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Ladera Joins National Night Out for Crime Prevention

With some of the crimes that have occurred in Ladera Ranch recently, this initiative seems all the more timely and appropriate, even if it is a symbolic gesture. Other communities can participate as well.

Even symbolic gestures are a good reminder to that we should all be vigilant and speak up if you see [...]

Ladera’s Toy Town is Closing, Ladera Performing Arts Group Looking for a New Home

Toy Town, the local Ladera Ranch toy store at Mercantile West is closing its doors. Below is a message to customers and neighbors that Toy Town posted on their Facebook site today:

“Dear Loyal Friends of Toy Town,

Toy Town opened in 2004. We have spent 10 wonderful years in Ladera and will always cherish [...]

Ladera Civic Council Meeting on Monday

The Ladera Ranch Civic Council meets Monday, November 18 at 7 PM. Meetings are held at the Santa Margarita Water District Building in the Board Room. On the agenda for Monday’s meeting is:

Oso Grande Traffic Presentation: Oso Grande Elementary parents are encouraged to attend Monday’s meeting. There will be a presentation by the County [...]

Ladera Ranch Civic Council Election Commences Tomorrow: Vote Early and Vote Often!

Residents of Ladera Ranch who have joined the Ladera Ranch Civic Council are reminded that the Council elections will be held starting tomorrow from September 11-17, 2013. Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Council. You can read about them on the Civic Council’s web site here, and we wrote about them in [...]

Oktoberfest Coming to Ladera Ranch on October 5, 2013

Now that summer is over and the kids are going back to school…wait, what? When did that happen? In any event, save the date for Ladera Ranch’s popular Oktoberfest celebration, sponsored by LARCS and the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce. Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 4-8 PM at the Oak Knoll Clubhouse. Additional details are [...]

What Will Your HOA Fee Buy in Sendero and Gavilan?

In its recently updated Frequently Asked Questions, Rancho Mission Viejo Company has provided more detail on the homeowners association at Sendero, as well as the amenities being offered to residents for the HOA fee. From the FAQ:

A fee will be collected on initial home sales by neighborhood homebuilders and on the resale of all [...]

Register Article on “Mr. Ladera” — Jeff Blugrind

The Orange County Register has published a very nicely written article about “Mr. Ladera” — Jeff Blugrind. Please read it. Article link.

In Memory of Jeff Blugrind, one of Ladera Ranch’s Founding Fathers

We are deeply saddened to learn that one of Ladera Ranch’s founding fathers, Jeff Blugrind, has passed away.

Jeff Blugrind

A announcement posted this morning on Ladera Life says:

The LARCS and LARMAC Boards are deeply saddened today by the loss of our good friend and colleague Jeff Blugrind.

Jeff’s enthusiasm for the community, [...]

Ladera Family Campout Sells Out in Less Than 15 Minutes

Anyone who wasn’t waiting at the computer at 9 AM sharp this morning was probably disappointed to learn that the much anticipated Ladera Ranch family campout was sold out in less than 15 minutes after registration opened. Given that the Family Campout is such a popular event, the sellout begs the question why LARCS doesn’t [...]