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In the spotlight this week:

- Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
- Vehicles Parked by Overnight Guests Require an Overnight Parking Permit
- The Groovelles Performing at Clubhouse 3 on Dec. 6
- 2015 Year Strips for Vehicle Decals will be Mailed in December
- Fun Club Happenings!

Read on for what's up!

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Some community facilities will be affected by the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

The Administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.

Click here for the Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule.



Thanksgiving Buffets are Sold Out

The Thanksgiving Buffets at both Clubhouse 2 and Clubhouse 5  have SOLD OUT. Both buffets take place Thanksgiving Day (November 27) at 1:00 p.m.

Vehicles Parked by Overnight Guests Require an Overnight Parking Permit

The holidays are upon us, bringing friends and family together to celebrate the joys of the season. If you will be hosting guests at your home, please remember that all non-resident guests need to display an overnight parking permit on the driver's side of their vehicle's dashboard between Midnight and 6:00 a.m.

Prior to an overnight guest’s arrival, the resident must register their guest through the Gate Clearance System (597-4301) and notify the Gate Ambassador that the guest will be parking their vehicle overnight. The authorized guest will be issued the permit upon arrival at the Gate.

Unexpected and/or late evening overnight guests’ vehicles may be authorized to park overnight if the resident calls the Security Communication Center at 580-1400 after 9:00 p.m. to authorize overnight parking for that guest’s vehicle. The resident must provide their address, guest’s name, vehicle description and license plate number.

Corporate Members elect four new GRF Directors

John Beckett, Jo Ann di Lorenzo, Kathryn Freshley, and Kim Shirley were elected to the Golden Rain Foundation board by a vote of the Corporate Members at the Golden Rain Foundation Annual Meeting on November 12.

Their terms will expire in November 2017.

Immediately following the Annual Meeting, the Golden Rain Foundation appointed new officers at their Organizational Meeting; The new officers are:

President: Kathryn Freshley
First Vice President: Lucy Shimon
Second Vice President: Sharon Roddan
Secretary: Mary Stone
Treasurer: Margaret Klein

Congratulations to the new GRF Directors!

Dance into the New Year at Clubhouse 5’s Rocking Celebration Dec. 31

Don’t miss this year’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Clubhouse 5 on December 31!

The evening will begin with hors d’oeuvres on the table and a no host bar at 6:30 p.m. An elegant surf and turf dinner, catered by Jolanda, will be served at 7:15.

Jolanda’s menu features bistro steak, lobster tail and drawn butter, garlic mashed red potatoes, asparagus spears, rolls and butter, hearts of palm salad, crusted key lime ice cream tart for dessert.

Immediately following dinner, enjoy dancing to the rock and roll music of Close Enough beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Complimentary Champagne will be served beginning at 8:45 p.m., continuing through the night. Sparking cider will be available for anyone wishing a nonalcoholic beverage. The no host bar will remain open throughout the evening into the New Year. No outside alcohol is permitted at this event.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10 a.m. Tickets for this highly popular event will be sold by lottery. Lottery tickets will be handed out beginning at 9:00 a.m., with the lottery commencing at 10:00 a.m. Residents will be allowed to purchase 10 tickets per person. A Village ID is required to purchase tickets. The last day for refunds is Thursday, December 18.

For more information, contact Clubhouse 5 at 949-597-4381.

2015 Year Strips for Vehicle Decals will be Mailed in December

Community Access is now preparing for the distribution of 2015 Vehicle Decals. In December, current residents will receive by mail the new “5” year sticker for application to their existing 2014 vehicle decals (for the exception, please see below).  Please follow the instructions provided.  Approximately  15,000 year stickers will be mailed.  Please do not to go to Community Access directly for the “5” year sticker.  Only residents with vehicles that currently do not display a Vehicle Decal should visit Community Access for a new decal.

Exception:  the Third Laguna Hills Mutual Board of Directors, on April 15, 2014, adopted Resolution 03-14-43 which provides a Resident Vehicle Decal Limit for residents of Third Mutual.  The limit is based on the number of original bedrooms in a manor.  Specifically, up to two vehicle decals can be issued for a one-bedroom manor;  and up to three vehicle decals can be issued for two- and three- bedroom manors.  Also, up to two vehicle decals for golf carts and/or golf cars can be issued regardless of the number of bedrooms.   This rule will be applied to the Vehicle Decal program for 2015.  Therefore, residents  in Third Mutual who are in violation of the rule will not receive year stickers via mail; affected residents will instead receive a letter with instructions on how to obtain year stickers for the vehicles they wish to retain.   If you live in Third Mutual and have more vehicles than allowed, please come into Community Access at your earliest convenience to turn in any excess decals and have the records updated.  This will help to avoid delays in processing your 2015 Vehicle Decal renewals.

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.”

The Groovelles Performing at Clubhouse 3 on Dec. 6

Singing trio, The Groovelles, will be performing on the Clubhouse 3 stage on Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Laguna Woods Villages’ 50th Anniversary celebration & the Celebrity Series.

The Groovelles - Beverly Bremers, Cecily Gish, and Tanya Lynne Lee - will be rockin’ the house with their joyful tribute to the great hits by the female artists of the sixties and seventies. If you remember the catchy melodies of The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Marvelettes, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Shirelles, Leslie Gore, Nancy Sinatra, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Helen Reddy, Carole King, Donna Summer, and Tina Turner, to name a few, you’ll love this show.

Sunshine Holiday Musical Show Benefit on Dec. 9

Holiday music, excitement and just good all around fun are coming your way. You are cordially invited to attend the Sunshine Holiday Musical Show on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 5. The show is a benefit for the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village.

For only $5, enjoy the songs of the season with lots of sing-along and some special surprises. The Foundation of Laguna Woods Village will have a table in the lobby and will gratefully receive your holiday donations.

Five local organizations have graciously agreed to sponsor the event with donations to the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village. They are: Diamond Sponsors: Adapt 2 It and Village Real Estate. Gold Sponsors: Town Centre Travel, Rock 'n' Roll Club, and The Toll Roads.

The Sunshine performers will include over twenty talented musicians, vocalists,dancers, and guest performers. Watch the Laguna Woods Globe for additional information.

Tickets will be sold at the door; seating will be open, first come, first served. Last December's Holiday Show drew almost 700 attendees and was hailed as "the best Sunshine show ever."

Click here for a flyer on this event.

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.

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. and the games begin at 5:30 p.m.

There will be free chips and salsa, hot dogs available to purchase, and libations for sale at the GRF bar.

  • Monday, Dec 1st – Miami @ NY Jets
  • Monday, Dec. 8th- Atlanta @ Green Bay
  • Monday, Dec. 15th- New Orleans @ Chicago
  • Monday, Dec. 22nd- Denver @ Cincinnati

Recreation Announces New Paddle Tennis Instructor

Robert Hardt, Certified Professional: USTA, USPTA-Tennis, USPTA-Paddle Tennis is now offering paddle tennis group clinics and private lessons for Laguna Woods Village residents! Robert has over 20 years of teaching experience, and can teach beginning to advanced level players. Pickleball lessons are also available upon request.

Interested players should come to a free preview on Saturday, November 1 at 12:00 p.m. at the Paddle Tennis and Pickleball Court at Gate 12. Come meet Recreation’s newest instructor and learn how Robert can help you improve your game!

Four, 1-hour group clinic lessons are only $40, and take place on Tuesdays from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. beginning November 4. Private Lessons are $60 for one, 1-hour lesson, or $200 for four, 1-hour lessons.

Preregistration required through the Recreation Division office. Lessons take place at the Paddle Tennis and Pickleball Court. Call 949-597-4273 for more information

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.

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.


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

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.

Click here to download the order form.

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.

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

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 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.

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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...


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...

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.