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This week in The Village

In the Spotlight this week:
- Bus System to Return to Regular Service July 14
- 50th Anniversary Golf Tournament Sept. 11
- Rockin’ Saturday Night Dance on July 19
- Grandparent’s Fun Day
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for this week's Village Spotlight!

50th Anniversary Golf Tournament Sept. 11

On September 11, 2014, the Historical Society of Laguna Woods, the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF), and Professional Community Management (PCM) staff will host the 50th Anniversary Laguna Woods Village Anniversary Golf Tournament.

The event, commemorating the Village’s golden anniversary, includes a very special 9/11 tribute, 18 holes of golf, a continental breakfast, a carved turkey and prime rib buffet lunch, beverages at selected holes, a golf shirt, a golf cap, a golf towel, a swag bag, participation in contests, an opportunity drawing, and more!

Click here to sign up, or keep reading for more information...

Bus System has Returned to Regular Service

The bus system has returned to regular service.  The installation of fire suppression systems in the buses is complete.


Majority of United Voters Vote "No" to Recall United Board


The vote on the United Recall Election, which took place on July 2, is as follows:

OPPOSED TO recalling the United Board Members - 2132

IN FAVOR of recalling the United Board Members - 925

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, Aug. 2, Clubhouse 2 will be transformed into a carnival, featuring plenty of fun, food and activities for grandkids to enjoy with their grandparents.

Children will enjoy water slides, a bounce house, an obstacle course, a dunk tank, game booths, prizes, a magician, cartoon artists, Village clowns, face painters, arts and crafts, popcorn, cotton candy, healthy snacks, snow cones and more!

Corporate Members elect two new GRF Directors

Stanley Feldstein and Lucy Shimon were elected to the Golden Rain Foundation board by a vote of the Corporate Members in a special meeting on July 7.They replace Larry Souza and Heather Gerson.

Their terms will expire in November 2015.

Orange County Fair Express

The OC Fair Express buses will be serving south county this year from the Laguna Hills Transportation Center and the Junipero Serra Park-and-Ride in San Juan Capistrano every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  A regular bus fare (typically $4 round-trip) will get you right to the entrance of the fair where you will avoid any parking costs ($10) and get a $3 coupon off admission (regular admission) is $12. In other words, for $13 you get transportation to and from the fair, including admission.


GRF Establishes Clubhouse 2 Renovation Ad Hoc Committee

GRF announced today the establishment of 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."

Introducing: New Yoga Instructors!

Beginning  July 3rd, the Recreation coordinated Yoga Class will be taught by new instructors Zahir Movius and Kim Min.

“Come experience the many benefits of yoga: stress reduction, peace of mind, better sleep, weight loss and greater physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual balance” says Zahir!


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

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).

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.

Tickets for subscriber renewals requesting the same seats go on sale Monday July 14 to July 27. Subscriber renewals who would like to change seats may purchase tickets beginning July 28 to July 31. New series subscriptions and single show ticket sales begin August 1.

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

Movie on the Lawn Featuring "The Sandlot" on August 19

Play Ball! Gather your team together for a special showing of David M. Evans’ 1993 summer baseball classic, The Sandlot! Join us on the Clubhouse Two Lawn on Tuesday, August 19th. 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 as the sun sets.

This event is FREE for residents and their guests and a perfect opportunity to invite grandkids to the Village for some summer fun! Popcorn and warm beverages will be available for sale on the lawn. Guests are welcome don’t forget to bring your own picnic and libations!

Remember to bring blankets, coats, hats, mittens and maybe even someone to cuddle with! And please, only low chairs so everyone can see.

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

T’ai Chi Classes Free for Residents

The ancient Chinese practice of T’ai Chi has been called the perfect exercise and it’s accessible to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. T’ai Chi has been shown to improve balance and coordination, lower blood pressure, reduce arthritis pain, increase vitality and promote overall health and well-being.

The Recreation Division is proud to offer T’ai Chi every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Clubhouse Seven. Resident instructors Robert Chen, Celina Yu, James Tung and Cecilia Jen welcome students to join anytime, no registration required.

New students can learn the basics every Tuesday at 9 a.m. then join the group from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each class will build upon the previous weeks lesson and every odd month (January, March, May, July, etc.) the instructors begin again from step one.

This class is FREE and for Laguna Woods Village residents ONLY. Call 597-4273 for more information.

Belly Dancing Class starts July 23

The Recreation Division offers students the opportunity to personally discover more about belly dancing! Classes meet on Wednesdays in the Rehearsal Room at Clubhouse Three. The introductory class is held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and beginning level class from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The next routines will be taught July 23 through August 27. The Introductory Class: Mosaic Scarf Dance and Beginning Class: Dina's Veil Dance.The cost for seven group lessons is $35 ($5 per class), students can register in the Recreation office; registration is limited to Village residents only.  One free class may be taken for new students to preview this exciting class, for more information call 949-597-4273.

Dancing Stars Around the World on July 26


For the benefit of the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village and the Saddleback Memorial Foundation

An international dance showcase "Dancing Stars Around the World", will take place on July 26, at 7:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 3 Theater.   Many accomplished dancers are giving their time and talents freely to bring the high caliber dancing of many cultures (Irish, Russian, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Indian) to entertain us.   Do not miss this opportunity to see a brilliant show and to help a good cause.  Buy your tickets now at the Box Office of Clubhouse 3.  Tickets are $18 and $21.

Click here for a flyer.

50th Anniversary Book Available for Preorder from the Historical Society

Preorder 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.

Click here to download the preorder form.

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 each month shortly following the regular Board meeting. 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.

“The Third Board created a Communications Committee earlier this year in an effort to explore and expand opportunities for enhanced communication with the residents,” said Mike Straziuso, Third Board President, “and this newsletter is a product of those efforts. I hope the residents of Third enjoy this publication and find it useful.”

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:

Annual Guest Passes Now Being Processed

The current Annual Guest Passes and Non-Resident Owner Passes will expire June 30, 2014. 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, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Please be aware that approximately 1,000 guest pass applications were received by Property Services after the May 31 deadline and, therefore, are still being processed. Guest pass applications are being handled in the order in which they were received; therefore Property Services will be unable to take care of Annual Guest Passes over the counter until the mailed applications have been processed.

There will be no extension for the Annual Guest Passes that expired on June 30, 2014. Residents can call in their guests through the Gate Clearance System at 949-597-4301 until their guest passes are received.

Significant Projects and Achievements 2013/2014

On September 10, 2014, Laguna Woods Village will celebrate 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.

Third Laguna Hills Mutual’s Position Regarding the United Laguna Woods Mutual vs the Golden Rain Foundation Lawsuit

On April 23, The Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board of Directors (Third) held a Special Open Meeting where they adopted a resolution ratifying Third’s position regarding the United Laguna Woods Mutual (United) vs The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) lawsuit. Resolution 03-14-47, adopted April 23, 2014, affirms that: (1) Third opposes the lawsuit filed by United, and (2) Third urges United to drop the lawsuit immediately, and (3) Third urges United to resume cooperative and neighborly work on the project of amending the GRF Trust and GRF Bylaws to include reasonable and well defined limitations on GRF power as well as to resolve problems such as Trust termination date and other problems observed by the Paul Hastings study.

Third believes that the current dispute could have and should have been avoided by cooperation between United, Third and Laguna Woods Mutual No. Fifty, that the amendment which is the basis of the lawsuit is invalid, and that the lawsuit itself is anathema to the cooperative spirit which has been the backbone of Laguna Woods Village for 50 years.

Budget Calendar for Development of 2015 Business Plan

Click here for a copy of the Budget Calendar, which includes meeting dates and locations where development of the 2015 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 2015 Business Plans are underway.

South County Clerk Recorder Office open on Saturday, July 26 at Laguna Hills Office

The Laguna Hills branch Orange County Clerk Recorder office provides South Orange County residents with a convenient location to access their services.  They will be special Saturday hours on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The South County Office offers copies of birth, death and marriage records, marriage licenses, civil marriage ceremonies, filing fictitious business name statements, recording of real property transactions, copies of property records, notary public registrations, filing environmental impact reports, and more.

Go to for other information.

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.


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!

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 and their Volunteers/Workers must Follow 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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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.

Village Activities Center Specific Plan Info

Based on input from the community and numerous public outreach meetings, the Golden Rain Foundation of Laguna Woods has submitted a Specific Plan to create a foundation and vision for the future use of properties owned by the Golden Rain Foundation.

This Specific Plan, encompassing approximately 72 acres, is submitted in accordance with the City of Laguna Woods General Plan. The General Plan designates all properties included in this Specific Plan as Urban Activities Center (UAC).

Click here to view the Village Activities Center Specific Plan

Please note: the Specific Plan document is a large file and may take a few minutes to download.

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...


Performance Review reveals Efficient Landscape Division at the Village

William Baker and Associates LLC (WBA) has conducted a Landscape Division Performance Review for Laguna Woods Village. The review began on July 1, 2013 and continued until the submission of the Final Report on October 25, 2013. During this period of time WBA spent in excess of 400 hours on the various project tasks. This includes many days on the property observing work, meeting with senior staff, touring different areas of the operation, collecting data and documents, and conducting our own tests. Additional time was spent conducting staff interviews, doing research, and writing the report.

According to the Landscape Department Performance Review, performed by WBA:

The Landscape Department at Laguna Woods Village is working at an excellent level of efficiency. The principles and best management practices either meet or exceed anything we see in the private sector. Resources available to the Department are indeed being utilized in an economical and efficient manner. The standards for quality are superb, and there is constant attention to improving both how quickly and how well jobs are completed. It is our studied and professional opinion that policies, standards, and procedures comply with those set forth by both the governing body of the Association and the governmental regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over Laguna Woods Village.

Keep reading for the executive summary and links to the entire Performance Review and presentation…

Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Logo Available for Clubs and Realtors

Laguna Woods Village will hold a year-long 50th birthday party in 2014.

As we approach 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

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 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 -

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

Construction Alerts

Link to 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...


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!