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Village Bazaar April 1

Want some deals without driving far? The Village Bazaar takes place at Clubhouse 5 on April 1; no fooling! Come and make some innovative purchases or just  behold others' treasurers.

Drop-in anytime between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend this event. Contact Clubhouse 5 at 949-597-4381 to inquire about booth rental. Special thanks to our sponsor, Possession Planners.

Need a ride? Hop on the 1 East Easy Rider Bus at Clubhouse 1 at the top of the hour, and tell the driver to drop you off Clubhouse 5.

United Accepting Applications for Two Board Vacancies

Due to the resignation of Directors Lenny Ross and Jan LaBarge, United Laguna Woods Mutual is accepting applications for qualified candidates willing to serve on the United Mutual Board of Directors. Both terms expire in October 2017.

This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact on your community. Applicants must be full-time Residents and have lived in the Village for at least six months. To apply, visit the General Manager’s Office in the Community Center to obtain an application and specific instructions on the election process. Return the completed application to Assistant Corporate Secretary, Leslie Cameron, in the General Manager’s office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Candidate interviews and the appointment to fill the open position will be held at United Mutual’s regular board meeting Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the Laguna Woods City Hall Council Chambers. Please call 949-268-2295 or email for more information.

Building and Block Captains Needed!

Have you ever considered serving as a Building or Block Captain? The position is a great way to stay involved, meet new people, and contribute to a friendly and safe community. Whether it is supporting neighbors or acting as a liaison to the various boards or staff, Captains play an important part in preserving the high standard of living that has come to be expected of an exclusive retirement community.

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Get on Board the Easy Rider for Weekly Destination Shopping

Enjoy shopping and dining, and leave the driving to us. The Easy Rider Bus System now offers weekly destination shopping trips!

On Tuesdays, the Easy Rider bus will take riders to the Aliso Viejo Town Center every hour between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Grab a meal, do some shopping, even see a movie--the options are limitless. No charge, and no reservation needed.

For more information, call 949-597-4227.

Attention Golfers! Product Day on March 23

All residents are invited.
Close out prices on drivers, wedges, and putters.
Come and get tips on pitching, chipping, and putting.

DATE: March 23, 2017
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Lower teaching area at the driving range.

Compliments of the golf staff.

United's Deal with the Sun is Complete!

Great news! Southern California Edison (SCE) has granted permission to operate (PTO) for United's solar program. In 2016, United installed solar panels on 30 carports in United. VMS Staff received the PTO on February 9, 2017. The PTO was the last step needed before the panels could be energized and begin capturing solar energy. The solar energy captured will offset United's energy demands, thereby saving the community money while helping the environment.

Third Mutual Appoints Jules Zalon to Fill Board Vacancy

On February 14, 2017, the Third Board of Directors appointed Jules Zalon to fill a vacancy term ending in 2018. Jules is a a-year resident of the Village who is active in many clubs. An entertainment lawyer by trade, he is excited to bring his legal expertise, as well as his passion for the environment, to the Third Board. Jules has volunteered in most communities where he has lived, from his time as a volunteer civil rights lawyer in New York, to co-organizing the Hudson River Sloop Restoration project with Pete Seeger.

Prior to his appointment to the Third Board, Jules served as advisor to the Third Maintenance and Construction Committee. Welcome, Jules!

Free Tax Preparation

Appointments are now available for residents to have their taxes prepared at no cost. Over 30 resident volunteers donate their time preparing income taxes. Volunteers have been preparing taxes in the Village for over 30 years through the AARP tax aide program. Last year, they prepared over 1,100 returns. Taxes are prepared Mondays at the Florence Sylvester Senior Center, and Wednesdays at Clubhouse 7. There is no income limit; however they cannot prepare taxes for taxpayers that own investment property or are a part-time resident of California.

To make an appointment, call the Florence Sylvester Center at 949-380-0155. Pick up all necessary forms before your appointment at the Florence Sylvester Center.

Security Alert: Bicycle Thefts on the Rise

By Security Chief Tim Moy

Over the past few weeks, four bicycles have been stolen from carports. We expect that the thefts occurred during the evening or early morning hours, and it appears that bolt cutters were used. There are no known suspects at this time.

Things to do to protect your bicycle:

• Record the serial number, model, make and color of your bike;
• Take photos of your bike;
• Etch your manor number onto your bike;
• Invest in a heavy duty bicycle lock, e.g. a U-Lock, hex or quad chain; and
• Secure your bike by locking it to a metal post or other immovable object, or storing inside your manor or garage.

Contact Security immediately at 949-580-1400 if you encounter any suspicious individuals. If you see someone and are unsure as to whether or not to call us, we ask that you err on the side of caution and call. Remember, if you see something, say something!

Aquatic Fitness Returns March 21

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. A water noodle and water bottle is required, free weights are optional. Hurry, space is limited!

3 Sessions Available: 9 Weeks Each / 18 Classes / $54 per session

Session One: March 21 through May 18

Session Two: May 23 through July 27 (7/4, 7/6 class canceled)

Session Three: August 1 through September 28

Aquatic fitness with Casey Chavez takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pool 1 from 5:00 to 5:50 p.m.

Register in the Recreation Division office beginning Tuesday, February 21 with cash, check (payable to GRF) or by credit card; credit card payments may be made by phone. Annual waiver is required; Laguna Woods Village residents only. Please call 949-597-4273 for more information.

Beginning Belly Dance Class on March 29

The Recreation Division Beginning Belly Dance Class will hold a dance day on Wednesday, March 29 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (formerly Clubhouse 3) Rehearsal Room.  Activities will include dances performed by Village students, a solo specialty number by the instructor, Jheri St. James, live music, and light refreshments.

This popular class has been offered for several years and students recently performed at the Clubhouse 2 Grand Reopening. The students are an enthusiastic group of all levels, introductory, beginning and intermediate, some of whom are now performing in various shows in the Village, Laguna Beach and other cultural diversity events. Come try something new this spring, beginning in April students will learn the Gawazee Tribal routine.

All are welcome to attend this event; those who are interested in registering for the class may do so in the Recreation office or Performing Arts Center (formerly. The fee for seven group lessons is $35 payable by check or credit card. New students may attend their first class free with no registration. For more information contact 949-597-4273, classes are for Laguna Woods Village residents only.

Hide it, Lock it, or Lose it: Golf Cart Key Edition

The City of Laguna Woods has the lowest crime rate of any city in Orange County. But, that doesn’t mean its citizens are immune from petty crime. Just last week, two golf carts were stolen by individuals in the Village. Fortunately, the golf carts were recovered quickly and returned to the owners thanks to vigilant actions of residents, Village Security, and the OC Sheriff.

Remember: do not leave your keys in your golf cart! A  petty  criminal  looks  for  an  easy  target, and  in  the  Village, these   opportunities   are   found   in   the   form   of   an   unlocked car, unsecure carport cabinet, and unattended property. When items are left unsecured, it only takes a thief a few seconds to “grab and go,” and your valuables may be gone forever.

Please see Chief Moy’s Quarter 4 publication, “Hide it, Lock it, or Lose It,” for more tips on protecting yourself and your property.

Third Mutual Creates a “Brighter Future” in Gate 14

As part of Third Mutual’s “Bettering the Community” efforts, the lighting fixtures in the Garden Villa and LH21 building breezeways, walkways, stairways and laundry rooms are in the process of being converted to LED. LED lighting fixtures are more energy efficient, contain no mercury, require less maintenance and provide more light for better visibility than the current incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) lighting fixtures.

The installation of LED lighting fixtures in Gate 14 Buildings 4006, 4007, 4008, 4009, 4010, 4011, 4025 and 4026 has already been completed by VMS electricians. The LED lighting fixture conversion in buildings 4003, 4004, 4005, 4012, 4013, 4014 and 4015 should be completed by the end of the first week in January. The process of upgrading the fixtures should not inconvenience residents.

Enjoy the brighter future!

Don’t Delay! Get your RFID Decal

Gates 5 and 6 are now open to all traffic, and the gate arms have been activated.

Residents of Laguna Woods Village must have an RFID decal on their vehicle to enter the community via the resident lane. The RFID decal will automatically open the Gate arms without the assistance of the Gate Ambassadors; just pull up within two feet of the arm, and it will open to allow you access. Guests, visitors and residents driving a vehicle without an RFID tag must use the guest lane.

Drivers: use caution when entering the community, do not tailgate, and please, only one car at a time.

If you did not get an RFID decal, please visit Resident Services during normal business hours. Beginning in 2017, each decal will cost $25.

Click the video below to learn more about the new and improved access system at Gates 5 and 6. Questions? Call 949-597-4600

Irv Piken Celebrates 108th Birthday at Laguna Woods Village

On December 20, Laguna Woods Village resident Irv Piken celebrated his 108th birthday at the Community Center Fitness Center! Irv is a beloved fixture at the fitness center, and was joined by over two dozen friends, family and fellow Village fitness enthusiasts to celebrate this impressive milestone.

Irv, who has lived in Laguna Woods Village for 39 years, is a regular at the fitness center, where he works out at least twice a week—some weeks, up to five. Irv uses almost every piece of strength equipment in the fitness center, but his favorite is the compound rowing machine.

“The staff and the residents at the fitness center look forward to seeing Irv when he comes in for his regular workouts,” says Peter Quan, Laguna Woods Village Fitness Supervisor. “Irv is a great guy, and an inspiration to us all.”

In honor of his 108th birthday, Irv received Certificates of Recognition from the City of Laguna Woods, State Senator John Moorlach, State Assemblyman Matthew Harper, and Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.

Ageless Ballet with Elsie

The Recreation Division presents Ageless Ballet, a new dance fitness class scheduled on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Clubhouse 1 in the multipurpose room. Ageless Ballet is wildly popular oversees, and the Recreation Division is excited to offer it at Laguna Woods Village!

The class will be taught by Elsie Hill, who studied ballet throughout her youth and graduated from CSU Fullerton with her a BA in Dance. She has taught for multiple dance studios in Orange County, is a certified personal fitness trainer through I.D.E.A., and has been with West Coast Movement Project dance studio since 2013. The 60-minute class will include 20 minutes of warmup stretching, 20 minutes of barre work (using chair backs), and 20 minutes of center work and dancing. The class is modified for the senior demographic, and there will be no jumping or turning.

Students should wear comfortable exercise clothes that they can move in. Ballet slippers are not required, and are only recommended for students with healthy feet; those who need extra support should wear supportive sneakers.

This program is designed to cater to older adults by helping participants improve balance, strength, flexibility, postural adjustments and most importantly, heart health.

Punch cards will be available in the Recreation Division or Clubhouse 1 office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for students is $70 for 10 Classes; Laguna Woods Village residents only. For more information, call 949-597-4273.

New Tennis Instructor Chang Kyu Bae

Have you ever wanted to learn tennis or wish to better your game? Experience a new approach: beginners, intermediate and advance players welcome to learn with Chang Kyu Bae, an USPTA Professional, Korea National Junior’s and Women’s Team Coach, Federation Cup Team Coach, Barcelona Olympic Team Coach and International Tennis Federation Umpire


  • Four (1 hour) Group Lessons: $80 Per Person
  • One (1 hour) Private Lesson: $80 Per Lesson

Lesson dates and times are coordinated with the instructor.

Pre-registration required in the Recreation Division office or the Clubhouse 7 office. Laguna Woods Village residents only.

Questions?  Call 949-597-4273

Monthly Set Top Box Rental Fee Restructure Elimination of the Digital Deluxe Fee

Effective January 7, 2017, the New Fee Structure for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) can be found by clicking here.

The Digital Deluxe $7.25/monthly Fee is no more!

The new fee structure was authorized by the GRF Board of Directors on October 4, 2016.

Conducting Business in Your Manor

The City of Laguna Woods Municipal Code regulates a business conducted in a manor for the purpose of ensuring that there are no negative impacts on the neighbors.

When applying to conduct a business in your manor you should keep in mind that:

  • Your home should remain a home/dwelling and not be changed by the business being conducted.
  • Your business should not have employees working at the manor.
  • Business should be conducted only inside the manor and should not operate outdoors, including garage (whether attached or detached), patio, balcony or carport.
  • No signs or evidence of a business should be posted.
  • Only one room of the dwelling unit or 25 percent of the gross floor area (whichever is less) should be used for the business.
  • The business should not produce hazardous, combustible, chemicals or other materials that are dangerous.
  • Tools and equipment used in the business should not create smoke dust, noise, odors, or vibration beyond that typically found in a manor.

Keep reading for a list of many businesses not allowed in a manor.

Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Friendly Visitor!

Be a volunteer. Bring companionship to your neighbors. If you have two free hours each month to visit, consider being a Friendly Visitor. The Social Services Department is recruiting men and women for its Friendly Visitor Program. Required training classes are planned for two Tuesdays in September. For more information, please call Dawn Hibbs, volunteer coordinator, at 949-597-4376.

Missing Your Trash Can?

As you may know, the Village is now using Waste Management for trash service.  It has come to our attention that some residents are without a trash can since our previous trash provider, WARE, is picking up their trash cans but Waste Management hasn't delivered some of the new ones yet.

If you not yet received your new trash can from Waste Management, please call them at 714-558-7761 and they will deliver one to you.  You may also make this request on their website at

How to Report Water Waste

If you witness water waste, here’s how to report it

Many of us have witnessed water abuse: flooded sidewalks, running hoses, broken water lines, sprinklers running on rainy days. In the middle of a drought, that’s painful to watch and no longer acceptable.

El Toro Water District – which serves Laguna Woods and surrounding communities – would like your help. If you see water waste, talk to your neighbors. Or inform El Toro Water District of the problem. Here’s how:

  • Go to and click on the yellow bar that says “Send a Report.”  (It’s near the bottom of the home page.)
  • Or call El Toro Water District Customer Service at 949.837.0660 during business hours.

It is not necessary to contact Village Management Services, Inc. or Laguna Woods officials.

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.

Electric Vehicle Owners: Avoid an Overloaded Circuit, Take These Steps

Congratulations on owning an electric vehicle! Laguna Woods Village strives to be a green community, and supports your decision to reduce your vehicle’s carbon footprint.

Below are recommended guidelines for electric vehicle charging, so that everyone can share the electricity without interruption:

1. Golf carts generally charge during daylight hours. Therefore, electric cars should limit their charging time to between dusk and dawn. Refer to your manufacturer’s vehicle manual for specifics on how to set the appropriate charging times.

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Par 3 Lounge Now Open

Come one come all to the newest drop-in lounge in the Village. Grab a neighbor and stop by the Par 3 golf course soon.  Or, after your golf game, swing by and check out the relaxing space, featuring comfortable furniture, a television, outdoor patio, and a place to play cards.

After 5:00 p.m., the drop-in Par 3 Lounge is rentable for residents. Contact the Recreation Department Offices at 949-597-4227 for more information.

The Par 3 lounge is located adjacent to the Par 3 course and starter building. Parking is available at Cul-de-Sac 373.

Introducing the Thrive Project

How Do You Thrive? Laguna Woods Village wants to know!

Laguna Woods Village has created an online community to showcase the many ways that residents are enjoying life and thriving at Laguna Woods Village. With hundreds of clubs and an array of activities, Laguna Woods Village wants to show the world what we are all about!

The Thrive Project is a collaborative online project created for the residents, by the residents. Residents are invited to use their smart phone, video camera, or still camera to capture special moments when they are thriving and upload them to for others to see. Share how you celebrate life: this destination is all about your experiences. Show the world what brings you joy!

Visit now to see how your neighbors are thriving and to learn more!

Avoid the Scams!

By Laguna Woods Village Security Director Tim Moy

Over the course of my law enforcement career, I had the opportunity to directly supervise or manage multiple investigative teams. One such assignment was the Economic Crimes Detail where I witnessed firsthand the shameless criminal enterprises that target our elderly communities. I was well aware of the frauds, scams and other forms of theft aimed indiscriminately at various demographics across our county, however, what was most appalling was the directed attack against our seniors.

Even with laws in place designed specifically to protect our senior citizens, financial elder abuse continues to be a growing problem within our society. Sadly, criminals who make a living stealing from others have no moral compass and will not hesitate to swindle the hard-earned life savings of unsuspecting victims, especially seniors. As you know, most criminals are opportunistic in nature and will prey upon those who offer the greatest return at the lowest risk of being identified and/or prosecuted. Unfortunately, in many cases, seniors fall within this group and potentially make ideal targets.

Despite ongoing efforts to educate our communities on the most current scams, many will still become victims. Although some forms of theft are difficult to avoid, staying informed and vigilant are the first steps to identifying and preventing a potential scam.

Keep reading for a few of the more common financial scams occurring within our region...

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.
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