I’m starting this month with a positive outlook as things start to shift for the better here in Orange County. With the sun staying out just a little bit longer, it’s offered us a sense of renewed energy as we move further into 2021. Due in part to the success of the rollout and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, overall hospitalizations have been reduced in Orange County, which has allowed us to safely move into the orange tier under the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This tier will provide greater opportunities for our local businesses to continue rebuilding from the effects of the pandemic and will help our residents ease into a better sense of “normal” after the past year. I am hopeful the trajectory we’ve seen in the past couple of months will continue as more tiers of vaccine eligibility begin to open up for our residents. As of April 1, all residents in California age 50+ are eligible to receive the vaccine, and later in the month on April 15, a greater majority of residents, age 16+, will be eligible. I’m so honored that here in Aliso Viejo, we are able to contribute to the success of the vaccine distribution through the Super POD at our very own Soka University. As an added bonus for those who are either volunteering or receiving the vaccine at Soka University, we are offering a special coupon program for 10% off at participating local businesses including many restaurants, personal care services, shops and more. I encourage residents and business owners to visit avcity.org/coupon for more information on how to participate in the program.
While Soka University is one of the distribution sites in Orange County, I want to remind eligible residents of the alternate avenues you may take to receive the vaccine. This includes the many medical providers, clinics, and local pharmacies located across Orange County, which may be able to offer you an appointment sooner than the Super POD locations once you are eligible. To find a complete list of vaccine distribution sites, I encourage you to visit occovid19.ochealthinfo.com. Before we get into the exciting outdoor activities coming up here in Aliso Viejo, I would like to share a few updates in regard to the Othena app. Residents who lack access to technology can now receive assistance with Othena registration and support by calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 714-834-2000. In addition, Othena’s new Family Feature allows patients to manage vaccination scheduling and records for multiple family members in one place, creating a more seamless and user-friendly experience as more tiers of eligibility open up.
In very exciting news, I would like to officially invite you to the highly-anticipated grand opening of the Aliso Viejo Ranch on May 1. Stop by between 10 am and noon to celebrate the addition of this historical venue to our City. Guests can take self-guided tours, learn about the historical artifacts onsite, and hear about our upcoming recreation programs. We are also continuing to take reservations for private gatherings at any of the six unique indoor or outdoor locations on the property. Head over to avcity.org/avranch for more information or to access the reservation request form.
In addition, we are preparing for an enjoyable summer in the sun here in Aliso Viejo! Camp Aliso Viejo registration is now open and we are excited to welcome our younger residents to more than 140 camps and activities for a wide variety of interests, including our new City Day Camp. Be on the lookout for our Summer Camp Brochure in your mailbox, or head to campav.org for a full list of camps, scholarship opportunities, and other information. Early bird registration ends Sunday, May 16 so don’t miss out on planning your summer adventure this year.
For those looking for a bit of fresh air this season, I encourage you to visit the first-ever Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers’ Market which recently opened at Town Center. The Farmers’ Market will be held every Saturday morning from 8 am to 12 pm in the parking lot located in front of Edwards Cinemas. Vendors offering fresh fruits, veggies, snacks, dips, pasta and more have arrived to offer our residents a safe, outdoor experience that the whole family can enjoy. For the latest updates, follow the Aliso Viejo Certified Farmers Market page on Facebook.
As you know, City Council, City Staff, and I remain committed to our residents in every way possible, and we look forward to seeing you safely enjoying our City’s many offerings in the months to come.
Mayor Tiffany Ackley
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