Video Club on Village Television in January

The Video Club will again be well-represented on Village Television in January, 2019.

goes to the History Center

Wednesdays and Sundays at 12 noon – Produced by Video One Productions

A playlist of nine “Laguna Woods Stories” segments is available on YouTube.

Show host and producer Dr. Tom Nash goes remote in January, when his “Laguna Woods Stories” series visits the Laguna Woods History Center. In the opening interview, History Center Chief Executive Officer Dean Dixon jumps back to the unwritten Native American history of our region, where two nations were divided by the vital fresh water source, Aliso Creek. He further traces the written history of the Missions, Mexican land grants, and early ranches before discussing the incorporation of the History Center in 1977 as a 501c3 non-profit educational organization.

Top, from left, History Center CEO Dean Dixon, producer and show host Dr. Tom Nash; second row, from left, Barbara Letter, Digital Archivist; Chief Administrative Officer Gail Dixon; third row, from left, Chief Communications Officer Catherine Brians, Barbara Letter digitizes newspapers; bottom, 3D Village diorama in History Center. To open this gallery, click on any photo. To close it, click “X” in the upper right corner.

“We employ professional consultants to help us stay accurate and technically current,” Dean explains, “but the History Center has no paid staff. We’re all volunteers interested in local history. Our work is supported by donations.”

Digital Archivist Barbara Letter discusses her work converting old files, especially 40 years of newspapers, into modern digital format. She also paints a verbal picture of the virtually treeless landscape which was to become Laguna Woods Village, home today to some 200 different species of trees, all planted by careful plan.

Chief Adminstrative Officer Gail Dixon explains her work maintaining the History Center office as well as technical factors involved in preserving the Center’s archives. The archives, she points out, include not only records of Laguna Woods Village (formerly Leisure World, Laguna Hills), but archives of individual clubs, as well as some archives of the City of Laguna Woods and the community’s founder, Ross Cortese.Chief

Communications Officer Catherine Brians describes her outreach work, letting the community know what’s going on at the History Center. “The Center is a great place to research the entire history of this area,”she emphasizes, “not just the history of Laguna Woods Village.” Catherine also shares information about the Center’s 3-D diorama of Village topography, which includes nearly all Village buildings and is used for resident and prospective-resident Docent Tours, as well as for Village Management Services new-employee orientation.

Donations to the History Center may be made by check or credit card at the Center’s website,


Suzanne Savlov, Producer. January dates, times, and topic TBA – Produced by Video One Productions


Sundays at 10:30 am – Produced by Scott Marvel

A playlist of 34 “Thrive Shows” is available on YouTube.

Resident and professional videographer Scott Marvel introduces us to Villager Carmen Pacella who talks about spending time with the great photographer, Ansel Adams. Scott is a Video Club Past-President. His popular, four-session smartphone video-making class starts January 4.


Thursdays at 6 pm – Produced by Village Television

A playlist of nine “Discovering Laguna Woods” segments is available on YouTube.

In January, “Discovering Laguna Woods,” hosted by Cyndee Whitney, features a visit to a portrait class in the Art Room at Clubhouse 4. “We watch as a model poses and a number of artists capture her image in pencils, pastel chalks, and paints,” reports Cyndee. “We get to see the process and the great results of their work.”

A Video Club member, Cyndee addressed our November 15 General Meeting on human creativity, especially in later life.

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