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Thalia Street Beach Access ribbon cutting takes place today, April 17, at 4 p.m.

The City of Laguna Beach invites the community to a ribbon cutting ceremony today, April 17, at 4 p.m. for the opening of the newly renovated beach access at the end of Thalia Street. 

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Over the Christmas holidays, Mary Hurlbut captured this golden-hued image of the renovation in process

The project consisted of replacing the stairway, overlook, landscaping, lighting, benches and bike racks. For answers to questions about the event or the project, please contact Lou Kneip at (949) 464- 6688.

Boys & Girls Club will host “racy” 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 

Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is proud to present its 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala – “And We’re Off!” – on Saturday, May 12 at Montage Laguna Beach. The event will be Kentucky Derby-style themed soiree. 

Invitees are encouraged to dress to impress and pull out all of the stops when selecting a suit or dress for the big night. It is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle, and every guy to get just as decked out as the ladies. 

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The Boys & Girls Club’s 18th Annual Art of Giving Gala on May 12 will be a night of “racy” fun

Guests will start the evening on the Montage lawn with tasty morsels and signature Southern cocktails. The evening will continue with an elegant dinner and rousing live auction followed by dancing to some live music that will make guests feel like they are partying it up at the Downs. 

This promises to be one of the events of the year, and a chance to generously support the Club and its some 2,000 youth members and families. Proceeds raised at the 18th annual Art of Giving Gala go directly towards empowering children of all ages to reach their full potential, no matter their financial situation. 

For more information about the Gala includint tickets or table sponsorships, contact Michelle Ray Fortezzo at (949) 494-2535 ext. 7584 or by email at, or visit the Club website at

Author Thomas Osborne will speak about his new book, Coastal Sage, at the Library on April 19

Laguna Beach Library’s next author talk will feature Thomas Osborne this Thursday, April 19 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., where he will be talking about his new book. 

Osborne, longtime Laguna Beach resident and retired history professor at Santa Ana College, will speak on his new book, Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and the Fight to Save California’s Shore. 

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Published by the University of California Press, Coastal Sage chronicles the career of Peter Douglas, the longest-serving executive director of the California Coastal Commission.

For nearly three decades, Douglas fought to keep the California coast public, prevent over-development, and safeguard habitats. In doing so, Douglas emerged as a leading figure in the contemporary American environmental movement and influenced public conservation efforts across the country.

For more information on this upcoming event, visit

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online:

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Fitness Hike at Ridge Park

Thurs, April 19

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this moderate, fast-paced, 6.5-mile hike (700-ft. elevation gain) over very steep, uneven terrain with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Not for beginners. PLEASE NOTE: This is a Fitness Hike; pace is approximately a 19-minute mile. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Ridge Park Staging Area (Newport Coast Drive to Ridge Park Rd. east to end; meet at the gate.) For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free.


Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

Sat, April 21

8 – 11 a.m.

Join OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation at a habitat restoration stewardship event in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, learning and working together to create a healthier habitat for the native plants and wildlife that call the canyon their home. Depending on the time of year, volunteers will assist with various stewardship activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, and/or planting of native plants. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Please wear long pants, close toed shoes, sun protection and bring water. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! Big Bend Staging Area. Youth ages 16 and 17 are eligible to volunteer with parent permission. A form is required to be signed by their parent or guardian prior to starting the volunteer activities.

Youth under the age of 16 are not eligible to volunteer unless accompanied by an adult or guardian. Forms are available at: For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep It Wild volunteers!


Birding Walk

Sun, April 22

8 – 11 a.m.

Learn, practice or just enjoy spotting spring and year-round resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 1.5-mile hike over primarily flat, but uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. No experience necessary! For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars (Limited binoculars available on loan.) Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405). For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: $3/vehicle.



Aliso and Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park 


Tot Walk – Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

Fri, April 20

9 – 11:30 a.m.

Join Ranger Zach along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. Take a leisurely stroll through the garden and to the creek. We will see bugs, plants, birds and explore! Ranger Zach may even host a game, play guitar or introduce a local resident to the children. Come join the fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot.) Online reservation required. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.

Parking: $3/vehicle.

Annual City Boys and Girls Track Meet will be Friday, April 20 at LBHS

The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, April 20 between 5 and 8 p.m. The track meet is open to children under the age of 14 (kids who were born in 2003 or after) and reside in Laguna Beach or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries.

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Children run in heats with others their own age and can participate in sprints (50, 100 or 200 meters) or longer runs (400, 800 or 1600 meters).

Field events include: long jump, softball throw, high jump, and shot put.

The top four winners in each age division will advance to the Orange County Track Meet in May. 

Please register online by Thursday, April 19 at

Crystal Cove State Park

If you love hiking, lace up those boots. The backcountry and 

wilderness areas offer you 18 miles of hiking trails through 2,400 acres of native wilderness, mostly the endangered coastal sage scrub plant community. For energetic backpackers, there are three environmental campgrounds, one in the canyon and two at the higher elevations. The higher trails offer beautiful vistas of the mountainous backcountry, geological formations and the Pacific Ocean. Exploring the lower trails offers hiking through riparian woodlands with oak and sycamore trees along the seasonal Moro Creek. Whether you trek the high or low trails or both, you will see native plants and animals that call this park home.


Sea Glass Jewelry

Wed, April 18

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn the art of wire-wrapping sea glass in the Education Commons in Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Turn a found item into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Park in the Los Trancos lot (PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.) $15 day-use fee.


Earth Day

Sat, April 21

9 a.m. – Noon

Help celebrate Earth Day at Crystal Cove State Park. Projects include: planting, weeding,
mulching, and watering in the Historic District, painting curbs and gates, waxing lifeguard towers, installing symbolic fencing, removing old signage, and cleaning the 3.5 miles of beach.

Earth Day is always a great opportunity for park lovers to get their hands dirty and see the immediate fruits of their labor. Meet at the Los Trancos parking lot near the trailer, (PCH inland at the stoplight Los Trancos.) To register, go to For more information, contact 


Tidepool Walk to Pelican

Sun, April 22

8:30 a.m.

Get an early start to the day and enjoy a super low – 0.2 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican

Point and help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations. Be prepared to walk on uneven, rocky, rough terrain. Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2, at the top of the boardwalk near the parking lot (PCH coastward at Newport Coast, right at kiosk to first lot.) $15 day-use fee. 

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Cassins kingbird


Love birds? 

Bring a pair of binoculars and look for feathered friends who have adapted to Crystal Cove, as you hike the trails, which go from easy to strenuous. Among the birds you might spot: Anna’s Hummingbird, American Kestrel, Black-Bellied Plover, Black Phoebe, Brown Pelican and the Great Blue Heron. For a directory of birds, visit
.  For a trail map, visit

About Tidepool Etiquette: Crystal Cove State Park is a Marine Protected Area. Taking or possessing tidepool sea life is illegal. To help preserve the longevity of the tidepools: never remove animals, shells or rocks; never pick up animals, observe them where they are; walk gently, taking care not to step on plants.

 Volume 10, Issue 31  |  April 17, 2018                                       

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LOCA presents Public Art Walking Tour and Student Banners Show, both on April 19

LOCA Arts Education invites art lovers to two events in Laguna this Thursday, April 19. A public art walking tour is from 4 - 6 p.m., followed by a separate student gallery reception from 6 - 8 p.m.

Local architect Donna Ballard will lead the easy walking tour through Heisler Park, and share fascinating facts about the many artist-designed benches and sculptures in the City collection.

Attendees will gather at the amphitheater on Cliff Drive near Jasmine.

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Public art in Heisler Park

The gallery reception will feature more than 17 silk banners, painted by students of Laguna Beach High School, as taught by LOCA instructor Olivia Batchelder. The banners feature botanical themes and measure an impressive five feet each.

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LBHS students and their banners

The exhibition is on view April 19 through 22 at Forest and Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Avenue.

Both events are free. For more information, visit the calendar pages at or call (949) 363-4700.

Events, programs at Susi Q

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

Parking is Free!

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Hearing Screenings

2nd Thurs | 1:30-3:30pm | Free

Hearing screening and consultation with audiologist Dr. Rose-Marie Davis includes complimentary hearing aid cleaning and minor repairs. Call 949-464-6645 to schedule an appointment.

Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Fri | 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 Tue | 10am-12pm

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

1st Mon | 12:30-3:30pm | Free

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.

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

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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Living Well with Chronic Illness Support Group

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Tue | 10-11:30am | Free

A caring support group open to individuals over 50 touched by any chronic/serious health related issues. For more information, reach out to facilitator Sandra Weiss at 949-715-8104.


Laguna Beach Seniors 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.

Exercise a la Susi Q: Mind | Body | Balance

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

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 | 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.


Mon & Thu | 10:30-11:30am | Free

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.

Monday Movie and Popcorn

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

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 1:30- 2:30pm | 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!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter:


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 Thu | 12-2pm | Free

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, and HIPAA authorizations 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

Mondays | 10-11:30am | Free

Join Laguna residents and facilitator Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared.

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 1pm creating handmade items for local organizations.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiver Support Group

1st Wed | 1-3pm

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

Mon & Wed | 12:30-2:30pm

Fridays | 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

Council, Boards, Commissions, Committees – Etc. 


Tues, April 17

City Council Meeting 

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

6 p.m. 

Community & Susi Q Center 


Wed, April 18

Planning Commission

6 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


Thurs, April 19

“Open for Business” Workshop

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Community & Susi Q Center 


Mon, April 23

Arts Commission

5:30 p.m. 

City Council Chambers 


CLICK HERE for agendas, meeting minutes and more info


Avran Fine Art presents Nina K’s solo exhibition “Changing Trends” opening at the end of April

Avran Fine Art will host an Opening Reception featuring oil painter, Nina K, on April 28 between 6 and 9 p.m. Guests will meet the artist and learn more about her work and technique. The exhibition, which will be on view until May 12, is free and open to the public.

Highly-acclaimed Southern California based Abstract Expressionist painter Nina K is currently enjoying a growing popularity with collectors, starting locally in the Southwest region of the country and expanding abroad. Nina K’s work has been described as “explosive”. A burst of passion sweeps over the expanse of her canvases with a sense of color magnetism. 

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“Beyond Expectations” by Nina K

Her technique of thick layers of oil color is applied until her vision is achieved. “Color, combined with my love of design and texture, is what has always inspired me to paint,” she says. “My inspiration is derived from a kaleidoscope of colors found in nature, vivid blue skies, turquoise oceans, and majestic orange sunsets enlighten my expression.”

What art lovers may not know is that Nina K first achieved prominence as a fashion designer throughout the 1980’s and 90’s with her own Nina K women’s line, launched in New York City. The fashion world embraced her designs and she won the “Rising Star Award” from the National Fashion Association. 

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Nina K exhibition to be on display at Avran Fine Art gallery 

The label took off and her clothing was soon in fine stores coast to coast. Many leading fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle, and Glamour featured her designs in various layouts. Her creations appeared in numerous films and on television on ABC, Fox, CNN, MTV, and were worn on air by newscasters/hosts including Leeza Gibbons and Mary Hart (Entertainment Tonight) on a regular basis.

For more information on this upcoming event, visit

Avran Art is located at 540 S Coast Hwy. Call (949) 494-0900 with questions.

Laguna Beach Business workshops bust out the business moves – next one is April 19

The next “Open for Business” workshop will be hosted by the City of Laguna Beach on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third Street.

“These meetings are an excellent way for prospective businesses to get an overview of our City’s processes,” says Planning Commission Chair Susan Whitin. 

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Laguna Beach nightlife

Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Director, Meredith Dowling, adds, “The Open for Business workshops are a great way for existing business owners as well as those that are interested in opening a new business, to get answers to questions and information about doing business in Laguna Beach.”

As a result of the workshops last year, several new businesses came to Laguna Beach, and others are planned for the future.

The Open for Business Workshop on April 19 will include participants such as Planning Commissioners, representatives from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Viera, Associate City Planner for the City of Laguna Beach.

For more information, please contact Anthony Viera, Associate Planner at (949) 497-0398 or

Save the date for the upcoming Spring Fling Potluck Festival on Sunday, April 29

You’re invited to the ninth annual Spring Fling Potluck Festival on Sunday, April 29 from 3 - 6 p.m. in the South Laguna Community Park, located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Hwy. 

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Join the Spring Fling Potluck Festival for a day of fun and exciting activities 

There will be live music, kid games, and lots of neighborly fun. Beverages and potluck dishes are encouraged to be brought to share with everyone. This will be a fun and exciting event for all. 

For more information on this upcoming event, visit

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