“Intro to PC Video Editing” Heads Fall-Winter Learning Opportunities Schedule
VMS CEO Jeff Parker to Speak at September 16 General Meeting, More Fall Programs Announced
Next Short Film Showcase Set for September 13 in the Video Lab
Corel VideoStudio Forum & Apple Forum to Resume in-Person Meetings September 20
Eight Scripts Submitted in Short Dramatic Film Script Contest
August 18 Summer BBQ: A Good Time Was Had by All!
Writers and Readers Are Focus of New TV Show, “Eyes on Books”
Don't Miss These September Video Club Shows on Village TV


'Intro to PC Video Editing' Heads Fall-Winter Learning Opportunities Schedule
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The Video Club's Fall-Winter 2021 Learning Opportunities Schedule is now available with six in-person classes being offered, starting with Dr. Tom Nash's three-session “Introduction to PC Video Editing” on Friday, September 17, at 10 am in the Video Lab. Here's your chance to delight family and friends by turning your random video clips into interesting videos to share. In this key class, you'll learn how to use Corel Video Studio to arrange clips on the timeline, add titles, music, and transitions – and much more.
For students who want to master additional editing skills, Tom will offer “Intermediate PC Video Editing Using Corel VideoStudio” for two sessions, starting Friday, October 15 at 10 am in the Video Lab. Other classes and their start dates are “Introduction to YouTube,” October 12; “Finding Resources for Your Video Projects,” November 1; “Managing Video Sound,” November 5; and “Managing Your Camera,” December 3. 
In addition to formal classes, the schedule lists other Video Club learning opportunities, including Forums (free special interest groups for members), plus quarterly Short Film Showcase presentations and monthly informational General Meetings.
Classes for members are $5 per session. Non-members are invited to join the Video Club at $15 a year for one person, $20 for two at the same address. Non-Village residents are $20 for one person, $30 for two at the same address. Pre-registration for classes is not required.


VMS CEO Jeff Parker to Speak at September 16 General Meeting, More Fall Programs Announced

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At the Video Club's first in-person General Meeting since the start of the pandemic on Thursday, September 16, Village Management Services CEO Jeff Parker will bring us up to date on the Village as we emerge from months of COVID shutdown. Snacks and socializing at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm. Open without charge to all Village residents and their guests.. 
Come and see the recent improvements in the Video Lab, with seven new wired study/work tables and a mounted overhead projector. General Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month. President Steve Carman has announced the following additional programs for 2021. No General Meeting in December.

Thursday, October 21 – Village Management Services Information Technology Director Chuck Holland will discuss the latest in Village IT and communications.

Thursday, November 18 – Leah Glauberman-Silberman, founder of Living Memories Videos, and her associate, Chelsea Zhang, will speak on “Leave Your Legacy.” The Los Angeles-based videographers, both of whom studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California, will explain techniques for creating living memory videos and will screen examples of their work.


Next Short Film Showcase Set for September 13 in the Video Lab

The popular Short Film Showcase series will resume holding in-person meetings on Monday, September 13, at 1 pm in the Video Lab. The program is open without charge to all Village residents and their guests. Longtime participants will be happy to learn that popcorn will be served!! A selections of dramas, comedies, documentaries, and animations will be featured, chosen to entertain, inspire, and motivate your own video projects. Group discussion will follow each video.

Quarterly Format Resumed
While Short Film Showcase programs were offered monthly on Zoom during the COVID shutdown, the in-person series will return to its original quarterly format with sessions on first Mondays in December, March, and June. (September's meeting is on the second Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.)
Suggest A Video for SFS
Stephanie Brasher and Starkey, who compile SFS programs for our enjoyment and personal growth, invite interested attendees to submit the names and sources of favorite videos for SFS consideration. Videos must be under 20 minutes -- and shorter is good. Send your suggestions to Stephanie at

Corel VideoStudio Forum & Apple Forum to Resume in-Person Meetings September 20

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As we turn from Zoom meetings to in-person activities, both the Corel VideoStudio Forum, facilitated by Wolfgang Kutter (, and the Apple Forum, facilitated by Stephanie Brasher (, will resume meeting monthly on third Mondays in the Video Lab. The next meeting for both will be on Monday, September 20 – the Corel VideoStudio Forum at 10 am with special focus on how to start an editing project, and the Apple Forum at 1 pm. Click here for more details on the club website.


Eight Scripts Submitted in Short Dramatic Film Script Contest

Eight original scripts were submitted by August 27 in the Video Club’s third Short Dramatic Film Script Contest, according to Dr. Tom Nash, club Vice President, who coordinated script selection. Submission was open to Village residents and members or past members of registered Village clubs.

One script will be chosen to be produced by the Video Club later this year by Video One Productions.

A committee consisting of Tom and club members John Kelly (who directed the club's first two short dramatic film productions (“Write It Down” and “What? You, Too?”), Gila Zalon (author of “Write It Down”), and Lucy Parker (author of “What? You, Too?”) will make the selection by September 10. To encourage local writers, Lucy and Gila taught a three-session Video Club Zoom class in “Scriptwriting for Short Dramatic Videos” last April with 12 students enrolled.

As an aid to evaluation, committee members will rate each script from 0 to 10 on each of the following criteria:

Story Quality – Does it maintain interest, hold together, and have a good ending?

Suitability for Our Population – Does it involve characters and situations of interest to older people?

Ease of Production –  With no budget and limited time, can we find suitable cast and locations?


August 18 Summer BBQ: A Good Time Was Had by All!

Click here for full coverage on the club website, including a BBQ video by Fred Harshbarger and 23 photos. See if you can find yourself in one of them!
At our first major in-person event since the start of the pandemic, some 68 club members and friends attended the Video Club's Second Annual Summer BBQ on August 18 as guests of the club. The free dinner was a gift to our members for their loyalty throughout the COVID-19 crisis, according to Marsha Berman, who again co-ordinated the event. We took this opportunity to acknowledge our Goldie Award winners for 2021:  John Glassco, Stephanie Brasher & Don Hill.  Our venue was the Clubhouse 2 patio adjoining the BBQ grill -- a successful new location for future club activities. 

Writers and Readers Are Focus of New TV Show, “Eyes on Books”

“Eyes on Books” is Suzanne Savlov's newest project. Participation in her local book club inspired the highly creative originator/producer/editor of  two previous TV shows, “Welcome to My Home” and “Beyond the Gates” (both produced by Video Club's Video One Productions). The new half-hour program will focus on writers and readers. A tech rehearsal/planning session will be held on Monday, September 6, at 9 am in the Video Studio – and welcome mat is out for all to join in.
Says Suzanne: “I am hoping that everyone can come and lend a hand to get our studio up and running for practice for this new show. We will need lots of help with equipment (camera, switcher, audio, lighting, floor manager, director and etc). We will be ... (shooting video on) our first author on October 18 ( Fiona Davis from New York) and on October 25 (Gwendolyn Womack from Los Angeles).” 
Suzanne introduced the show's concept at a planning meeting on August 16 in the Video Studio.


Don't Miss These September Video Club Shows on Village TV

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While resident-originated programming on Village Television has increased substantially over the past few years, the Video Club maintains a special interest in the three shows produced by the club's Video One Productions: “Laguna Woods Stories,” “Beyond the Gates,” and “Welcome to My Home”(now in re-runs), as well as four shows produced by or featuring club members:“Video Club Spotlight” and “Jazzing Around,” produced by Fred Harshbarger, and two series' produced by Village Television: “Discovering Laguna Woods,” featuring Cyndee Whitney, and “The Write Now Show” (now in re-runs), featuring Charlie Redner and the late Judy Saxon.
Laguna Woods Stories
Produced, hosted, and edited by club Vice President Tom Nash, “Laguna Woods Stories” introduces viewers to interesting Village residents and is our oldest club-produced TV series, having first aired on Village Television on May 4, 2017. In September, Tom's guest will be Shiela LeCarner, a resident now in her 90's, who came to the United States after World War II with her G.I. husband as an Irish war bride. Wednesdays and Sundays at 12 noon. 
Beyond the Gates
In September, the “Beyond the Gates” team will take viewers to Laguna Niguel, visiting the Laguna Niguel Botanical Preserve, where co-host Bill Hemberger tours the grounds with Botanical Preserve President Monty Divitt; an Italian restaurant; and the Laguna Niguel Regional Park. John Glassco was the segment producer. Suzanne Savlov produces the show. Others on the production team include Jack Crawbuck and Tom Nash and co-host Susan Wheeler. Wednesdays at 11 am.  
Welcome to My Home
Production of “Welcome to My Home” has been discontinued and the show is in re-runs. It visits the homes of Village residents born outside the United States, telling viewers about their cultures and foods. Mondays at 9:30 am, Thursdays at 10 am.
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