City of Laguna Niguel Recreation Brochure Summer 2019 Recreation Brochure - Page 2

A Message from Parks and Recreation As we enjoy the longer days of summer, we want to encourage you to get outdoors and celebrate all that is beautiful in the City of Laguna Niguel. One of the best ways to get healthy and meet people in your community is to visit one of our amazing City parks. Get out in the fresh air, enjoy a walk or picnic, take the children to the playground or just find some shade and read. Not only do we have 34 amazing parks, we also enjoy 80 miles of hiking and biking trails, over 5,000 acres of open space, and 141 miles of scenic, well-manicured streets – but this isn’t all our remarkable City has to celebrate! The start of 2019 marked a significant milestone for Laguna Niguel as we celebrate our City’s 30th Anniversary on December 1 later this year. From concerts and recreation programs, to contests and classes, we hope you will gather your friends, neighbors, and families to join the fun! Mark your calendars for the 30th Anniversary Carnival on August 16, 17, and 18. The event will take place on El Lazo near the Chet Holifield Federal Building (Ziggurat Building) and will feature games, rides, live music, community booths, and more! The Mayor, City Council, and staff are working closely with community leaders to ensure that the 30th Anniversary celebration is Laguna Niguel’s best anniversary celebration to date. Along with the exciting 30th Anniversary Summer Carnival, the annual Summer Concert Series will kick off on Friday, June 21. Due to construction, concerts will be held on the lower soccer field at Crown Valley Park. Turn to page 7 for more information. Also this summer, join us for our popular day camps at Crown Valley Park. Squirrels Camp is designed for participants grades 1-3, and Coyotes Camp is for participants grades 4-8. This is a great opportunity for children to gain friendships, participate in activities, and go on exciting adventures! Both camps will experience weekly excursions this year! Turn to page 9 for more information. Construction of the new Crown Valley Community Center is well underway and we are expecting to open our new doors in Spring of 2020. Staff have been eagerly planning and preparing for new programs, classes, and events for our wonderful community to enjoy. We thank all of you for your continued support of our programs and look forward to seeing you at our events this summer! Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @CityofLagunaNiguel for new updates and information. Parks & Recreation Instructor Showcase Ron Gorman Guitar and Ukulele Instructor Ron has always been infected with the desire of playing music. He started playing guitar in the sixth grade and then learned to play the trombone in the Portola Junior High School band. Throughout the 80’s, Ron immersed himself in the exploding local music scene, playing in numerous bands, recording sessions, and music videos. Ron’s songwriting creativity erupted during this period, where he composed and recorded dozens of compositions. Ron left his day job in agricultural research 16 years ago to pursue the instruction of the guitar and ukulele for the City of Laguna Niguel and other Orange County cities and community colleges. Currently, the Orange County native plays in a band that performs at a variety of events for local organizations, including a charity for war veterans, Alzheimer’s Orange County, St. Joseph’s Hospital Cancer Survivors, Torrance Relay for Life, and Brighter Smiles mobile dental units. When Ron isn’t teaching, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and grandson, performing in ‘pick-up’ bands throughout Southern California, and writing music. Vivian Stapleton Tunes and Tales Instructor Teaching children’s classes has been one of Vivian’s greatest joys for more than two decades. She quit her corporate job of 11 years shortly after her second child was born, and has been teaching Tunes and Tales classes throughout South Orange County ever since. “When you are able to capture the interest of a child who may not have ever attended a class before, and see it grow throughout the weeks, it is so rewarding. And the children are being taught so many things, without even realizing it. We learn to follow directions, share, take turns, the importance of teamwork, and so much more. It is amazing to watch a child’s confidence grow over the course of a session.” Vivian, who has a B.A. in Sociology from UCI, has never regretted leaving the corporate world. She has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Laguna Hills and has volunteered for Laura’s House and Orangewood Children’s Home. With two grown children now living on their own, working with children every day brings great joy to her daily life. She loves to be able to allow time for moms and caretakers to laugh a little, sing a little, and just have a good time! Parks & Recreation Mission Statement To provide a wide variety of innovative, diverse and inclusive recreational and cultural opportunities which enhance the quality of life for residents of Laguna Niguel. PARKS & RECREATION OFFICE: (949) 425-5100 | RECREATION HOTLINE: (949) 362-4351 ONLINE REGISTRATION: CityofLagunaNiguel.org/Registration | REGISTRATION FORM: PAGE 36