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In the spotlight this week:

- TV Channel Line-up changes
- Guest Pass Applications for 2015- 2016
- Budget Calendar for Development of 2016 Business Plan
- United AB 512s
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for what's up!

Attention: TV Channel Line-up CHANGES

Residents may notice in the upcoming months that some television stations have moved to different channels. This is part of the process as GRF Broadband Services transitions to an all-digital cable 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.

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 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.

The Annual Laguna Woods Village Games Have Begun!

The 2015 Village Games have begun! 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. Check the Calendar of Events below and cheer on your favorites!

Open for participation to Laguna Woods Village residents, there are over two dozen events scheduled throughout the community: archery, badminton, basketball, bicycling, billiards, bocce ball, bowling, progressive bridge, cribbage, equestrian, fitness, 27-hole golf, par three golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, paddle tennis, pickleball, poker, scrabble, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, target shooting, tennis, and volleyball.

Download the calendar of events by clicking here, or pick up a packet at the Recreation Division Office or any Clubhouse.

For more information, contact the Recreation Division Office at 949-597-4273.

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.

Don't Miss the Swing Cats Big Band on May 9

The Spring Celebrity Series for 2015 is coming to an end.  The remaining show is on Saturday, May 9, brought to you by the Recreation Division. Swing Cats Big Band is comprised of a 17-piece band, three singers and six dancers. Join us at Clubhouse 3 Theater for a night out, whether it is doing the Foxtrot, Jitterbug or the Mambo. It just may be a night to reminisce the beloved 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

The Swing Cats bring that big band sound from Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Harry James and many more. The Swing Kittens bring an additional flare to the band. Their dynamic trio brings a vocal harmony with a youthful twist. The Swing Cats have performed all over Southern California and Europe.

We are ecstatic to bring well-trained professionals and their distinct style to Laguna Woods Village Theater. Tickets are on sale now at the box office, $23 and $15. Show time is 7:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m.. If you have any questions please call the Box Office at 597-4288.

Memorial Day Concert at Clubhouse 3

The All-American Boys Chorus “America’s Most Beloved Boys Choir,” presents . . . America the Beautiful!

Come join Clubhouse 3’s Annual Memorial Day Concert with the All American Boys Chorus on Monday, May 25 at 4:00 p.m. Forty choristers will present audience favorites—from the California sounds of the Beach Boys to Broadway selections from The Lion King and West Side Story to pop standards of the 70’s and 80’s. There will also be swinging songs from the Big Band era and great jazz standards. The centerpiece of the concert will be a patriotic tribute to the USA Armed Forces. Join us on Memorial Day for a dazzling production that will both thrill and inspire.

This accredited organization comprised of young boys with extraordinary talent, encourages them to reach their maximum potential. The All American Boys Chorus travels all over Orange County and internationally. This professional squad range from 8 to 15 years of age from all over Southern California. All American Boys Chorus have been around for over 40 years. Tickets are on sale at the Clubhouse 3 box office.  Reserved seating is $10.

If you have any questions, please call 597-4288. This is a recreation-coordinated event.

Flexibility Training starting in June

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

Flexibility Training is a five-week course, taking place on Mondays, June 15 through July 13 in the Community Center’s Redwood Room. There are three classes available: 9:00-9:50 a.m., 10:00-10:50 a.m. and 11:00-11:50 a.m. This course is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. Space is limited; please call 597-4273 to register or go to the Recreation Division Office. There is a $25.00 charge for the session. Sign up in advance in the Recreation Division Office. All refunds must be processed before June 15.

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.”

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.

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!

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 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.

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!

Sessions One and Two are full.

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.

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.

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

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 for free! Click below to watch:

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:

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:

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.


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...


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...


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!