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Patriots Day Parade organizers seek veterans for March 4 LB Parade

South Orange County Vietnam Veterans organizers are looking for area veterans interested in marching in the Patriots Day Parade. 

All branches of the service are welcome, and the group encourages all US service veterans from World War II, Korea, Cold War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, to participate and be recognized for their service. 

This group has participated in the parade every year since 1985, and this year has also reserved a position, entry number nine.

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Veterans make a parade that much more meaningful to all

Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms (or parts thereof). The group will form near Laguna Beach High School, located at 625 Park Avenue between 9 and 10 a.m.  Parking is challenging, so participants are asked to arrive as early as possible to ensure a parking spot. Specific information as to where the group will form will be available at the check-in booth at the corner of Park and Short streets. However, the gathering spot will most likely be the school district parking lot across from Laguna Beach High School.  

The parade will cover about six blocks (all downhill or level) and will begin promptly at 11 a.m.  A convertible automobile will accompany the group and vets needing to ride, rather than march, may do so in the convertible. The traditional annual get-together at the Marine Room Tavern on Ocean Avenue and PCH will follow immediately. 

Interested veterans should contact Patrick Freeman at or 949-497-7473.

Herbal Symposium offers workshops on avoiding flu and colds

I don’t know about you, but it sure seems that there’s a profusion of cold and flu viruses going around this winter. 

No better timing, then, for our annual Herbal Symposium at Anneliese School, March 4 and 5. 

Throughout the weekend, the fifth Annual TerraVita Herbal Symposium offers all sorts of workshops on herbal medicines and remedies (including what a few hives of bees have come up with), docent-led plant walks and marketplace booths.

Whether you’re a newbie to herbal remedies or a sage in the wonders of sage, it’s a relaxed and engaging event. Although instructors are coming in from multiple walks and states, you’re not going to find a lick of arrogance here – these are people who have devoted their careers to the study of alternative health and wellness, and they’re more than ready to share their discoveries. 

Largely sponsored by our own SEEDS Art & Education non-profit here in Laguna Beach, additional sponsors include Herb Pharm, Pacific Botanicals, Earthroots Fieldschool, Sage Country Herbs, Frontier Co-Op and Oshala Farm.You should be able to find all represented in the marketplace.

Registration includes a gourmet lunch, and a festive party on Saturday evening. 

Purchase day tickets for $70, or buy a weekend pass for $115. A children’s “Herb Camp” educational program is also available on Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for $45.

If you’re just interested in the herbal marketplace, it’s free and open to the public on Saturday afternoon between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. 

Purchase tickets online or learn more about each of the classes at

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Feb 25 Sat Nursery and Plant Care 8-11 a.m. Join at the native plant nursery and care for native plants at their seed stage to their mature, ready-to-be-planted stage. Volunteers may collect seeds, sow seeds in flats, bump plants up, plant at restoration sites, sterilize plant containers, and/or help maintain the facilities for the plants. Gain hands-on experience with habitat restoration while working alongside other zany and interesting plant lovers! Wear closed toe shoes, layered clothing and sun protection (hat, sunscreen). Bring water. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park



Feb 23 Thu Fitness Hike 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, moderately-paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Online reservation required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.

Feb 25 Sat LCF Trail Stewarship 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Come prepared to work hard and get dirty! Work consists of digging, scraping and moving dirt, carrying rocks and other heavy objects, hiking up and down steep, rugged trails while carrying tools, cutting and moving brush and similar tasks. These events are open to the public! Minors under the age of 17 are welcome to participate with the accompaniment of a responsible adult who understands what the work entails and judges it appropriate for that minor. Minors over 17 require a parent or guardian signature on the LCF Volunteer Waiver. Please wear long pants, sturdy, close-toed shoes and sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). Please bring at least 2 liters of water (preferably in reusable containers) and work gloves (if you have them – some are available for loan if not). A light breakfast will be provided upon arrival, snack bars while out on the trail, and lunch upon return from the work site. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area.

Feb 26 Sun Bird Walk 8-10:30 a.m.

Spot local native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 25-ft elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. Ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Online reservation required. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquaters.


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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity on Wednesday (2/22) from 10am-4pm in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation. Park in the Los Trancos lot - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.

Take a Historic District Tour Sunday, Feb 19 from 12-2 pm.Meet at the Historic District Reservation Office Desk.


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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

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Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultationwith audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davisincludes complimentary hearing aid cleaningand minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645to schedule an appointment.

Family Caregiver

Support Group

2nd & 4th Wed | 3- 4:30pm | Free

Sharing confidential, emotional support and resources among caregivers.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

Join Laguna’s LGBT seniors for seasonal potlucks, free movies and snacks, speakers, and outside group events. In good company, the club also enjoys working on community service projects.

Ted Talks

1st & 3rd Tuesday | 10-12 p.m.

Limited Space

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, in the form of short, powerful talks. Contact Al Gumb if you’d like to join: 

Computer Assistance

Thursdays Noon-3pm. Please call ahead. One-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

Benefits Enrollment Center

Council on Aging and Laguna Beach Seniors introduce the Benefits Enrollment Center at The Susi Q to assist seniors and persons with disabilities find and apply for benefit programs.

Enrollment Available every first Monday 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Free 

Call to register: 949-464-6645

Social Services Support

Feeling the Blues Counseling

One-on-one sessions for men and women.Schedule an appointment with a mental health professional. 10 free sessions. Call for more information (949) 715-8104

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More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

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*NEW* Living Well with Cancer Support Group

2nd & 4th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any type of cancer. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-499-5293 or email her at 

*NEW* Ties That Bind Men’s Group

Fridays | 11am-12:30pm | Free

For men 50+, get support from the general stress of everyday living and any other issues affecting your well-being. Open group, drop-ins welcome. Contact facilitator Clint Christie, M.A. at 949-715-8104 for details.

Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am- 5pm |

Saturday (apt. only) | 9am – 1pm


Providing linkage to resources that promote safety and quality of life. Call for appt.

Small Circle Standing Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-10am. $4 per class. The overall benefits will affect every aspect of your health and the quality of your daily life. Exercises can be performed while standing or while sitting in a chair. No floor or mat exercises are performed. Instructor: Wayne Lawrence

Adult Hula Lessons

Fridays from 1:30-2:30pm

$3 suggested donation per class. Come and dance the hula with us! The gentle and graceful movements will make you forget your troubles and mentally transport you to the islands. 

Take the bus to the Susi Q

The city’s blue buses now stop right in front of the Susi Q Monday – Saturday all day. 

Schedules will be posted at all bus stops, so getting here is easier than ever. You won’t have to deal with traffic or parking!

Interpreting Current Events 

Tuesday and Friday | 9:30- 11:30am

Join this discussion of newsworthy events, and topics of special interest.


Join us for Bingo every Monday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30am. Try your luck to win prizes and gift cards. National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 10:30-11:30am. Free!

Monday Movie and Popcorn

Free every Monday from 12:30-3pm. See movie schedule at

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 2- 3pm | Intermediate | $7 per class – Drop-ins welcome! Waltz, Rumba, Swing, Watusi, ChaCha, Country two-step, Fox Trot. No partner required.  Instructor: Candis Davis

Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP)

1st & 3rd Mon | 9am- Noon | Free

Providing assistance and objective information to help seniors and disabled persons make informed decisions about health care coverage, Medicare benefits and supplemental insurance plan options.  Sponsored by the Council on Aging.  Call 949-464-6645 for an appointment.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling (949) 464-6645

Parking is Free!

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Free Legal Clinic

Seaside Legal Services

Providing professional legal assistance to seniors age 55+ who cannot afford counsel. Attorney’s Jane Fulton and Leslie Lindgren provide help and/or referrals for family law; health-related issues; consumer problems; conservatorships; housing; elder abuse; bankruptcy; wills and power of attorney. Must be an OC resident with proof of residency. Call first to make an appointment, 949-715-8104. No walk-ins.

Contemporary Short Story Seminar

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 2 – 4 pm

Members will take turns leading discussions of selected stories. Contact Alison King, Ph. D. for more information: (714) 608-1322 or email her at:

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

3rd Thursday of each month from 12-2 p.m. Local Attorney Leslie Daff is available to answer questions pertaining to estate planning, probate, and trust administration and to prepare and notarize financial powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, HIPAA authorizations, and trust amendments (to leave bequests to Laguna Beach Seniors, INC.) at no charge.

We have Bridge for all levels!

Call to find out about classes!


Bridge Group needs fourths

The Round Robin Bridge group is looking for new players and substitute players. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:30am-2:30pm at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Penny Joseph at

Tabletop Treasures

Every other Monday | 9am – Noon (check the front desk for schedule)

Fabulous recycled and second time around treasures for sale at bargain prices. Small donated items are always appreciated for drop off from 9am-3pm. No clothing please. Proceeds benefit weekly Bingo and fund the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship from LBS.

Heart to Heart

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared. This free ongoing group meets every Monday 10-11:30 a.m.

Open Game Room

Wednesdays | 12:30-4:30pm 

Game day fun including Scrabble, Mahjongg and other board games .

Needle Arts Guild 

The Susi Q Community Needle Arts Guild meets on the last Friday of every month at 1 pm creating handmade items for local organizations. 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 1-3 p.m. for an informational meeting and informal discussion.  Strategies will be shared for dealing with loved ones who are affected by the disease.

Table Tennis every week

Tabletop tennis, or ping pong as some might label it, is offered every Mon & Wed | 12:30 – 4pm

Friday | 12:30 – 2:30pm

Saturday times vary

There is a $25 annual fee. 

Bring your own paddle or borrow one of ours.  All we ask is that you wear non-skidding shoes. 

All levels of play are welcome!

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Thursday, February 23

Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee

Community & Susi Q Center – 6 p.m.


Thursday, February 23

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Monday, February 27

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 28

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.



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