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In the spotlight this week:
- United Laguna Woods Mutual Appoints New Officers at Organizational Meeting
- Celebrity Series Presents the Great Comedians on Nov. 1
- Bonanza is Back at Clubhouse 4 on Nov. 8 and 9!
- Fun Club Happenings!
Read on for what's up!
United Laguna Woods Mutual Appoints New Officers at Organizational Meeting
October 14, 2014: United Laguna Woods Mutual held its Annual and Organizational meetings today. Directors Jack Bassler, Lenny Ross, Juanita Skillman, and Jan LaBarge were seated, and new officers were elected as follows:
President: Pat English
1st Vice President: Jack Bassler
2nd Vice President: Ken Hammer
Secretary: Jan LaBarge
Treasurer: Don Tibbets
September 26, 2014: The residents of United Mutual have elected Jack Bassler, Lenny Ross, Juanita Skillman, and Jan LaBarge to represent them on the United Mutual Board of Directors. Each Director will serve a three-year term, expiring in 2017.
This will be the second term for incumbents Jack Bassler and Jan LaBarge. Directors John Beckett and Bevan Strom are retiring.
The new directors will be seated at the United Annual Meeting of the Members on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Clubhouse 3 at 9:30 a.m., to be immediately followed by the Organizational Meeting.
Third Laguna Hills Mutual Appoints New Officers at Organizational Meeting
October 2, 2014: Third Laguna Hills Mutual held its Annual and Organizational meetings. Directors Bunny Carpenter, James Matson, John McRae, and James Tung were seated, and new officers were elected as follows:
President: James Matson
1st Vice President: Rosemarie di Lorenzo-Dickins
2nd Vice President: James Tung
Secretary: John McRae
Treasurer: Wei-Ming Tao
September 26, 2014: The residents of Third Mutual have elected Bunny Carpenter, James Matson, John McRae, and James Tung to represent them on the Third Mutual Board of Directors. Each Director will serve a three-year term, expiring in 2017.
The new directors replace retiring directors Won Chang, Kathryn Freshley, Hank Gioia, and Mike Straziuso.
Enjoy Monday Night Football at Clubhouse 5
Mondays at Clubhouse 5, join your friends and family for Monday Night Football on the big screen. Tickets are not needed for this free event, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early to secure your seat. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. There will be free chips and salsa, hot dogs available to purchase, and libations for sale at the GRF bar.
October’s matchups are not to be missed! All games start at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, October 13: San Francisco 49ers at St Louis Rams
Monday, October 20: Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday, October 27: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance Featuring the Midili Brothers
Come join the fun at the Rockin;’ Saturday Night Dance Party at Clubhouse 5. Dance to the Rock and Roll music of Midili Brothers from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday night, October 25. The Midili Brothers play cover music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Admission to the dance is only $5.00 at the door. The GRF bar is available from 6:00 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 arrangements. If you have question about the dance, please call the Clubhouse 5 office at 597- 4382.
Mexican Style Buffet at Clubhouse 2 on October 28
Take a trip south of the border and enjoy the all you can eat Mexican Style Buffet on Tuesday, October 28 at Clubhouse 2. Tickets are $15.00 per person and can be purchased the Clubhouse Two office. A no-host bar with $3.00 margaritas and $2.00 Corona beer will open at 5:00 p.m. The buffet will start at 5:30 p.m. and last until 7:00 p.m.
The buffet will be catered by Martinez Catering and will include tropical fruit tray, garden salad, chips and salsa, beef barbocoa with light red sauce, pork tamales, chicken fajitas, refried beans, Mexican rice, fresh tortillas, tres leches cake for dessert, coffee and tea, and all the condiments including guacamole, salsa, and sour cream.
Afternoon Tea October 29 at Clubhouse 7
Clubhouse 7 is hosting an Afternoon Tea Party on October 29. Be sure to wear your fanciest hat and bring your favorite tea cup; prizes will be awarded!
Jolanda is catering this event and on each table will be fresh scones, Devonshire cream and strawberry jam as well as assorted teas and champagne. The first course will feature assorted cheeses with crackers and grapes, followed by a second course of finger sandwiches, including cucumber, chicken salad, ham salad, crab salad, and deviled egg. The final course will feature strawberries dipped in chocolate, lemon squares and pecan squares.
Free Guitar Workshop on Nov. 5
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 Guitar Workshop 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 six string, twelve string, classical and Spanish guitar.
The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 2 in Dining Room 3 and 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.
This workshop is for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY, call the Recreation Division for more information at 597-4273.
Celebrity Series Presents the Great Comedians starring Brad Zinn Nov. 1
Get ready to laugh harder than you have in decades! The Celebrity Series at Clubhouse 3 presents The Great Comedians starring Brad Zinn. Brad, who has an extensive background in acting, magic, and stand-up comedy, will perform extended impersonations of comedy legends such as Johnny Carson, George Burns, Jack Benny, and Will Rogers.
Brad exudes great stage presence and loves to interact with his audience. He is known for preserving great memories of famous comedians through laughter, and teaching clean and tasteful comedy to future generations. This is your opportunity to experience a unique, seasoned entertainer at the Clubhouse 3 Theater.
Bonanza is Back at Clubhouse 4 on Nov. 8 and 9!
Laguna Woods Village writers, artists and artisans will have the opportunity to showcase their talent at the Annual Arts and Crafts Bonanza beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9.
Clubhouse Four will host the event, which features a wide assortment of handcrafts and artistic pieces for sale. Resident artists and artisans will be on hand to sell a wide variety of handcrafted pieces. Shoppers will see unique gifts crafted from ceramic, porcelain, glass, enamel, fabric, ink, oil paint, paper, metal, stone, watercolor, photography, wood, beads or yarn. The Senior Clown Alley will be there providing balloon art!
“Bonanza highlights the artistic talents of the Village residents and we're excited to host this popular event again this year," says Rick Roybal, Manager of Clubhouse 4.
Special thanks to this year’s Title sponsor, Humana, and additional sponsor PCM!
Bonanza takes place Saturday, November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 4. Shuttle service is available between Clubhouse 3 and 4 every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests accompanied by a resident of Laguna Woods Village are welcome to use this courtesy park and ride service. Fenix Best Catering Truck will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both days.
For more information, call Clubhouse Four at (949) 597-4291.
Ongoing Italian Language class meets on Thursdays at Clubhouse 5
Buongiorno, Laguna Woods Village! “Let’s Speak Italian” is an ongoing Italian Language class that meets on Thursdays at Clubhouse 5 in Multi-Purpose Room #2.
Resident instructors Joseph LaFranca & Carl Distefano will resume class on October 2 beginning at 3:00 p.m. and will continue to meet each Thursday thereafter. The course will emphasize elementary Italian focusing on vocabulary building and grammar. Intermediate and advanced levels will be added on as needed. Please check with the instructor for additional details.
Students of all levels are welcome to join anytime. This class is a free drop-in class for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. For more information call 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.
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.
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
910 60’s Revolution
921 Classic Hits Blend
924 Today’s Hits
925 Retro Disco
926 Groove Lounge
932 Big Band Swing
934 Great Standards
938 Y2K Hits
The music channels are only available to customers with a Set-Top Box and who subscribe to the Digital Deluxe Package.
The addition of these channels was automatic. No action is required from subscribers to receive these channels.
A complete digital channel line-up is available at the Laguna Woods Village Community Center or www.lagunawoodsvillage.com.
GRF Announces More Channels Available in HD
GRF Broadband Services has added 14 popular channels in High Definition (HD) to the cable line-up. Now, HD subscribers with an HDTV and an HD or DVR Set-Top Box can enjoy over 110 HD channels (some channels require a Premium Movie Package subscription).
Third 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 to email subscribers each month. Topics include: a message from the President of Third Mutual, Board information (including operating rule additions or changes), setting the record straight, and project updates and highlights.
Residents of Third who would like to receive this free monthly e-mail newsletter may sign up by clicking “Sign up for Our Newsletter” on the top right corner of this page. To see the current edition, click Resident Links, Boards and Committees, Third Mutual, or click here.
A small number of printed copies of the e-mail newsletter will be available in the Community Center on the first floor in the racks outside of the Recreation Department, and at each of the clubhouses, for residents of Third who do not have access to e-mail.
Laguna Woods Village featured on 60 Minutes
Sunday, May 4, on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl reported on the groundbreaking 90+ study conducted by Dr. Claudia Kawas at UCI that has revealed some unexpected findings. Several Laguna Woods Village residents were a part of the study.
In case you missed it, the full episode of 60 Minutes is available to watch at CBSnews.com for free! Click below to watch:
Significant Projects and Achievements 2013/2014
On September 10, 2014, Laguna Woods Village celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Laguna Woods Village is not just a great place to live, it’s a lifestyle opportunity, an ideal environment for those transitioning from careers and work to active retirement.
50 years ago, a community was born. We now we look to the future, and 50 more years of Resort Living, California Style.
Click here to download the Projects and Achievements pamphlet, or keep reading for just a few examples of programs and projects that contributed to the ongoing maintenance of Laguna Woods Village.
Tips on How to Stop Junk Mail
Tired of all of those unsolicited credit card offers clogging up your mailbox? Sick of lugging catalogs and junk mail to the recycling bin? All of this unwanted mail creates nothing but headaches and wasted paper, so it’s no wonder putting an end to it is a priority for many people. While you can’t eliminate everything, you can noticeably reduce the avalanche of paper in your mailbox just by picking up the phone or hopping online.
Here are a few simple ways to put a kibosh on the heaps of junk mail that keep piling up:
So Long, Pre-Screened Credit Offers: If your credit is anywhere near good, credit bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—are selling your name to credit card companies as a hot prospect. That’s why you’re getting those “you’ve been pre-approved” offers every day.
Put an end to it by calling 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688). You will need to provide your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number and date of birth to ensure your opt-out request matches your credit record rather than someone else who shares your name. You can also opt out via the Internet at: www.optoutprescreen.com/opt_form.cgi.
Keep reading for more tips on cutting down on junk mail!
Free Donation Pickups from Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is offering free donations pickups for useable furniture, clothing, and household goods. Below are the items they are looking for:
Construction Begins on I-5 South County Improvements
Drivers will see construction activity ramping up on the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in South Orange County as crews begin work on a $249 million traffic-relief project.
The Measure M I-5 South County Improvement Project will add a carpool lane in both directions between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, as well as rebuild the Avenida Pico interchange in San Clemente.
Learn more about the project and view closures and a detour map at www.octa.net/I-5Pico.
OCTA has launched a new way to receive I-5 South County Improvement Project information! Simply text SOUTHOC5INFO to 67076 to begin receiving weekly text message alerts with important closure and detour information.
For additional information or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
On 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - www.etwd.com
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
Link to ETWD Recycled Water Expansion Project Website
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...
GRF Establishes Clubhouse 2 Renovation Ad Hoc Committee
GRF has established 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."
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!