April showers bring May flowers along with lots of spring happenings in the Village! Road construction and improvements continue this month, including renovations to Gate 1. Don’t miss an "Ask the Doc" event in May to hear experts on dementia and Alzheimer’s research speak and answer audience questions. Need a fitness goal? Why not sign up for Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K, or 10K race at the end of May? All participants receive a finisher medal and bragging rights.This month, sign up to play in your favorite Village Games event or just root for a competitor.
Have a fabulous start to your spring!
Gate 1 to Remain Open During Improvements
Gate 1 will be undergoing improvements and renovations starting April 1 and continuing through July. The work includes a new gatehouse, reconfiguring the entryway for improved security and traffic flow, a new parking area, new signage and wall treatment, and additional security cameras.
Gate 1 will remain open, but expect some traffic delays during this time. Residents and visitors who typically use Gate 1 to enter and exit the community may opt to use Gates 2 and 3 during the renovation project.
The Gate 1 entrance is closed to commercial vehicle traffic during the renovation. Click here for a commercial vehicle detour map.
Please note: Residents who don’t have a valid gate pass or guests who haven’t been called into the Gate Clearance System by their sponsor will be routed to Gates 2 or 3 for entrance. Residents with guests who need access to Gate 1 during construction are encouraged to obtain a valid pass from the Property Services desk in the Community Center or call their guest into the Gate Clearance System, (949) 597-4301, prior to their guest’s arrival.
The 2013 Village Games Have Begun!
The 2013 Village Games (formerly known as the Senior Games) began on Wednesday, April 10.
Commemorating its 10th year with a new name – the Village Games – the two-week event is designed to inspire camaraderie and promote friendly competition. Last year, more than 560 Village athletes participated, and hundreds of gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to competitors in more than 26 sporting events.
Twenty-five events throughout the Community are open to Laguna Woods Village residents: badminton, basketball, bicycling, billiards, bocce ball, bowling, duplicate bridge, progressive bridge, cribbage, dance sport, equestrian, fitness, 27-hole golf, par three golf, lawn bowling, paddle tennis, pickleball, poker, scrabble, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.
Special thanks to Fladeboe Automotive, the title sponsor of the Games for the fifth consecutive year.
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El Toro Water District Recycled Water Expansion Project to Continue on Ridge Route through June
El Toro Water District began construction of the comprehensive Recycled Water Expansion Project on Monday, March 18, on Ridge Route Drive near the intersection of Avenida de la Carlota. Crews will move west through Moulton Parkway and on toward Santa Vittoria Drive, with anticipated completion by the end of June.
If possible, avoid travel on Ridge Route during construction hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Visit the ETWD project website for more details — www.etwd.com.
SCE Construction in Cul-De-Sac 206 and 208 and Gate 6
Southern California Edison has begun work at CDS 206 and CDS 208 in United. It is scheduled to be completed by end of April. There will also be SCE construction starting at Gate 6 on April 10 and continuing through May 17.
Ask Jerry - Please explain how the United Member voting will work regarding the proposed rule changes concerning the subleasing of units.
Ballots for the vote on the reversal of the rule change that eliminates the six-month lease restriction will be mailed to United’s members on or about Friday, April 19. Ballots can be returned via mail or placed in the ballot box in the lobby of the Laguna Woods Village Community Center.
All ballots are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 20.
At the March 20 Special Open Session, the Board of Directors of United Laguna Woods approved Resolution 01-13-50 regarding changes to United’s rules related to the subleasing of units.
At that meeting, and immediately after approval of that Resolution, a petition was submitted to the Board, signed by no less than 5 percent of the members, requesting a member vote on a reversal of those rule changes.
Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1357.140, in conformity with California Corporations Code Section 7511, the United Laguna Woods Mutual Board has scheduled a Special Meeting to count the ballots returned by the membership on the vote to reverse or not reverse the subleasing rule changes.
The ballots will be tabulated by the Inspector of Elections, Martin & Chapman, at the Special Open Session meeting of the Board of Directors of United Laguna Woods Mutual on May 22.
United Laguna Woods Mutual members with questions about this matter should call Martin & Chapman at (714) 516-8121. Please click here for the Special Election schedule.
Be There - Ask the Doc – Experts on Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research at Clubhouse 3 on May 29
Bring your questions about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, research advances, and more to this open forum on Wednesday, May 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Clubhouse 3.
Professor Frank La Ferla, director of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), will moderate a panel of clinicians and researchers who will answer your questions about:
This event is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be provided.
Diagnosis and treatment
It is important to RSVP to this event by calling (949) 824-2382, press Option 4, and leave a message or by emailing email@example.com.
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City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
This Memorial Day marks the 15th 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 festivities!
With a Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run/Walk (6.2 miles) and a Kids’ Run (1/2mile), there is something for everyone! All events and the Finish Line Expo will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.
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’ Run starts and finishes at the Laguna Hills Community Center.
Laguna Woods residents get a special discount.
Also this year, all race participants will receive a finisher medal!
Keep reading for more information!
Kudos - Fore: Renegotiation Results in Lowering of Nets along Moulton
Lynne Dvorak, President of the Golden Rain Foundation, was key in facilitating an agreement among the city, the county, and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) regarding the installation of protective netting up to 120feet high along Moulton Parkway near the Village Golf Course rather than netting up to 180 feet high originally recommended by the city's golf course expert.
As part of the county plan to widen Moulton Parkway between El Toro Road and Santa Maria, GRF agreed to sell the land alongside the golf course to the city. After learning four nets ranging from 60feet to 180feet high would be required to shield vehicles and pedestrians from stray golf balls, GRF asked the city to reopen negotiations in January to discuss the height of the nets.
The Globe reported that Lynne was elated that the plan was accepted. "We got a lot accomplished in the last four months with the city and the county in getting the proposal changed"” said Lynne, "and we really feel that this was the best result we could have achieved. I think the community has benefited by us negotiating."
Kudos to Lynne and her success in negotiating a win-win outcome for all!
Conservation Corner - City of Laguna Woods is Taking Reservations to Collect In-Home Large Items
Starting on April 15 and continuing as long as demand warrants, the City will collect in-home large items (the stuff you can’t get rid of any other way!), including couches, beds, television consoles and more.
The free, in-home collection service requires a reservation and involves picking up large items from inside homes instead of at the curb or in or around trash enclosure areas, which is performed monthly for free by Ware Disposal in coordination with the property management company.
Please call City Hall at 639-0500 for more information or to make a reservation for an in-home pick-up. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, April 26.
The bulky item collection program is just one of the many free environmental recycling and safe disposal services available to residents, including door-to-door collection of household hazardous waste and e-waste. Residents wishing to have their household hazardous waste picked up must get a collection box or bag from City Hall in advance. Reservations are required for both household hazardous waste and e-waste collections. Residents can also drop off the following items at City Hall: medicines (liquids but no controlled substances), batteries, HP printer cartridges, cell phones, small appliances, and fluorescent light bulbs.
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