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In the spotlight this week:

- Memorial Day Concert at Clubhouse 3
- 2016 Clubhouse Reservation Lottery
- Road and Cul-de-Sac Closures for Memorial Day Race
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for what's up!



Memorial Day Holiday Schedule

Some community facilities will be affected by the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

The Administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 25.

Click here for the Memorial Day holiday schedule.

 

 



2016 Clubhouse Reservation Lottery

It is time again for the Recreation Division to hold its Annual Lottery for Clubhouse Reservations for 2016 (excluding Clubhouse 3 Auditorium). Beginning Friday, May 15 you may pick up lottery cards at any Clubhouse Office or the Recreation Division Office in the Community Center building. The cards are to be filled out with the date of the event being planned for 2016, the choice of facility, the type of event, as well as a second, third and fourth choice of date and facility. Please note: Clubhouse 2 is CLOSED for renovations from 1/1/16 – 8/31/16. Be sure to have cards filled out and turned in to the Recreation Division Office by the cutoff date: 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 15.  No late lottery cards will be accepted under any circumstances. The process may take up to 7 weeks. Everyone who put in a request will be notified by mail. Please do not call with questions about your date until after Monday, August 3, or until you have been notified by mail.

The purpose of the Lottery is to secure dates in advance for events that require long-range planning, such as anniversaries, special birthdays, family reunions, holiday celebrations, special club events, etc.  This will be the first time any dates for 2016 will be accessible. After August 1, reservations for 2016 can be booked as usual in the Recreation Division Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Recreation Office is closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch. If you have any questions, please call 597-4227.



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!



Road and Cul-de-Sac Closures for Memorial Day Race

On Monday, May 25, 2015, the Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run/Walk will traverse a portion of Laguna Woods Village will beginning at 7:00 a.m.

The race starts on Calle de La Louisa, enters Laguna Woods Village by way of Gate 2, traverses around a certified/sanctioned course on Via Estrada, to Calle Aragon, to Avenida Sevilla, to Avenida Majorca and back to Via Estrada and back out Gate 2 again.

Streets surrounding the Village will be closed as well; please click on "More" below for specific closures or visit the race website, www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com, for more information.



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.



Current U.S. Table Tennis Champion to Compete at Laguna Woods Village

Residents of Laguna Woods Village are invited to watch reigning U.S. National Table Tennis Champion Jimmy Butler defend his 2014 open singles title at the Meiklejohn North American Seniors Open Table Tennis Tournament June 4 through 7. The annual event, now in its 25th year at Laguna Woods Village, takes place at Clubhouse 5 and will feature 230 players competing in 33 events.

“We are so excited that Jimmy will be playing in this year’s Meiklejohn Tournament,” says Ray Landis, president of the Laguna Woods Village Table Tennis Club. “His dedication to the sport and his ability to overcome physical challenges is inspiring to senior players of the game such as me.”

Butler, who won three national championships before the age of 23, returned to win his fourth U.S. National Table Tennis Championship in 2014 after severe muscular problems forced him to take an eight-year hiatus from the sport.



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.



SCE Planned Outage on May 21

SCE has a planned outage on May 21 for the following addresses in Third Mutual.  Please click on "More."

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



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.



Movie on the Lawn June 23 Featuring Strangers on a Train

All aboard! Don’t miss this special showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1951 thriller, Strangers on a Train!

Join us on the Clubhouse 2 lawn on Tuesday, June 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, and mittens.

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



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.



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.



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.

Click here to access the ETWD Water Budget Variance Request Forms.



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.



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.



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.



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:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/over-a-barrel-90/



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 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 southoc5info@octa.net 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.

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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

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Development around Oakbrook Village Shopping Center

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

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



SCAM ALERTs

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!