What’s Up in August with Video Club-Related TV Programs on Village TV?

Maison Cafe & Market owner Danielle Kuhn of Dana Point (in photo above) is interviewed as part of “Beyond the Gates” August show featuring local restaurants.

Video One Productions, the Video Club’s team-based production group, currently creates two new half-hour shows each month to air on Village Television. They are “Laguna Woods Stories,” where viewers meet interesting Village residents, and “Beyond the Gates,” which takes viewers to visit nearby places of interest. “Welcome to My Home.” a third Video One Productions show, is currently in re-runs with plans to resume production as the Village emerges from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Club member, Fred Harshbarger, who serves as Video One Productions’ Facilitator, edits two monthly half-hour shows to run on Village Television – “Video Club Spotlight,” featuring short videos by Video Club members, and “Jazzing Around,” featuring West Coast jazz footage shot by Fred over the years.

In addition, two monthly half-hour programs produced by Village Television are hosted by Video Club members. “The Write Now Show,” co-hosted by Charlie Redner, is currently in re-runs following the recent death of co-host Judy Saxon. “Discovering Laguna Woods Village,” hosted by Cyndee Whitney, explores new and interesting aspects of the Village.


In August, “Laguna Woods Stories” host and producer Tom Nash meets with Village resident Gila Zalon, dancer, actor, and award winning writer and producer. Gila wrote and acted in the Video Club’s production of “Write it Down,” in which an aging couple find dark humor in diminishing mental agility. She also founded and leads a Laguna Woods Village-based scriptwriting critique group. “Laguna Woods Stories” airs on Village Television Wednesdays and Sundays at 12 noon.


It’s all about food in August on“Beyond the Gates,” when co-hosts Bill Hemberger and Susan Wheeler take viewers to four local restaurants and an Indian market. Produced and edited by Suzanne Savlov, “Beyond the Gates” airs Wednesdays at 11 am on Village Television.

The August show starts with Elizabeth Gaitanis, owner of Tastes of Greece Restaurant in Laguna Niguel, who learned her recipes from her parents and grandparents and spent 20 years in Greece. Next, the co-hosts visit IndiaSuper Mart, which recently opened on Raymond Way in Lake Forest. Raj Krish and his wife are the owners. At the Peking Dragon on Pacific cost Highway in Dana Point, the co-hosts meet Shane Chou, whose father started the restaurant 36 years ago. Further down PCH, between a laundry and a bait-and-tackle shop, Bill and Susan visit the three-year-old Maison Cafe & Market and meet owner Danielle Kuhn, a self taught chef who features farm-to-table food. The team’s last restaurant is the beautiful, family-owned Tutto Fresco in Rancho Santa Margarita, where they meet owner Stephen White.


“Welcome to My Home” airs Mondays at 9:30 am and Thursdays at 10 am on Village Television and is currently in re-runs.


The following short videos by Video Club members will be aired Sundays at 4 pm in August on “Video Club Spotlight #13” – “The Life Cycle of the Elephant Seal” by Fred Harshbarger, “Senior Activism” by Lucy Parker, and “Changing of the Guard in Athens” by Fred Harshbarger.


Show producer and editor Fred Harshbarger dips into his classic West Coast jazz footage for five performances in August. “Jazzing Around #5,” airing Sundays at 6:30 pm on Village Television, will feature “How Am I Doin’?” performed by Todd Morgan inSacramento, “Pete Kelly’s Blues” performed by Wally’s Warehouse Waifs, Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” performed by On the Levee Jazz Band, “The City of New Orleans” performed by Grand Dominion Jazz Band, and “Big Boss Man” performed by the Old Spice Band in Laguna Woods.


In this re-run, to be seen throughout August, co-hosts Charlie Redner and Judy Saxon meet noted American author Jamie Ford. Currently based in Montana, Ford is best-known for his debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which spent 130 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and was awarded “Best Adult Fiction” book at the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The novel was also named #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association. In 2013, Ford released his second book, Songs of Willow Frost, and his short stories have been included in many anthologies. “The Write Now Show” airs on Village Television Sundays at 12:30 am, Mondays at 11 am, and Fridays at 10:30 am.


Laguna Woods residents check out a collection of banners with classic Hippie slogans during the Laguna Woodstock, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, on Saturday, July 27, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

Airing Wednesdays and Sundays at 9:30 am on Village Television, “Discovering Laguna Woods” features interviews throughout the Village by host Cyndee Whitney, who describes her August show in these words: “Woodstock is back!!! The annual festival event takes place on Saturday, September 18th at Clubhouse 2 from 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm. To find out more about the bands, vendors, and activities, Cyndee interviews Chair, Diane Johanson, musician Bill Hemberger, and committee member, Annie Zipkin.”

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