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In the Spotlight this week:
- Transportation Spark of Love Toy Drive Has Begun
- Disneyland’s Premier Rock and Roll Band in Concert New Year’s Eve at Clubhouse 3
- Check out the holiday lights at Gate 1!
- United Mutual Seeking Resident Comments on Bylaws
- Fun Club Happenings!
Read on for this week's Village Spotlight!
GRF treats Community Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Luncheon
Everyone had a swell time at the 1950s-themed Volunteer Appreciation Bash! Around 450 of the Village’s 625 Volunteers were honored in person at the luncheon. The Village’s volunteers logged 56,000 volunteer hours, saving the community $448,000 – that’s some serious bread!
Keep reading for more information and pictures!
Spark of Love Toy Drive
The Transportation Department of Laguna Woods Village has a long tradition of helping collect toys for less fortunate children, through programs such as Toys for Tots. The Transportation Department has been collecting toys for Orange County children since 1990. Over the years, the support of the Community has been phenomenal- over 7,000 toys have been donated to date!
This year, the department will once again support the efforts of local Fire Station 22 to collect toys for the Spark of Love campaign.
“The firefighters at Station 22 provide invaluable emergency services to the residents in the Community,” said Gary Anderson, Transportation Supervisor at Professional Community Management. “This year, the bus drivers will again lend their support by collecting toys on the buses to contribute to the Station’s toy drive.”
Beginning December 2, residents may drop off donations of new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment in the special red containers on any of the Laguna Woods Village buses during hours of operation. Or, on Monday December 23, the Transportation Office Staff will be available between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Koi Pond in front of Clubhouse 1 serving apple cider and cookies for everyone who drops off a toy in person!
Sunshine Holiday Benefit Show to Benefit The Foundation of Laguna Woods Village on Dec. 10
Holiday music, excitement and just good all around fun are coming – even a couple of Broadway tunes and an opera aria.
On Tuesday evening, December 10, 2013 at 7 PM at Clubhouse 5, the Sunshine Performance Club will present a Sunshine Holiday Benefit Show. For only $5, enjoy the songs of the season with lots of sing-along and some special surprises. This show is a benefit for Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter and the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village. Both charities will have tables in the lobby and will happily receive your holiday donations.
One of the surprises will be a guest performance by the “Globettes” (Barbara Potter, Jennifer Karmarkar, Pat Bicoy – from the office of Laguna Woods Globe). They wrote some comedic lyrics about what goes on inside this very interesting office. It promises to be a show-stopper! The Sunshine group will include over twenty talented musicians, vocalists and dancers including the dancers from the June Sunshine Benefit (Catherine Paulson and Sam Bettencourt), a new dancer, Krystal DeClercq, Mark Smith and Priscilla Preston of the Chordells, the pianists -- Mark Hochberg and Shirley Docheff, our very own Santa, Jon McCoy and many others including Sunshine Lutey, Chuck Pereau, Tony Barr, Ed Hayes, Judy Hintgen, Chuck Meyer, Phil Silverman, Allan Couzens, Grace Sams, Hank Gioia, Susan Hsu and David Hartman.
The $5 tickets will be sold at the door; seating will be open, first come, first served. All proceeds will be donated to the two charities.
Click here for a flyer on the event.
Holiday Lights at Gate 1
Check out the holiday lights at Gate 1!
All American Boys Chorus Christmas Program returns to Clubhouse 3 Dec. 20
The All American Boys Chorus is returning to Clubhouse 3 on Friday December 20 at 7:30 pm.
The All American Boys Chorus is comprised of young men age 8 to 15 from more than 30 cities in Southern California. These young boys have various opportunities to travel the world. They have toured to Europe, Asia, Australia, and Canada and throughout the USA. They are one of the most widely traveled boys chorus in the world.
These young men are repeat favorites of Laguna Woods Village they are highly motivated and produce a wonderful show. The group reflects a rich diversity of cultures, instilling ethnic harmony and cultural respect. The All American Boys Chorus is well trained and is eager to perform in the Village.
For further information please call Clubhouse-3 box office at (949)597-4288. Tickets are on sale now reserved seating $10. This show is a Recreation Coordinated event.
Disneyland’s Premier Rock and Roll Band in Concert New Year’s Eve at Clubhouse 3
Clubhouse 3 is excited to present Disneyland’s Premier Rock and Roll Band on New Year’s Eve, December 31. As the house band For Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, and The House of Blues, they have dazzled audiences from around the globe. They’ll take the audience on a journey through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, playing audience favorite rock-and-roll hits in a salute to the pop masters of our age.
Disney’s Premier Rock and Roll Band has played to over 15 million people over the past decade. This outfit of dynamo musicians has been voted "Best Audience Interactive Beach Band" five years in a row by the Orange County Register. Their energy packed shows bring a vibrant and dynamic experience to all – their performance is sure to be an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration!
Disneyland’s Premier Rock and Roll Band will perform live at Clubhouse 3 on December 31, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Clubhouse 3 Box Office for $23 (or $18 for the last three rows). Call the Clubhouse 3 Box Office at 597-4288 for more information.
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.
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Village Leaders Reflect on What They’re Thankful for this Holiday Season
November 22, 2013…As we approach Thanksgiving and Laguna Woods Village nears its 50th year, community leaders were invited to submit their thoughts on what makes life at Laguna Woods so special:
“I am thankful for the volunteers who make our community the gem it is. They are the folks who perform the work that keeps our many clubs functioning. We have at our disposal, the most outstanding selection of activities that one can imagine. From Computers to Comedy and from Shakespeare to Pickleball; there is an activity to pique your interest. One can experience outstanding live entertainment, such as that of the Chicago Club, or attend a barbecue at our own Equestrian Center. Thank you to all who make this possible; your work is appreciated.”
- Carol Moore, GRF
“Natural beauty is everywhere on our campus, especially at Alicia Park. The egret striking a stately pose, the ducks coming in on final approach, the amazing hummingbirds with their lightning speed, all performing to the symphony of the songbirds. While our 400 year-old landmark tree watches on, she reminds us that all things are possible; and marvels at the wisdom of the passer by. A walk through the community, offers the viewer flowers and trees from all over the world, many decked out in an explosion of seasonal color. For this I celebrate The Woods, and I am Thankful.”
- Jan LaBarge, Treasurer, United
"Every day in Laguna Woods Village is a Thanksgiving gift unmatched in its blessings. Where else can you awake to a gorgeous landscape of infinite varieties of flowers and trees in a clime of sunshine and clear skies filled with the joyful sounds of birds on the wing?! Where you can fulfill your fantasies of acting, singing, dancing, pursuing artistic endeavors, swimming, golfing, tennis, partying, libraries, or just plain hanging out at clubs and organized activities of your choosing for a ridiculously nominal amount of effort and money?! If someone can't enjoy himself/herself here in some capacity or fashion, there is little hope to find these gifts anywhere. And when you step out into your yard or patio at night and gaze up at a moonlit sky and countless stars you know how grateful you are to be here."
- Hank Gioia, Treasurer, Third
Residents may now Park Passenger Vehicles in RV Lot B for annual fee
GRF has approved the parking of passenger vehicles in RV Lot B for an annual fee of $160. Spaces will be limited to one per manor and are available to resident members ONLY and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis For additional information please call the Security Division at (949) 268-2284.
All vehicles stored in the RV Lots need to be in compliance with GRF vehicle registration mandates and conform to the RV Lot Rules and Regulations.
The RV Lot Rules and Regulations are available for review at www.laguanwoodsvillage.com under Resident Links: Operating Rules.
Take Care not to Overload your Garbage Disposal after Holiday Meals
Every year after the holidays , Staff responds to multiple and serious kitchen sink stoppages due to way too much turkey, bones, and leftovers disposed of in garbage disposals. Please, don't overload your garbage disposal!
Things such as fat from meats and their bones (no matter how tiny) should never make their way into your disposal. The fat is likely too tough for your garbage disposal to break down. The bones, of course, can ruin the blades of your disposal. And, never place non-food items into your disposal.
To be on the safe side, for any leftovers that you want to dispose of, please throw them away in the garbage and do not use your garbage disposal. By taking this precaution, you will will help to keep your garbage disposal running smoothly.
Click here for more information on garbage disposal care and maintenance.
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Newly Elected GRF Board Members
New Golden Rain Foundation Board Members elected on November 13, 2013 by the Corporate Board Members are:
They will each be serving three-year terms, expiring in 2016.
Congratulations to the new GRF Board Members!
The newly appointed officers are:
President - Larry Souza
1st VP - Pat Feeney
2nd VP - Marv Rosenhaft
Treasurer - Heather Gerson
Secretary - Linda Wilson
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…
Modified Standard Facility Reservation Agreement Now Available, Deadline Extended
GRF's Facility Reservation Agreement, which Clubs or members of the community must sign in order to utilize GRF facilities, has been revised to remove express indemnification requirements. The change comes following a Board decision in a Special Open Meeting October 30.
The Board’s action was in response to concerns from a number of Clubs and residents regarding the requirements.
The revised form is now available in the Recreation Division offices. The deadline to submit a Facility Reservation Agreement for 2014 reservations has been extended to December 17 to allow Clubs and residents time to review and process the form.
“We certainly understood the concerns of Village residents and Club leaders regarding the language,” said Lynne Dvorak, GRF Board President. “We consulted our attorneys who indicated that removing this language will not negatively impact GRF.”
The language in question contained express provisions that require the Club or other user of GRF facilities to defend and indemnify GRF and PCM from all claims arising out of the use of the facility, except those claims resulting solely from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of GRF/PCM.
Questions should be directed to the Recreation Division Offices at 949- 597-4273. Click here for a copy of the updated Facility Reservation Agreement.
Photos from the Re-Opening of Aliso Creek Foot Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Aliso Creek Foot Bridge is now open!
The bridge is located in Aliso Park, accessible from below CDS 60 on the North or from CDS 12 on the South. Or, you can take the Avenida Sevilla service road entrance to the bridge.
Coyote Activity in the Village
Laguna Woods is experiencing increased coyote activity, particularly within the Village Gates 7 and 14 areas. Although no animals on leashes have been attacked, several cats and dogs off-leash have been killed. Keep your cats inside and your dogs always on a leash when they are out of the house. Carry a stick and a whistle or rattle and walk with others if possible. Avoid walking your dog in the early morning hours or anytime after dark. Click here for information about coyote hazing.
Q and A - GRF Recreation Master Plan Loan and the GRF Trust
Please describe the GRF Loan:
On August 21, 2013, GRF entered into a Real Estate Loan Agreement for a 15-year term loan of Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000), for the purpose of funding a portion of the $18.7 Million Recreation Master Plan project that received approval in May.
What is the collateral?
The $10 Million loan is secured by a Deed of Trust on the Community Center (administration facility) and some cash collateral.
Was the loan interest rate locked in?
GRF took advantage of a low interest rate market and was able to fix the loan interest rate at 4.27%. Rates have continued to rise since the lock-in so, as anticipated, the timing was critical.
The Trust Agreement - An Analysis by George McInnis
Click here to read "The Trust Agreement - An Analysis by George McInnis" in the October 2013 edition of The Historian. The newsletter also includes a summary of the Paul Hastings, LLP report on the GRF Trust Agreement.
Note: any references to the former name of the Community have been removed due to legal reasons.
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PCM, Inc. Recognizes Employees for their Years of Service to the Village
|Jerry Storage, Rafael Alcala, and Donny Disbro|
113 PCM employees were honored during an October 2 ceremony for their years of service and dedication to the Laguna Woods Village community.
Two employees – Rafael Alcala and Enrique Juarez – are each celebrating 45 years of service this year. Both work in the Landscaping Department. Read on form more information and a breakdown of all those honored during the 44th Annual Service Awards Luncheon.
Village Clubs and Realtors: Get your Limited Edition Laguna Woods Village 50th Anniversary Logo
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 will be available via the Laguna Woods Village Governmental and Public Affairs office throughout the remainder of this and into next year. But 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.
The Celebrity Series Returns to the Village!
The Celebrity Series returns to Clubhouse 3 with great acts including Norm Crosby, Ryland Angel, Johnny Contardo, and more! Keep reading for information...
Laguna Woods Village Recreation Master Plan
The Recreation Master Plan is an investment in the current and future well-being and attractive nature of our community, ensuring that the infrastructure and recreational amenities that make Laguna Woods Village a unique and vibrant place to live are up-to-date and well-maintained well into the future.
A financially prudent plan, half of the estimated $18 million investment will be funded through reserves that had been set aside for this very purpose; the other half will be funded through low interest rate loans that will be paid back through the new $1,500 Facilities Fee. This plan will NOT result in new or special assessments of Village residents.
All residents are encouraged to attend the upcoming meetings about the Recreation Master Plan.
Keep reading for a comprehensive overview of the Recreation Master Plan...
El Toro Water District (ETWD) Recycled Water Expansion Project Construction 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 and Renovation at and around Oakbrook Village (Trader Joe's) Shopping Center
The City of Laguna Hills
On November 13th, the Laguna Hills City County approved a transformative two-phase redevelopment proposal for the existing Oakbrook Village Shopping Center. Laguna Hills City Council members praised the plan as the future of Laguna Hills and confirmed the project met the goals of the Urban Village Specific Plan.
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.
The first is that residents are receiving calls from people who claim to be an attorney in Mexico and their grandchild is in trouble. They ask the Grandmother or Grandfather to not tell anybody they have been contacted, to go to the bank, and to withdraw a large sum of cash and take it to Western Union. The caller advises they will call back with other instructions.
This is a SCAM. Do not ever send cash without checking with other relatives first.
Community Wide Recycling Program
The Village has a longstanding history of environmentally responsible recycling of various materials such as green waste, newsprint, paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and assorted metals. The Village has now equipped each Cul-de-sac with a blue recycling bin.
Keep reading for more information on the program and important information on what you can and can't recycle!
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.
Orange County Resources and Events for Seniors and Caregivers
There are resources offered by the county for seniors and caregivers so they can find support and resources that can help aid in a positive aging experience.
WARE and The City of Laguna Woods Offer FREE Monthly Bulky Item Collection
Collecting bulky items illegally left at trash enclosures, on driveways or along curbs currently costs residents and businesses in Laguna Woods over $75,000 a year. In cooperation with the City of Laguna Woods, Laguna Woods Village and other residential facilities in the City, Ware Disposal offers free, monthly bulky item collection.
Read on to learn how to take advantage of this great program!
SoCal Water$mart Rebates Available for High Efficiency Clothes Washers and Toilets
If you have or are planning to install a high-efficiency clothes washer or toilet in your unit, save the receipt! You may be eligible for a rebate through the SoCal Water$mart Program.
The SoCal Water$mart Program is Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) region-wide program for the residential sector, designed to capture water and cost savings through water efficient product rebates. Rebates are available for homeowners throughout MWD territory for the purchase of water-saving indoor and outdoor products. Qualifying products include high-efficiency clothes washers and high-efficiency toilets. Laguna Woods homeowners are eligible to receive the SoCal Water$mart Rebates.
Apply online at www.socalwatersmart.com, or call the MWD SoCal Water$mart Program hotline at 1-888-376-3314. When filling out the application, please write “HOA Pays Bills” for the billing name.
Please note: some residents were denied a rebate because zip code 92637 was erroneously classified as a commercial area by MWD. This error has been corrected by MWD. If you previously applied for a rebate and were denied because you were told you were a commercial account, you may reapply.
Board Meeting Recaps Now Online Courtesy of the Channel 6 News Hour
Each month after their regular open Board meeting, the Presidents of GRF, United and Third give a meeting recap live on the Channel 6 News Hour. If you missed last month’s recaps, click here to view the segments on Channel 6’s webpage.
The Channel 6 News Hour, broadcast live each weekday morning at 8:30am, and rebroadcast at 12:30pm and 5:00pm, is the premier connection to the Laguna Woods Village community since the 1970s. The News Hour covers a wide range of subjects of interest to the community, such as consumer protection, current legislation, financial and legal advice, medical news, travel, cooking and housing. Each show presents information, entertainment, and a brighter side of retirement living.
Click here to view the Channel 6 News Hour Board President Meeting Recaps.
Caregiver Support Group Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each Month
The Caregiver Support Group sponsored by the Laguna Woods Village Social Services Department will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
Meetings take place at the Community Center’s Pine Room from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Betty Curley, LCSW will facilitate the group, which is open to all residents.
The group provides support, education, and speakers to help all residents who are caring for a family member. New members are always welcomed.
For more information, contact Betty in the Social Services Department at 597-4235.
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!