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High school football season begins tonight including the Breakers playing at 7 against Bolsa Grande in Garden Grove. The Breakers have a new coach and lots of inexperienced players in key positions.

It would seem that a long season could be in store.

Still, we as a community ought to get out to Guyer Field and support the guys as they strive to get better every week.

It’s fun and filled with solid entertainment not to gloss over the prospects of good food!

Shaena and I have made the pledge to see some games and we hope you will too.

Go Breakers!


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Rock out with Lee Rocker at the Laguna Playhouse Aug 28 

Yes, indeed, there’s some rockin’ goin’ on in Laguna this summer. The Playhouse continues its 2016 summer season with performances by the original “Stray Cat” and rockabilly legend, Lee Rocker.

“I am thrilled to be able to say that we are going to ‘Rock This Town’ with original ‘Stray Cat’ Lee Rocker performing his classic rockabilly sound, live in our theatre,” comments artistic director Ann E. Wareham. “He is truly a musical genius and we cannot wait to have Lee and his amazing band on our stage!”  

Over the years, Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, were music video pioneers of the MTV generation and secured their place in the history of rock and roll.

From the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, to appearing on Saturday Night Live, to headlining the US Festival and touring with the Rolling Stones, Lee Rocker, a Laguna Beach resident, has seen and done it all. 

In 1982 Rocker and his father Stanley Drucker, (classical clarinetist) both received Grammy nominations. This is something that has only occurred twice in the history of the Grammy Awards. 

The worldwide mega hits “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and Seventeen” and “Rock this Town” have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included “Rock this Town” as one of the 500 most important songs in rock. 

Lee Rocker has been consistently touring, recording and preforming around the globe since 1980 and has cultivated a fanatically loyal following of rockers, rebels and all types of music lovers.

He is also a recipient of the Visionary Artist Award by the City of Laguna Beach. In his concert performances Rocker does indeed rock every town and leaves every audience on their feet and cheering.

Rocker will perform on Sunday Aug 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road.

Tickets range from $45 - $55 and can be purchased online at or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229.

The box office is open Mon – Sat, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is open until showtime on performance days.

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park

Stay Safe in the Heat!

The canyon is beautiful during summer, but it can also be dangerous. Keep these tips in mind to keep yourself and your loved ones cool and safe.

Wear light, loose clothing and a hat.

Wear plenty of sunscreen and reapply as needed.

Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated – drink before you think you need to.

Start first thing in the morning, before the sun gets too high.

If hiking on a dog legal trail, please be aware that dogs are often more sensitive to heat. Don’t put your best friend in danger.


Aug 27 Sat Laurel Loop Geology Hike 8-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a morning of unspoiled canyon views and learn about the geology of this area. The rocks and fossils reveal fascinating stories about the park’s ancient environments. This will be a 3.5-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (600-ft. elevation gain). Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.

Aug 28 Sun Birding Walk 8-10:30 a.m. Spot local native and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven, sometimes steep terrain (up to 200-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park



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Crystal Cove State Park

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, Aug 27 from 11 am – 2 pm at the Historic District Education Commons where Park Naturalist Alex will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot.  

Join Crystal Cove Alliance for their annual Beach Bazaar on Saturday & Sunday, Aug 27 & 28 from 10am-4pm at the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Enjoy searching for art, photography, vintage signs, pottery, artisan jewelry, and driftwood items Free Sea Glass Wrapping Activities & Children’s Activities. Park in Los Trancos lot. 

Join a park volunteer on an Ancient Volcanoes Hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park & explore several of the parks volcanic features on Sunday, Aug 28 from 1-3pm.  Learn about the land/seascape setting 10-11 million years ago and then head out to observe some volcanic sites in the park.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

Spend a relaxing day with one of Crystal Cove State Park’s plein air artists while capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas at the Great Plein Air Art Experience. No experience required for this introductory class hosted by the Crystal Cove Alliance on Monday, Aug 29 from 9am-2.  For reservations see 

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on Wednesday Aug 31 from 10-4. Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family. Learn to watercolor try your hand at a traditional craft, enjoy a historic radio show, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park. Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility.

Registration open for fall rec dept.

Registration for Fall 2016 City of Laguna Beach recreation activities is now available. The quarterly recreation brochure has been mailed citywide and is available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Dept. 

A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.

Register for activities online at, by mail-in or in person at the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.


Volume 8, Issue 69                                                                             August 26, 2016

Which one of the following issues tops your list to be addressed by City Council candidates in the upcoming election?
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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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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 949-497-2441to 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: (949) 627-7541

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: 497-2441

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) 497-2441

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

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Care Management

Mon – Fri | 9am- 3pm |

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 1:30-2:30.

$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 for apt.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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, 949-497-2441. 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 10:30-3 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Tabletop Treasures

Mondays | 9am – Noon.

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 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 1:30-3 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!

A Night at the Movies: Behind the Classics – new Susi Q class

Why did Marilyn Monroe need 50 takes to say one line in “Some Like It Hot?” Did you know that Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” which takes place in an outside apartment complex, was filmed all indoors at the Paramount lot? Can you believe that the only reason John Huston shot “The African Queen” in Africa was to kill an elephant? 

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“Rear Window”

Director Alfred Hitchcock, actors Grace Kelly and James Stewart

Join movie expert Theo Siegel as he shows these films and more and reveals the inside story behind classic movies. This 6-week course starts Sept 8 at the Susi Q Center on Third. 

More info and registration at under Recreation Courses; Special Programs or call Theo at 562-519-5754.

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc.


Tuesday, August 30

City Council Meeting

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.


Thursday, September 1

HIV Advisory Committee

Conference Room A – 4 p.m.

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m.

Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee

Community Center – 6 p.m.


Friday, September 2

City Hall closed



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