group of Laguna Woods Village residents will be receiving an email the week of July 25 with an invitation to participate in a brief survey developed by the Laguna Woods Village Community Management team. The intent of this survey is to receive residents’ feedback and input on what they feel makes our community unique from other Southern California retirement communities. The results will be used to enhance Laguna Woods Village communications, and help make residents better aware of the many features and benefits available to them. If you should happen to receive this survey invitation in your email, please take a few brief minutes to respond.

Construction on July 27 in front of Building 2370 on Via Mariposa W.

On Wednesday, July 27, there will be some construction work, with a crane, on Via Mariposa W. in front of building 2370.  Work will begin on a transformer there starting about 8:30 a.m. and the work will be completed by 6:00 p.m. that day.





Coyote Alert

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

Keep your cats inside and your dogs always on a leash when they are out of the house. Carry a stick and a whistle or rattle and walk with others if possible. Avoid walking your dog in the early morning hours or anytime after dark.

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

Click here for a City flyer on coyote awareness

Keep reading for watch a brief PSA on coyote safety.

Village Cooling Centers Open for Hot Days

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

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

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

Hot Weather Tips:

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

SCE Rotating Outage Procedures and Policies

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

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

Temporary Closure of Portion of Equestrian Trail

Southern California Edison (SCE) is replacing an underground electrical vault along Avenida Carmel, near Building 277 (inside Gate 1) beginning on Tuesday, July 5 and ending on Friday, July 22.

This work requires excavation, traffic detours, and power outages to the surrounding areas.  The equestrian trail, which runs along Avenida Carmel, across from Building 277, will be closed at that location during construction.

The scheduled electrical outages in that area will be on Friday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m. and on Friday, July 15 at 10:00 p.m.

The contractor will provide notification fliers to the manors affected by this work.

Planned SCE Power Outage for July 26 and July 27

There is planned SCE power outages on July 26 and July 27.

For any questions call SCE at 1-800-655-4555.

Click "More" for more information on specific times and  locations.

Horse Play Day on July 30 at the Equestrian Center

The Recreation Department has coordinated, "Horse Play Day," on Saturday, July 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the Equestrian Center. Come watch equestrian students compete and demonstrate their skills. Admission is free. If you have any questions please call 949-597-4275. Please click here for flyer.

Movie on the Patio Featuring Yankee Doodle Dandy on July 28

Don’t miss this special showing of Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), a film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan. This outdoor screening will be held at Clubhouse 1 Patio on Thursday, July 28.

The movie will start at sundown (around 8:20 p.m., subject to change) but all are welcome to arrive early and snag a spot in the patio.

This event is free and is for Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests only. Beverages, snacks, and popcorn will be available on the patio, compliments of Title Sponsor Palm Terrace. Don’t forget to bring your own picnic, libations, and chairs!Remember to bring blankets, coats, and hats.

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

Click here for flyer.

Kitchen Fee For Residents or Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art, Art, Everywhere!

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



Get Connected Phone List

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




Movie on the Patio Featuring Doc Rock-it and the Radio Fliers on August 4

Clubhouse One is proud to present a patio concert featuring Doc Rock-it and the Radio Fliers on Thursday, August 4. The concert will be on the back patio of Clubhouse One at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Martinez Catering will have a food stand open from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. (or while supplies last). Serving hot dogs, chicken, potato salad, beans, soda and water. Tables and chairs will be provided.

Let Doc Rock-It and the Radio Fliers take you on a musical journey down to Retroville when the cars were boss and the pompadours were cool.

General Admission is $8.00 per person in advance or $10.00 the day of the concert. Tickets may be purchased the Clubhouse One and Recreation department offices by check or Credit card (cash accepted only if you have exact change). Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a resident. Sponsored in part by Palm Terrace.

Residents needing a bus to and from the event must make a reservation with the Transportation Department. B-Bus reservations are accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please call 597-4659.

For more information please call 597-4281.

Lost and Found List Now on Village Website

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



Missing Your Trash Can?

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

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

Step Right Up and Get Your Tickets for Grandparent’s Fun Day!

Laguna Woods Village’s favorite multi-generational event, Grandparents Fun Day, is back! On Saturday, August 6, Clubhouse 5 will be transformed into a carnival, featuring plenty of fun, snacks and activities for grandkids to enjoy with their grandparents.

Children will enjoy an obstacle course, 30 foot slide, combo bounce houses with slides and basketball hoops, mini bounce with slide, games, prizes, arts & crafts and Village Clowns.

This year’s event will take place August 6 at Clubhouse 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale starting July 11 at the Clubhouse 5 office and the Recreation Division office. Wristbands are $5 each (children one year or younger are free).

Tickets are limited and available only while supplies last. More than 450 grandparents and grandkids attended last year’s Fun Day, so act fast! There will be no refunds after 12:00 p.m. on August. 5. Call 949-597-4273 for information.

Click here for flyer.

Guitar Workshop on August 17

Have you ever wanted to learn to play the guitar, but thought it was too hard to learn or just didn’t have the time? Well, here is your chance to experience a sample. The Recreation Division presents a free Introduction to Guitar with experienced instructor, Cherri Farrah. Cherri has discovered a fun and simple way to teach the basic building blocks of mastering the guitar and is trained on the ukulele, six string, twelve string, classical and Spanish guitar. Come meet Cherri and learn about the guitar on Wednesday, August 17 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Community Center in the Pine room. The introduction will cover guitar history and basics followed with Q & A time. No registration is needed, feel free to drop by. Please bring pencil, paper and your guitar for a complimentary tuning. Laguna Woods Village residents only, call the Recreation Division for more information at 597-4273.

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

Clubhouse 5 will be hosting August Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Party on Saturday, August 27.  Dance to the Rock and Roll music of the band "Close Enough" from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Close Enough perform great rock dance music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s! Admission to the dance is only $5 at the door. You must show your Village ID in order to purchase tickets. The GRF bar is available from 6:00 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. The B-bus is available on Saturday evening to take you to the dance and pick you up, but you must contact the Transportation Department in advance to make these arrangements by calling (949) 597-4659.  If you have question about the dance please call the Clubhouse Five office at 597-4382.

Movie on the Patio Featuring The Parent Trap on August 29

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

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

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

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

Remember to bring blankets, coats, and hats.

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

Recreation Events Punch Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clubhouse 7 - Tennis with John Prickitt

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

Q&A with Broadband Services Director Russ Ridgeway

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

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

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

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

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

Third Mutual to take Proactive Measures for Outdoor Water Conservation

Due to the ongoing drought conditions affecting Southern California, El Toro Water District is now applying a drought penalty to Tier 3 and 4 irrigation water as of August 1, 2015.

Because of the new ETWD water budget formula, Third Mutual’s high tier water bill jumped from previously less than $3,000 to nearly $60,000 in August 2015, and to over $10,000 in September 2015. Third Mutual is currently protesting these charges.

Recycled water is not subject to tiered pricing as potable water is, and in Third Mutual, approximately 125 out of 273 irrigation water meters have been converted to recycled water. The majority of non-recycled irrigation water meters remaining are in the Gates 9, 11, and 14 areas. Third is looking closely at ways of reducing outdoor water usage in these areas.

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Town Hall Meetings, Board Updates, and More Available on the Village YouTube Channel!

Did you know? Laguna Woods Village has a YouTube channel! There you will find an abundance of informative Community videos, including weekly Board updates, Multi-Boards Town Hall Meetings, Meet the Candidates meetings, and so much more!

Check out the Village YouTube Channel by clicking here:

How to Report Water Waste

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

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

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

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

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

Construction Noise Permitted only During Approved Hours in Laguna Woods Village

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

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

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

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

Contractors performing emergency work at the direction of the Boards and the managing agent are exempt from the time and noise restrictions listed above.

If construction work by or for a resident takes place outside of these defined hours, the resident may be held responsible for the nuisance, which may include disciplinary action or a fine.

UCI 90+ Study Seeking New Recruits for Groundbreaking Successful Aging Research

The 90+ Study of the University of California Irvine announces the expansion of its study of the oldest-old, those aged 90 years and older.

This study, begun over 10 years ago (in 2003), was recently highlighted on CBS’s 60 Minutes and in the Orange County Register. It has also received considerable attention from the scientific community as it is one of the largest studies of the oldest-old and has produced significant findings related to longevity, successful aging, and dementia.

About 1500 Laguna Woods Village residents are members of this select group but more are needed. 

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Community Project Updates

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

Avoid the Scams!

By Laguna Woods Village Security Director Tim Moy

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

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

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

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

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.
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