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Refer a Friend, Get a Reward

Do you have a talented friend or family member that would make a great addition to the Village Management Services team? With the unemployment rate so low in South Orange County, a referral award is being offered to member owners of Laguna Woods Village to help stimulate recruitment of quality full-time personnel. To refer a potential employee, return a completed referral form along with a copy of the prospective candidate’s resume, application, or both, to Human Resources at the Laguna Woods Village Community Center.

Click here for a current list of job openings, job application, the referral form, and instructions.



Technology and Television Upgrades in the Village: Town Hall

On August 17, Information Services Director Chuck Holland and Village Television Manager Paul Ortiz will present information on current projects that will have a positive impact on the community.  Mr. Holland will be covering technology projects such as high speed internet, fiber optic network and satellite technology.  Mr. Ortiz will brief those in attendance on HD TV transmission, Village Television studio set design and upcoming cable TV programming changes and in home services such as Whole-home-DVR.

Join us Thursday, August 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Center Board Room.

Come listen and ask questions! The GRF board wants to know what residents like and dislike about the current technology initiatives and what would most benefit the residents of the community.



United Bylaw Amendments Approved by Membership

The United Membership voted to adopt the Proposed Amended and Reinstated Bylaws. The ballot counting was held at a Special Meeting of the United Board of Directors on August 2, 2017. The vote count was in favor: 1,826 (74.1%) opposed: 636 (25.8 %).



Budget Meetings for Development of the 2018 Business Plan

Click here to view the master Budget Calendar for Development of the 2018 Business Plan.

 

 

The presentation of the Business Plan will be televised live and replayed:

GRF 2018 Budget Presentation
Wednesday, August 9 at 9:30 a.m. LIVE
Saturday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m.

United 2018 Budget Presentation
Thursday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. LIVE
Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30 at 2:00 p.m.

Third 2018 Budget Presentation
Friday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. LIVE
Saturday, August 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m.



Meet the Candidate Village Television Air Dates

The United "Meet the Candidates" program will air on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m. LIVE
Tuesday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 31 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m.

The Third "Meet the Candidates" program will air on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. LIVE  
Tuesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m.

The GRF "Meet the Candidates" program will air on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. LIVE
Wednesday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m.



Upcoming Events at the Performing Arts Center

August 21: Free Movie Night Featuring A Dog's Purpose

 

Don't miss A Dog's Purpose at the Performing Arts Center! Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are no charge and include complementary popcorn. Please, no outside food.

 

A Dog's Purpose: A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

PG - 2017 - Fantasy/Drama film - 2 hours



Performing Arts Center Renovation Ad Hoc Committee Updates

The Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center (formerly Clubhouse 3) opened on March 12, 1971. Boasting an 814-seat theater, theatrical performances, musicals, seminars and special events are held at the Performing Arts Center throughout the calendar year for residents and their guests.

On April 4, 2017, the GRF Board of Directors established the Performing Arts Center Renovation Ad Hoc Committee in accordance with the Golden Rain Foundation By-laws Article 7, Section 7.1.1 for the purpose of providing feedback for the potential renovations and upgrades to the PAC.

Keep reading for more information on the renovation project and progress updates.



Car Enthusiasts Invited to Show their Cars at the 2017 Village Car Show!

The Recreation and Special Events Department invites car enthusiasts to show their automobiles at the fourth annual Village Car Show on Saturday, October 21. Owners of classic cars, modified cars, hot rods, stock cars, motorcycles and more are encouraged to participate.

Registration begins Monday, August 21 at Clubhouse 5 and the Recreation office. Space is limited and registration will close on Friday, October 6. Applicants will be approved by staff on a first come first served basis. A $20 (cash, check or credit card) entry fee will be due for each car entered, and the owner must provide a copy of their valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and car registration.

Cash prizes, trophies and plaques awarded to winners, so rev up your engine and join the fun! The event is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Clubhouse 5 parking lot.

For more information, please contact Recreation at 949-597-4382.



Afternoon Tea Party at Clubhouse 7 on August 16

Clubhouse 7 is proud to once again be hosting an Afternoon Tea Party on Wednesday, August 16 from 2:00-3:30. Tickets are $16.00 and available in the Clubhouse 7 office.  Wear your fanciest hat and bring your favorite Tea cup.

Jolanda’s Menu: On each table will be fresh scones, Devonshire cream and strawberry jam as well as assorted teas  and champagne.

1st Course: Assorted cheeses and crackers

2nd Course: Finger sandwiches: Chicken salad, ham salad, krab salad, open faced cucumber.

3rd Course: Strawberry dipped in chocolate, lemon squares and pecan squares

For further information about the dinner, please call 268-2417.

Recreation events are limited to Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.



Outdoor Concert at Clubhouse 2 on August 31

Clubhouse 2 is proud to present a free outdoor concert featuring The Outta Sites on Thursday, August 31. The concert will take place on the patio and lawn area. The band will start at 6:00 p.m.   Martinez food stand open at 5:00 p.m., while supplies last. You are welcome to pack a picnic.  Limited tables and chairs will be available on the patio, first come first served. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating on the lawn.

The Outta Sites are an exciting rock and roll band inspired by the early sixties British Invasion, West Texas rock & roll and the instrumental virtuosity of the Ventures/Secret Agent Style.

The concert is FREE.  Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a resident. Sponsored in part by Oasis Haven Hospice.

Residents needing a bus to and from the event must make a reservation with the Transportation Department. B-Bus reservations are accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please call 597-4659.

For more information, please call 597-4286.



Timeless Melodies: “This Land is Your Land”- Folk Songs on Sept. 6 at Clubhouse 1

Clubhouse 1 presents our next Timeless Melodies: “This Land is Your Land”- Folk Songs, to take place on Wednesday, September 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge.

Timeless Melodies music historian, Larry Maurer, takes us on a journey of America’s roots through songs passed down from generation to generation.  From Woody Guthrie to Pete Seeger to Peter, Paul & Mary, and many others,  folk songs underscored our rich history and reminded us of our traditions and values.

Assisted hearing devices are available.  See staff to check out a receiver. Feel free to bring your own headphones or earbuds.

Ticket are $6 each and may be purchased at Clubhouse 1. For further information, call 949-597-4281. Recreation events are limited to Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.



Patio Concert at Cluhouse 1 on September 7

Clubhouse 1 is proud to present a patio concert featuring The Black Market Trust on Thursday, September 7. The concert will be on the back patio of Clubhouse 1 at 6:30 p.m.   Doors open at 5:30 p..m..  Martinez food stand open while supplies last. You are welcome to pack a picnic.  Seating is first come first served.  Tables and chairs will be provided.

The Black Market Trust is a five member jazz band based in Los Angeles. The band features the Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy sound of acoustic instruments, and infuses classics from the Great American Songbook with intricate vocal harmonies inspired by The Beach Boys, and other artists influential to the group.

General Admission is $5.00 per person in advance or $8.00 the day of the concert. Tickets may be purchased the Clubhouse 1 office by check or credit card (cash accepted only if you have exact change). Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a resident. Sponsored in part by Modern Dental.

Residents needing a bus to and from the event must make a reservation with the Transportation Department. B-Bus reservations are accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please call 597-4659.

For more information please call 597-4281.

Click here to see their promotional video.



Senior LIFETIME National Park Pass Increases on August 28

There is a Senior Lifetime National Park Pass which will be increasing significantly on August 28.  The pass entitles seniors, who are 62 years+, to free entrance to all the national parks with this pass.

The passes currently cost $10 and will be going up to $80 on August 28.

Please click on these links below for more information and how to order a pass before they increase on August 28.

National Park Service webpage on park passes

Changes to the Senior Pass



Do You Have Professional Fund-Raising Experience?

To provide opportunities for funding community improvements outside the mission of the Foundation of Laguna Woods Village, a resident group is organizing the Village Community Fund. Interested residents, especially those with prior foundation and/or professional fundraising experience, are encouraged to contact Diane Phelps at DianePhelps@comline.com to discuss volunteer opportunities.



Register Guests online with Dwelling Live

Good news! Laguna Woods Village continues to enhance its gate access technology, evidenced by RFID decals, new arms and cameras at Gates 5 and 6, and new barcode passes for visitors.

We are happy to announce our latest upgrade: online guest registration with DwellingLive. The online system will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Register your guests online by visiting lagunawoodsvillage.com and clicking the guest registration link at the top.

Once you are presented with the login page, simply use your email address of record and default password to get access to your guest information.  Your current email address of record is:

Email: Your email address on file

Default Password: Your Resident ID (the number on your ID card)

If you don't know your email address on file, or you want to make a change to your information, please contact Resident Services at residentservices@vmsinc.org or call 949-597-4600.

Keep reading for more information and to watch a training video.



Faster WiFi at Community Facilities Now Available

The WiFi installation at certain facilities is complete ahead of schedule! All Clubhouses, the Library, Village Greens and Community Center are now running on the latest WiFi technology so residents can enjoy the benefits.



Cable Customer Service is now in Resident Services

Cable customer service has moved to Resident Services on the first floor of the Community Center. Residents no longer have to bring their cable boxes and monthly payments to the third floor. The new home of Broadband and Cable customer service can be found at Window 9 in Resident Services. To reach them, call 949-837-2670 or email grfbroadband@vmsinc.org. The Village Television Studio remains on the third floor.



Weekly Destination Shopping Brought to You by the Easy Rider

On Tuesdays, the Easy Rider bus takes riders to the Aliso Viejo Town Center for destination shopping. The bus takes shoppers from Clubhouse 1 at 10:00 and 11:00 am. and returns back to Clubhouse 1 are 12:15, 1:40 or 2:40 pm.  Grab a meal, do some shopping, even see a movie--the options are limitless. No charge, but please make a reservation as space is limited.
 
Can’t make it this Tuesday? Not to worry, we'll see you next time.
 
For more information, call 949-597-4678 and ask for Becky Jackson.



Hop On the Easy Rider to Get a Free Milkshake!

A free milkshake to go with your burger—what could be better? An Easy Rider bus to take you to lunch, that’s what! Village residents who take any Easy Rider East Bus on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will receive a coupon for a free Deluxe Milkshake with your meal at Ruby’s Diner. No reservations needed. Just hop on the bus and Shooby Dooby on down to Ruby’s. Questions? Call the Transportation Division at 949-597-4678 and ask for Becky Jackson.



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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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.



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!



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.



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



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 wm.com.



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 ETWD.com 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 ChannelThrive.com/submit for others to see. Share how you celebrate life: this destination is all about your experiences. Show the world what brings you joy!

Visit ChannelThrive.com 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.
 
Keep reading for details!