What's Up In The Village
Celebrate cinco de mayo!
Don't miss our Cinco de Mayo celebration Saturday, May 5 at Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a no-host bar. The buffet begins a half hour later with chiles rellenos, chicken enchiladas, beef fajitas, rice, beans and salad. You'll feast on fruit, flan and tres leches cake for dessert. Tickets are $18.50 per person at Clubhouse 2. For more information, contact 949-597-4286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hats off to the Derby
Sport your favorite hat and enjoy the 144th Kentucky Derby at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Clubhouse 5. Post time is 3 p.m. Tickets are $21 per person and include free beer and wine, a prize for the best hat and delectable Kentucky menu. Savor a mint julep to cap off the tradition for only $3. Looking for inspiration? Check out the Derby hats of milliner extraordinaire Louise Green here.
Virtual Walk in the Woods
If you're feeling a bit under the weather or are housebound, experience the Aliso Creek Tree Walk on video narrated by Pat Wilkinson, author of the popular tree walk brochure produced by the History Center. Take a walk by clicking here.
Chief Moy’s Top-10 Tips for Safe Driving
In an active senior community, safe driving is a priority. Whether it is a motor vehicle, electric car or golf cart, we all have the responsibility to practice defensive driving for ourselves and the well-being of those we share the road with. Over the past three years, averages of 147 accidents per year have occurred in the Village. The top three causes of accidents are distracted drivers, unsafe turning and following too closely.
Don’t drink and drive. As little as one drink can impair driving skills. Drugs, including pain and sleep medications, antihistamines and muscle relaxants may also negatively affect one’s ability to drive safely.
Maintain a safe speed. Observe and obey the posted speed limits. The most common speed limit in the Village is 25 mph; however in some areas the posted speed limit is 10 mph. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident. So please, slow down!
Obey all traffic signs. Avoid the “rolling stop” by coming to a full stop behind the limit line. Watch for cul-de-sacs that only allow one direction of travel.
Use caution when changing lanes. Be courteous: cutting in front of someone, merging at the gate entrances, changing lanes too fast or not using your signals may cause an accident.
Don’t follow too closely. The most common collision type is caused by tailgating. Tailgating does not leave enough stopping distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
Avoid distractions. Eighty percent of vehicle accidents involve some sort of distraction such as texting, talking on a cell phone, drinking or eating, and changing the radio station.
Don’t drive drowsy. Stay alert, arrive alive! Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Similar to the effects of alcohol, drowsiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment and increases the likelihood of an accident.
Wear your seat belt. It only takes two seconds to buckle up and this simple act can be the difference between life and death in a serious traffic collision. Seat belts save lives and with the “click it or ticket” campaign, it may just save you a little cash as well!
Make sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Keep your vehicle properly maintained by performing regular tune-ups, brake inspections, and a check of all fluids. Ensure your tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread.
Practice defensive driving. Slow down, especially during inclement weather. Check your mirrors frequently and watch for pedestrians. Look, listen and anticipate roadway hazards. Expect the unexpected, and don’t depend on others to drive responsibly.
Know your limitations. If a driving situation makes you uncomfortable, don’t do it. For instance, you may decide to drive only during daylight hours if you have trouble seeing at night. If fast-moving traffic bothers you, consider staying off freeways, highways, and find street routes instead. You may also decide to avoid driving in bad weather. If you are going to a place that is unfamiliar to you, it is a good idea to plan your route before you leave so that you feel more confident and avoid getting lost.
Remember to stay physically active, which improves your strength and flexibility. In turn, physical activity can improve driver safety by making it easier to turn the steering wheel, look over your shoulder and make other movements while driving and parking.
Snake season is underway
With spring in full swing and warmer temperatures on tap, the Village is is reminding you to use caution during snake season. The annual snake season is typically from March to October. If you encounter a suspected poisonous snake, maintain a safe distance and try to warn others from getting too close. Do not attempt to catch or kill the snake and call Resident Services at 949-597-4600. We'll report your sighting to Animal Control, if necessary. After business hours, call Security Dispatch at 949-580-1400.
National Prescription Medication Take Back Day provides the perfect way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications. The event takes place Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Laguna Woods City Hall, 24264 El Toro Road. The City of Laguna Woods, Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Drug Enforcement Administration team up to host this important event. For more information, call 714-647-4133.
Upcoming Village Board and Committee Meetings
On tap the week of April 22, Third holds its Architectural Controls and Standards Committee, United hosts is Governing Documents Review Committee, GRF holds its Security and Community Access Committee and more. Click here to download full agenda packets of Board and Committee meetings, and to view all upcoming meetings.