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A Note from Shaena

Lagunans are generous people.

The evidence just keeps mounting, as we’ve reported in several recent issues. Two Boys & Girls Club events raised more than half a million dollars to ensure that they can continue to offer valuable programs to the children they serve. 

Glennwood House’s Gala at The Ranch brought in more than two hundred thousand dollars, keeping the terrific home for developmentally disabled adults going strong and helping to pay for improved facilities. 

The Crystal Cove soiree brought in close to $500,000 to maintain the existing cottages on the coast and restore 17 additional cottages.

Coming up, Friendship Shelter’s Gala on Oct 28 will raise money to provide housing and hope for the most vulnerable people in our community, and the Ocean Awareness Challenge on Nov 4 will raise funds to help keep our oceans healthy. And I’ve only mentioned a few of the largest fundraisers of the year.

And nearly every weekend, it seems, there are events, runs, rallies and walks to promote good causes, from increasing awareness of human trafficking to promoting art to protecting our kelp beds.

It is great to live in a town so socially and environmentally active – which cares about people and causes so deeply.

We Love Laguna and We Love What We Do!

And we’re having fun doing it thanks to you, our readers! 

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Diane Armitage

Taste of Laguna offers rare insider scoop on top chefs and great food

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Laguna happens this Thursday, Oct 19, with a return to the Festival of Arts grounds. For this Culinary Chick of Laguna, the mere mention of its name is music to my ears.

Where else are you going to get most of Laguna’s top chefs and restaurateurs all in one space?

Where else will you be able to try at least 35-plus best-selling fan favorites in the foodie aisle?

Where else do you get drink tickets with your admission ticket and then get to try craft beers and organic wines for free?

Online ticket sales are $70 for general admission and $90 for VIP (early admission, parking and swag bag).

Not just great restaurants – great chefs

While most of the names of the restaurants participating in the Taste are going to be familiar to you, what I love most about the Taste is the opportunity to talk to the chefs who pour so much creativity into their fine establishments.

My favorite restaurants at Laguna’s 2017 Taste include…

15FiftyFive Lounge (a rare entry from Splashes’ exec chef Ron Fougeray)

Chef Arthur Ortiz’ Skyloft

Scott McIntosh’s Asada & Reunion Kitchen

Chef Ryan Adams’ Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink

Archie McConnell and Gretchen Andrews’ Starfish

Chef Craig Connole’s K’ya and Rooftop

Chef Azmin Ghahreman’s Sapphire Laguna

Chef Braulio Melo’s Mozambique Steakhouse

Chef Armando Ortega’s Lumberyard

Sergio with his famed Empanadas

James and Kara Taylor’s The Grove on Forest.

 

Photo credit Diane Armitage

Chef Ron of Splashes

I’m looking forward to trying new entries from…

Chef Patrick DiGiacomo’s Kitchen in the Canyon

Chef Chris Tzorin’s new Oak

(Was sorely hoping our newest Chef Norm Theard would be making the event to introduce his fantastic ROUX to more locals, but the restaurant is so new that they missed the deadline.)

Kudos to these new restaurateurs who are taking the culinary scene to even higher levels in Laguna Beach. Seriously. Stop by and shake their hands – it takes a lot of effort to move into the Laguna Beach restaurant scene. 

Photo credit: Diane Armitage

Chef Arthur of Skyloft

A host of other restaurants are playing, too

such as C’est La Vie, Henessey’s, Jan’s Health Bar, Laguna Beach Brewery and Grille, Las Brisas, Mosaic Bar & Grille, Okura Sushi, Taste co-sponsors Nick’s and South of Nick’s, Okura, Royal Hawaiian, Taverna, The Cliff, Tivoli Terrace, Tommy Bahama and Tortilla Republic.

And, there are craft specialty food, drinks and desserts on the table as well with tastes from Gelato Paradiso, Harmony Tea, Laguna Baguettes, Main Street Bar & Cabaret, and Whole Foods Market.

Thirst quenchers, too

In addition to the VIP bar and two general admission bars, wine and spirit tastes will be offered by Laguna Beach Beer Company, Organic Cellar Wines and Rugg Winery.

The Ticket Scoop

For tickets and information go to LagunaBeachChamber.org and click the “events” tab, or call the Chamber at (949) 494-1018.

Note: You must be 21 years of age or older, and photo ID will be required. No outside food, beverages, chairs, blankets or picnic equipment is permitted.

 

Diane Armitage is the best-selling author of the book,

The Best of Laguna Beach, and offers a cornucopia of ideas and upcoming events at her blog, LagunaBeachBest.com

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required

Sign-up online: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities

949-923-2235. Parking: $3 

 

Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park

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Keep It Wild Volunteer Day

Sat, October 21

8 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Come on out and help restore the wild lands we so enjoy! There’s no better way to start a Saturday morning than by joining OC Parks and Laguna Canyon Foundation staff in an invigorating project of non-native plant removal and/or planting native plants. Help us make a healthier environment for the native wildlife and for ourselves. 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 & 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for Keep it Wild volunteers!

 

Restoration Stewardship

Tue, Oct 24

8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Join OC Parks and the Laguna Canyon Foundation for a morning of invigorating habitat restoration work in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Help us 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 activities, including removal of non-native plants, seed collection, planting of native plants or trash pick-up. No experience is necessary and all tools will be provided. Closed toe shoes and pants are recommended.   Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen for sun protection. Come out and join the team to help restore the wild lands we all enjoy! 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). Online reservations required: www.lagunacanyon.org/activities. For questions, call 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri or 949-923-2200 Sat/Sun. Parking: Free for volunteers!

 

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Volume 9, Issue 84                                                                            October 20, 2017

The Planning Commission recently voted down the Coast Inn project. City Council will now vote on the project. Are you:
The Planning Commission recently voted down the Coast Inn project. City Council will now vote on the project. Are you:
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at 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: www.susiq.org

 

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: algumb@earthlink.net 

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

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: www.susiq.org

 

*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 scweiss@cox.net 

*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

Free

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.

Bingo 

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 susiq.org.

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!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter: www.susiq.org

 

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: aking@csusm.edu

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, 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 pennyjoseph62@gmail.com

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.

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Fri, Oct 20

Urban Planning Coordinating Committee

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Community & Susi Q Center 

 

Mon, Oct 23

Arts Commission Meeting

5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers

 

Tue, Oct 24

City Council Meeting

6 p.m.

City Council Chambers


Crystal Cove State Park

crystalcovestatepark.org

 

Sea Glass Jewelry 

Wed, Oct 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.

 

Tidepool Walk

Sat, Oct 21, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will
lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point. A volunteer will help identify animals and
describe some awesome adaptations. 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.

 

Tidepool Walk

Sun, Oct 22, 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will
lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point. A volunteer will help identify animals and
describe some awesome adaptations. 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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