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Heavy Rain and Winds Hit Laguna Woods

Heavy rain and wind has hit Southern California again, and Laguna Woods Village is prepared. The rain is expected to occur through Saturday, February 18, and will be heavy at times. Be careful when walking or driving when rushing water is present in streets, and please avoid Aliso Creek during this time period. It is advised that residents stay home when possible during the downpours.

Laguna Woods Village has initiated its Rain Event Action Plan, and extra staff and an executive manager are on hand during the weekend. For rain-related issues, fallen trees, or to request sandbags, please call Resident Services during normal business hours at 949-597-4600 or Security Dispatch after hours at 949-580-1400. In case of emergency, residents should call 911.

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!



Presidents' Day Holiday Schedule

The Community Center administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 20 for the Presidents' Day holiday. As always, if you experience a maintenance emergency after hours or on the weekend, please call Security at 949-580-1400.

Please see this Presidents' Day Holiday Schedule for detail on all Village facilities affected by this holiday.



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 to Host Town Hall on Exclusive Use of Common Area Land

The United Board invites its members to a special Town Hall meeting on Land Use.

The meeting is being held so the Board can get a sense of what residents think of allowing individual Members to exclusively use common area around their units, outside of the original footprint, for their own personal enjoyment.

The United Board will discuss the exclusive use of common area by residents, allowing both sides of the matter to be presented. Residents will be able to ask questions and make comments. At the end of the Town Hall, there will be a survey to help United gauge the opinion of its residents on the issue.

The Town Hall Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. If you can't make it in person, the Town Hall will be broadcast live and replayed on Channel 6 at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30 p.m. (LIVE)
Thursday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8 at 06:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16 at 06:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m.



Don't Miss the President's Day Documentary Marathon

This President's Day, the administrative offices will be closed, but check out what we have for you on TV6, or HD 6.1 or 406:

At 11:30 a.m., The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings follows five generations of an exceptional family, from its early days in Wexford, Ireland in 1848 to the United States in the 21st century.

Then at 4:00 p.m., Ronald Reagan: An American Journey depicts the astonishing political career of one of the most influential and popular political figures of the past six decades.

While you are making plans for President's Day, make sure you check out the Recreation facility hours by clicking here. Some facilities may be closed or have limited hours for the holiday.



Get on Board the Easy Rider for Fun Excursions and weekly Destination

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

February is "Love Month," so hop on board the bus on February 28 at 4:00 p.m. and ride with us to the Irvine Spectrum! Exciting details coming soon. Reservations required.

On Tuesday, March 7, 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 949-597-4659.



By Popular Demand: Route Improvements coming to the Easy Rider

The bus riders and drivers spoke, and we listened. Improvements are coming to the Easy Rider bus system beginning February 21, 2017. The new schedule was mailed today to over 700 frequent bus riders, and is also available at the Transportation Division Offices on Via Campo Verde, or by clicking here.  Call 949-597-4659 for more information.



United's Deal with the Sun is Complete!

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.



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!



Upcoming Events at Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center

Petty vs. Eagles Battle of the Bands on February 19

It's a rock-and-roll shootout when Tom Petty takes on the Eagles! The Tom Petty tribute band, the Petty Breakers, takes on Eagles tribute band, The Boys of Summer, in this unique and entertaining standoff.

Each group does a 20 minute set, followed immediately by the other group, back and forth until all 10 musicians join on stage for a special encore. All the major hits will be performed!

Don't miss Petty vs. Eagles, Sunday, February 19 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are only $15 and $10, on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office. A no host bar will be open. Call 949-597-4288 for more info.

 

Legally Blonde The Musical on February 24

South County Performing Arts presents Legally Blonde! Adapted for the stage from the smash movie Legally Blonde, leading lady Elle Woods has it all. She wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping him  from proposing: She is too blonde. Elle rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back.

Bring your grandkids, as all the performers are teens and young adults.

Don't miss Legally Blonde the Musical at the Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center on February 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are only $5, on sale now at the Performing Arts Center. A no host bar will be open. Call 949-597-4288 for more info.

Visit www.boysofsummertribute.com and www.thepettybreakers.com for more about each band.



City Hall: Cyber Crime and You: Do Not Become a Victim on Feb. 23

On Thursday, February 23, at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall, there is a meeting regarding Cyber Crime and You: Don't Become a Victim.

RSVP is required.

Click here for a flyer with more details.

 



Timeless Melodies- “Pick Yourself Up” on March 1 at Clubhouse 1

Clubhouse 1 presents our next, Timeless Melodies- Pick Yourself Up to take place on Wednesday, March 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 1 Main Lounge.

It’s one thing to listen to Larry trace the history of the Great American Songs, it’s another thing to sing along with these great popular songs.  That’s what Timeless Melodies has in store for you.  Relive American history through and sing along with songs by George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hammerstein and more!

Tickets are $6 and may be purchased in the Clubhouse 1 Office by check, credit card or exact cash. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

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

For further information, call 949-597-4281. Recreation events are limited to Laguna Woods Village residents and their guests.



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.



Third Appoints Marcy Sheinwold to VMS Board

On Friday, November 11, 2016, the Third Mutual Board elected Marcy Sheinwold to be a Director on the Village Management Services, Inc. (VMS) Board. Ms. Sheinwold replaces Steve Parsons who has just been elected to the Third Mutual Board. She will serve until December 2018.

Ms. Sheinwold holds degrees in Law and Health Services Administration, and has been a very active resident of the Village. She currently is President of the Laguna Woods Village Foundation and serves on the Boards of the Bridge and Film Clubs as well as the Reform Temple. During her career, she held a number of important local government positions in Nassau-Suffolk counties in New York and worked for several law firms specializing in health related cases.



Pardon our Dust! Work on Downstairs Fitness Center has Begun

Construction on the new Community Center first-floor fitness center began on Thursday, November 10.

Please be aware that during the demo and relocation, there will be noise and dust, and certain areas will no longer be accessible. The corridor and exit door beyond the mailroom have been permanently blocked. The upstairs fitness center will remain open until the end of January; downtime will be about two weeks.

We appreciate your patience as we get ready to move the fitness center to its new and improved first floor location. We anticipate the new first-floor fitness center will open in mid-February. In the meantime, fitness buffs can use the Clubhouse 1 fitness center and the new, un-staffed Clubhouse 5 fitness center, which will open on January 6.



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

Cost:

  • 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.



Help the Village Take a Crack at Sidewalk Deterioration

There are over 50 miles of concrete sidewalks in Laguna Woods Village, and while the majority of sidewalks are in a good state of repair, the number of parkway trees, soil conditions, and other factors contribute to deterioration. This manifests as cracked slabs, uplifted sections, differential settlement, and depressions which can hold irrigation water. VMS staff continuously inspects these very important elements of roadways, and strives to maintain infrastructure in good repair. However, at times one of these conditions may be overlooked and staff receives communication from concerned residents pointing out the deficiencies. To expedite the repairs of these parkway locations, residents are encouraged to call Resident Services at 949-597-4600, who will route the call to the appropriate department for timely service.



Building a Heart Safe Community

The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) is dedicated to building a Heart Safe Community, and has developed the Laguna Woods Village Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Program. There are now 24 strategically placed AED’s throughout the community, located in Clubhouses, golf course, recreation areas and the Community Center. Village Management Services, Inc. is currently training all of its employees in the most current American Heart Association standards in CPR/AED and First Aid.



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.



Recreation Classes Punch Cards

Prepaid punch cards for Recreation Division classes are now available for purchase at the clubhouse office where the class meets Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Class punch cards may be purchased with a major credit card or check payable to GRF. Multiple cards may be purchased at one time. Recreation Division classes are for Laguna Woods Village residents only; please be prepared to show your resident ID card when making a purchase.

Clubhouse 1 - Ballroom with Ed Van Ornum, Ballroom with Candi Davis, Flexibility Training with Brittany Kelley

Clubhouse 2 (after reopening) - Line Dancing with Doug Houston, Zumba with Mia Alicea


Performing Arts Center - Tap Dance with Letty Smyth, Belly Dancing with Jheri St. James

Clubhouse 5 - Ballroom with Candi Davis, Line Dancing with Doug Houston (during CH2 renovations only)

Clubhouse 6 - Piloxing with Rachel Gibson, Zumba with Mia Alicea

Clubhouse 7 - Tennis with John Prickitt

The Recreation Division office, located inside the Community Center will continue to sell all prepaid class cards. Call 949-597-4273 for more information.



Kitchen Fee For Residents or Clubs

During the April 5, 2016 GRF Board Meeting, a resolution was passed regarding a kitchen fee for residents or clubs.

A $25 kitchen fee will be charged when major appliances in the kitchen are used for meal preparation/service while renting a small dining room. The small dining rooms include Clubhouses 1 and 2 Dining Rooms and Clubhouse 6 Main Lounge.

A $50 kitchen fee will be charged when major appliances in the kitchen are used for meal preparation/service while renting a large dining room or a Main Lounge. The large dining rooms include the Clubhouse 3 Dining Rooms, and Main Lounges in Clubhouses 1, 2, 5, and 7.

Major appliances include the stovetop, oven, dishwasher, propane BBQ, and pantry access (dishes, flatware).

The use of the refrigerator, freezer, microwave and or coffee urns ONLY will not result in a charge.

This kitchen fee does not apply when a GRF approved caterer is providing service to group; the caterer pays a separate fee.

This fee will be collected by Clubhouse Staff when arranging for setup needs and check should be made payable to GRF.



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.



Introducing: Saturday Docent Tours

If you are new to the Village, or just want to learn more about what the community has to offer, sign up for a docent tour. It includes a tour of the Community Center, clubhouses, and residential areas. Tours are hosted by long-time residents, some of whom are past board members.

To accommodate residents who are still working, Laguna Woods Village is now offering a docent tour on Saturdays. The inaugural Saturday tour will take place January 28 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Contact Community Services at 949-268-2337 to sign up for the tour. Call now if you are interested; there is no charge for the tour, the bus holds up to 21 people and is on a first come, first served basis. Two docent tours are also offered every Thursday, including a morning and an afternoon session.



Retirement Living TV Now Showing on Laguna Woods Village Cable

Broadband Services is excited to announce the addition of RLTV (also known as Retirement Living TV) to the cable channel lineup. RLTV features programming specifically targeted to people over the age of 50. Their Emmy Award-winning content focuses on everything from financial planning and second careers to travel and entertainment; from health and wellness to volunteerism and community-building. RLTV offers an all-star lineup of interesting and engaging celebrity hosts including Joan Lunden, Jean Chatzky, Sam Donaldson and more.

Tune in now to channel 150 to enjoy RLTV. If you can’t locate channel 150 on your television, call Broadband Services customer support at 949-837-2670.



The Greenbook is Available online!

The Business Plans (budgets) for the Laguna Woods Village corporations are available for review. Commonly referred to as the Greenbook, it comprises the 2017 Business Plans for United Laguna Woods Mutual (United) and Third Laguna Hills Mutual (Third), each of which has its own operating budget and reserves. Each owner in the Community also has an individual membership in the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF), which is responsible for the community-wide facilities and has its own operating budget and reserves. The GRF assessment is charged to each of the Mutuals based on the number of dwelling units.

Click here to view the 2017 Greenbook (Business Plan)



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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Digital Deluxe Subscribers now Available to all Set-Top Box Subscribers

Beginning this month, all set-top box subscribers will have access to the digital deluxe content. That’s 16 standard-definition, 3 high-definition, and 41 music channels—a total of 60 channels. Set-top box rentals will go up by $1; however, current subscribers to the digital deluxe music package may see a small decrease in their monthly Broadband bill.

Visit lagunawoodsvillage.com to view all channels added to the monthly set-top box subscription. Happy viewing!



Three for Free January!

Miss the RFID deadline?  If you don’t have your RFID decal yet, you can get up to three stickers until January 31, 2017 for no charge.  The decals are required to open the gate arms at Gates 5 and 6.

Don’t delay! Beginning February 1, 2017, RFID decals will be $25 each. Visit Resident Services Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Vehicles must be present to have the decal applied by staff—we’ll even throw in a free headlight cleaning.



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!