This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | November 19, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on November 19, 2021

Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association Turns 45

On November 10, 1976 the California Secretary of State affixed the Great Seal of the State of California to the Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association Articles of Incorporation. While that filing by Presley Development Company brought our community into legal existence, the Nellie Gail Ranch heritage goes much farther back. Back to Lewis Moulton who first rented land for his sheep ranch and later purchased it in 1895. Lewis met and courted Nellie Maud Gail for many years before they married in 1908. Just like the Nellie Gail Ranch families of today, Lewis and Nellie Gail Moulton settled here on their Ranch and raised their two daughters Charlotte and Louise. We encourage you to get to know Nellie and Lewis as more than the namesakes of our community. Nellie was an avid painter and a retrospective of her paintings and drawings are currently on exhibit through November 21, 2021 at the Laguna College of Art in Laguna Beach.

THE ART OF NELLIE GAIL MOULTON | Laguna College of Art and Design (lcad.edu)

You can also visit Aliso Viejo Ranch at 100 Park Avenue which has an original barn and bunkhouse restored to preserve the historical buildings, artifacts and ranching implements from the 1800s. It is a great place for an afternoon visit with your family to see how those who were here before us lived.

Aliso Viejo Ranch | Aliso Viejo, CA (avcity.org)

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

The Tennis & Swim Club will be closed Thursday, November 25, Thanksgiving Day.

The Club will be open regular hours Friday, November 26 from 6:00am – 10:00pm.

Holiday Toy Drive

Adopt A Family

Visit with Santa

Holiday Home Decorating

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This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | November 12, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on November 12, 2021

Nellie Gail Ranch Board Meeting

Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 PM. View the Open Session Agenda below.

View Open Session Agenda

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82071307848?pwd=R2kwRmlLSnRGYzFoMVEvNGJOc2J0QT09

Dial in#: 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 820 7130 7848

Passcode: 054504

Holiday Toy Drive

Visit with Santa

Restroom Renovation Update

The Association Clubhouse restroom renovation is progressing. The Swim side interior is ready for drywall taping, texture and tile which starts next week. Things are starting to take shape!!

Tree Trimming

Tree trimming is ongoing. The crews did not finish as much as they had scheduled this week and will be continuing work next week.

Consent Form for Electronic Delivery of Association Documents

In an effort to keep up with technology and reduce costs, Nellie Gail Ranch Owners Association (“Nellie Gail Ranch”) is encouraging homeowners to agree to receive notices and communications from Nellie Gail Ranch by e-mail, and obtain Nellie Gail Ranch documents from Nellie Gail Ranch’s website, instead of receiving paper copies of notices and documents through the mail.

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Holiday Home Decorating

Click to Enter

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | November 5, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on November 5, 2021

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Approximately 147 million pumpkins are estimated to have been sold for this past Halloween. Nellie Gail Ranch may have a small percentage of total pumpkin sales but we have bragging rights to a high level of carving creativity! See our winners that ranged from cute to gross to decorative. You be the judge as to which is which!

Community Tree Trimming

Our fall tree trimming is ongoing with work next week focused around the recreation center. Monday crews will be around the tennis courts. Tuesday and Wednesday they will be on trails and various streetscapes. Thursday and Friday work will be done throughout the Equestrian Center. Please drive with care when passing crews working in trees, particularly next week when driving on Nellie Gail Road past the Association Clubhouse and Equestrian Center.

November Pony Express

The November Pony Express is here. No need to wait for the newsletter to reach your mailbox, read the November Issue online today!

Read Now

Mark Your Calendar

Santa Claus is coming to the newly refreshed Association Clubhouse. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for some fun activities Saturday, December 11th at 10:00am.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | October 29, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on October 29, 2021

Halloween Night Safety Tips

Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Get rid of any distractions (like your phone) in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Contest! The submissions were so creative and fun. Special thanks to our contributing sponsor, Trustlink Mortgage. Contest winners will be announced on Monday, November 1, 2021.

Sunday Concert

Last Sunday homeowners and guests enjoyed the last concert of the 2021 Summer Concert Series. We had the perfect sunny warm afternoon between a cold Saturday and rainy Monday. Guests danced and enjoyed the afternoon concert to the tunes of surf music. Until next year…

HALLOWEEN HORSE SHOW AND PARADE SUNDAY 9 AM TO 2 PM

Dressage Trainer Katy Mouzis is hosting a Halloween Horse Show and Parade at the Equestrian Center this Sunday. The event is free for spectators! The Dressage Show will be one of the last training activities for horses and riders entering the Nationals Competition as well as an opportunity for other riders to gain show experience in a fun atmosphere.

A coffee, juice, smoothie and acai bowl food truck will be available.

Parking at the Equestrian Center will be very limited so please plan on parking at the Association Clubhouse and walking down via the stairway on the other side of the Volleyball court and down to the arena area.

  • Show etiquette for those viewing is: walk slow, no quick movements that could spook the horses, being quiet, the horse and rider are listening for commands, soft clapping is okay.
  • The Costume Parade will be in the middle arena and will start at 12:15 – Please arrive by 12:00. If you want to be in the parade there is an entry fee. Please email Katy with your name and costume theme so she can announce you properly. katymouzis@gmail.com
  • Halloween themed crafts for the kids will be up by the Equestrian Center Clubhouse around 11:00.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | October 22, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on October 22, 2021

SUMMER CONCERT THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday, October 24 at 3:00 PM @ Gallup Park

Emergency Preparedness Training

The Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) hosted a training meeting Thursday evening with a focus on building an emergency kit. Forty-two members attended this meeting at the Association Clubhouse including a number of block captains and EPC members. Below are three links:

  1. A link to a list of recommended supplies to include in your disaster kit .
  2. A calendar to assist you in gradually building your disaster kit over a six month period.
  3. The PowerPoint presented at the training meeting providing tips and resources.

Finding Your Block Captain

Now that you have either committed to prepare your emergency kit, or you already have one, get to know your Block Captain.

You can find your Block Captain by scrolling down on the following link and entering your address:

https://nelliegailranch.org/emergency-preparedness-committee/

Hopefully, you already know your Block Captain as your neighbor, but if not, be sure to introduce yourself and get to know them. In a time of need, they may be able to assist you and your family address needs, or you may be able to offer help to other community members via the liaison efforts of your block captain. If your block captain link comes up “Vacant” please consider volunteering to be the Block Captain for your neighbors. The “Become A Block Captain” webpage link will put you in contact with the EPC who can more fully describe the duties and benefits of this volunteer activity.

Contact epc@nelliegailranch.org with questions.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Horse Show and Parade

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | October 15, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on October 15, 2021

Nellie Gail Ranch Board Meeting

Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 PM. View the Open Session Agenda below.

View Open Session Agenda

Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82194659464?pwd=cDFPQWRVL0J4bk1SWkhqcmZ1d1UrQT09

Dial in #: 669-900-6833

Meeting ID: 821 9465 9464

Passcode: 299525

SUMMER CONCERT – RESCHEDULED

Special Sunday Concert – October 24 at 3:00 PM

License Plate Recognition Cameras

Flock Safety technicians have completed installation of vehicle and license plate recognition cameras at a total of 8 locations this week. Cameras are being installed at the Association Clubhouse parking lot and ten (10) Nellie Gail Ranch community entries and exits. Cameras will cover both inbound and outbound directional vehicles and capture rear license plates. In total, there are 24 cameras that will be mounted on newly installed 12-foot poles along with signage indicating the system’s presence and will be powered by solar or direct power. Work is scheduled to be completed by October 20th subject to clear weather.

Home Emergency Kit Training

October 21, 2021, 7:00 PM @ Nellie Gail Ranch Clubhouse

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will be holding a live training on “How to Put Together your Home Emergency Kit.” Come learn what goes in your kit, why certain things are needed during an emergency, and how to easily put this kit together over time.

We look forward to seeing you!

Footing Available for Homeowner Arenas

The Equestrian Center is replacing sand footing in the lower arena the second week of November (weather permitting). The sand footing is two years old and not in condition for our competitive training needs at this arena. We will repurpose some of the sand by transporting it to the 100 foot arena above Lone Acres. Some of the sand will also be used to fill trail sandbags. We have about 75 tons to dispose of so we can also make it available to homeowners for private arenas. If you have the ability to haul the sand you may make arrangements with us to pick it up on the days we are removing the old sand to prepare for delivery of fresh footing. Please contact our Equestrian Manager Dave Jones at djones@nelliegailranch.org and we will keep you updated on the date it will be available for pick-up.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Horse Show and Parade

Sandbags on Trail

We will be preparing our trails for the winter season by placing sandbags on select trails. The sandbags are placed to slow the flow of water and catch debris for the purpose of trail preservation. Each homeowner still receives a natural flow of water from the slopes above their homes. For our homeowners who place sandbags, please do not divert water to neighboring homes. All properties are required to accept the natural flow of water from above their property. Any diversion of the natural flow of water should slow the flow, catch debris and direct water to your drainage system.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | October 8, 2021

Trails Closed Due to Rain

Trails are currently closed through the weekend due to rain. Please do not schedule feed or hay deliveries while the trails are wet. Every year we get one or two drivers who think they can beat the odds and it turns into an ordeal to offload and wait for the trails to dry enough to send out a rescue.

Assuming the weather clears and we have sun this Saturday and Sunday, many trails should be ready to re-open Monday afternoon with shaded and steep trails staying closed a few days longer. We do not send a general re-opening notice because our 25 miles of trails dry at different rates. If you are not sure about your specific trail condition please contact Jeff Hinkle at 949-425-1477 and he will inspect and evaluate.

SUMMER CONCERT – RESCHEDULED

Special Sunday Concert – October 24 at 3:00 PM

License Plate Recognition Cameras

Ready for Installation

Flock Safety technicians will be onsite beginning Wednesday, October 13, 2021 to begin installing the vehicle and license plate recognition cameras throughout the community. Cameras will be installed at the Association Clubhouse parking lot and all ten (10) Nellie Gail Ranch community entries and exits. Cameras will cover both inbound and outbound directional vehicles and capture rear license plates. In total, there are 24 cameras that will be mounted on newly installed 12-foot poles along with signage indicating the system’s presence and will be powered by solar or direct power. The cameras are equipped with infrared and low light capability for recognizing vehicles and license plates at night. The cameras capture still photos of both vehicles and pedestrians based on motion activation. Work is scheduled to be completed by October 20th subject to clear weather.

Home Emergency Kit Training

October 21, 2021, 7:00 PM @ Nellie Gail Ranch Clubhouse

The Emergency Preparedness Committee will be holding a live training on “How to Put Together your Home Emergency Kit.” Come learn what goes in your kit, why certain things are needed during an emergency, and how to easily put this kit together over time.

We look forward to seeing you!

Jacuzzi Closed for Maintenance

The Swim Club jacuzzi is closed this weekend for maintenance.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Horse Show and Parade

Association Painted Rock Garden

Nellie Gail Ranch artists continue to contribute creatively painted rocks to our Association Clubhouse Rock Garden. We enjoy coming to the clubhouse and seeing new additions, particularly when they are themed to the season.

Whether you want to donate a new painted rock creation or enjoy the work of our artists, we look forward to your visit!

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | October 1, 2021

Pets on Parade

JOIN US WITH YOUR PET TOMORROW, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd @ GALLUP PARK!

The fun begins with contest REGISTRATION (10:30am). Show off your pet in the PARADE lap (11:15am), and/or enter the CONTEST (11:45am) for a chance to win prizes in four different categories (see attached flyer). Click here to download the contest Entry Registration Form. (Note: This event is open to residents and your non-resident guests, however, only residents can enter the contest for prizes.) Entertainment will include a BALLOON TWISTER making animal sculptures and other designs (no charge), a creative FACE PAINTER drawing animal images on smiling faces (no charge), and a talented CARICATURE ARTIST creating amazing keepsake renderings of pets and owners (only $10). Come hungry for lunch! FOOD TRUCKS will be waiting to serve you. Burning Buns will be grilling gourmet burgers and hot dogs, and Kona Ice will be serving their refreshing shaved ice on a warm day. Cash is recommended for various purchases from the vendors/exhibitors, opportunity drawing tickets, food trucks, and caricature drawings. Also, feel free to bring your own chair and ice chest.

It’s going to be a dog-gone, pawsitively puuuurfect day at Gallup Park this Saturday, and we look forward to seeing you and your precious pets there!

Registration Form

October Pony Express

The October Pony Express is here. No need to wait for the newsletter to reach your mailbox, read the October Issue online today!

Read Now

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Horse Show and Parade

Rapid Falls Landscape Work

Those of you on the South side of Nellie Gail Ranch may have noticed a lot of landscape work going on at the Rapid Falls slope just down from Lost Trail. The Landscape Committee has had this slope on their radar and it was prioritized for clean-up this Fall. The slope primarily had acacia redolens planted which thrives in poor and alkaline soils and spreads to fifteen feet. Acacia is a very common and popular non-native ground cover used on slopes due to its hardiness, fast growth and dominant coverage. The challenge however, over its 15-20 year lifespan is its propensity to grow tall over the years leaving a woody understory with leafy top layer. Over time it becomes so dense that maintenance of trees and other plants on the slope is compromised.

After the clean-up phase of this slope is completed we will remove large stumps, trim trees and evaluate replanting.

Summer Concert CANCELLED TONIGHT | 9/24/21

Tonight’s summer concert has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We hope to reschedule at a later date. Stay tuned for more information.

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch | September 24, 2021

This Week in Nellie Gail Ranch

From the week ending on September 24, 2021

Summer Concert – CANCELLED TONIGHT

Tonight’s summer concert has been cancelled due to inclement weather. We hope to reschedule at a later date. Stay tuned for more information.

Pets on Parade

Registration Form

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Horse Show and Parade

HOME SECURITY

There has been an increase in residential burglaries in South Orange County. Please take extra precautions with your home and call the Sheriff’s Department if you see any suspicious activity or experience a break-in.

Emergency or Crime In Progress – Dial 9-1-1

Sheriff’s Non-Emergency Dispatch

(714) 647-7000 or (949) 770-6011

Below are some home safety tips to help keep your home protected.

Lights! Don’t give a burglar the cover of darkness around your home in which to work. Be sure the front of your home is well lit at night. The options for effective security lighting range from a simple porch light that you turn on before turning in at night, to dusk to dawn technology that activates at or around dusk, to motion activated spotlights. Do some research, find out what works best for your home and budget and get started!

Camera! Like lighting, there is a wide variety of security camera options available to protect your home. A do it yourself-er may prefer an option like Ring, widely available commercially, that provide an array of low cost, easy to install doorbell cameras for your front door and motion activated spotlight cameras for the perimeter areas of your yard. You can pick what you need, add and modify as needed, and their service plans are affordable and flexible based upon your needs. There are also countless professional security camera companies available who will do an assessment of your property and customize a security camera system that meets your needs and budget.

Action! Take some simple, common-sense steps to make your home less attractive to criminals. Be sure the entryways and windows of your home are not hidden by overgrown trees and bushes. Do not leave extension ladders in your yard providing easy access to the second-floor doors and windows of your home. Lock your doors and windows when you are not at home. Let your neighbors know if you are going to be away for an extended period of time. You can also request home checks by the Sheriff’s Department if you will be away on vacation.

Home security is everyone’s business. It is unreasonable to expect the police or private security to prevent all crime. Make your home less attractive to criminals and you will be less likely to become a victim of crime. Lights! Camera! Action! means safety and security for your home and loved ones!